Patricky Freire found himself in the unlikely spot as one half of the Bellator 172 main event following the cancelation of the Fedor Emelianenko/Matt Mitrione fight.
The Brazilian would knockout former Strikeforce Lightweight Champion Josh Thomson in that fight and now he wants a rematch with the Bellator MMA LIghtweight Champion.
"I wasn’t thinking about it, I was focused on the fight. I don’t know what will happen now,” Freire said to MMA Fighting. "I haven't talked to them about it yet, and didn’t asked for this fight either. I leave it in their hands. The only thing that the president said is that Michael Chandler wouldn't stop calling and texting him asking for this fight. I told (Chandler) to shut up because that was my night. I’ll be happy if it happens because that means I’ll have enough time to train. Last time, I only had 30 days to train, and it's not easy to prepare for a title fight in 30 days. This time, if they give me the opportunity, I’ll be ready to fight him.”
Freire had previously fought Chandler and lost by first round knockout.
There was some controversy in the fight against Thomson because the two fighters clashed heads shortly before the finish of the fight.
"To tell you the truth, I didn’t feel this clash of heads,” Freire said. "I thought it was weird because he closed the distance to throw a combination, I fired back, and he went down. I thought ‘sh*t, he’s already hurt.’ I thought he went down because of a punch. I only saw the clash of heads in the locker room. But he was the one who came in and hit his head. I didn’t move forward or throw my head at him. We clashed heads and then he came back up. That was not what ended the fight.”
Patricky has yet to hold gold in Bellator MMA, while his brother in Patricio Freire has held the Bellator MMA Featherweight Title.
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