Patricio “The Pitbull” Freire is looking to end the year where he started: as a contender for the Bellator Featherweight championship.
Freire faces Justin “The Silverback” Wilcox in the finals of the Bellator Season Nine Featherweight Tournament at Bellator 108, Nov. 15. If The Pitbull gets past Wilcox, he will once again earn the opportunity to face the promotion’s featherweight champion. The current title holder is Daniel Straus, who Freire beat in the finals of the Season Four Featherweight Tournament. Straus is scheduled to make his first title defense against Season Eight Featherweight tournament champion Frodo Khasbulaev.
Freire challenged former champion Pat Curran back in January. After five rounds, Curran would come away with the split-decision.
The Pitbull has spent the last year racking up victories over the likes of Jared Downing, Diego Nunes and Fabricio Guerreiro. Meanwhile Wilcox has been on a roll since making his Bellator debut, earning wins over Akap Stepanyan and Joe Taimanglo. If Wilcox can get the win over Freire, it will be the biggest win of his career.
Still, Freire is one of the most dangerous fighters in Bellator and has a knack for finishing the fight. There is a good chance he could always away the tournament title and another shot at a world title.
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