Bellator 270 results: Patricky Freire knocks out Peter Queally to win vacant lightweight title

After a decade with the promotion, Patricky “Pitbull” finally got his hands on Bellator gold.

Another “Pitbull” is the new Bellator lightweight champion.

[autotag]Patricky Freire[/autotag], a long-time contender, finally got his hands on Bellator gold by stopping [autotag]Peter Queally[/autotag] in the main event of Bellator 270. Freire (23-10 MMA, 14-8 BMMA) put away Queally (13-5-1 MMA, 2-1 BMMA) at the 1:05 mark of the second round to win the vacant lightweight title.

It was a dominant showing by Freire at Bellator 270 on Friday from the 3Arena in Dublin.

In the first round, both fighters came out cautious, but there was still a good amount of action. Queally looked to stay on the outside and land leg kicks and keep his guard high. Freire was constantly pressing, mainly landing punches and attacking the body. It was a competitive round, but Freire landed the more significant shots.

In the second, Freire got eye-poked early. It took him a couple of minutes to recover after the referee halted the action. Right when the fight resumed, Freire swarmed Queally and clipped him with a right hand. Queally dropped to a knee and backed up. He tried to cover up the best he could, but the Brazilian was relentless in his attack. Freire backed Queally with strikes against the cage and forced the referee to waive off the fight while he was still standing.

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Freire won the Bellator title after a decade of competing in the organization. He had fought for the vacant belt before but was stopped by Michael Chandler back in 2016. Freire picked up the title that his brother, Patricio, vacated last month following his featherweight title loss to A.J. McKee. Freire also snapped a two-fight losing streak with the victory.

Meanwhile, Queally saw a two-fight wining streak come to an end. He had defeated Freire in his previous bout via doctor’s stoppage. The Irishman is now 2-2 in his last four trips to the cage.

The complete Bellator 270 results include:

  • Patricky Freire def. Peter Queally via knockout (punches) – Round 2, 1:05 – to win vacant lightweight title
  • Patchy Mix def. James Gallagher via submission (guillotine choke) – Round 3, 0:39
  • Pedro Carvalho def. Daniel Weichel via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
  • Ilias Bulaid def. Georges Sasu via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 30-27)
  • Ciaran Clarke def. Jordan Barton via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 3, 4:11
  • Daniele Scatizzi def. Brian Hooi via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
  • Lee Chadwick def. Arunas Andriuskevicus via split decision (28-29, 30-27, 29-28)
  • Gokhan Saricam def. Charlie Milner via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 0:15
  • Nicolo Solli def. Bobby Pallett via split decision (30-27, 28-29, 29-28)
  • Danni Neilan def. Audrey Kerouche via TKO (punches) – Round 3, 3:58
  • Yusuf Nazokatov def. Stephen Costello via submission (heel hook) – Round 2, 2:24

Why Antonio Silva vs. Fedor Emelianenko almost never happened, and how the fight actually saved Bigfoot’s life

Longtime MMA manager Alex Davis recounts a rocky build-up to Antonio Silva vs. Fedor Emelianenko and how the fight saved his client’s life.

(Editor’s note: Strong language is included.)

It’s February 2011, and I had already had a rather hectic last few months. First, I caught malaria (there have only been, like, 12 cases in the state of Rio in the last 20 years). It took a while until I got diagnosed correctly. Next thing I know, my son Bryan walks out into the rainforest and disappears. It took 60 men, two teams of dogs and a helicopter to find him. Then, a few weeks later, my home town of Nova Friburgo suffers the worst natural disaster in Brazilian history, when the region gets hit by nearly 16 inches of rain in 24 hours, causing multiple landslides and killing thousands.

So this is the backdrop as I head into “Bigfoot” vs. Fedor Emelianenko at Strikeforce, which was the biggest fight I had managed up to that point in my career. Based on my experiences over the previous few months, I probably should have known it would not be as easy as simply getting my guy up into the ring to fight!

[autotag]Antonio Silva[/autotag], best known as “Bigfoot,” has acromegaly, caused by a cyst on the pituitary gland. He is really at no greater or lesser risk of any brain injury than any other fighter. But the New Jersey State Athletic Control Board was doubly careful and made “Bigfoot” test for pretty much everything except rabies. With all the added scrutiny, “Bigfoot” was understandably very antsy as the fight was nearing, but we had no choice. I had to make him go through a multitude of extra tests if he wanted to compete.

So eventually, the New Jersey commission requests a special MRI. “Bigfoot” grumpily goes to have it done, and as he is coming back home, I get a call from the clinic saying he has to go back and do it again because he must have moved inside the MRI machine and some of the images get blurred. I call “Bigfoot” and tell him, and he hangs up on me and immediately stops responding to me.

I am still in Brazil, thousands of miles away from “Bigfoot.” After several unsuccessful attempts to get in contact with him and get him back to the clinic to repeat the test, I get hold of Andre Benkei, his coach, and ask him to go to Antonio’s house and find out what is up. Benkei gets there, and the blinds are all closed. Benkei bangs on the door until “Bigfoot” finally answers. He had turned off his phone, locked the doors and windows and decided he wasn’t going to fight anymore! Benkei talks to him about the opportunities he has with this fight, the biggest of his career and convinces him to go back to the clinic, where we were able to get the MRI done again.

For the next test the commission ordered, “Bigfoot” needed to urinate for a 24-hour period into a gallon jug and take the sample to the lab. A little odd, but “Bigfoot” does as he’s instructed. He then goes to take the urine to the lab, but he ends up getting into an argument with the staff! The poor guys is stressed out beyond all belief ahead of the biggest fight of his career, but we managed to get through it all – doing absolutely everything that New Jersey commission had asked.

So finally, it’s fight week, and we all head to New York to take care of all the media obligations for the final build-up to the fight. Here we are doing the promos and interviews and phots and everything, but we still had no answer from New Jersey commission on whether or not “Bigfoot” would actually be cleared to fight! And as the week dragged on, there was still no answer from them.

On Wednesday of fight week, just three days before “Bigfoot” was supposed to fight Fedor, I met with Rich Chou and Bob Cook. I was really worried at that point. I was beginning to wonder where I could run and hide if the commission decided not to clear “Bigfoot” to fight. So Wednesday afternoon, we are at one of the media sessions for the fight, and the athletic commission calls me and asks for the results of the urine test. I immediately called the lab, but they told me they cannot find the urine! Unbelievable.

There is simply nothing I can do at that point, other than to explain everyone what is happening. I was absolutely scared shitless at that moment. Wednesday then turns into Thursday, and finally, at around 11 a.m., the New Jersey commission calls Rich and tells him “Bigfoot” is cleared. One day before the weigh-ins, we finally know we’re going to be able to compete.

Now that was a suffered week, I can tell you.

So fight night comes, and “Bigfoot” puts on a stellar performance, taking Fedor down and absolutely mauling him on the ground. The doctors stop the fight before the start of the third round. Fedor’s eye was too bad, and he could not continue. After everything we had been through, this was a deserved reward.

After the fight, Renzo Gracie was backstage (Igor Gracie had fought on the undercard). Renzo came running up to me and says, “Alex, Alex! Those Russians came to the fucking party! They didn’t know they where coming with their asshole and we were coming with the dick!”

It’s is all happiness and celebrations for us.

At the post-fight presser, I remember Vadim Finkelstein saying that had there been a third round Fedor might have won the fight. I said, “You think so? OK! ‘Bigfoot’ graciously offers Fedor a rematch as soon as he wants.”

I had a feeling Fedor wouldn’t want to see “Bigfoot” on the other side of the cage for a while after that ass whipping.

Later, when we are all celebrating, someone called my attention to the fact that Fedor’s coach had gone to the media and said the we used “illegal psychic technology” to beat Fedor. I couldn’t let that one go without a response.

Overall, it was a great night, especially after a very difficult few months. And there is another part of this true story that is very worth telling: After the fight, Dr. Sherry Wulkan, the medical chief for the New Jersey commission came backstage to speak with me. She explained why she had requested “Bigfoot” get all those added tests done. She gets us together and tells us that she found indication in his tests that although he could fight, “Bigfoot” is showing indication that his acromegaly is getting worse, and that he needs to operate – if not, he won’t live for very long.

She saved his life!

We acted on her advice and got the operation done, and “Bigfoot” went on to get healthy and fight many more times. The rest, as they say, is history.

Alex Davis is a lifelong practitioner of martial arts and a former Brazilian judo champion. A founding member of American Top Team, Davis currently oversees the careers of a number of prominent Brazilian fighters, including Edson Barboza, Antonio Carlos Junior, Rousimar Palhares, Thiago “Marreta” Santos, Antonio Silva and Thiago Tavares, among others. Davis is a regular contributor to MMAjunkie, sharing his current views on the sport built through his perspectives that date back to the Brazilian roots of modern MMA.

No NCAA brackets? No problem: UFC Fight Pass sets up Best Comebacks in MMA History tournament

In a no-coronavirus world, we’d be starting the second round of the NCAA Tournament on Saturday.

In a no-coronavirus world, we’d be starting the second round of the NCAA Tournament on Saturday.

Instead, the 2019-20 college hoops season will be without a champion thanks to the cancellation of the tournament – and pretty much all other sports – due to the ongoing global pandemic.

Here at The Blue Corner, we’re always big fans of filling out our brackets every March in the hopes we’ll finally win the office pool. But with no tournament, that fell by the wayside, too.

But hey, if you’re a bracketologist at heart, never fear. The UFC is trying to give us a little tournament flavor, anyway. The promotion, through UFC Fight Pass, has set up a 16-fight bracket for the best comebacks in MMA history. If you’re a Fight Pass subscriber, you can head there and watch all the fights. Then you can vote for each round in polls at the UFC Fight Pass official Twitter feed.

The initial round of 16 featured nine UFC bouts, three from PRIDE, two from Strikeforce, one from Invicta FC and one from Cage Warriors.

The first round wrapped up Friday – and there was just one upset. The rest was all chalk. No. 11 seed Darren Elkins’ win over Mirsad Bektic topped No. 6 seed Scodtt Smith’s win over Pete Sell.

But everything else went to form, including No. 1 seed Anderson Silva’s fifth-round submission of Chael Sonnen at UFC 148, No. 2 seed Cheick Kongo’s win over Pat Barry, No. 3 seed Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira’s PRIDE win over Bob Sapp, and No. 4 seed Matt Hughes’ rematch win over Frank Trigg.

Check out the current bracket with the quarterfinals set above. Then check in with the UFC Fight Pass Twitter account for the latest polls in the round of eight Saturday, the final four on Sunday, and the final Monday. The pools will be out each day starting at 11:30 a.m. ET.

The Blue Corner is MMA Junkie’s blog space. We don’t take it overly serious, and neither should you. If you come complaining to us that something you read here is not hard-hitting news, expect to have the previous sentence repeated in ALL CAPS.

Quintet Ultra: Team Strikeforce set out to be the ‘best looking team,’ make Mark Munoz gas

Thursday night at Quintet Ultra, five of Strikeforce’s most notable veterans will compete against teams representing the UFC, WEC and PRIDE.

LAS VEGAS – Strikeforce is back. Well, sort of.

Thursday night at Quintet Ultra, five of Strikeforce’s most notable veterans will compete against teams representing the UFC, WEC and PRIDE.

The openweight elimination challenge takes place at Red Rock Casino Resort in Las Vegas and streams on UFC Fight Pass.

Strikeforce’s team is comprised of lightweight champ (and team captain) [autotag]Gilbert Melendez[/autotag], welterweight champ [autotag]Jake Shields[/autotag], light heavyweight champ [autotag]Muhammed Lawal[/autotag], light heavyweight champ [autotag]Renato Sobral[/autotag] and lightweight [autotag]Gesias Cavalcante[/autotag].

Wednesday, the five Strikeforce alumni reunited for a media scrum with MMA Junkie. The Strikeforce group of five fighters declared themselves the “best looking team,” joked about having to go up against Team WEC’s [autotag]Mark Munoz[/autotag], and reminisced on how far they’ve come.

The tournament will first pair Strikeforce up with WEC. In the opening round, Cavalcante will face off with former UFC title challenger Chad Mendes.

Roster orders are selected by each team behind closed doors and submitted simultaneously. Not knowing the orders of other quintets, each team will have to stick to its order if members of its team get eliminated.

In addition to the team competition, Quintet Ultra will feature singles matches. Gordon Ryan meets Aleksei Oleinik, while Cynthia Calvillo – who replaces a previously announced Pearl Gonzalez – takes on Danielle Kelly. A prelims single match between Craig Jones and Fredson Paixao also is set.

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Quintet Ultra lineups set, include Sean O’Malley vs. Takanori Gomi, Chad Mendes vs. ‘JZ’ Cavalcante

The lineups are set for Thursday’s Quintet Ultra team grappling event, and the opening matchups include a few intriguing contests.

The lineups are set for Thursday’s Quintet Ultra team grappling event, and the opening matchups include a few intriguing contests.

Weigh-ins for the event took place Wednesday at Red Rock Casino Resort in Las Vegas, with each five-member team expected to weigh-in under 950 pounds combined. That didn’t prove an issue, with Team WEC registering 947.2 pounds, Team Strikeforce just behind at 946.6 pounds, Team UFC at 942.2 pounds and Team PRIDE the smallest at 936.6 pounds.

Featuring a unique 5-on-5 team grappling concept where the winning grappler of each match stays on the mat, Quintet Ultra takes place Thursday at the same venue and streams live on UFC Fight Pass.

In the opening round of the tournament, Team UFC takes on Team PRIDE, while Team WEC vs. Team Strikeforce.

Team UFC will send out fast-rising bantamweight prospect [autotag]Sean O’Malley[/autotag] as their first representative, while Team PRIDE counters with former PRIDE lightweight champ [autotag]Takanori Gomi[/autotag].

On the other side of the bracket, Team WEC is starting with three-time UFC title challenger [autotag]Chad Mendes[/autotag], while Team Strikeforce opens with two-time K-1 HERO’s middleweight grand prix champion and former Titan FC lightweight champ [autotag]Gesias Cavalcante[/autotag], the man best known as “JZ.”

In each match, the winning grappler stays on to take on the next representative from the opposing team. In case of a draw, both fighters are eliminated.

The two winning teams from the opening round matchups meet in the finals to close out the night.

Full team orders include:

TEAM UFC

1. Sean O’Malley
2. [autotag]Anthony Johnson[/autotag]
3. [autotag]Clay Guida[/autotag]
4. [autotag]Anthony Smith[/autotag] (captain)
5. [autotag]Gilbert Burns[/autotag]

vs.

TEAM PRIDE

1. Takanori Gomi
2. [autotag]Hector Lombard[/autotag]
3. [autotag]Gregor Gracie[/autotag]
4. [autotag]Yves Edwards[/autotag]
5. [autotag]Kazushi Sakuraba[/autotag] (captain)

TEAM WEC

1. Chad Mendes (captain)
2. [autotag]Mark Munoz[/autotag]
3. [autotag]Cub Swanson[/autotag]
4. [autotag]Glover Teixeira[/autotag]
5. [autotag]James Krause[/autotag]

vs.

TEAM STRIKEFORCE

1. Gesias “JZ” Cavalcante
2. [autotag]Jake Shields[/autotag]
3. [autotag]Muhammed Lawal[/autotag]
4. [autotag]Gilbert Melendez[/autotag] (captain)
5. [autotag]Renato Sobral[/autotag]

Quintet Ultra: Full UFC, PRIDE, WEC, Strikeforce rosters revealed ahead of Thursday’s event

UFC vs. PRIDE vs. WEC vs. Strikeforce? The full rosters have been announced for Thursday’s event.

Who would have won a team battle between the UFC, PRIDE, WEC, and Strikeforce? Quintet is hopping in a time machine to take fans back to an era when this question could be answered.

On Thursday, one of the world’s most unique grappling tournaments will return with Quintet Ultra. The openweight elimination challenge takes place at Red Rock Casino Resort in Las Vegas and streams on UFC Fight Pass.

The event will see four teams compromised of five fighters – each team tied to a respective promotion. On Monday, full rosters and first-round team pairings were announced, with Team UFC taking on Team PRIDE and Team WEC vs. Team Strikeforce.

The teams are as follows:

Team UFC

  • [autotag]Anthony Smith[/autotag] (captain): former UFC light heavyweight title challenger, current UFC light heavyweight contender, WSOF veteran
  • [autotag]Anthony Johnson[/autotag]: former UFC light heavyweight title challenger
  • [autotag]Sean O’Malley[/autotag]: Dana White’s Contender Series signee, undefeated UFC bantamweight
  • [autotag]Clay Guida[/autotag]: 29-fight UFC veteran, current UFC lightweight
  • [autotag]Gilbert Burns[/autotag]: current UFC lightweight/welterweight, second-degree black belt

Team PRIDE

  • [autotag]Kazushi Sakuraba[/autotag] (captain): UFC Hall of Famer, competed in 27 fights under the PRIDE banner, UFC Japan heavyweight tournament winner
  • [autotag]Takanori Gomi[/autotag]: PRIDE lightweight champion, Pride 2005 lightweight grand prix winner, UFC veteran
  • [autotag]Gregor Gracie[/autotag]: grappling world champion, ONE FC veteran, member of the storied Gracie family
  • [autotag]Hector Lombard[/autotag]: former Bellator middleweight champion, Bellator Season 1 middleweight tournament winner, international judo federation gold medalist
  • [autotag]Yves Edwards[/autotag]: three-time PRIDE competitor, UFC and Strikeforce veteran, current PFL commentator

Team WEC

  • [autotag]Chad Mendes[/autotag] (captain): two-time UFC featherweight title challenger, most knockouts in UFC featherweight history (tied with Conor McGregor), two-time NCAA Division 1 All American
  • [autotag]Glover Teixeira[/autotag]: former UFC light heavyweight title challenger, current UFC light heavyweight contender, most submission victories in UFC light heavyweight history (tied with Jon Jones)
  • [autotag]Mark Munoz[/autotag]: two-time WEC competitor, 15-time UFC competitor, two-time NCAA division 1 All American
  • [autotag]Cub Swanson[/autotag]: former UFC featherweight title challenger, former WEC title challenger, 11-time UFC/WEC bonus winner
  • [autotag]James Krause[/autotag]: two-time WEC competitor, current UFC welterweight, currently riding a six-fight win streak

Team Strikeforce

  • [autotag]Gilbert Melendez[/autotag]: WEC lightweight champion, Strikeforce lightweight champion, UFC lightweight title challenger
  • [autotag]Jake Shields[/autotag]: Strikeforce middleweight champion, Elite XC welterweight champion, former UFC welterweight title challenger
  • [autotag]Muhammed Lawal[/autotag]: Strikeforce light heavyweight champion, Bellator 2013 “Summer Series” light heavyweight tournament champion, Bellator season 10 light heavyweight tournament finalist
  • [autotag]Gesias Cavalcante[/autotag]: two-time K-1 HERO’s middleweight grand prix champion, former Titan FC lightweight champion
  • [autotag]Renato Sobral[/autotag]: Strikeforce light heavyweight champion, former UFC light heavyweight title challenger

In addition to the team competition, Quintet Ultra will feature singles matches. [autotag]Gordon Ryan[/autotag] meets [autotag]Aleksei Oleinik[/autotag], while Cynthia Calvillo takes on [autotag]Danielle Kelly[/autotag]. A prelims single match between [autotag]Craig Jones[/autotag] and [autotag]Fredson Paixio[/autotag] also is set.

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Behold the Quintet Ultra fight poster: An old-school fan’s dream

We never did get those PRIDE vs. UFC cards we spent hours dreaming of, but we’re finally going to at least see both brands on one night.

We never did get those UFC vs. PRIDE cards we spent hours dreaming of on internet message boards, but we’re finally going to at least see both brands on a single night.

Featuring a unique 5-on-5 team grappling concept, Quintet Ultra takes place Dec. 12 at Red Rock Casino in Las Vegas and streams live on UFC Fight Pass.

The brainchild of MMA legend Kazushi Sakuraba, Quintet features a “winner stays on” format, meaning one grappler could conceivably beat all five members of an opposing team. And with teams built to fit under a total weight limit – but without any limits on individual weight divisions – the system allows for some unique matchups.

For Quintet Ultra, UFC officials have allowed licensing for a few major MMA brands they’ve added to their portfolio over the years: namely PRIDE, Strikeforce and WEC. It’s a creative concept, and now there’s a poster for the card, putting all the brands together in a single space.

Behold (via UFC Fight Pass’ Instagram):

While the team lineups are still filling out, Quintet Ultra already boasts an intriguing collection of names. The current card includes:

TEAM UFC

  • Anthony Johnson (captain)
  • Sean O’Malley
  • Gilbert Burns

TEAM STRIKEFORCE

  • Gilbert Melendez
  • Jake Shields
  • Muhammed Lawal

TEAM WEC

  • Chad Mendes (captain)
  • Glover Teixeira
  • Cub Swanson

TEAM PRIDE

  • Kazushi Sakuraba (captain)
  • Takanori Gomi
  • Gregor Gracie

SUPERFIGHT SINGLES MATCHES

  • Craig Jones vs. Fredson Paixao
  • Gordon Ryan vs. Aleksei Oleinik
  • Pearl Gonzalez vs. Danielle Kelly

The Blue Corner is MMA Junkie’s blog space. We don’t take it overly serious, and neither should you. If you come complaining to us that something you read here is not hard-hitting news, expect to have the previous sentence repeated in ALL CAPS.

Quintet Ultra adds ‘King Mo’ to Strikeforce, Gregor Gracie for PRIDE, Pearl Gonzalez superfight, more

The roster for next month’s ambitious Quintet Ultra continues to fill, and four new team participants have been booked.

The roster for next month’s ambitious Quintet Ultra continues to fill, and four new team participants have been booked, along with three “superfight singles” matches.

Featuring a unique 5-on-5 team grappling event, Quintet Ultra takes place Dec. 12 at Red Rock Casino in Las Vegas and streams live on UFC Fight Pass. While the events often feature big-name mixed martial artists, Quintet Ultra will see teams representing the biggest promotions in MMA history face off with Team UFC, Team Strikeforce, Team WEC and Team PRIDE.

MMA Junkie today learned from Quintet officials that four new fighters have agreed to compete at the event, with current welterweight contender [autotag]Gilbert Burns[/autotag] joining team UFC, former light heavyweight champion [autotag]Muhammed Lawal[/autotag] added to Team Strikeforce, 15-year veteran [autotag]Cub Swanson[/autotag] repping Team WEC and submission ace [autotag]Gregor Gracie[/autotag] joining Team PRIDE.

Quintet founder, MMA legend Kazushi Sakuraba, said he was thrilled to announce all of the additions, but as a former Gracie hunter was now happy to have a member of MMA’s founding family on his side.

“You can’t have PRIDE without Gracie,” Sakuraba said. “I’m very happy to welcome one of the new generation of Gracie fighters to the team. Gregor has fought in Quintet, and he always goes for the win, so he’s a great addition. Hopefully he’ll make things easier for this old man!”

In addition to the team competition, three singles matches were announced, with some notable names in both the MMA and grappling world, with [autotag]Craig Jones[/autotag] vs. [autotag]Fredson Paixao[/autotag] and [autotag]Pearl Gonzalez[/autotag] vs. [autotag]Danielle Kelly[/autotag] joining a previously announced matchup of Gordon Ryan vs. Aleksei Oleinik.

More details on participating grapplers and team rosters will be revealed in the weeks to come. The card will stream live at 10 p.m. ET on UFC Fight Pass.

The current Quintet Ultra lineup includes:

TEAM UFC

  • Anthony Johnson (captain)
  • Sean O’Malley
  • Gilbert Burns

TEAM STRIKEFORCE

  • Gilbert Melendez
  • Jake Shields
  • Muhammed Lawal

TEAM WEC

  • Chad Mendes (captain)
  • Glover Teixeira
  • Cub Swanson

TEAM PRIDE

  • Kazushi Sakuraba (captain)
  • Takanori Gomi
  • Gregor Gracie

SUPERFIGHT SINGLES MATCHES

  • Craig Jones vs. Fredson Paixao
  • Gordon Ryan vs. Aleksei Oleinik
  • Pearl Gonzalez vs. Danielle Kelly