Standing as Bellator’s featherweight champion, Patricio “Pitbull” Freire knows where he stands in the greater landscape of mixed martial arts.
Freire says UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo is the best 145-pound fighter on the planet, and he’s next in line. Despite what talents Zuffa’s interim champion has to offer, Freire doesn’t think Conor McGregor can contend with either Bellator’s champion .
“McGregor is a good fighter, has a flashy striking, but he’s not good enough to beat Aldo,” Freire told MMAFighting. “I’m sure he will try to keep it standing and try to talk some trash during the fight. Aldo has a good chin, and it appears that McGregor does too, but McGregor is too slow for this division, and he has holes in his wrestling and ground game. Aldo is too patient, and a guy like that is way too dangerous.”
But the Bellator titleholder isn’t one to ignore what dangers the Irishman brings to the cage. A large man for the weight class boasting some of the best striking in the sport, McGregor would be a tough fight for anybody — but not tough enough, Freire explains.
“I don’t think it would be an easy fight for me or Aldo, he offers some dangers, but he’s not good enough so he won’t win,” Freire said. “He sells well, has some knockouts over guys that aren’t well known, but that’s not going to happen when you put him against the best.”
Riding a seven-fight winning streak, Freire defends his title against Daniel Straus in the main event at Bellator 145 on Friday, Nov. 6.