Eight months after losing his Bellator MMA Featherweight title to A.J. McKee in less than two minutes, Patricio Pitbull is world champion once again. Indeed, the Brazilian bomber won a unanimous decision over “Mercenary” in the main event of Bellator 277, which went down last night (Fri., April 15, 2022) in San Jose, California.
Things started off great for McKee, who came out aggressive, taunting Pitbull on several occasions. All of that aside, he did do enough to win the first round. Pitbull, meanwhile, was a bit more cautious with his attack, hoping to avoid another quick loss.
And that technique paid off, allowing him to be a bit more calculated in his approach.
After winning rounds two and three (on our scorecards) — which included an air-tight guillotine that almost ended the fight — Pitbull was a lot more relaxed. While McKee did have some shining moments, he wasn’t as aggressive with his offense, and the judges took note of that, awarding Pitbull the unanimous decision after 25 minutes. One thing of note, it was the first time McKee had ever been in the championship rounds, so he did look a bit slower in the fifth round.
With the win, Pitbull improved to 6-0 in rematches, while McKee suffered the first loss of his professional mixed martial arts (MMA) career. With the fight tied at one apiece, we can expect these two men to take part in a trilogy bout later this year.
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