Patricio Freire still believes he defeated Bellator champion Pat Curran

Guilherme Cruz, MMA Fighting

RIO DE JANEIRO -- Patricio Freire became the first fighter to finish Diego Nunes in nine years as a professional MMA fighter, and that’s how he plans to stay impressive in his next fights.

"Pitbull" doesn’t want to leave his future in the hands of the judges anymore and he plans to finish Fabricio Guerreiro on Oct. 11 at Bellator 103, when they fight for a spot on season 9’s featherweight tournament final.

"He’s really tough, has a record similar to mine, so I know it’s going to be a great battle," Freire told MMAFighting.com. "He’s tall and has a good right hand, good kicks. I will close the distance and fight my fight. If I go there and do what I do here in training, everything is going to be alright."

Freire enters the cage on October more confident after a 79-second knockout win over UFC veteran Diego Nunes.

"We knew he was tough, but we had studied his game a lot," he said. "I expected to knock him out. Not in the first round, but I expected to knock him out. He said he wanted to test his boxing to know who had the heavier hands, and I knew I had a better boxing."

With an impressive win over a UFC and WEC veteran, "Pitbull" wants to be recognized as one of the best in the world as he feels he is the true Bellator champion despite a close split decision loss to current champion Pat Curran last January.

"I still believe I’ve won that fight," he said. "I want to show that I’m not just one more guy in this division. I want to make history. I don’t have the title, but many people think I am the real champion. Even some people from Bellator believe I’ve won that fight. I know what I need to do to become the champion."

Freire has only lost twice in his 21-fight MMA career, both via split decision, and he will go for the finish every time he enters Bellator’s cage.

"I suffered two losses by split decision and I’m very frustrated with that," he said. "I decided that I’ll spend every second of the fight trying to knock people out now. I won’t let the fights go to the judges’ decision anymore."

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