Patricio "Pitbull" Freire started his professional mixed martial arts career in 2004. He went a perfect 12-0 to start his career, winning every outing in his native Brazil. The Team Nogueira product made his Bellator debut in 2010 and won in just two minutes. After picking up another impressive finish, "Pitbull" fell just short in the Season Two Featherweight Tournament Championship, dropping a close decision to future world champion Joe Warren. The split decision loss is the sole blemish on Freire's record.
The Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt recovered in ideal fashion in his second tournament appearance. "Pitbull" went a perfect 3-0 in 2011, winning the Season Four Featherweight Tournament Championship. His run featured a vicious knockout of Bellator vet Wilson Reis and a win over future tournament champion Daniel Straus. Freire's planned title shot in summer 2011 was put on hold due to a broken hand. His chance at Pat Curran's world title finally came at Bellator 85 in January, 2013. The fight was close, but Brazilian lost a narrow split decision.
Record: 17-1 (6 KOs, 7 subs)
Championships and Accolades:
Bellator Season Four Featherweight Tournament Champion
Bellator Season Two Featherweight Tournament Finalist