Patricio Pitbull retained his Featherweight title at Bellator 286, defeating Adam Borics via unanimous decision in the main event of this past weekend (Sat., Oct. 1, 2022) in Long Beach, Calif., his eighth overall title defense.
After the win, Pitbull was met with the question everyone expected regarding the outcome of a potential champion vs. champion fight between him and current Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) 145-pound title holder, Alexander Volkanovski. The Bellator kingpin initially laid down the gauntlet in 2020, putting up a $1 million wager, which Volkanovski accepted.
The problem is that despite how bad the two would love to square off against each other, the powers that be just aren’t willing to oblige.
“I bet $1 million, and he [Volkanovski] accepted it,” Pitbull said in a short and sweet statement. “But, Dana White doesn’t have balls.”
Perhaps the 145-pound champion doesn’t want to waste his breath on giving a long-winded answer because he knows (sadly) that the chances of that super crossover fight are slim to none because White has never been (and likely never will be) about cross-promoting.
The rare time he did do that was back in 2001 when he sent former UFC Light Heavyweight champion, Chuck Liddell, over to PRIDE FC to face Guy Mezger, whom he defeated via knockout. White’s second roll of the dice started off great after Liddell knocked out Alistair Overeem in the opening round of the Middleweight Grand Prix in 203, only to get stopped via strikes by Quinton Jackson a few short months later.
Still, one can’t help but play a potential Pitbull vs. Volkanovski match up in their heads because that’s all fight fans will ever get to do. “The Great” currently doesn’t have a fight lined up, while Pitbull is eying a potential move down to Bantamweight to win that belt, or take part in a trilogy title fight against A.J. McKee.
If a fight between them did happen, how do you see it playing out?
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