Patricio ‘Pitbull’ Freire says AJ McKee trilogy should be at 145

Patricio ‘Pitbull’ Freire says the AJ McKee trilogy had to be featherweight.

Bellator featherweight champion Patricio “Pitbull” Freire is open to a trilogy against AJ McKee, but it would have to suit his conditions and weight class.

Freire defeated McKee via unanimous decision in the Bellator 277 headliner. It was a hard fought fight from start to finish, but Freire used patient hitting and solid grappling to keep well with McKee.

After losing to McKee at the Bellator Featherweight World Grand Prix at Bellator 263, Freire is ready to face McKee in a 145lb trilogy.

“Featherweight is my division,” Freire said. “I fought at lightweight because of Michael Chandler. My brother has the belt, I don’t care about that division. If he wants to fight me again, he has to get to featherweight. That’s it.”

Patricio “Pitbull” Freire reclaimed the Bellator featherweight throne

Freire’s comments came shortly after McKee claimed that a lightweight trilogy had to take place and that he was done at featherweight. McKee made similar comments after his first win against Freire last July.

Freire vacated the lightweight title after winning it at Bellator 221 against Michael Chandler. His brother Patricky won the title just after the holiday against Peter Queally.

Before the first loss to McKee, Freire had won seven fights in a row, including against Juan Archuleta and Emmanuel Sanchez. He was Bellator’s first simultaneous two-part champion in the promotion’s history.

Although it’s unclear if the Freire vs. McKee trilogy will take place later this year, Freire has reclaimed the throne at 145 pounds and is arguably the best pound-for-pound fighter in Bellator.

Bellator 277: AJ McKee vs. Patricio Pitbull 2 ​​took place live from the SAP Center in San Jose, California on Friday, April 15, 2022. Follow FanSided MMA who will be on hand for all your news and highlights. Patricio ‘Pitbull’ Freire says AJ McKee trilogy should be at 145

John Verrall

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