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Former Two-time Bellator champion wants to join UFC

Patricio Pitbull, the former Bellator champion in two weight classes, has expressed his desire to join the UFC. The Brazilian fighter has not competed since he took a short-notice fight against Chihiro Suzuki in July at Bellator X RIZIN 2, where he was knocked out in the first round. This was his second consecutive loss, after losing to Sergio Pettis in June.

Patricio Pitbull was trying to win a third Bellator belt in that fight, as he already held the featherweight title and had previously been the lightweight champion. He is widely considered as the best fighter in Bellator history, with victories over Michael Chandler, AJ McKee, and others.

However, Patricio Pitbull seems to want to add more achievements to his legacy. In a recent interview on the Trocação Franca podcast, he confirmed the rumors that Bellator would be sold to PFL soon. But he is not interested in moving there.

He would rather sign with the UFC, which he has long wanted to do. “Well, I’m 36 years old, I’m the biggest record holder in the organization I love,” Patricio Pitbull said in the interview. “It looks like Bellator is really going to be taken over by another organization. I will fulfill my agreement, I will see what proposals will be on the table, but I think my career deserves a trip to the UFC.”
“I think it would be great if I became the champion of both Bellator and PFL, because then I would have a big fight in my first fight in this new organization. I don’t rule out [leaving Bellator], I see it positively, I think now is the time, it’s the only time. I didn’t want to leave Bellator like this, but I understand the situation.”


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