Bellator 252 The Featherweight World Grand Prix closes out the quarter-final rounds with two five-round bouts. First up a rematch between Daniel Weichel and Emmanuel Sanchez, then the main event sees double champ Patricio ‘Pitbull’ Freire put his featherweight gold up for grabs against Pedro Carvalho.
Check out Pedro Carvalho pre-fight interview above.
Bellator 252 will set the tone for the organization’s 145-pound division as the top featherweights take one step closer towards one million dollars and Bellator gold!
Pedro Carvalho (11-3) is on a run of six straight wins. With victories over Derek Campos and Sam Sicilia, the 24-year old from Portugal is going into the biggest fight of his life; a world title fight against one of the best 145-pound fighters in MMA today, Patricio ‘Pitbull’ Freire (30-4). Carvalho was previously scheduled to fight Pitbull at Bellator 241 in March, only to have the event canceled hours before due to COVID-19. While it was a difficult pill to swallow, the 25-year-old didn’t let it phase him from becoming a world champion. And now they will finally get the fight in the books and showdown this Thursday.
Pitbull, is holding titles at both featherweight and lightweight, Brazil’s champ-champ is one of the most dominant fighter ever to step inside the Bellator cage, a reign of supremacy that has lasted nearly a decade.
The winner of those two bouts will square off at a later date in the semifinals of the World Featherweight Grand Prix. Then a week later, Darrion Caldwell battles AJ McKee for a spot in the finals.
Bellator 252 Main Event:
145 lbs.: Patricio Freire (30-4) vs. Pedro Carvalho (11-3)
Bellator 252 Main Card (7:00 p.m. ET):
145 lbs.: Daniel Weichel (40-11) vs. Emmanuel Sanchez (19-4)
170 lbs.: Yaroslav Amosov (24-0) vs. Logan Storley (11-0)
Bellator 252 “Prelims” Card (5:00 p.m. ET):
170 lbs.: Roman Faraldo (3-0) vs. Pat Casey (6-3)
145 lbs.: Aaron Pico (6-3) vs. John de Jesus (13-8)
155 lbs.: Manny Muro (11-6) vs. Devin Powell (10-4)
135 lbs.: Jornel Lugo (4-0) vs. Schyler Sootho (4-0)
115 lbs.: Keri Taylor Melendez (4-0) vs. Emilee King (4-3)
145 lbs.: Gabriel Varga (1-1) vs. Brandon Phillips (6-3)
170 lbs.: Khonry Gracie (2-1) vs. Trevor Gudde (1-1)
145 lbs.: Lucas Brennan (3-0) vs. Andrew Salas (6-4)
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