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Patricio Freire: ‘Bellator promised me’ title shot with win

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Patricio Freire wants to regain the Bellator featherweight belt, but first he needs to get past Henry Corrales.

Freire’s life became a rollercoaster last November, when he lost the 145-pound title in a rematch with Daniel Straus. “Pitbull” wanted to avenge the loss and get the belt back, and claims that Bellator was willing to make a trilogy bout right away, but the champion was forced to be on the sidelines.

“I was going to fight Straus now,” Freire told MMA Fighting, “but he had a hand surgery and it went wrong, so he had to do another surgery. That’s why they gave me John Teixeira.”

Freire vs. Teixeira was booked as the co-main event of Bellator 153, which takes place Friday at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville. Days before the fight, a broken rib forced Teixeira to pull out, and Corrales took the fight on short notice.

“Some fighters don’t like to have their opponents changed on short notice,” said the Brazilian. “It really is a complicated situation because you prepared for someone for months, for a fighting style, and then the fight is off, but it’s part of the job. It’s natural, that’s why we train every aspect of MMA. I feel comfortable. I just want to get the job done and put on a good fight.”

Teixeira was undefeated in his last eight bouts with three wins under the Bellator banner. Corrales, on the other hand, enters the fight coming off back-to-back losses to Straus and Emmanuel Sanchez.

“Their styles are similar,” Freire said of Teixeira and Corrales. “(Teixeira) is a bit more dangerous because he connects his punches better, but it’s similar. Sometimes they throw too many punches, they are a bit reckless despite being top fighters, so I will take the opportunities to finish him ….View full article

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