See what fight fans thought of Patricio Pitbull’s quick win at Bellator 255
The Bellator Featherweight Grand Prix final many people wanted to see will become a reality. Patricio “Pitbull” Freire defeated Emmanuel Sanchez in the Bellator 255 main event to retain the featherweight championship and move on to face A.J. McKee in the finals.
Freire and Sanchez originally met at Bellator 209 in November 2018, with Freire edging out Sanchez on the scorecards to retain the Bellator 145-pound title.
Since that win, Freire added the Bellator lightweight championship to his mantle and became a champ-champ with a 61-second finish of Michael Chandler in May 2019. His Grand Prix tournament path prior to this fight saw him defeat Juan Archuleta by decision before a knockout win over Pedro Carvalho.
After the loss to Freire, Sanchez rebounded with a decision win over Georgi Karakhanyan. His Grand Prix experience prior to this title bout saw him submit Tywan Claxton in the opening round before a win over Daniel Weichel in the quarterfinals.
Fans react to Patricio Pitbull retaining title, moving on to face A.J. McKee in Grand Prix finals
Freire stayed patient and allowed Sanchez to come forward, utilizing his counterstriking to the best of his ability. Eventually, Freire dropped Sanchez and caught him in a guillotine, scoring a submission win in under four minutes.
See how Twitter reacted to Freire’s win
Pitbull vs. McKee, the way it was supposed to be. #Bellator255
— Joe Gravel (@JoeGravel20) April 3, 2021
As much as I dislike Pitbull, a matchup against AJ McKee gets me VERY excited! 👀 #Bellator255
— jacob gevers (@Gevmau5) April 3, 2021
Patrico Pitbull a problem but McKee getting that W when they face off. McKee is a special talent, it’ll be an awesome fight! #Bellator255
— Brandon Butcher (@Bbutcherr) April 3, 2021
I would like to see:
Pitbull beat Mckee
go to UFC
moving to bellator
Bellator becomes better.#Bellator255
— pat (@Patkk151515) April 3, 2021
wow holy shittt, what a performance from Pitbull, one of the best in his career. #Bellator255
— Thomas🗿🏝 (@RoeJogan1) April 3, 2021
— Valtteri Parikka (@ParikanValtteri) April 3, 2021
— Dude, I almost had you (@_marlongms) April 3, 2021
Pitbull took no damage. Book the final ASAP. I can't wait. #Bellator255
— Steve (@SCFack) April 3, 2021
Pitbull vs McKee is going to be fireworks, I can't wait. Already got my popcorn #Bellator255
— OneShot Scott🇨🇦 (@Scootietang) April 3, 2021
Pitbull is a top 3-5 featherweight and he will smoke McKee.
Good night, ladies and gentlemen. #Bellator255
— manos de piedra (@feet_work) April 3, 2021
So happy Pitbull won. Pitbull/McKee is very arguably the best featherweight fight you can make in MMA right now. Gonna be awesome. #Bellator255
— Jeff Engelhardt (@JWEngelhardt) April 3, 2021
Destiny awaits. Fight we been waiting for. Pitbull vs McKee #Bellator255
— 🍫TonyDarceDariush🐰 (@kiefondareef420) April 3, 2021
Pitbull vs. McKee is easily the biggest fight in Bellator history. I hope they stack the shit out of the card, bring those old Strikeforce vibes back. #Bellator255
— Ferrist Keeper (@ferristkeeper) April 3, 2021
Patricio Pitbull vs. AJ McKee is such an awesome fight on paper. Can’t wait for that one! #Bellator255
— Michael DeSantis (@mdesantis24) April 3, 2021
Freire will now meet A.J. McKee in the Bellator Featherweight Grand Prix finals, with both the title and $1 million on the line.
Bellator 255 took place on Friday, April 2, 2021, live from the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, CT. Follow along with FanSided for all your live news and highlights.