After a lengthy delay, Patricio Freire will finally defend his featherweight crown against Pedro Carvalho at a Bellator MMA event on Nov. 12.
MMAFighting.com was first to report the booking. The matchup is part of the quarterfinal round of the promotion’s 145-pound grand prix. Freire was initially slated to meet Carvalho at Bellator 241 in March before the event was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Nov. 12 card will take place at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn.
Freire, who is also the reigning lightweight king, advanced in the bracket with a five-round verdict against Juan Archuleta at Bellator 228. The Brazilian standout is currently on a five-bout winning streak.
Carvalho, meanwhile, punched his ticket to the quarterfinals with a second-round submission of Sam Sicilia at Bellator 226. The 25-year-old SBG Ireland representative has been victorious in his last six professional outings, a stretch that includes four triumphs under the Bellator banner.
The Freire-Carvalho winner is expected to square off agianst the winner of the other quarterfinal matchup pitting Emmanuel Sanchez against Daniel Weichel. That fight does not yet have a date. Meanwhile, A.J. McKee will square off against Darrion Caldwell in a semifinal pairing; a date for that fight is also yet to be determined.
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