Bellator Fighting Championships returned to Atlantic City, N.J. last night from Caesars. In a heartbreaker for hometown fans from New Jersey, Kurt Pellegrino lost by TKO to former lightweight tournament runner-up Patricky Pitbull. The dangerous Pitbull delivered a devastating combination blow to a stunned Pellegrino, dropping the New Jersey native to the mat less than a minute into the fight. Pellegrino latched on to a nearby leg of Pitbull’s but ate four or five unanswered punches on the ground and the ref stepped in to put a stop to the contest.
Pellegrino addressed the supportive crowd after the fight, and announced his retirement inside the Bellator cage.
“I started my career in Atlantic City and I wanted to end it in Atlantic City too, so I’m glad Bellator gave me this fight,” Pellegrino said.
You can watch Pellegrino’s retirement speech below: