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Ex-Bellator champion Patricky Pitbull contemplating transfer to featherweight after 2024 PFL season

Patricky Pitbull may have a stricter diet in 2025. The former Bellator lightweight champion said on MMA Fighting’s Trocação Franca podcast he’s considering cutting down to 145 pounds for next year’s season of the Professional Fighters League. Pitbull makes his promotional debut Friday, taking on Clay Collard for the regular season at 155 pounds. “My

Ex-Bellator champion Patricky Pitbull contemplating transfer to featherweight after 2024 PFL season

Patricky Pitbull might have a stricter weight-reduction plan in 2025.

The previous Bellator light-weight champion mentioned on MMA Preventing’s Trocação Franca podcast he’s contemplating reducing all the way down to 145 kilos for subsequent 12 months’s season of the Skilled Fighters League. Pitbull makes his promotional debut Friday, taking up Clay Collard for the common season at 155 kilos.

“My brother and some coaching companions are insisting that I transfer all the way down to 145,” Pitbull mentioned. “Who is aware of, possibly after this season I’ll combat on the 145 season. I feel there’s a superb chance I’ll placed on good performances and win fights at 145.”

The 38-year-old Brazilian, a veteran of 37 skilled bouts however none at featherweight, signed with Bellator in 2011 after profitable a 150-pound catchweight in his native nation the earlier 12 months, and solely fought at light-weight since. But, working with the identical nutritionist that bought his brother Patricio Pitbull all the way down to 135 kilos makes him assured.

“I simply must get used to coaching lighter and sooner,” mentioned Pitbull, who holds wins over Peter Queally, Roger Huerta, Ryan Couture, Roberto Satoshi and Derek Campos. “I would want to adapt earlier than the season begins, and never simply reduce weight for the season. My physique reacts nicely to diets and I drop extra pounds fairly simply.”

The co-leader of Pitbull Brothers in Natal, Brazil, joked he’s “formidable” after beginning 2024 “serious about my weight class and now I’m considering of two.” Pitbull takes on Collard on Friday seeking to beat the 2023 PFL season finalist, a person that has defeated Shane Burgos, Jeremy Stephens and Anthony Pettis prior to now beneath the PFL banner.

“Now we have related kinds and I feel it’s an amazing match-up for me,” Pitbull mentioned. “He likes to brawl and so do I, so it’s the right combat. There’s additionally a chance that I can use my grappling. I all the time say that [and end up standing and trading], however I feel I’ll have to start out the season a bit totally different this time [laughs]. Individuals already count on that, however the fireplace and need to brawl is all the time greater [laughs].”

Pitbull’s final 4 Bellator bouts had been five-round contests, and going again to three-rounders means “like a celebration, shorter and extra intense.” The veteran names Brent Primus and Gadzhi Rabadanov the hardest rivals on the 2024 season, and is aware of he needs to be able to cease anybody to achieve the $1 million prize later this 12 months.

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“It’s one thing that may change my life,” Pitbull mentioned. “Being sensible and understanding how you can handle and make investments it, it’s nice cash. It may very well be higher [laughs]. I attempt not to consider this prize an excessive amount of typically nevertheless it’s inconceivable, brother. You attempt not to consider it after which the million {dollars} are following you want your shadow [laughs].”

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