Patricky “Pitbull” Freire will look to end a two-fight skid at
Bellator 87. | Andy Hemingway/Sherdog.com
Brazilian knockout artist Patricky
Freire will lock horns with the once-beaten Guillaume
DeLorenzi in the
Bellator Fighting Championships Season 8 lightweight tournament
Bellator 87 on Jan. 31 at the Soaring Eagle Casino &
Resort, Mount Pleasant, Mich.
The promotion on Saturday announced the tournament matchup, along
with two others: Lloyd
Woodard vs. David
Rickels and Alexander
Sarnavskiy vs. Thiago
Michel Pereira Silva.
Freire (10-4, 3-3 Bellator) finds himself in serious need of a
victory, as he will enter the cage on a two-fight losing streak.
The 26-year-old Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt burst on the
international scene in 2011, when he was a finalist in Bellator’s
Season 4 tournament and scored highlight-reel knockouts on former
World Extreme Cagefighting champion “Razor” Rob
McCullough and Toby Imada. A
Team Nogueira representative, Freire last appeared at Bellator
76, where he succumbed to a first-round head kicks and subsequent
champion from onetime Bellator titleholder Eddie
DeLorenzi (10-1, 1-0 Bellator) made his promotional debut at
Bellator 79 in November, when he submitted Jonny
Carson with a rear-naked choke in the first round. The
28-year-old Canadian will carry a five-fight winning streak into
the 155-pound tournament. DeLorenzi suffered his only career defeat
Ultimate Fighting Championship veteran War Machine
in February 2009.
Bellator 87 will air live on Spike TV.