Bellator Fighting Championships Featherweight Patricio Freire was set to fight 145-pound Champion Pat Curran at Bellator 73 in Tunica, Mississippi for the title, before Curran suffered an injury and was forced out of the bout.
Currently, no replacement for Curran has been named. Despite Daniel Straus' best efforts to get himself on the card, Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney wasn't interested in making that fight on only eight days notice.
Although a title shot is out of the picture (at least for now) for "Pitbull," there's still another fight that he wouldn't be at all upset about, should all the necessary agents be able to put things in motion.
"Pitbull's" only professional loss came in a razor-thin split decision to then champion Joe Warren at Bellator 23 in Louisville, Kentucky on June 24, 2010.
According to Freire, he's ready for another go-round with the self proclaimed "most dangerous man in the world:"
During an interview with Tatame.com, "Pitbull" talked about the disappointment he felt when receiving the news that Curran would not be able to fight in the Bellator 73 war for the belt:
"I was going to train when I got a call, and they said Pat had broken a bone in his face, and that Bellator would be trying to arrange another match for me."
According to Freire, he badly wants that other match to be against none other than the man who dealt him his only loss.
He believes he deserved to beat Warren in their last fight, and he wants an opportunity to prove that he is the better man:
"I asked them for Joe Warren. This is a rematch I'm willing to do because my loss to him was very controversial. I think I won. Since there was this problem, it's a great chance to really find out who the best one is."
"Pitbull" has been told he'll be given an answer as soon as possible. In the meantime, he continues to train, with his goal being to still fight at Bellator 73 on Aug. 24:
"I believe they will give me an answer this week. I'll keep on training like I'm used to doing, will keep focusing on a fight on the 24th and I'll keep cheering for Bellator to find me an opponent."