Bellator FC confirmed today that Wilson Reis and Patricio “Pibull” Freire (pictured on the left doing the very painful looking heel hook) will be entering the upcoming fourth season Bellator featherweight tournament.
After suffering the first loss of his professional career in the Bellator Season 2 Featherweight Tournament Finals against World’s #2 ranked Featherweight and Bellator World Champion Joe Warren following a string of thirteen professional victories, Patricio “Pitbull” Freire is ready to step back into the cage on his quest to earn a rematch with Warren later this year. On the other side, Reis made it to the semifinal round of both the Season 1 and Season 2 Featherweight Tournaments and currently boasts a Bellator record of 4-2 with an overall record of 11-2.
“Patricio Pitbull is a great fighter. He was seconds away from beating one of the top two Featherweights on earth and that loss was his only defeat as a professional. I know that his sole focus is winning this tournament and earning the opportunity to avenge his loss to our Champion Joe Warren. He’s going to be fun to watch fight this season,” said Bellator Chairman and CEO Bjorn Rebney. In regard to Reis, Rebney added, “Wilson’s part of our family. He’s been with us from the very beginning and his overall game improves every time he enters the Bellator cage. I can’t wait to see the next step in his evolution as he enters the deepest Featherweight tournament we’ve ever had.”
Beginning in March, Freire will join already confirmed participants Wilson Reis, Daniel Straus, Georgi “Insane” Karakhanyan, Zac George, Kenny Foster, and the man that Bjorn has been after for some time,Eric Larkin in the Bellator Season 4 Featherweight Tournament, airing live on MTV2.