Patricio “Pitbull” Freire is set to defend his Bellator featherweight gold against contender #1 Pedro Carvalho on March 13th at Mogehan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn. Patricio who has a record of 30-4 will fight in the main UFC event. Two-time featherweight champion Freire will enter the Bellator cage for a promotional record 23rd time already. This should be a very interesting UFC Fight night Patricio Freire vs Pedro Carvalho fight to see, to have more insights, please read our preview below.
With impressive wins to his name over Daniel Straus (x3), Daniel Weichel (x2) and Pat Curran, the 32-year old continues in the Featherweight World Grand Prix not far removed from his lightweight championship win over Michael Chandler in May of last year. Having earned a finish in 21 of his 30 wins as a professional, the simultaneous two-division champion most recently bested Juan Archuleta on the scorecards in an exciting opening round grand Prix matchup and fans can certainly expect more fireworks when he meets Carvalho on March 13. However, he should not underestimate his opponent.
Portuguese submission specialist Carvalho will be entering the Bellator cage for just the fifth time in his eight-year professional career, looking for his seventh consecutive victory and his first world title victory. With victories in nine of his last 11 contests, including against Derek Campos, Daniel Crawford and a face crank submission over Sam Sicilia in the opening round, the 23-year-old SBG Ireland-product is on the cusp of becoming an elite force in the 145-pound division winning the Bellator Featherweight World Grand Prix would be the perfect way to solidify it.
Patricio Freire vs Pedro Carvalho H2H
Both fighters have never faced each other before, so this should make a fight even more interesting.