Joe Warren at Dream 9

Joe Warren at Dream 9

Patricio “Pitbull” Freire won the Bellator Season 4 Featherweight Tournament last Saturday night, defeating Daniel Straus. The victory earned him a return shot at current Bellator featherweight champion Joe Warren.

Sources close to the bout tell MMAWeekly.com that the two will fight at Bellator 47, expected to take place on July 23.

Warren (7-1) defeated Freire (17-1) in the Bellator Season 2 Featherweight Tournament final, before moving on to take the belt from then champion Joe Soto.

Freire showed well in their first fight, dropping Warren and catching him in a rear naked choke in the opening round of the bout. Warren battled back, taking Freire to the mat and ground and pounding him in rounds two and three, getting the judges’ nod for a split decision win.

Warren has yet to defend the belt, although he fought in a non-title, catchweight bout at Bellator 41, winning a unanimous decision over Marcos Galvao. He also intends on entering the Season 5 bantamweight tournament, regardless of whether or not he wins or loses against Freire. Warren isn’t planning on losing the belt, however, and would attempt becoming the promotion’s first two-division champion.

Freire has won three consecutive bouts since losing to Warren, knocking out his quarterfinal and semifinal round opponents in the featherweight tournament.

Bellator is also conducting another featherweight tournament during its Summer Series, readying another title contender for whoever wins between Warren and Freire in July.

(Updated at 12:05 a.m. ET on May 25, 2011 to clarify Warren’s Bellator 41 victory.)

view original article >>

Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

Bellator notebook: Coker discusses Overeem, 'Bendo,' Minakov's expected 'mid-2016' return

  • 16 days ago
  • 8 views

There's plenty going on in the world of Bellator President Scott Coker ahead of Friday's Bellator 148 event, and the longtime MMA exec, gave his thoughts on a number of those topics, including his pu read news >>

Andy Uhrich Has ‘Nothing to Lose and Everything to Gain’ in Bellator 148 Main Event

  • 15 days ago
  • 3 views

Andy Uhrich knows he's not expected to beat Paul Daley at Bellator 148 on Friday, but he also knows that means he's got nothing to lose and everything to gain. read news >>

Cain Velasquez to Undergo Back Surgery, But Quick Recovery Expected

  • 15 days ago
  • 11 views

Former heavyweight titleholder Cain Velasquez will undergo surgery to repair the back injury that forced him out of the UFC 196 rematch against champion Fabricio Werdum. read news >>

Bellator 148 Results: Paul Daley Picks Up Quick Finish, Fires Shots at Josh Koscheck

  • 14 days ago
  • 33 views

Paul Daley showed off his punching power when he blasted Andy Uhrich with a first-round knockout in the main event at Bellator 148 on Friday evening. read news >>

Bellator 148 Results: Winners, Scorecards, Reaction from Daley vs. Uhrich

  • 14 days ago
  • 3 views

Paul "Semtex" Daley made quick work of Andy Uhrich in the main event at Bellator 148 in Fresno, California, on Friday night. The powerful British welterweight stalked his overmatched opponent and ult read news >>

Bellator 148 video: 4 KOs, including walkoffs from Paul Daley and Patricky 'Pitbull'

  • 14 days ago
  • 282 views

Friday’s Bellator 148 main card was a stoppage-heavy affair with four knockouts in four fights, including some “Knockout of the Year” candidates a month into 2016.Filed under: Bellator, Featured, Fea read news >>

Lion Fight 27 video: Tiffany Van Soest's latest triumph, Jared Papazian's muay Thai debut

  • 14 days ago
  • 38 views

In addition to Bellator and Victory FC events, Friday’s slate of combat sports included the latest offering from the Lion Fight muay Thai promotion. Check out the highlights.Filed under: AXS TV Fight read news >>

Stream or download MMAjunkie Radio #2132 with Paul Daley, Malki Kawa, Jason Lilly

  • 14 days ago
  • 0 views

Stream or download Friday’s edition of MMAjunkie Radio with guests Paul Daley, Malki Kawa and Jason Lilly.Filed under: Bellator, News, Radio, UFC, WSOF read news >>

Former UFC champ Benson Henderson announces he's signed with Bellator

  • 12 days ago
  • 24 views

His manager said Benson Henderson would be signing a new deal soon. Today, the former UFC champion went ahead and broke the news: He’s signed with Bellator.Filed under: Bellator, Featured, News, UFC read news >>

14-Fight UFC Veteran Benson Henderson Jumps Ship for Bellator

  • 12 days ago
  • 7 views

The MMA free-agency game has officially changed with the announcement that former UFC and WEC lightweight champion Benson Henderson is joining Bellator MMA. Henderson officially broke the news on his read news >>