The lightweight rematch between Peter Queally and Patricky Pitbull will crown the new Bellator champion in Ireland after Patricio Pitbull decided to vacate his throne, and the Brazilian contender wants to bring the belt back to the Freire family.
That said, Patricky is making sure to ignore the pressure of going after the belt his brother just vacated so he could get his own championship opportunity, to focus solely on beheading his Irish nemesis.
Speaking on this week’s episode of MMA Fighting’s Portuguese-language podcast Trocação Franca, Pitbull explained his mindset going into the main event of Bellator 270, which goes down Friday night in enemy territory at Dublin’s 3Arena.
“Whether you like it or not there’s this weight [over my shoulders] but I already had this in my mind, the same way my brother and coaches told me to, to be like, f*ck the belt, I want his head,” Pitbull said. “I don’t want to lose to him again, I don't want to lose to him in his city, the whole card being built for him, and I don’t wanna lose to him. I wanna spoil the party, I wanna beat him in the rematch, and the belt will be an extra. … I have to beat him at all costs. This is a rematch I can’t lose.”
The first fight took place in May and had Queally winning via doctor stoppage between rounds two and three due to a cut, and Pitbull calls is “kind of frustrating.”
“I felt he was starting to slow down because of the leg kicks and combinations to the body,” Pitbull said. “The fight was close, but I know that he wouldn’t handle the third round if it kept going that way. He said he wouldn’t stop, he’d fight until the end with his leg that way, but, brother, he only says that because the fight was stopped, otherwise he wouldn’t stay on his feet. I’d break my leg on his leg until he gave up.”
A teammate of Conor McGregor at SBG Ireland, Queally holds a 2-1 record in Bellator since February 2019, and Pitbull calls him “not bad” as a fighter. The Brazilian veteran says Queally has great cardio, but “I don’t have to worry about” his punching power, takedowns and jiu-jitsu.
“I can’t underestimate the guy, of course,” Pitbull said. “He’s definitely focused… so focused he’s not even opening his mouth to talk crap. Every time we get close to a fight he keeps his little mouth shut because he knows there’s something coming his way, and this time is twice as heavy.”
“He used to talk trash at me before he got to Bellator, but after he got the job I gave him — and he should be thankful for that — he doesn’t talk trash like he used to. After he felt my hand and my pressure, he knows it’s different. He has to work hard and study my fights and worry because this time it’s five rounds, and I’m ready to pressure him for five rounds.”
Asked how he wins the rematch, Pitbull said “it’s going to be a knockout.”
“There’s no other way, brother,” he added.
Not everyone is a fan of the booking of Queally-Pitbull for the gold, though. Former B Bellator titleholder Brent Primus, who recently beat Ben Henderson to improve to 9-2 under the company’s banner, called it a “complete joke” since Pitbull is coming off back-to-back defeats, while Queally only holds two Bellator wins.
Pitbull responded his comments explaining that Bellator told him his RIZIN fights in 2019 “wouldn’t count” since they took place elsewhere. The Brazilian, who made it to the RIZIN lightweight grand prix finals with a pair of victories in Japan but ended up dropping a decision to Tofiq Musayev, jabs back at Primus for alleging turning down fights in the past.
“I think it’s funny that he’s acting all brave now, wanting to fight me, when he had the opportunity to fight me twice before,” Pitbull said. “He got hurt once, and the second time he said he wouldn’t make weight because he only had like 40 days, he was offered as a replacement. Primus is a big guy and walks around too heavy, for sure, and now he’s trying to act tough and wants attention because I’m fighting for the belt.”