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Bellator 160’s Patricio Freire plans to win Lightweight title, trash it, then return to Featherweight

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Bellator 160: “Henderson vs. Pitbull” takes place tonight (Fri., Aug. 26, 2016) inside Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif., featuring a 155-pound No. 1 contender eliminator match in the Spike TV-televised main event between former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Lightweight champion Benson Henderson and former Bellator Featherweight champion Patricio Freire.

Henderson has a second chance to make a first impression following his failed attempt to become Bellator’s Welterweight champion in his first fight for the promotion. A return to the 155-pound weight class suits Henderson — it’s the division in which he has had the most success throughout his mixed martial arts (MMA) career. The same is not true of “Pitbull,” though. From July 2013 through June 2015 he was the undisputed king of Featherweights in Bellator, winning the title and defending it successfully against Daniel Straus and Daniel Weichel over seven straight fights.

After Straus ended his dominance in a rematch, it looked like Freire would work his way back into contention, but instead he’s looking for a new challenge at 155 pounds. One that the Brazilian is eager to accept, according to a recent interview with

“The fight against Ben Henderson is something I believe fighters should always be challenging (for). That’s exactly what (this) is to me now. He’s a former UFC champion, he’s a former WEC champion, and he’s as big as a challenge can be. I’m very anxious (to fight) and look forward to it happening.”

The question on the minds of fans looking at this fight is whether or not Freire would return to the 145-pound division down the road or if this is a permanent change in weight class.

“To me the weight class from now on doesn’t really matter. It’s about the challenges. Fighters should always ….View full article

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