Bellator star Patricio “Pitbull” Freire said he wasn’t going to leave his fight with Diego Nunes in the hands of the judges, and he delivered on that promise in devastating fashion at Bellator 99.
“Pitbull” dealt the former UFC featherweight a serious career blow with a first round stoppage of Nunes just 79 seconds into their highly-anticipated Season 9 featherweight tournament quarterfinal matchup. It was the first time that Nunes had ever been stopped in his 23-fight MMA career, and the hard-hitting Freire has now made it 15 finishes in his 19 career victories.
The end came in sudden fashion, Nunes began the matchup looking to get a rhythm going with some early leg kick techniques, but Freire’s explosiveness would close the show in a hurry. “Pitbull” ended the night with a single left hand to his opponent’s ear and veteran referee John McCarthy was quick to step in after a couple of follow-up shots to a dazed and prone Nunes.
Freire improved to 7-2 in the Bellator cage, with his only losses coming to current featherweight champion Pat Curran in a five-round split decision and to Joe Warren also via split decision. “Pitbull” is clearly a man on a mission to earn that rematch with Curran, and will definitely be a force to deal with moving forward. He will battle Fabricio Guerreiro in tournament semi-final action.
As for Nunes, it’s definitely time to do some serious soul searching. He has posted just three wins against four losses in his last sewen fights. It’s clear the statement he was hoping to make in his Bellator debut failed miserably.
Rick LaFitte is an MMA Writer for Rant Sports