Patricio "Pitbull" Freire Threatens To Leave Bellator MMA
Posted by Joseph Lee on 04.29.2014
If he doesn't get what he wants...
In an interview with MMA Fighting, Patricio "Pitbull" Freire said that he may be leaving Bellator MMA if they don't give him what he wants. He's still upset that the promotion not only gave Pat Curran another shot at the featherweight title when Freire earned his shot, but there appears to be preferential treatment to UFC veterans like Tito Ortiz, Cheick Kongo and Quinton Jackson. He will finally get his title shot against Curran at Bellator 121 in Thackerville, Oklahoma on June 6. Here are highlights:
On finally getting his title shot: "Thanks God this dream is back in my head. I had forgotten about (the title) already. I had given up on being Bellator champion, but I still have three fights left on my contract, and I have to do them. This is a fight that I really want. I feel I won that and I'm really happy to fight for the title now. I want to be world champion and this is my time."
On his problems with Bellator: "I didn't forgive them, the wound is still open," he said. "You can't erase the past, it left scars. Bellator disrespected me and they will have to be really generous to me to repair it. They will have to give me better things to make me forget about it. I will turn 27, and I have had many fights in my career. I did a lot of things the world didn't see. I will do anything I have to do for my career. I can't wait much longer. If Bellator tells me it's happening now, I will stay (in Bellator). If they don't give me what I deserve, I will leave for the promotion that offers me a better opportunity. The most important thing is mutual respect. I respected Bellator, but when it was time for them to respect me back, they gave preference to their guy. I don't want to be their guy, I just want them to give me what I deserve. I was the one who did more for Bellator, so I should be the one who makes more money in there."
On Bellator showing preferential treatment to UFC veterans: "I feel devalued. I grew up a lot as a fighter in Bellator, but I also helped them grow as a company. I'm a big name in Bellator, and I can't accept someone coming from another promotion and having more power than me."