Bellator MMA two-division champion Patricio “Pitbull” Freire is ready to return to motion in his promotion, however he has curiosity in taking up the UFC’s featherweight king.
After UFC 251’s co-main occasion between Alexander Volkanovski and Max Holloway, Pitbull tweeted out his want for each the Muhammad Ali Act for MMA, together with a champion vs. champion showdown with Volkanovski.
We’d like the Ali Act for MMA. I might combat certainly one of these guys, Champion vs Champion. That is what MMA followers wish to see.
— Patricio Freire (@PatricioPitbull) July 12, 2020
Presumably his name for the Ali Act in MMA is with the hope that such implementation would pave the way in which for extra cross-promotional fights to exist.
Whereas it’d be nice to see the Brazilian powerhouse tackle the UFC’s finest, odds of it really occurring via his imaginative and prescient are lower than minuscule. Co-promotion involving the UFC and one other MMA promotion simply doesn’t occur. There’s far much less main co-promotion in MMA than boxing, and as such often the one means for non-UFC fighters to get their desired fights towards UFC opposition is to signal unique contracts with the UFC. Freire has been with Bellator for 10 years and (alongside his brother Patricky) simply signed new contracts with the Viacom owned promotion.
Bellator MMA intends to return on July 24th from Connecticut, the place Patricio’s grand prix quarterfinal bout vs. Pedro Carvalho was resulting from happen again in March earlier than the COVID-19 pandemic shut every part down. It’s unknown when that bout will probably be rescheduled.