Injuries have forced the “Pitbull” brothers of Bellator to re-group ahead of Bellator 152 and 153.
Both Patricky Freire and Patricio Freire were given new opponents by the promotion, as Patricky meets Kevin Souza this Saturday in the headline bout at Bellator 152 in Italy. Patricio, a former champion, takes on Henry Corrales next week at Bellator 153 in the co-main event.
A press release can be found below, along with the current lineups:
Injuries to both Derek Campos and John Teixeira have forced Bellator MMA to find replacements to compete against brothers Patricky “Pitbull” Freire (15-7) and Patricio “Pitbull” Freire (24-3) on April 16 and 22 respectively.
As a result, the Scott Coker-led promotion has put its newest free agent acquisition to work immediately, with the news that Kevin Souza (15-4) will compete against Patricky at 155-pounds, in the first fight of his freshly inked multi-fight contract during the main event of “Bellator 152: Pitbull vs. Souza.”
Meanwhile, in the co-main event of “Bellator 153: Henderson vs. Koreshkov,” Patricio will now fight the tenacious Henry Corrales (12-2), who agreed to face the former Bellator MMA Featherweight Champion on less than two weeks notice.
“Bellator 152: Pitbull vs. Souza” will also include the promotional debut of Italian fan-favorite Alessio Sakara (17-11), who faces Brian Rogers (12-8) in a light heavyweight matchup, while one of MMA’s most promising young prospects, A.J. McKee (3-0), fights Danilo Belluardo (5-1) at 145-pounds. Also, Anastasia Yankova (2-0) will make her promotional debut against Anjela Pink in MMA flyweight action and Oktagon competitors Daniele Miceli (2-0) and Daniele Scatizzi (6-2) will round out the MMA card with a featherweight showdown.
“Bellator 153: Henderson vs. Koreshkov” is also brimming with must-see mixed martial arts action as well, with the promotional debut of Benson Henderson (23-5), who challenges Andrey Koreshkov (18-1) for the 170-pound strap, Brennan Ward (13-3) goes to battle against “Cyborg” Santos (20-16), Michael “Venom” Page (9-0) faces Jeremie Holloway (7-1), and Brent Primus (6-0) meets “Toninho Furia” (27-5).
“Bellator 152: Pitbull vs. Souza” airs on SPIKE Saturday, April 16 at 10 p.m. ET/PT, while “Bellator 153: Henderson vs. Koreshkov” airs at a special start time of 8 p.m. ET/7 p.m. CT, which is immediately followed by the debut of “Bellator Kickboxing: Torino” at 11:00 p.m. ET/PT.
Fresh off an emphatic knockout of Ryan Couture at “Bellator 148: Daley vs. Uhrich” to kickoff 2016, Patricky “Pitbull” will look to extend his current winning streak when he takes on the debuting Kevin Souza.
A member of the Blackzilians, the 31-year-old has been victorious in 10 of his last 11 fights as a professional and put together an impressive 3-1 run with the UFC. The multi-time, post-fight bonus award winner has a knack for the spectacular, with 10 finishes coming in the opening round and 13 out of 15 victories ending before reaching the judges’ scorecards. The Salvador native has competed exclusively at 145-pounds, but due to the fight being on short notice, Souza will step up and compete against “Pitbull” at lightweight.
Henry Corrales continues his run of never turning down a fight in Bellator MMA, after agreeing to fight Patricio “Pitbull.” The fight will be Corrales’ third in the Viacom-owned promotion, after bouts against current featherweight titlist Daniel Straus and newly re-signed contender Emanuel Sanchez. A former King of the Cage bantamweight champion, “OK” has finished 10 of his 12 wins as a pro.
Below is the Bellator 152 card:
MAIN CARD (Spike TV/10 p.m. ET)
Lightweight: Patricky “Pitbull” Freire vs. Kevin Souza
Light Heavyweight: Alessio Sakara vs. Brian Rogers
Featherweight: A.J. McKee vs. Danilo Belluardo
Female Flyweight: Anastasia Yankova vs. Anjela Pink
Welterweight: Daniele Miceli vs. Daniele Scatizzi
Below is the Bellator 153 card:
MAIN CARD (Spike TV/8 p.m. ET)
Bellator Welterweight Championship
Andrey Koreshkov (c) vs. Benson Henderson
Featherweight: Patricio “Pitbull” Freire vs. Henry Corrales
Welterweight: Brennan Ward vs. Evangelista Santos
Welterweight: Michael Page vs. Jeremie Holloway
Lightweight: Brent Primus vs. Gleristone Santos
PRELIMINARY CARD (FightLine.com)
Welterweight: Chris Honeycutt vs. Matt Secor
Welterweight: Djamil Chan vs. Richard Patishnock
Lightweight: Sam Watford vs. Dean Hancock
Featherweight: Chris Foster vs. Felipe Lavandoski
Lightweight: Jason Bakanowski vs. T.J. Hepburn
Featherweight: Pete Rogers vs. Mike Mangan
Light Heavyweight: Mike Zichelle vs. Joe Cronin
Featherweight: Matt Bessette vs. Keith Richardson
Middleweight: Tim Caron vs. Justin Sumter
Bantamweight: Blair Tugman vs. Jay Perrin