Patricio Freire Still ‘Disappointed’ with Bellator MMA Over Bellator 112 Main Event
Posted by Jeffrey Harris on 03.13.2014
Freire feels like he was disrespected…
Patricio "Pitbull" Freire recently talked about his frustrations on Bellator MMA opting to book a featherweight title rematch between Daniel Straus and Pat Curran for Bellator 112. Freire currently has a win over the current champion, Straus, and also is due a title shot after winning another tournament in the promotion. Below are some highlights.
Freire on Bellator saying he needed to wait for his shot: "They told me that I didn't lose my shot at the title, that I simply needed to wait until Curran had his rematch. That answer irritated me even more, since I was supposed to have the next title shot, especially since ‘Frodo' is still having visa problems. Instead, it's Curran that's getting the shot."
Freire on his close title fight with Curran: "When I faced Curran, when he held the belt, we had a very competitive fight which I lost via split decision. I asked for a rematch, but instead I was informed I would be in a new tournament. After I won a standalone fight, followed by three victories in the tournament, which added up to three knockouts in four fights, I earned my chance again. But they still wouldn't give me my shot. That was the straw that broke the camel's back."
Freire on how he felt disrespected by Bellator and wanted to be released from his contract: "Due to this feeling of disrespect, I did ask that if Bellator doesn't wish me to be the champion, then they should release me from my contract. But everyone knows that these contractual matters are complicated and I'm supposed to fulfill my commitments. They reached out to us to start a dialog. One thing I can say for sure: I will only remain at Bellator if I feel respected. In any area of my life, I refuse to be somewhere when I'm not treated with respect. I know my value. I know what I've done, what I can do, and what I can become. At the very least, I expect that my goals be respected."
Freire on why he's disappointed with Bellator MMA: "This is a very uncomfortable situation. I've always considered the Bellator staff as my family outside Brazil. I've always defended the organization. That's why I am disappointed. And nothing I've said is a lie. I am sad because I know I helped then reach their current level of success. With 11 fights in the organization, and several knockouts to my name, I have helped them grown. I'm not happy with how things are between us now."