Pellegrino is Bellator bound. | Photo: Dave Mandel
“Batman” has a new home.
Pellegrino will make his
Bellator Fighting Championships debut Nov. 26 against Patricky
Freire at Bellator 59. The UFC veteran made the announcement
during the Bellator SpikeTV.com preliminary stream Saturday.
Bellator 59 will emanate from Caesar's Hotel and Casino in Atlantic
Pellegrino returns from a brief leave of absence, as the
lightweight elected not to renew his UFC contract in May. Prior to
taking his break, the 32-year-old had lost back-to-back contests to
Sotiropoulos and Gleison
Tibau at UFC 116 and 128, respectively. Prior to those losses,
the New Jersey native had won four consecutive Octagon contests,
Tavares, Rob Emerson, Josh Neer and
Camoes in succession.
The elder of the “Pitbull” brothers, Freire has won five of his
last six contests. The muscular Brazilian joined Bellator in March,
knocking out Rob
McCullough and Toby Imada en
route to a finals berth in the promotion's fourth-season
lightweight tournament. Freire would falter in the final against
Chandler, however, losing a unanimous decision to the Xtreme
Couture MMA representative at Bellator 44 in May.