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You serious? Bellator's Patricio 'Pitbull' Freire 'positive' he can beat UFC's Jose Aldo

Just like Conor McGregor, though, he won't be getting that chance any time soon ... albeit for different reasons.

Esther Lin

Jose Aldo has no shortage of people who want to beat him up. It's hardly surprising given he hasn't lost a fight dating back to 2006, and was the World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) and now Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Featherweight champion as a result.

What is surprising is that a fighter not ranked among UFC's Top 15 145-pound best fighters is calling out "Scarface" for a fight. That's because he runs in the same weight class for a rival promotion.

Patricio "Pitbull" Freire explains:

"I'm positive I'd beat Aldo. Some of the guys people say would beat me I just shake my head and ask myself if they're serious. Look, I have 26 fights, should be 26-0. I have been dominant in 90% of those."

That's not the greatest start for his argument because whether he likes it or not, split decision losses to Joe Warren and Pat Curran still count as losses. He makes up for it on the flipside.

"I haven't been fighting scrubs. Ever since I began I fought the toughest guys that they could put in front of me. Now because of my last two fights people want to write me off? Fights that I won, by the way."

That's a little more convincing. Freire did show his resilience in two tough title defenses, including an explosive second round comeback against Daniel Weichel in St. Louis, Mo., after nearly being finished at the end of round one.

"There was no luck involved, everyone knows how dangerous my left hook is and how well I use and time it. I doubt there's anyone with a stronger punch than me at the weight class. My left hook is the H-bomb of the Featherweight division."

Comparisons to "Hendo" aside, there's no chance for Freire to make good on his Aldo promise any time soon. And not just because they're in two different organizations -- Jose Aldo pulled out of UFC 189 with a rib injury and forced UFC to book an interim title match between Chad Mendes and Conor McGregor.

Even if Freire made the jump from Bellator to UFC, he'd have to fight his way up the rankings, and probably get past someone like Mendes or McGregor first. Freire has an answer for that, too:

"Bellator fighters can have success in the UFC as UFC fighters can have success on Bellator, most times it's all about match ups. Everyone called the WEC Lightweight guys cans and yet the two champions before Rafael dos Anjos were from the WEC."

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