Patricio, who won a decision over Koike in 2022 but lost on Sunday to Chihiro Suzuki by first-round knockout, first revealed the situation on social media, calling Koike a “dirt loser and a coward” for allegedly kicking his brother and then “run away.”
Kleber Koike is a dirt loser and a coward. He celebrated my loss and argued with my brother after the fight. Later he invaded our locker room, kicked @PatrickyPitbull from behind and run away. @rizin_PR a fighter like this should never enter your ring again. @BellatorMMA— Patricio Pitbull (@PatricioPitbull) July 30, 2023
Koike did not respond to a request for comment.
Patricky, who stopped Koike’s teammate Roberto Satoshi in the main event of Bellator vs. RIZIN 2 on Sunday, added more context to the alleged incident in a voice message sent to MMA Fighting.
“He was talking crap on his YouTube channel three or four days ago and I was pissed, but Patricio told me to ignore it and don’t give him attention,” Pitbull said. “I was not in Patricio’s corner and from where I was, I saw him walk by all dressed up. I imagined he would talk trash at Patricio if he won or something like that. When Patricio lost, I looked at him and he was jumping, laughing and celebrating. I ran to the ring to check on Patricio and then went to the other corner to say [to Koike], ‘You’re a f***ing a**hole, I’ll beat you up.’ He started playing victim.
“When I was leaving the ring, I went to [Koike] and said, ‘You’re a f***ing coward.’ He was like, ‘Me? What did I do?’ I said, ‘You’re talking sh*t online about us, you a**hole,’ and put both hands on his chest and left. I met Roberto Satoshi on the hallway and said, ‘I like you, but Kleber is a coward, celebrating my brother’s loss.’ Satoshi said, ‘Yeah, Kleber is a bit complicated, he likes to do stuff like that.’ I said, ‘Tell him if he wants to talk sh*t, come talk to us face to face, don’t act like a coward.’
“I went to the locker room, I was sitting down with my back [to the door], watching fights, and then one of coaches alerted me. When I looked back, [Koike] was already jumping with a kick to my chest. A f***ing brawl started inside the locker room but he ran away. More than 30 people in the locker room, we tried [finding him] in other rooms, but he ran away, left home.”
Pitbull posted a photo on his Twitter page of an apparent private message sent to Koike on social media that read, “I’m waiting for you to show up before I leave to Brazil.”