If there was ever a time for a superfight, now would be the perfect time for Bellator featherweight champion Patricio Freire and lightweight champion Will Brooks to settle their ongoing feud.
The two were involved in an alleged physical altercation on Wednesday at a hotel in St. Louis, the site of tomorrow night’s Bellator 145 event.
According to Brooks, Freire and his brother Patricky, a Bellator lightweight fighter, “jumped” him while he was on the phone with his mother. Bellator officials have been gathering surveillance footage and investigating the situation, which Freire has vehemently denied instigating.
Pitbull brothers showed me what cowards they are. They jumped me while I was on the phone with my mom.
— Will Brooks (@illwillbrooks86) November 4, 2015
Will Brooks is a liar. He hit Patricky first and came at me, I went after him too and my first punch landed. We were separated.
— Patricio Freire (@PatricioPitbull) November 4, 2015
This certainly isn’t the way Bellator President Scott Coker would have liked to start off fight week for such a highly anticipated card. Both Freire and Brooks are scheduled to defend their titles tomorrow night on a stellar fight card that also features Bobby Lashley and former lightweight champion Michael Chandler.
Thankfully, there didn’t appear to be any lingering, serious injuries from the alleged altercation as the fighters stepped onto the scales on Thursday night to weigh in for the event.
Freire, who tipped the scales at 144.4 pounds, is slated to fight Daniel Straus (144.4) for a third time. Bellator has conveniently done away with the roman numeral that traditionally follows a trilogy heading.
Who can blame them? This “rivalry” has been largely one-sided with Freire winning each of the last two fights. Straus desperately needs a win on Friday night to avoid being gatekeeper-zoned worse than Miesha Tate.
“I’m going to come out here and do what I said I was going to do in my last fight. I’m going to come out here and beat his ass,” Straus said at the weigh-ins.
Freire was unfazed by the comments. He plans on continuing his run of dominance over Straus.
“I don’t care what he’s saying. This belt is coming home with me,” Freire said through a translator.
Brooks stepped onto the scales at 155.8 pounds, while his opponent, Marcin Held, weighed in at 154.8 pounds. Held, a submission grappling machine, has finished five of his last six opponents, and one of those wins came over Patricky Freire.
“It will be a really good fight. I’m good prepared, and I will try to finish him fast,” Held said onstage at the weigh-ins.
Brooks is settling in as lightweight champion with back-to-back title defenses already under his belt. He hopes to make it a hat trick when he steps into the cage against the greatly underrated Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt.
“I’ve had a pretty active week, man. I’ve been through a lot this week,” joked Brooks. “I’m just really excited to be on this card with a bunch of guys that are home-grown guys. I think we’re finally getting an opportunity to show people that we can carry a card by ourselves and not need a bunch of other fighters or older guys to jump on and have to carry us.”
The full results from Friday’s weigh-ins can be seen below:
Main Card (Spike TV 9 p.m. ET)
Patrício Freire (144.4) vs. Daniel Straus (144.4)
Will Brooks (155.8)* vs. Marcin Held (154.8)
Emmanuel Sanchez (148.4)* vs. Justin Lawrence (146)
Michael Chandler (155.75) vs. David Rickels (155.75)
Bobby Lashley (239.5) vs. James Thompson (264)
Preliminary Card (Spike.com 6:45 p.m. ET)
Alex Huddleston (255) vs. Augusto Sakai (263)
Adam Cella (170.75) vs. Chel Erwin-Davis (169.75)
Garrett Gross (160.25) vs. Jeff Crotty (160.5)
Steven Mann (169.25) vs. Kyle Kurtz (170)
Kain Royer (185.5) vs. Clay Mitchell (181)
Adam Meredith (170.25) vs. Jordan Dowdy (170.5)
Scott Ettling (139.5) vs. Garrett Mueller (140.25)
Brandon Lowe (146.4)* vs. Rashard Lovelace (144.75)
* Did not make weight on first attempt