Patricio Freire is now the second fighter in Bellator history to become a champ-champ after moving up in weight to lightweight and defeating Michael Chandler at Bellator 221.
To some controversy, immediately after the referee stopped the fight, Chandler appeared to be fine. However, according to Patricio Freire, Michael Chandler was out cold.
“He was sleeping,” Freire told MMA Junkie after the fight. “He kissed the floor, so I’m good with that. … I won the fight. You saw that. He watched the video (replay) after the fight, and he saw he lost.”
Patricio Freire has several options for his next fight. A.J. McKee to many made sense, however, not to Patricio.
“He was afraid,” Freire said. “Let’s do (a fight). I’m going to kill him. … If he can do it at featherweight, let’s go.”
Patricio is more interested in a fight with one of the best boxers on this planet right now, Canelo Alvarez. The boxer, who is currently signed with DAZN, is 52-1-2 only losing to Floyd Mayweather.
“I think I can do well with him,” Freire said. “I watched his last fight, and I believe I can fight him. Now I have two belts. He has a lot of belts, too, and it’s going to be a good match.”
Bellator has not yet commented on this fight, hence it is currently not known whether Bellator will let their new champ-champ fight a boxing fight against Canelo Alvarez. Patricio Freire also told reporters that he has not spoken with Bellator President Scott Coker or DAZN about any such future fight yet.