A season two finalist, Patricio Freire is a very tough, well-rounded fighter who fell short in Bellator's featherweight tournament last season because of the takedown onslaught of Joe Warren. A mostly complete jiu-jitsu player (his guard is ok, not great) with fantastic striking and superb cardio, Freire is going to give most people fits in this tournament. From the Bellator press release:
Beginning in March, Freire will join already confirmed participants Wilson Reis, Daniel Straus, Georgi "Insane" Karakhanyan, Zac George, Kenny Foster, and Eric Larkin in the Bellator Season 4 Featherweight Tournament, airing LIVE on MTV2.
Residing and training out of Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil, MMA played a key role in Freire's childhood, as the dynamic featherweight began his formal training at just 14-years-old alongside his brother Patricky "Pitbull" Freire - together the pair are commonly known in the MMA world as "The Pitbull Brothers". After becoming a 2-time International Kickboxing Champion, a Brazilian Cup Jiu-Jitsu Champion, and a black belt in Jiu-Jitsu, "Pitbull" made his way into the cage. Currently training daily with the likes of fellow world class Brazilians Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, Anderson Silva, and Junior dos Santos, Freire is constantly surrounded by many of the best in the sport and plans to use that experience to his benefit in the upcoming Bellator Season 4 Featherweight Tournament.