Patricio Freire Says He Feels Betrayed By Bjorn Rebney
Posted by Jeremy Thomas on 05.01.2014
As if his own father betrayed him...
Patricio Freire recently spoke with MMAjunkie about being passed over for the next shot at Pat Curran in favor of Curran completing his trilogy with Daniel Strauss. Check out the highlights:
On being passed up for the next shot at Curran: "Imagine being betrayed by your father. Imagine seeing your father turn his back on you. That's what happened to me. I saw Bjorn like a father. Of course there are scars. Of course the relationship is different. I still consider several people from Bellator like family, and I don't wish anything bad for them, but now is the time to consider what's best for my career. What happened can't be erased. But if Bellator provides me what is best for my career, I don't see any problem on continuing there."
On criticism over airing his frustrations: "I've seen the negative comments about me, and I think some things must be made more clear. I had my reasons to say what I had been saying. There's more to it than people know, but I won't go into details. I was asked questions, and I answered them. It's not like I brought this up. I'm not the bad guy here, and even though people might think that, I don't want to hurt Bellator either. I just want them to do the right things. Money is important, but it's not everything. People have no idea what I have been through. They're not in my shoes. They don't know what goes on in my life. Fighting is my profession, and of course I must make money out of it, but it doesn't mean it's what will dictate my decisions in this sport. If it was all about money and getting more than what I have now, I could have renewed already. But it's not just money, it's about being respected, being treated fairly and being valued."
On his focus: "I don't care what people that talk bad about me say. It's easy to come here and say I'm a mercenary. They do not put food on my table and do not feed my family. The same people talking bad about me now will talk good about me if I keep winning and then talk bad again if I lose. The only fans' opinions that I care about are the real fans. Aside from that, they don't mean anything to me. My career focus is to build a legacy and be recognized as the greatest MMA fighter of all time. I hope some day people talk about me like they talk about Fedor Emelianenko. That's why I am in this sport. But the blood and sweat I left in the cage must be valued."