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Patricio Freire vacates Bellator lightweight title to focus on featherweight champ A.J. McKee

Brother Patricky will fight Peter Queally for the vacant belt

Patricio Freire put all his cards on the table today towards a potential rematch with Bellator featherweight king A.J. McKee.

Bellator president Scott Coker revealed today on The MMA Hour that Freire (23-10-0) vacated his lightweight belt, effective immediately.

This means that Patricky Freire (32-5-0), Patricio’s brother, will face Peter Queally (13-5-1) for the vacant lightweight belt in the main event at Bellator 270 on Nov.5 in Dublin, Ireland at the 3Arena.

“Pitbull” reigned as the champion for over two years or 877 days. He won the belt from Michael Chandler at Bellator 221 back in May 2019. He never defended it because of his involvement with the featherweight Grand Prix, which took longer to conclude due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Patricio lost his featherweight crown to A.J. McKee in the Grand Prix final at Bellator 263 in July.

Queally took to Twitter to share his reaction.

Coker also revealed that Bellator non-title main event fights will now be five rounds as opposed to the current three round format.


Kenai is a former Postmedia Network online news and sports editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief for MMA Crossfire.

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