Bellator’s Scott Coker Says Patricio ‘Pitbull’ is The Planet’s Best Featherweight
By FCF Staff
Following Patricio ‘Pitbull’ Freire’s latest win, Bellator President, Scott Coker has proclaimed the champion is the sport’s best featherweight.
Freire faced Pedro Carvalho on Thursday in the main event of Bellator 252, in a fight that also served as a quarterfinal for the promotion’s featherweight grand prix. ‘Pitbull’ stopped Carvalho in the first round with a series of punches.
After the impressive win, Freire claimed that he is the best featherweight in the world (quote via MMA Junkie).
“I’m not the best featherweight in Bellator, I’m the best featherweight in the world,” Freire said. “No other featherweight has my hands. I’m complete. Now I have 11 knockouts and 11 submissions. There’s no other featherweight in the world that is as complete as I am.”
And while talking to the media following the card, Coker had this to say about Freire.
“We are lucky to have him,” Coker said. “He’s been a great fighter for us. He’s been a great ambassador for us. He was here even way before me. I’ll tell you what: I looked back and I saw a lot of his old clips over the last week, just looking around on our YouTube channels and different places. I said, ‘This guy reminds me of a young Roberto Duran’ if we had to put it in a boxing sense, right? He is a young Roberto Duran. He is not afraid of anybody. He’s going to bring it. I think he’s the best. Right now? He’s the best featherweight in the world.”
The 33-year-old Freire (31-4), who is also Bellator’s lightweight champion, has now won six in a row.