Patricky Freire will square off against former Legacy Fighting Alliance champion Jaleel Willis in the Bellator 249 co-headliner on Oct. 15.
Sherdog.com confirmed the matchup with a promotion official on Tuesday following an initial report from MMAjunkie.com. Bellator 249 takes place at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn., and is headlined by a women’s featherweight title tilt between Cristiane Justino and Arlene Blencowe.
Freire has been victorious in his last five Bellator appearances and seven of his last eight bouts overall. Most recently, the elder “Pitbull” brother suffered a decision loss against Tofiq Musayev in the finals of Rizin’s lightweight grand prix on Dec. 31.
The 28-year-old Willis claimed welterweight gold with a five-round verdict against Vinicius de Jesus at LFA 88 on Aug. 21. Willis owns a 13-2 professional mark overall and has earned five of his victories by KO/TKO and eight via decision.
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