Patricio Pitbull knocks out Pedro Carvalho in the first at Bellator 252

Tonight Bellator returned to action and the best fighter that the promotion has to offer was in the main event. Continuing with the Featherweight Grand Prix, featherweight champion, Patricio “Pitbull” Freire (30-4) took on Pedro Carvalho (11-3).

Patricio Pitbull is one of the very best fighters in the world. Over the years, he’s become a face of Bellator. However, Carvalho was expected to give him a big challenge tonight.

Training under the same coach as Conor McGregor, Carvalho is good wherever the fight goes. He fights extremely long and he’s got slick submissions on the mat. This fight was expected to be a battle.

However, it was evident from the opening bell that these two were on different levels. Carvalho came out and threw some decent strikes trying to pressure the champion. However, Pitbull was just biting his time waiting for his opportunity.

As the first round continued, Pitbull started touching Carvalho up. He buckled Carvalho with a right then he dropped Carvalho with another right. A scramble found Pitbull on Carvalho’s back.

However, Carvalho was able to work his way back up to his feet, but he wouldn’t be there long. Pitbull hurt him bad with another right hand. Then a clean leaping left hook put Carvalho out for good. Pitbull remains the Bellator featherweight champion.

Patricio Pitbull def Pedro Carvalho by KO -  Round 1

What’s next after Bellator 252

Bellator 252 was supposed to be a tough event for Pitbull and he just stormed through Pedro Carvalho. Odds makers had the odds stacked for Pitbull, but many analyst thought that Carvalho could give Pitbull a tough fight.

Turns out, it was just another walk through the park for Pitbull. After this he will continue on in the Bellator Featherweight Grand Prix. His next opponent is already decided as he will take on Emmanuel Sanchez (19-4) who won earlier in the evening.

These two men fought back in 2018 with Pitbull winning by unanimous decision. I have no idea who is going to be the man who can take away that crown from Pitbull. He is truly something special.

Bellator books title fight between Patricio Pitbull and Pedro Carvalho

Patricio Pitbull Freire

Bellator has re-booked a massive title fight in their featherweight division. Per MMA Fighting, the promotion has finalized the matchup between Patricio Pitbull (30-4) and Pedro Carvalho (11-3). Originally scheduled for March, the fight will now take place on November 12th.

Just hours before the Bellator featherweight title contest back in March, the promotion called off the event due to COVID concerns. The pandemic then shut down production, and Bellator has just been getting going over the last month. Getting their double champ back in action was a top priority.

Pitbull has been chomping at the bit to get back into the cage. He’s going to get his chance on November 12th. That event will take place at the Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, CT. This is where Bellator has been hosting their US cards.

Bellator’s Best In Action

It’s not a secret that Patricio Pitbull is the best that Bellator has to offer. He’s been nothing short of dominant in his career with the promotion. He even knocked out Michael Chandler to capture the lightweight title. Chandler was of course recently signed by the UFC.

I will say that Pitbull does have his hands full in this fight. Carvalho is not a fighter to sleep on. He trains out of the same gym that produced Conor McGregor and he’s currently on a six fight win streak.

Pitbull is expected to be a big favorite in this Bellator featherweight title contest, but Carvalho is no joke. This is a fight that I’m really looking forward to. There have been a lot of eyes on Pitbull recently after his back and forth with fighters in the UFC.

On November 12th, Pitbull will have a lot of eyes on him. He can come out and show why he’s one of the very best in the world. If Carvalho is able to knockoff Pitbull, it would be a pretty sizable upset, but it is one he’s capable of pulling off.

Bellator MMA preparing for July 24th return

Per multiple reports, Bellator MMA is ready to open their doors. Bellator is expected to have a three-month residency at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Unvasville, Connecticut. We have not seen any Bellator action since the promotion halted production back in early March.

Per MMA Fighting, the deal is a partnership with Showtime Championship Boxing who will also be sharing the arena. There are multiple hurdles still to overcome, but the promotion is focused on getting back to action in a couple of weeks.

Exciting Bellator Matchups Upcoming

There are no dates just yet, but there are several matchups that should get MMA fans excited about Bellator returning. One of the matchups that sticks out to me is the matchup between Douglas Lima (32-7) and Gegard Mousasi (46-7-2) for the vacant middleweight title. Lima is truly one of the best fighters in the world, and I’m interested to see if he can become a two-division world champion in Bellator.

Another fight I’m interested in is the rematch between Michael Chandler (20-5) and Benson Henderson (28-8). Chandler has long been considered one of the better lightweights in the world. He’s coming up on his last fight under his current Bellator deal, and he’s expected to test out free agency. If he wins impressively, expect several promotions to come calling with good offers.

Of course you have to think Bellator will move quickly to book the anticipated matchup between Patricio “Pitbull” Freire (30-4) and Pedro Carvalho (11-3). Pitbull is one of the best fighters in the world. He’s currently one of two double-champs in Bellator. There was some heat in this matchup, and it was just days from happening before the pandemic shut everything down.

More Fights for Fans

Dana White and the UFC have done a tremendous job of getting sports going over the last couple of months. However, now that Bellator is coming back, fight fans are going to see even more action. You have to think Bellator is going to come out strong after being behind for the last few months.