July 7, 1987
|Height||5 ft 5 in (1.65 m)|
|Weight||145 lb (66 kg; 10.4 st)|
|Reach||65.0 in (165 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Natal, Brazil|
|Rank||Black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu|
|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 currently competing in Bellator's Featherweight division, where he is the current Featherweight Champion. He is the younger brother of Lightweight fighter Patricky Freire. Both brothers often use the moniker "Pitbull", who shared the nickname with another four fighters: Patricky Freire, Andrei Arlovski, Thiago Alves and Bethe Correia.
Freire is currently ranked as the #7 Featherweight by Fight!Magazine and #5 in the World by Fightmatrix as well as the #1 Featherweight outside of the UFC.
Mixed martial arts career
Freire began training Brazilian jiu-jitsu at the age of ten to help fend off the stigma of his size. As a teenager, he trained at the famed Chute Boxe academy alongside notable MMA stars such as Wanderlei Silva and Mauricio Rua.
Freire made his professional MMA debut in March 2004 at the age of 16. For the first five and a half years of his career, he competed in his native Brazil and amassed an undefeated record of 12-0 with all but two wins coming by way of stoppage.
Prior to signing with Bellator, Freire was ranked as one of the top prospects outside of the North American fight scene.
Freire faced Joe Warren on June 24, 2010 at Bellator 23 in the Tournament Final. Despite nearly finishing the fight in the waning moments of the first round, Freire lost the fight by controversial split decision.
In Bellator Season Four, 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 Bellator Season Four Lightweight Tournament Final 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. The rematch eventually took place at Bellator 123 on September 5, 2014. Freire defeated Curran by unanimous decision to become the new Bellator Featherweight Champion.
Freire made his first title defense at Bellator 132 on January 16, 2015 against Daniel Straus in a rematch of their bout in May 2011, which saw Freire walk away with a decision victory. Freire won the back-and-forth fight in the fourth round via a rear-naked choke submission.
Freire was expected to defend his Featherweight title against former WSOF Featherweight Champion Georgi Karakhanyan in a rematch at Bellator 138 on June 19, 2015. However, after a torn ACL suffered by Karakhanyan, Freire will instead face Bellator Season Ten Featherweight tournament winner Daniel Weichel at the event.
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|
|25 matches||23 wins||2 losses|
|Win||23–2||Daniel Straus||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Bellator 132||January 16, 2015||4||4:49||Temecula, California, United States||Defended the Bellator Featherweight Championship.|
|Win||22–2||Pat Curran||Decision (unanimous)||Bellator 123||September 5, 2014||5||5:00||Uncasville, Connecticut, United States||Won the Bellator Featherweight Championship.|
|Win||21–2||Justin Wilcox||TKO (punches)||Bellator 108||November 15, 2013||1||2:23||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States||Bellator Season Nine Featherweight Tournament Final|
|Win||20–2||Fabricio Guerreiro||Decision (unanimous)||Bellator 103||October 11, 2013||3||5:00||Mulvane, Kansas, United States||Bellator Season Nine Featherweight Tournament Semifinal|
|Win||19–2||Diego Nunes||KO (punches)||Bellator 99||September 13, 2013||1||1:19||Temecula, California, United States||Bellator Season Nine 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 Four Featherweight Tournament Final|
|Win||16–1||Wilson Reis||KO (punches)||Bellator 41||April 16, 2011||3||3:29||Yuma, Arizona, United States||Bellator Season Four Featherweight Tournament Semifinal|
|Win||15–1||Georgi Karakhanyan||TKO (punches)||Bellator 37||March 19, 2011||3||0:56||Concho, Oklahoma, United States||Bellator Season Four Featherweight Tournament Quarterfinal|
|Loss||14–1||Joe Warren||Decision (split)||Bellator 23||June 24, 2010||3||5:00||Louisville, Kentucky, United States||Bellator Season Two Featherweight Tournament Final|
|Win||14–0||Wilson Reis||Decision (unanimous)||Bellator 18||May 13, 2010||3||5:00||Monroe, Louisiana, United States||Bellator Season Two 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 Two 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 Rodrigues||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|
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