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Bellator Champions Sequence: Belfast outcomes: Patricio Freire swarms Jeremy Kennedy, requires UFC, PFL title fights

March 22, 2024 6:20 pm ET Patricio Freire is back in a big way and wants to claim gold across multiple promotions after scoring another defense of his Bellator featherweight title. In the co-feature at Bellator Champions Series: Belfast, Freire (36-7 MMA, 24-6 BMMA) shared the cage with title challenger Jeremy Kennedy (19-4 MMA, 4-2

Bellator Champions Sequence: Belfast outcomes: Patricio Freire swarms Jeremy Kennedy, requires UFC, PFL title fights

Patricio Freire is again in a giant manner and desires to say gold throughout a number of promotions after scoring one other protection of his Bellator featherweight title.

Within the co-feature at Bellator Champions Series: Belfast, Freire (36-7 MMA, 24-6 BMMA) shared the cage with title challenger Jeremy Kennedy (19-4 MMA, 4-2 BMMA). Though there was a slight scare for the champ, Fereire overcame the second to complete Kennedy (19-4 MMA, 4-2 BMMA) in the identical spherical. The stoppage got here by strikes at 4:07 of Spherical 3.

The battle began slowly, and with 5 rounds to work, there wasn’t a lot have to rush.

Freire started working behind a gradual, affected person gameplan of intermittent leg kicks and counter strikes. Kennedy studied, and labored behind a left jab, however the strikes had been few and much between within the opening spherical.

The sluggish tempo rolled over into Spherical 2, nonetheless, inflicting a number of boo birds to chirp all through the gang. Kennedy started to show up the ahead strain, however quickly discovered himself consuming a giant proper hand from Freire. Swelling on Kennedy’s left leg grew to become obvious, with Frerie persevering with to land exhausting leg kicks.

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Within the third spherical, every part modified as each fighters had large moments.

Kennedy sat down on a punch, sending Freire to stumble backward. Kennedy rushed in to observe up, however Freire rapidly gathered himself and saved his protection stable. Nevertheless, a minimize was opened on “Pitbull” from a pleasant elbow in the course of the sequence.

After weathering the storm, Freire reset and started marching ahead.

Simply when Kennedy’s confidence was mounting, “Pitbull” clipped him with a clear punch, rocking the challenger. Freire seen his opponent was damage and rapidly swarmed with strikes. Kennedy coated up in opposition to the cage, as Freire unloaded till the referee stopped the battle.


Patricio Pitbull stops Jeremy Kennedy within the third! 🔥#BellatorBelfast | LIVE NOW

— Bellator MMA (@BellatorMMA) March 22, 2024

Throughout his post-fight interview, Freire referred to as for a title battle he missed out on in opposition to Jesus Pinedo at PFL vs. Bellator: Champions, and even referred to as for a cross-promotional UFC title battle. After capturing for the moon, he did supply one identify specifically, Aaron Pico, who is probably going the following man up in Bellator.

The consequence marked a return to the win column for Freire, who suffered back-to-back losses in a Bellator bantamweight title bid in opposition to Sergio Pettis and a short-notice look in opposition to Chihiro Suzuki at Bellator x Rizin 2.

Along with being again within the winner’s circle, Freire provides to his all-time Bellator information for many wins (23), most finishes (14) and most title battle wins (13).

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