Patricio Freire is one of the best 145-pound fighters on the planet.
He’s certainly the best featherweight Bellator has to offer. He’s proved it time and time again, defeating the likes of Daniel Straus, Daniel Weichel, Pat Curran and Wilson Reis. He’s only ever lost to Curran and former champion Joe Warren, but you could make the argument he deserved to be on the better end of those split decisions too.
Like most dominant champions tend to do, Freire’s all but cleaned out his weight class, settling for a third rematch against Straus — whom he’s already defeated twice before and once already in 2015 — as a way to keep his title reign moving forward.
He’s doing his job, now he’s saying the promotion should do theirs by signing more talent to vie for his title, because none of the guys at the top of the heap are qualified, he says.
“I don’t think either of them are deserving of a title shot,” Freire said to MMAjunkie. “Weichel, I just knocked out. [Goiti] Yamauchi hasn’t beaten anyone. And [Georgi] Karakhanyan just lost before he came to Bellator. Bellator needs to get more fighters in the division because just beating these guys is not going to get the attention or give me the recognition I want to have. It doesn’t really matter. Whoever it is – if it’s Goiti, if it’s Karakhanyan, if it’s Weichel or anyone else, it will all be the same.”
Freire defends his title against Straus in the headlining slot at Bellator 145 on Friday, Nov. 5 at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis.