Patricio Friere. Photo courtesy of Bellator Fighting Championships.
Highly-touted Brazilian prospect Patricio "Pitbull" Friere has been added to the list of competitors for Bellator Fighting Championships' season four featherweight tournament, which kicks off next month.
Friere is the seventh participant announced for the tourney, joining Wilson Reis, Daniel Strauss, Eric Larkin, Zac George, Kenny Foster and Georgi Karakhanyan.
"Patricio Pitbull is a great fighter," Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney said in a release. "He was seconds away from beating on of the top two featherweights on earth and that loss was his only defeat as a professional. I know that his sole focus is winning this tournament and earning the opportunity to avenge his loss to our champion, Joe Warren. He's going to be fun to watch this season."
Freire, who trains alongside the Nogueira brothers, fell to Warren in the finals of Bellator's inaugural featherweight tournament last year. Warren would go on to upset then-champion Joe Soto.
After spending the majority of his career over in his native Brazil, Friere came to North America and racked up two straight wins under the Bellator banner, submitting William Romero and winning a decision over Wilson Reis.