Besides the quarterfinal round of the season seven featherweight tournament, Friday’s Bellator 76 saw two fighters’ lightweights heading in opposite directions. The main event bout between former Bellator lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez and Patricky Freire was fun while it lasted, but once over, left one fighter in the worst slump of his career and the other in a powerful position.
Eddie Alvarez and Patricky Freire were thought to be on a collision course when Freire was the season four lightweight tournament favorite. Michael Chandler threw all that out the window though by defeating Freire in the tournament finals and going onto to take the belt away from Alvarez at Bellator 58.
Following their loses to Chandler, both fighters rebounded with victories and after Freire lost his bid to get another shot at Chandler in the season six lightweight tournament Bellator final put these two in the cage together at Bellator 76.
The bout was everything fans could have hoped for, except for the fact it only lasted just under five minutes. The fighters went right at each other and Alvarez score first with a knockdown but Freire would scramble up and clip the former champion. That’s nothing new to Alvarez though as he often gets clipped early in his fights but always seems to be able to come back. He would do just that against Freire with a right head kick to the chin that finished the fight with just two seconds left on the clock.
The loss by Patricky “Pitbull” Freire (10-4) is his first ever losing streak and the Brazilian has now lost three out of his last four fights. After arriving in Bellator with a lot of momentum and a 7-1 record, Freire now finds himself 3-3 with the promotion and likely staring at a tournament qualifier match the next time he steps into the cage.
The win by Eddie Alvarez (24-3) now gives him back to back wins after losing his belt 11 months ago. More importantly he’s separated himself far enough away from that loss that now that his contract with Bellator is completed he can sit back and field offers from a position of power. Bellator will certainly want him back, but the UFC will also have interest and that will drive the price up.
Both Patricky Freire and Eddie Alvarez had a lot on the line at Bellator 76 and their fight showed just how important a win was for each.