In the main event of Bellator 221, featherweight champion Patricio “Pitbull” Freire knocked out Michael Chandler in just over a minute to become the new Bellator lightweight champion, and thus become a simultaneous two-division king.
As the grudge match started between the two rivals, there was no glove touch and the action started straight away. Friere started throwing first and although Chandler avoided the first exchange, he was quickly caught by a right hand from “Pitbull” and sent to the canvas. Friere followed with some heavy ground and pound, and the referee then stopped the fight much to Chandler’s frustration as he stood up straight after to protest the stoppage.
Here’s how Twitter reacted to Freire’s stoppage win over Chandler.
If your brother dont look at you like Patricky pitbull does when you become champ champ, are you really family?— David Rickels (@TheCaveman316) May 12, 2019
IMO, terrible stoppage chandler vs pit bull.... thoughts? #Bellator— Brad Tavares (@BradTavares) May 12, 2019