Patricio Pitbull vs. AJ McKee is such an incredible battle on paper. Cant await that a person! #Bellator 255.
— Michael DeSantis (@mdesantis24) April 3, 2021.
Freire and Sanchez originally satisfied at Bellator 209 in November 2018, with Freire edging out Sanchez on the scorecards to keep the Bellator 145-pound title.
Since that win, Freire added the Bellator lightweight champion to his mantle and ended up being a champ-champ with a 61-second finish of Michael Chandler in May 2019. His Grand Prix tournament path prior to this battle saw him beat Juan Archuleta by choice prior to a knockout win over Pedro Carvalho.
After the loss to Freire, Sanchez rebounded with a choice win over Georgi Karakhanyan. His Grand Prix experience prior to this title bout saw him send Tywan Claxton in the opening round prior to a win over Daniel Weichel in the quarterfinals.
Fans react to Patricio Pitbull keeping title, moving on to face A.J. McKee in Grand Prix finals.
Freire stayed patient and enabled Sanchez to come forward, utilizing his counterstriking to the best of his capability. Ultimately, Freire dropped Sanchez and caught him in a guillotine, scoring a submission win in under 4 minutes.
See how Twitter reacted to Freires win
Patrico Pitbull a problem but McKee getting that W when they deal with off. Delighted Pitbull won. Pitbull vs McKee #Bellator 255.
Pitbull vs. McKee is easily the biggest battle in Bellator history. Patricio Pitbull vs. AJ McKee is such an awesome fight on paper.
Freire will now fulfill A.J. McKee in the Bellator Featherweight Grand Prix finals, with both the title and $1 million on the line.
Pitbull is a top 3-5 featherweight and he will smoke McKee.
Good night, gentlemen and girls. #Bellator 255.
— manos de piedra (@feet_work) April 3, 2021.
Pitbull vs McKee is going to be fireworks, I cant wait. Currently got my popcorn #Bellator 255.
— OneShot Scott (@Scootietang) April 3, 2021.
Patrico Pitbull a problem but McKee getting that W when they take on. McKee is a special talent, itll be an incredible battle! #Bellator 255.
— Brandon Butcher (@Bbutcherr) April 3, 2021.
wow holy shittt, what a performance from Pitbull, one of the finest in his profession. #Bellator 255.
— Thomas (@RoeJogan1) April 3, 2021.
I wish to see: Pitbull beat Mckeego to UFCface volkobeat volkovacatingmoving to bellator.
Bellator ends up being much better. #Bellator 255.
— pat (@Patkk151515) April 3, 2021.
Bellator 255 took location on Friday, April 2, 2021, live from the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, CT. Follow together with FanSided for all your live news and highlights.
Delighted Pitbull won. #Bellator 255.
— Jeff Engelhardt (@JWEngelhardt) April 3, 2021.
As much as I do not like Pitbull, a matchup versus AJ McKee gets me VERY thrilled! #Bellator 255.
— jacob gevers (@Gevmau5) April 3, 2021.
Pitbull vs. McKee is quickly the most significant fight in Bellator history. I hope they stack the shit out of the card, bring those old Strikeforce vibes back. #Bellator 255.
— Ferrist Keeper (@ferristkeeper) April 3, 2021.
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See what battle fans thought about Patricio Pitbulls quick win at Bellator 255
The Bellator Featherweight Grand Prix last numerous people wanted to see will end up being a reality. Patricio “Pitbull” Freire defeated Emmanuel Sanchez in the Bellator 255 primary event to move and keep the featherweight championship on to face A.J. McKee in the finals
Destiny waits for. Battle we been waiting for. Pitbull vs McKee #Bellator 255.
— TonyDarceDariush (@kiefondareef420) April 3, 2021.