Patricio “Pitbull” Freire earned a split decision in the main event of Bellator 203 Saturday, retaining the featherweight title vs. Daniel Weichel.
The bout served as the headline fight inside the Foro Italico in Rome, Italy. It aired via delay on Paramount Network.
Freire won the belt back in 2017 with a submission of Daniel Straus and is now 2-0 vs. Weichel. He scored a second round knockout vs. Weichel back in 2015.
In the co-main event, Alessio Sakara stopped Jamie Sloane to complete five consecutive first round finishes on the card.
Andrey Koreshkov, a former Bellator champion, earned a knockout via spinning back-kick, with Michele Martignoni landing a head-kick that finished Simone D’Anna in just six seconds.
Bellator Kickboxing 10 also took place after the MMA portion of the card.
Complete results are below:
Patricio “Pitbull” Freire def. Daniel Weichel via split decision (49-46, 47-48, 48-47) to remain Bellator featherweight champion
Alessio Sakara def. Jamie Sloane via TKO (strikes) at 1:19 of Round 1
Andrey Koreshkov def. Vaso Bakocevic via KO (strike) at 1:06 of Round 1
Alen Amedovski def. Will Fleury via KO (strike) at 1:39 of Round 1
Maxim Radu def. Simone La Preziosa via TKO (strikes) at 4:15 of Round 1
Michele Martignoni def. Simone D’Anna via KO (strike) at :06 of Round 1