A few days after current UFC Interim Featherweight Champion Jose Aldo announced his desire MMA altogether, former Bellator MMA Featherweight Champion Patricio Freire took a few shots at the UFC veteran and created a fake fight poster that pitting the two against each other.
Freire has decided to take aim at the interim featherweight champion once again, after he heard the fighter refer to Bellator MMA as the “B league.”
“By attacking other organizations, not only is he closing those doors, but also speaking poorly of several high-level fighters, including his teammates and friends, Eduardo ‘Dudu’ Dantas, and John ‘Macapa’ Teixeira,” Freire told MMAjunkie in an interview.
The comments that Freire is referring to were made by Aldo a few weeks back. Aldo specified that he didn't want to fight anywhere but the UFC.
“It’s not about going to a different promotion,” said Aldo. “I’m not leaving the biggest championship in the world to play the ‘B League.’ I’m a big team. I want to be at the best promotion in the world, (and) if it’s not the UFC, I’m not fighting anywhere else. That’s what I want for my life.”
Freire, in defending his longtime MMA home, brought up some of the bigger names from the UFC that have come to Bellator MMA in the last year.
“Names like Phil Davis, Rory MacDonald, and Henderson have all migrated to Bellator,” he said. “And other high profile fighters in touch with the organization are all being offered much higher salaries than by the UFC.”
Freire, besides talking about the fact that several big name fighters have jumped to Bellator MMA, also spoke of Aldo’s time competing in smaller promotions.
“Aldo should remember he was once a WEC fighter, an organization said to be inferior to the UFC and that everyone thought he wouldn’t be able to beat any top lightweights if they chose to drop down,” Freire said. “He seems to forget that the current UFC lightweight champion was once the Bellator champion too. Things change.”
Freire also took a shot at interim champion Aldo by mentioning his thirteen second loss to Conor McGregor at UFC 194.
“I’m starting to think that McGregor was right in regards to several things he said about Jose Aldo – more specifically when he said he couldn’t stand to be there anymore,” Freire said. “I don’t think Aldo’s being smart by expressing his dissatisfaction against the organization he represents in this way.”
Freire is currently recovering from a leg injury suffered in a fight against Ben Henderson a few months back.