Patricio Pitbull has decided to vacate the Bellator lightweight title.
Bellator President Scott Coker made the announcement on the latest edition of The MMA Hour with Ariel Helwani. He also revealed that Patricio's brother, Patricky Pitbull, and Peter Queally's upcoming rematch at Bellator 270 on November 5 from the 3Arena in Dublin, Ireland will now be for the promotion's vacant lightweight belt. Patricio also joined the show to explain his decision, saying his most recent loss to new Bellator featherweight champion, A.J. McKee, at Bellator 263 was a big factor in him dropping the 155-pound championship.
“If I lost [the title] at 145 pounds, I can’t be the champion at 155,” Pitbull said (h/t MMA Fighting). “The other side, I have my brother as No. 1 contender. If he keeps winning, he’s gonna fight for the belt and I’m not gonna fight my brother. I just want my chance to fight him (A.J. McKee) again, and prove I am the best featherweight in the world.”