Bellator featherweight champion Patricio “Pitbull” Freire is set to make his next title defense on Nov. 6—but the matchup hardly makes sense, if you ask him.
Fighting Daniel Straus for the third time in four years and second time in 2015, Freire doesn’t really see the point of going in there for a third time. He unanimously defeated Straus in 2011 and submitted him in the fourth round in January.
He told MMA Fighting:
“[Georgi] Karakhanyan was getting the next shot, but I believe he’s still injured, so Bellator decided to give Straus the shot. I don’t know if it makes sense, I don’t think it does. I beat him twice, he never beat me. A trilogy bout doesn’t make sense to me. But it’s fine, I’m an employee and I’m here to fight. I just want to fight.”
That said, Freire does think he’ll be fighting a different version of Straus, who held the Bellator featherweight title from November 2013 through March 2014. Like most fighters, Freire believes the title challenger has been working on his craft to better his chances inside the cage.
“I heard he’s working on his jiu-jitsu, training with the gi, so he’s trying to evolve,” he said. “But I’m doing the same. I worked on mistakes I’ve made and I will come back stronger.”
Freire and Straus take center stage at the Scotttrade Center in St. Louis. The card also features lightweight champion Will Brooks, former lightweight champion Michael Chandler, former featherweight champion Pat Curran and heavyweight Bobby Lashley.