Chandler vs Pitbull – Bellator 221: Bellator champions Michael Chandler and Patricio Freire already made it through one faceoff without things getting out of hand, albeit barely. By the time a promo clip for Saturday’s Bellator 221 ends, security guards are closing in, ready to get between the subjects of a heated grudge match.
Main Event: Chandler vs Pitbull
Place: Allstate Arena Rosemont, IL
Time: 6:30 pm ET
Chandler vs Pitbull Live Stream
Freire (28-4 MMA, 16-4 BMMA) and his brother Patricky have a history of run-ins outside the cage. But Chandler (19-4 MMA, 16-4 BMMA) isn’t worried about an extracurricular brawl happening at Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Ill.
“My crew’s a lot bigger than he is, let’s put it that way,” Chandler told MMA Junkie Radio.
Freire, the featherweight champ, moves up in weight to avenge his brother’s pair of losses to Chandler and add a much-desired feather to his cap. He has few future plans should he manage to upset the three-time lightweight champ. Putting a beatdown on his enemy is enough.
Chandler, meanwhile, is in the market for big fights as he rebuilds his legacy as one of the most dominant titleholders in Bellator history. He sees Freire as little more than a stopover, and he’s convinced the trash talk is all bark.
The two jawed during a conference call in support of Bellator 221, which takes place Saturday and streams on this site. Freire’s vitriol wasn’t limited to Chandler; he also snapped back at 145-pound standout A.J. McKee.
“I’ve gone on record that, yeah, of course there’s bad blood,” Chandler said. “But at the end of the day, I have a job to do. So I’m going to focus on the task at hand, and I truly believe I’ll be able to finish him in the first or second round.”