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Midnight Mania! Patricio Freire: ‘Inhuman’ UFC putting profits ahead of fighter health by forcing events

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Patricio Freire is one of the most accomplished fighters on the Bellator roster. A double-champ at Lightweight and Featherweight with five total title defenses at 145-pounds, Freire has made his mark as one of the best on the planet without ever competing inside the Octagon. “Pitbull” has always seemed rather content with Bellator, but he now appears less likely to jump ship than ever after watching UFC push events forward in comparison to Bellator’s more cautious approach.

“If it was my money, (and) if I were a billionaire, I would do what Bellator is doing,” Freire told MMA Fighting. “I can’t say a date that might not be cleared. ‘Oh, I’m going to rent an island.’ Is that even doable? And who are you taking to an island? How is that going to be?

“I would do just like Bellator, wait for the market to react, and when the government opens everything, when you can bring in fighters from other continents, OK. If that possibility is real, let’s have an event. There’s no debate. (UFC) is only making noise for the media, creating a mess and making money.”

Freire continued that UFC was putting profits ahead of the health of its athletes, “My impression is that fighters come last, right? Fulfilling contracts come first, making money, and f**k it,” he said. “Bring entertainment for those at home, and f**k the fighter if he’s going to catch the virus or die. It seems inhuman.”

At the moment, it’s still unclear when Bellator will return to action. UFC 249, meanwhile, is scheduled for May 9th from Jacksonville, Florida, but it remains to be seen if those plans will stick.


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