Bellator MMA presents one of the best cards of the year on Saturday night. The promotion takes place at the Long Beach Arena in Long Beach, California for a loaded Bellator 286 card featuring a featherweight title battle between champion Patricio “Pitbull” Freire and Adam Boriks, the event’s headliners.
Pitbull (33-5) begins his third reign as Bellator Featherweight Champion. After avenging AJ McKee’s shocking loss in a competitive rematch, Pitbull faces a tough title defense in one of the promotion’s deepest divisions. Pitbull is a very versatile fighter with nearly equal numbers of knockout, submission and decision wins in a career spanning dozens of fights. The champion has no shortage of motivation and has expressed a desire to clear the featherweight division before moving up to bantamweight in search of a third division title.
“He is a talented guy. He’s the guy in this division with the most wins,” Pitbull said at the press day. “Maybe it will be like a kickboxing match. I will try to defeat him if I have the opportunity. there.
“The most important thing for me is to win on Saturday night and keep the belt with the Pitbull brothers. Light and easy.”
Boric (18-1) has quietly evolved into one of Bellator’s most promising rivals. Decision wins over Mads Burnell and Jeremy Kennedy confirm he can go the distance, and Aaron Pico’s TKO in flight with a knee suggests the Hungarian native has a talent for flashes. There is good reason to believe that Borix is going to take on the much more decorated Pit Bull. The close betting lines confirm Boric’s belief that he is the future of the division.
“My side is different because I’m still 29 and getting better every day. He is 35, but he has changed a lot. At the beginning of his career, he was wilder, more active. But now he fights smarter. “, Boric said at the media day.
Meanwhile, in the co-main event, McKee makes his lightweight debut against chaotic UFC alumnus Spike Carlyle. it, who has regularly expressed a desire to move up to 155 pounds due to the difficult featherweight cutback. Lightweight seems to be McKee’s home for the foreseeable future, short of a possible Pitbull trilogy. Carlisle, also a former featherweight, has bounced back well since entering the UFC and finished five straight. He recently choked out Dan Moret and Koji Takeda in Bellator and RIZIN respectively.
“I appreciate that he took responsibility. You know the Pit Bulls obviously don’t want that smoke. I think they’re terrified of the McKee name, as they should be,” McKee told CBS Sports. “He’s just pushy. He’s going to come forward and throw. At the same time, I know that he has a slow start … statements.
“I’m still a champion. That’s what it is. The arena is for me. I think that after the co-main, everyone will leave. They will fight for themselves. It’s cool, although there is no hard feeling. That’s what it is. Just be a man . [Pitbull]if you ever decide to get together then we can fight… I’m 100 and 1000 percent focused on Spike and that’s the key.”
Check out the full interview with AJ McKee below.
Here is the rest of the fifight card for Bellator 286 with the latest odds from Caesar’s bookmaker.
Bellator 286 map odds
|Patrick Pitbull -150||Adam Boriks +125||Featherweight title|
|AJ McKee -440||Spike Carlyle +340||Light|
|Aaron’s Peak -575||Jeremy Kennedy +425||A light weight|
|Enrique Barzola-120||John Archuleta +100||Bantamweight|
Viewing information Bellator 286
Date: October 1 | Start time: 22:00 ET
Location: Long Beach Arena – Long Beach, California
TV channel: Show time
Patrick Pitbull vs. Adam Boris: Pitbull is still a featherweight man. To avenge the loss of McKee – to someone who is considered the next brightest MMA star – was a reminder that Pitbull is not going anywhere. He can win a fight by any means and has shown resilience to bounce back from adversity. There are very few fighters in the sport who can repeatedly reinvent themselves at a high level. The champion’s ability to dictate the terms of the fight should lead him to the finish line. Working inside, at the fence and on the ground are his keys to victory. Borix would have done the right thing by staying outside and maximizing his five-inch advantage in height and reach. It is worrying that Boric’s astounding experience has not led to a finish at the higher levels of the Bellator featherweight division. Borik’s performances against Burnell and Kennedy – decisive but at times too competitive – are convincing enough to imagine a chess match against Pitbull, but not enough to win. The score cards must favor the champion in order to retain his title. Pitbull via UD