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Old 09-12-2011, 04:05 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Pellegrino vs Patricky Freire: Bellator FC 59

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Kurt Pellegrino is a complex character. He always has been and always will be, so to no one's surprise the 32-year-old lightweight is coming out of his short-lived retirement to fight Patricky "Pitbull" Freire in November at Bellator 59.

Pellegrino fought 11 times for the UFC before deciding to walk away from the sport in late May.

"It's hard to make a decision like this, but I feel its best for me to step away for now and time will tell what the future will bring for me," Pellegrino wrote on his website.

"I don't want to retire, but I need to find myself and find my love for this sport again. Hopefully you will see me in the cage again, but if not thanks to everyone for the memories, it's been an awesome ride."

The three and half months off did wonders for Pellegrino.

"I started working out again real hard," Pellegrino told MMAjunkie. "The summer has been amazing. I fell in love again with the sport. I had some demons. I had to kind of just walk away and be with my family for once."

The fight taking place 70 miles down the Garden State Parkway from his home in Pt. Pleasant, N.J. sealed the deal.

"I have an opportunity to fight for Bellator in my backyard where I started this whole game," Pellegrino said. "I started fighting in Atlantic City. I won two championship belts in Atlantic City."

Freire and his brother Patricio, both nicknamed "Pitbull" have emerged as two of Bellator's bigger stars over the last year or so. Pellegrino, who's been in there with guys like Joe Stevenson, Nate Diaz, George Sotiropoulos and Gleison Tibau, is a great litmus test for Pitbull (9-2). Freire is 2-1 with Bellator, posting wins over Toby Imada and Rob McCullough. He lost a decision to former Missouri wrestler Michael Chandler in the most recent Bellator lightweight tournament final.
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Old 09-12-2011, 04:55 PM   #2 (permalink)
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After watching the Chandler/Freire fight, I def see Batman taking the decision in this one. Freire has great striking, but he got super timid against Chandler because of the threat of the takedown (that and the ten times he got kicked in the penis).
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After watching the Chandler/Freire fight, I def see Batman taking the decision in this one. Freire has great striking, but he got super timid against Chandler because of the threat of the takedown (that and the ten times he got kicked in the penis).
Pellegrino doesn't have near the wrestling credentials or quickness to shoot from distance as Chandler did. So Pitbull the elder should be able to keep his hands up while still reacting to stuff shoots, allowing him to both deliver and defend strikes with more proficiency. I'm pretty sure Patricky smashes Batman and then joins a stacked Season Six LW tourney along the likes of Chandler/Alvarez, Popo, Nazare, Tirlioni, Cupcake, and whoever else they sign between now and then.
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Pellegrino doesn't have near the wrestling credentials or quickness to shoot from distance as Chandler did.
This may be true, but I'm pretty sure he'll be training with Jamie Varner on his wrestling game. Jamie Varner just moved to NJ after getting accepted into a college there. Varner isn't the best wrestler in the LW division, but if Pellegrino gets his help, I think he'll do pretty good
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Well this should be a good fight card.
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Anyone watching this?

Great first round between Nover and Held with some crazy sub attmepts for Held and great wrestling for Nover in the 2nd. Good stuff.
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Wow crap decision IMO. Great sub attempts for Held but never had Nover in real trouble and Nover was in control most of the fight. Crappy decision.
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I thought Nover got robbed. I mean it was a close fight, and i thought Held won the 1st, but Nover easily won round 2, and I thought he clearly won round 3 too.
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Stupid judges are stupid.

Good fight, ridiculous decision aside.
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I don't know what to say. It's not even fun watching when you get decisions like that. How did Nover not win every round on all judges score cards? What a lovely start to the night, with these judges.
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