Patricky Freire's Blogs

  • Sherdog Vault Photo of the Day By: Staff

    Patricky “Pitbull” Freire decks Rob McCullough at Bellator 36 in Shreveport, La. Freire fights Lloyd Woodard this Friday in the opening round of Bellator’s Season 6 lightweight tourney at Bellator 62. Photo by Keith Mills, March 12, 2011.

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  • Fighter Playlist: Patricky ‘Pitbull’ Freire By: Chris Nelson

    Patricky Freire has been laying down beats in Bellator. | Dave Mandel/

    It’s been over a month since Patricky "Pitbull" Freire left his home in Natal, Brazil, for the United States. The elder half of Bellator Fighting Championships’ fast-rising “Pitbull Brothers” might be feeling a little homesick, but aside from the stray tweet about how he wishes he could hug his wife and daughter, you won’t hear him complaining. As Freire says, “it’s all for a good cause.”

    After gaining entrance to Bellator’s fourth-season lightweight tournament final with a vicious knockout of Toby Imada on April 2 in Uncasville, Conn., Freire headed west. The hard-hitting 155-pounder posted up at the brand new Black House Team Nogueira gym in San Diego, where he’s trained for his May 14 final against unbeaten wrestler Michael Chandler.

    Freire says the training he’s received stateside has really gotten his attention, particularly that of coach and sparring partner Gary Padilla. Others assisting the “Pitbull” in his preparation include wrestler-turned-fighter Jay Bogan, once-beaten lightweight prospect Saul Almeida, plus one other constant companion.

    Six-thousand miles from home, Freire not only trains, but also passes time with his younger sibling -- two-time Bellator featherweight tournament finalist Patricio “Pitbull” Freire -- by watching the fights and highlight reels of others on YouTube.

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