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“Pitbull”—a rare simultaneous two-division champion—currently holds
titles in Bellator’s 145- and 155-pound weight classes, as he
reclaimed the featherweight crown in April 2017 before capturing
the lightweight belt a little more than two years later. Freire
made his first Bellator appearance in 2010 and emerged as a
potential cornerstone for the company by winning 12 of his first 14
bouts. Now widely
recognized as one of the Top 10 featherweights in the sport,
the Brazilian dynamo finds himself on a five-fight winning streak,
his stock continuing to soar.
As Freire awaits his next assignment, here are some of the numbers
that have come to define him:
32: Years of age. Freire was born on July 7, 1987
in Natal, Brazil.
14: Consecutive victories to start his career.
Freire made his professional debut as a 16-year-old in 2004 and
finished 11 of his first 14 opponents.
18: Wins under the Bellator MMA banner, placing
Freire atop the promotion’s all-time list. Eight of those victories
have come in title fights.
2: Tournament championships in Bellator. Freire
won the Season 4 featherweight tournament in 2011 and the Season 9
featherweight tournament in 2013. He was the runner-up in the
Season 2 featherweight tournament in 2010.
11: Victories by submission on his resume,
accounting for more than a third of his total. Freire has secured
five wins by guillotine choke, two by rear-naked choke, two by heel
hook, one by armbar and one by kimura.
61: Seconds needed to stop Michael
Chandler with punches and capture the lightweight championship
at Bellator 221 on May 11—the fastest finish of Freire’s career to
date. He zapped
Ultimate Fighting Championship veteran Diego Nunes
in 79 seconds at Bellator 99.
5: Successful title defenses in Bellator, all of
them at 145 pounds. Freire’s first run as featherweight champion
saw him defend the throne against Straus and Weichel, while his
current reign has seen him turn away Weichel, Emmanuel
Sanchez and Juan
4: Countries in which Freire has competed as a
professional mixed martial artist. He owns a 12-0 record in Brazil,
a 16-4 record in the United States, a 1-0 record in Israel and a
1-0 record in Italy.
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