It’s probably safe to say that if not for Bellator, we wouldn’t know who Patricio “Pitbull” Freire is and what he’s capable of. But we do know now – we know that outside of the UFC, he’s one of the best featherweights around, and with his black belt in jiu-jitsu and heavy hands, the dude is a killer.
Unfortunately, ever since his title shot was delayed for the sake of a Pat Curran/Daniel Straus rubber match, Pitbull has has beef with Bellator, and now he’s talking about leaving. As per MMAFighting:
“I didn’t forgive them, the wound is still open,” he said. “You can’t erase the past, it left scars. Bellator disrespected me and they will have to be really generous to me to repair it. They will have to give me better things to make me forget about it.”
“I will turn 27, and I have had many fights in my career. I did a lot of things the world didn’t see,” he continued. “I will do anything I have to do for my career. I can’t wait much longer. If Bellator tells me it’s happening now, I will stay (in Bellator). If they don’t give me what I deserve, I will leave for the promotion that offers me a better opportunity.
It’s worth noting that Pitbull has only lost twice in his 23-fight career, and those losses – to Joe Warren and Pat Curran – were via split decision. Should he get released from Bellator, the Brazilian will probably have no trouble finding work.