Officials announced Thursday that “Pitbull” will defend his 145-pound title against Carvalho in the quarterfinals of the Featherweight World Grand Prix at Bellator 241, which takes place March 13 at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn. The bout serves as the card’s headliner.
The second round of Grand Prix matchups were determined this past September after the first set of tournament bouts were completed, with Freire picking Carvalho as his opponent and Sanchez picking Weichel in the hopes of avenging a split-decision loss from Bellator 159.
In addition to the 145-pound title, the Bellator Featherweight World Grand Prix winner will be awarded a $1,000,000 prize.
Freire, who currently holds both the Bellator featherweight and lightweight titles, has won five straight fights. His 2019 saw him defeat Juan Archuleta in the Grand Prix opening round four months after taking the 155-pound title from Michael Chandler. His pro record stands at 30-4.
The 24-year-old Carvalho (11-3) is on a six-fight win streak, which includes a 4-0 mark in Bellator. He defeated Sam Silicia by second-round submission at Bellator 226 to advance in the ongoing featherweight tournament.
Bellator 241 will be broadcast exclusively on the DAZN streaming service.