Bellator 252 Preview: Patricio Pitbull – Pedro Carvalho

Daniel Cunningham
Patricio Pitbull Freire

Tomorrow night Bellator returns to action. In the main event of the evening, we will see the fight that was supposed to take place just before the pandemic shut things down. This card was hours away before production shut down in March.

Bellator two-division champion, Patricio “Pitbull” Freire (30-4), will be taking on Pedro Carvalho (11-3) in the featherweight division. The fight will be the first fight of 2020 for both of these top featherweights.

The last time we saw Pitbull in the Bellator cage, he successfully defended his featherweight crown against new bantamweight champion, Juan Archuleta. Pitbull is on a five fight winning streak with that last loss coming by way of injury.

Patricio Pitbull is the class of Bellator. The two-division champion is known as one of the best fighters in the world. In fact, he’s most known for his first round knockout of Michael Chandler who was a big recent signing by the UFC.

There’s a reason why Pitbull will enter the cage tomorrow as a big betting favorite. However, the challenger has a ton of hype around him and many feel that he is going to give Patricio Pitbull a run for his money.

Bellator 252 Main Event

Pedro Carvalho will enter the Bellator cage tomorrow night riding a six fight winning streak. He’s really taken off in his last three contests finishing all three of his opponents before hitting the third round.

Carvalho is extremely tall and lengthy for the featherweight division. He will have a six inch height advantage and a five inch reach advantage tomorrow night over the Bellator two-division champion.

When it comes to breaking this fight down, it will all come down to how well Patricio Pitbull can get inside. I think Pitbull is one of the best in the world at overcoming a reach disadvantage. He’s going to need those skills tomorrow night.

We could see a leg kick heavy attack from Pitbull tomorrow. However, I think Carvalho’s straight shots and jabs could give him issues. Carvalho’s skills on the ground and long limbs could make Pitbull’s top game challenging tomorrow night.

Ultimately in the end, I think the fight is going to take place predominately on the feet. I expect Carvalho to shock a lot of people with how well he’s going to do. However, in the end, it’s hard to bet against the champ. I’m expecting a war, but I’m rocking with Pitbull in a close one.

Prediction: Patricio “Pitbull” Freire by Unanimous Decision