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Patricky Freire (born January 21, 1986) is a Brazilian mixed martial artist currently competing in Bellator's lightweight division. He is the older brother of Bellator Featherweight and Bellator Lightweight World Champion Patrício Freire. Both brothers often use the moniker "Pitbull".

Patricky Freire
Born (1986-01-21) January 21, 1986 (age 33)
Mossoró, Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil
Other namesPitbull
ResidenceNatal, Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil
Height5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Weight155 lb (70 kg; 11.1 st)
Reach71 in (180 cm)
Fighting out ofNatal, Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil
TeamPitbull Brothers
Rank Black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu
Years active2005–present
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout14
By submission1
By decision7
By knockout2
By submission1
By decision5
OccupationMixed martial arts fighter, currently employed by Bellator
SpouseIngrid R. Perrota Freire
ChildrenLeticia R. Perrota Freire, Laura R. Perrota Freire, Lucas R. Perrota Freire
Notable relativesPatricio Freire, brother
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Mixed martial arts careerEdit

Bellator MMAEdit

After competing in many Brazilian promotions, Freire compiled a 7-1 record before entering the Bellator Season Four Lightweight Tournament. He faced former WEC Lightweight Champion, Rob McCullough at Bellator 36 on March 12, 2011 in the opening round of the tournament. He won via TKO in the third round.

Freire went on to face two-time finalist Toby Imada in the semifinal at Bellator 39. Freire defeated Imada via knockout in the first round after landing a brutal flying knee and following up with a flurry of punches which caused Imada to fall to the mat unconscious. The win saw him progress to the final of the tournament where he faced fellow finalist Michael Chandler at Bellator 44. Freire lost via unanimous decision.

Freire next faced Kurt Pellegrino at Bellator 59 on November 26, 2011. He won the fight via TKO in the first round.

Freire faced Eddie Alvarez at Bellator 76. After a back-and-forth opening minute that saw both fighters rocked, he lost the fight via knockout in the first round.

It was announced that Freire will face Guillaume De Lorenzi in the Bellator 2013 Lightweight Tournament on January 31.[1] Unfortunately, Freire suffered an injury and pulled out of the Lightweight Tournament a few days prior to this fight.[2]

Freire returned to the Bellator cage on September 7, 2013 as he faced Derek Anderson at Bellator 98. Despite winning the first round, Freire lost the fight via unanimous decision.

In March 2014, Freire entered into the Bellator Season Ten Lightweight Yournament, where he faced David Rickels in the opening round at Bellator 113. He won the fight via knockout in the second round. In the semifinals, he faced Derek Campos at Bellator 117. Again he won the fight via TKO in the second round. He was scheduled to face Marcin Held in the finals at Bellator 120. However, Held was forced out of the bout due to injury, and the fight was subsequently cancelled.[3] The bout eventually took place at Bellator 126 on September 26, 2014.[4] Freire lost the fight via unanimous decision.

After nearly a year away from the sport, Freire returned to face Saad Awad at Bellator 141 on August 28, 2015. He won the fight by unanimous decision.

In the first rematch of his career, Freire faced Derek Anderson for a second time on December 4, 2015 at Bellator 147.[5] He again lost the fight, this time by controversial split decision.

Freire replaced an injured Derek Anderson to face Ryan Couture at Bellator 148 on January 29, 2016.[6] He won the bout via knockout in the first round.

It was announced that Freire will face Derek Campos for the second time as the Bellator 152 main event.[7] Just four days before their scheduled bout Campos pulled out due to injury and replaced by the newly signed former UFC fighter Kevin Souza.[8]

In May 2016, Bellator President Scott Coker announced that Freire would have a rematch against Michael Chandler at Bellator 157 on June 17, 2016. The bout was for the vacant Bellator Lightweight Championship, which was vacated when champion Will Brooks was released from the promotion.[9] Freire lost the fight via knockout in the first round.

Freire returned to the Bellator cage on February 18, 2017 in the main event at Bellator 172 against Josh Thomson.[10] He won the fight via knockout in the second round.

Freire was expected to face Derek Campos for a second time at Bellator 167 on December 3, 2016, however Freire was forced out of the bout due to an injury.[11] The rematch was scheduled to take place at Bellator 181 on July 14, 2017.[12] However, Freire instead faced Benson Henderson at Bellator 183 on September 23, 2017.[13] He won the fight by split decision. Freire is facing a 180-day medical suspension, unless he gets physician clearance regarding right rib pain.[14]

Freire faced Derek Campos in a rematch at Bellator 194 on February 16, 2018.[15] He won the fight via TKO in round one.[16]

Freire faced Roger Huerta on September 21, 2018 at Bellator 205.[17] He won the fight via knockout.[18]

Bellator booked Freire against newcomer Ryan Scope for their first show in the Bellator Europe series that marked the start of the organization's partnership with Channel 5 and Sky Sports. The event was called Bellator Newcastle and took place on February 11th. Despite rupturing a tendon in his right wrist on the first round of the fight, Freire won by split decision.

On February 20, 2019, Bellator announced that Freire had signed a multi-year, multi-fight contract extension with the organization.[19]

Rizin FFEdit

Due to his brother being the prevailing Bellator Lightweight champion, Patricky decided to take part in Rizin FF Lightweight tournament. In the first round of the tournament, Freire faced Tatsuya Kawajiri at Rizin 19 on October 12, 2019.[20] He won the fight via knockout in the first round.

Championships and awardsEdit

Mixed martial arts recordEdit

Professional record breakdown
30 matches 22 wins 8 losses
By knockout 14 2
By submission 1 1
By decision 7 5
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 22–8 Tatsuya Kawajiri KO (flying knee and punches) Rizin 19 October 12, 2019 1 1:10 Osaka, Japan Lightweight Grand Prix Quarter-Finals
Win 21–8 Ryan Scope Decision (split) Bellator Newcastle February 9, 2019 3 5:00 Newcastle upon Tyne, England
Win 20–8 Roger Huerta KO (punch) Bellator 205 September 21, 2018 2 0:43 Boise, Idaho, United States
Win 19–8 Derek Campos TKO (punches) Bellator 194 February 16, 2018 1 2:23 Uncasville, Connecticut, United States
Win 18–8 Benson Henderson Decision (split) Bellator 183 September 24, 2017 3 5:00 San Jose, California, United States
Win 17–8 Josh Thomson KO (punch) Bellator 172 February 18, 2017 2 0:40 San Jose, California, United States
Loss 16–8 Michael Chandler KO (punch) Bellator 157: Dynamite 2 June 24, 2016 1 2:14 St. Louis, Missouri, United States For the vacant Bellator Lightweight Championship
Win 16–7 Kevin Souza Decision (unanimous) Bellator 152 April 16, 2016 3 5:00 Torino, Italy
Win 15–7 Ryan Couture KO (punch) Bellator 148 January 29, 2016 1 3:00 Fresno, California, United States
Loss 14–7 Derek Anderson Decision (split) Bellator 147 December 4, 2015 3 5:00 San Jose, California, United States
Win 14–6 Saad Awad Decision (unanimous) Bellator 141 August 28, 2015 3 5:00 Temecula, California, United States
Loss 13–6 Marcin Held Decision (unanimous) Bellator 126 September 26, 2014 3 5:00 Phoenix, Arizona, United States Bellator Season Ten Lightweight Tournament Final
Win 13–5 Derek Campos TKO (punches) Bellator 117 April 18, 2014 2 0:52 Council Bluffs, Iowa, United States Bellator Season Ten Lightweight Tournament semifinals
Win 12–5 David Rickels KO (punches) Bellator 113 March 21, 2014 2 0:54 Mulvane, Kansas, United States Bellator Season Ten Lightweight Tournament Quarterfinal
Win 11–5 Edson Berto Decision (unanimous) Bellator 107 November 8, 2013 3 5:00 Thackerville, Oklahoma, United States
Loss 10–5 Derek Anderson Decision (unanimous) Bellator 98 September 7, 2013 3 5:00 Uncasville, Connecticut, United States
Loss 10–4 Eddie Alvarez KO (head kick and punches) Bellator 76 October 12, 2012 1 4:54 Windsor, Ontario, Canada
Loss 10–3 Lloyd Woodard Submission (kimura) Bellator 62 March 23, 2012 2 1:46 Laredo, Texas, United States Bellator Season Six Lightweight Tournament Quarterfinal
Win 10–2 Kurt Pellegrino TKO (punches) Bellator 59 November 26, 2011 1 0:50 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Loss 9–2 Michael Chandler Decision (unanimous) Bellator 44 May 14, 2011 3 5:00 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States Bellator Season Four Lightweight Tournament Final
Win 9–1 Toby Imada KO (flying knee and punches) Bellator 39 April 2, 2011 1 2:53 Uncasville, Connecticut, United States Bellator Season Four Lightweight Tournament Semifinal
Win 8–1 Rob McCullough TKO (punches) Bellator 36 March 12, 2011 3 3:11 Shreveport, Louisiana, United States Bellator Season Four LW Tournament Quarterfinal
Win 7–1 Yure Machado Decision (unanimous) Arena Gold Fights 2 July 17, 2010 3 5:00 Curitiba, Brazil
Win 6–1 Marlon Medeiros TKO (flying knee and punches) Platinum Fight Brazil 3 May 20, 2010 2 N/A São Paulo, Brazil
Win 5–1 Emerson Queiroz Submission (guillotine choke) Gouveia Fight Championship April 8, 2010 2 N/A Natal, Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil
Loss 4–1 Willamy Freire Technical Decision (unanimous) Rino's FC 4 September 27, 2007 3 1:45 Fortaleza, Brazil
Win 4–0 Maykon Costa Decision (unanimous) Leal Combat: Natal July 5, 2007 3 5:00 Natal, Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil
Win 3–0 Joao Paulo Rodrigues KO (stomps) Cage Fight Nordeste November 9, 2006 1 0:50 Natal, Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil
Win 2–0 Gleidson Alves Martins KO (punches) Fight Ship Looking Boy 2 November 22, 2005 3 N/A Natal, Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil
Win 1–0 Arquimedes Vieira KO (stomps) Fight Ship Looking Boy 1 September 8, 2005 1 N/A Natal, Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Grienke (December 23, 2012). "Bellator LW Tourney Gets Patricky For De Lorenzi".
  2. ^ Grienke (January 30, 2012). "Pitbull Injured; De Lorenzi Gets New Bellator Lightweight Tourney Opponent".
  3. ^ Thomas (May 9, 2014). "Patricky 'Pitbull' vs. Marcin Held off Bellator 120 with injury, Shahbulat Shamhalaev vs. Fabricio Guerreiro moved in as substitute".
  4. ^ "Marcin Held vs. Patricky Pitbull targeted for Bellator 126 on September 26th in Phoenix". August 1, 2014.
  5. ^ "Bellator 147 Fight Card". 2015-12-11.
  6. ^ "Patricky Freire in for injured Derek Anderson vs. Ryan Couture at Bellator 148". January 12, 2016.
  7. ^ "Patricky Freire vs. Derek Campos announced as MMA main event for Bellator 152". Mar 9, 2016.
  8. ^ "Kevin Souza signs with Bellator, replaces Derek Campos vs. Patricky Freire in upcoming main event". Apr 11, 2016.
  9. ^ "Michael Chandler, Patricky 'Pitbull' to Vie for Vacant Lightweight Title". May 14, 2016.
  10. ^ "Josh Thomson vs. Patricky 'Pitbull' Freire set as Bellator 172 co-main event". MMAjunkie. 2017-01-28. Retrieved 2017-01-30.
  11. ^ Staff (November 25, 2016). "Patricky Freire injured, out of Bellator 167 main event rematch with Derek Campos".
  12. ^ Staff (April 22, 2017). "Bellator 181 set for July 14 in Oklahoma with Patricky Freire vs. Derek Campos 2".
  13. ^ Staff (June 24, 2017). "Benson Henderson's return, Roy Nelson's debut at Bellator 183; Bellator 181 gets new headliner".
  14. ^ "Bellator 183 Medical Suspensions | Fightful MMA". Retrieved 2017-09-27.
  15. ^ Tristen Critchfield (January 12, 2018). "Patricky Freire-Derek Campos Rematch Set for Bellator 194 Co-Main Event".
  16. ^ "Bellator 194 results: Patricky Freire shuts down Derek Campos again, calls for title shot". MMAjunkie. 2018-02-17. Retrieved 2018-02-17.
  17. ^ "Bellator 205's Patricky Freire always has wanted to fight Roger Huerta for pleasure of beating him up". MMAjunkie. 2018-09-10. Retrieved 2018-09-22.
  18. ^ Anderson, Jay (2018-09-21). "Bellator 205 Results: Patricky Pitbull Knocks Out Roger Huerta in Firefight". Cageside Press. Retrieved 2018-09-22.
  19. ^ Fernanda Prates (February 20, 2019). "Bellator announces contract extensions with 'Pitbull' brothers Patricio and Patricky Freire".
  20. ^ Simon Head (September 20, 2019). "Bellator ace Patricky Freire draws Tatsuya Kawajiri in Rizin FF lightweight grand prix".
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