Patricio Pitbull Pulls Out of Bellator 47 Title Fight with Injured Hand

July 5, 2011
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Patricio Pitbull Freire

Patricio Pitbull Freire (courtesy of twitter.com/@PatricioPitbull)

An injury has forced Patricio “Pitbull” Freire out of his scheduled title fight with Joe Warren at Bellator 47.

Rumors swirled early Tuesday that Patricio Freire injured his hand and had to pull out of the July 23 bout against Bellator featherweight champion Joe Warren. Freire later confirmed the injury via his Twitter account.

“It’s true. I won’t be able to fight Warren this month,” he wrote. “Saturday I heard it will take me four months to be able to fight again.”

Freire and Warren were set to headline the Bellator 47 fight card, the promotion’s Canadian debut, at Casino Rama in Rama, Ontario, Canada. There has been no word yet as to Bellator’s plans to replace the bout, although company CEO Bjorn Rebney told MMAJunkie.com that the two would likely fight sometime after Warren completes his participation in Bellator’s upcoming Season 5 bantamweight tournament.

Freire has already shifted gears and is focusing his return to the cage.

“I have fractures on my thumb of the left hand, and ligament injuries, that’s why it may take so long for me to get back in the cage,” he tweeted. “I will spend six weeks with my hand immobilized, and than at least one month of physical therapy, depending on my progression. And then I will be able to get back to training, lightly at first, but the doctor said I could be able to fight by the end of November.

“I will try my hardest to get back in there as soon as possible. Tell Joe I’m coming for him by the end of the year!”

Warren will fight in the opening round of the Season 5 tournament at Bellator 51 slated for Sept. 24. How long before he will be free to fight Freire in defense of his Bellator featherweight title depends upon how far he makes it in the tournament.


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