“Pitbull” takes home second Bellator tourney win
The power of Patricio “Pitbull” Freire once again was on display in the finals of the Season 9 featherweight tournament.
Early on, the Brazilian stung Justin Wilcox with heavy punches and continued to hammer away until the Strikeforce vet was overwhelmed. At the 2:23 mark of the opening round, referee Jason Herzog stepped in to wave off the fight, awarding Freire the TKO victory.
A left hand first hurt Wilcox, who soon after tried to take the fight to the ground. He was instantly intercepted by Freire, who rebuffed him with more punches.
An overhand right was the next strike to pay dividends for Freire, who forced Wilcox to turtle up. Wilcox attempted to scoot away to avoid more damage, but Freire stayed at his back and landed more punches until he was flattened out.
Freire (20-2 MMA, 9-2 BMMA) extends his current win streak to four after a split-call loss to then-champ Pat Curran, which followed his win of the Season 4 tournament. Wilcox (13-5 MMA, 2-1 BMMA) goes back to the drawing board after back-to-back wins in the quarter- and semifinals.
Patricio Freire def. Justin Wilcox via TKO (strikes) – Round 1, 2:23