July 7, 1987
|Height||5 ft 5 in (1.65 m)|
|Weight||145 lb (66 kg; 10.4 st)|
|Reach||65 in (165 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Natal, Brazil|
|Rank||Brazilian Jiu-Jitsublack belt in|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Notable relatives||Patricky Freire, brother|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Patrício Freire (born July 7, 1987 in Natal, Brazil) is a Brazilian mixed martial artist. He competes in the featherweight division. He is the younger brother of Bellator lightweight fighter Patricky Freire. Both brothers often use the moniker "Pitbull".
Freire is currently ranked as the #7 featherweight in the world by Fight!Magazine and #6 by Fightmatrix.
Mixed martial arts career
Bellator Fighting Championships
After stringing together an impressive undefeated record on the local Brazilian circuit, he made his American debut on April 22, 2010 for the Bellator Fighting Championships in their featherweight tournament.
He won his first round bout defeating Will Romero via first round submission. At Bellator 18 he won his semi final bout against fellow Brazilian and former EliteXC featherweight champion, Wilson Reis.
In Bellator Season 4, Friere earned back-to-back third round KOs against Georgi Karakhanyan and Wilson Reis (a rematch of their bout the previous year) to advance to the finals of the featherweight tournament. Friere met Daniel Straus in the fourth season tournament finals at Bellator 45. He won the fight via unanimous decision.
A broken hand suffered in training  had halted Freire's rematch with Joe Warren for the Bellator Featherweight Championship.
After a near year and a half lay-off, Freire returned to action at Bellator 85 to face Pat Curran who had defeated Joe Warren to win the Bellator Featherweight Championship at Bellator 60. After a back and forth fight, Freire ended up losing a very close split decision.
Freire was set to face Rob Emerson at Bellator 97, but Emerson was forced out of the bout due to injury and was replaced by Jared Downing. Freire won via KO at fifty-four seconds into the second round.
Freire faced former UFC featherweight contender Diego Nunes at Bellator 99 in the Quarterfinals of Bellator's Season Nine Featherweight Tournament. He won the fight via knockout in the first round.
After being skipped over for his title shot, Freire was expected to finally challenge for the Bellator Featherweight Championship in the long-awaited rematch with Pat Curran on June 6, 2014 at Bellator 121. However, on May 21, it was announced that Curran had pulled out of the bout due to a calf injury.
Championships and accomplishments
- Bellator Fighting Championships
- 2014 All-Violence First Team
- 2011 All-Violence Third Team
- Bleacher Report
- 2011 MMA All-Star First Team
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|23 matches||21 wins||2 losses|
|Win||21–2||Justin Wilcox||TKO (punches)||Bellator 108||November 15, 2013||1||2:23||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States||Bellator Season 9 Featherweight Tournament Final|
|Win||20–2||Fabricio Guerreiro||Decision (unanimous)||Bellator 103||October 11, 2013||3||5:00||Mulvane, Kansas, United States||Bellator Season 9 Featherweight Tournament Semifinal|
|Win||19–2||Diego Nunes||KO (punches)||Bellator 99||September 13, 2013||1||1:19||Temecula, California, United States||Bellator Season 9 Featherweight Tournament Quarterfinal|
|Win||18–2||Jared Downing||TKO (punches)||Bellator 97||July 31, 2013||2||0:54||Rio Rancho, New Mexico, United States|
|Loss||17–2||Pat Curran||Decision (split)||Bellator 85||January 13, 2013||5||5:00||Irvine, California, United States||For Bellator Featherweight Championship|
|Win||17–1||Daniel Straus||Decision (unanimous)||Bellator 45||May 21, 2011||3||5:00||Lake Charles, Louisiana, United States||Bellator Season 4 Featherweight Tournament Final|
|Win||16–1||Wilson Reis||KO (punches)||Bellator 41||April 16, 2011||3||3:29||Yuma, Arizona, United States||Bellator Season 4 Featherweight Tournament Semifinal|
|Win||15–1||Georgi Karakhanyan||TKO (punches)||Bellator 37||March 19, 2011||3||0:56||Concho, Oklahoma, United States||Bellator Season 4 Featherweight Tournament Quarterfinal|
|Loss||14–1||Joe Warren||Decision (split)||Bellator 23||June 24, 2010||3||5:00||Louisville, Kentucky, United States||Bellator Season 2 Featherweight Tournament Final|
|Win||14–0||Wilson Reis||Decision (unanimous)||Bellator 18||May 13, 2010||3||5:00||Monroe, Louisiana, United States||Bellator Season 2 Featherweight Tournament Semifinal|
|Win||13–0||William Romero||Submission (heel hook)||Bellator 15||April 22, 2010||1||2:01||Uncasville, Connecticut, United States||Bellator Season 2 Featherweight Tournament Quarterfinal|
|Win||12–0||Johnny Iwasaki||Submission (guillotine choke)||Platinum Fight Brazil 2||December 5, 2009||2||3:27||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil|
|Win||11–0||Vinicius Borba||TKO (head kick and punches)||Eagle Fighting Championship||September 26, 2009||1||1:24||Sao Paulo, Brazil|
|Win||10–0||Giovani Diniz||Submission (kimura)||Platinum Fight Brazil||August 13, 2009||1||2:20||Natal, Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil|
|Win||9–0||Gleristone Santos||KO (flying knee)||Brazil Nordeste Combat||April 2, 2009||1||2:16||Natal, Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil|
|Win||8–0||Fernando Vieira||Decision (unanimous)||Leal Combat: Premium||June 5, 2008||3||5:00||Natal, Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil|
|Win||7–0||Paulo Mantas||Submission (heel hook)||Rino's FC 4||September 27, 2007||1||2:21||Fortaleza, Brazil|
|Win||6–0||Jadyson Costa||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Leal Combat: Grand Prix||July 5, 2007||1||4:34||Natal, Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil|
|Win||5–0||Rafael Gargula||Submission (armbar)||Tridenium Combat||April 6, 2006||2||3:05||Fortaleza, Brazil|
|Win||4–0||Joao Paulo||Submission (guillotine choke)||Fight Ship Looking Boy 1||September 8, 2005||2||N/A||Natal, Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil|
|Win||3–0||Tarcisio Jardim||KO (punches)||Octagon Fight||February 24, 2005||2||N/A||Natal, Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil|
|Win||2–0||Marlon Silva||Decision (unanimous)||Brazilian Challenger 2||October 21, 2004||3||5:00||Natal, Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil|
|Win||1–0||Dida Dida||TKO (corner stoppage)||Desafio: Natal vs. Nordeste||March 9, 2004||1||5:00||Natal, Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil|
- Dan Stupp. "Louisville's Bellator 23 official with Warren vs. Friere, Shlemenko vs. Baker finales". MMAjunkie.
- "Bellator 99 Features Vladimir Matyushenko Debut Versus Christian M’Pumbu in Main Event".
- Guilherme Cruz (2014-05-21). "Pat Curran injured, out of Bellator 121 title fight with ‘Pitbull’ Freire". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2014-05-21.