When we talk about the fighters who never competed in UFC but are still considered some of the greatest in mixed martial arts, the name Patricio Freire comes up.
The Bellator featherweight and lightweight champion, Patricio Freire has been terrorizing his opponents for a long time now. He even has a win over former Bellator lightweight champion, Michael Chandler. Pitbull secured a comfortable TKO win over Chandler at Bellator 221.
And considering the fact that Michael Chandler came extremely close to winning the UFC lightweight title against Charles Oliveira, we must credit Pitbull as one of the best fighters right now if the greatest fighter.
Patricio Freire has achieved incredible things in Bellator. He has wins over Michael Chandler, Juan Archuleta, Emmanuel Sanchez, Daniel Weichel, Daniel Straus, and many other top Bellator fighters. With 9 wins in his 11 title fights, Pitbull is certainly the most accomplished fighter in Bellator right now. So how much does one of the biggest names in Bellator earn from his fights? Let’s find out.
Career Earnings of Patricio Freire:
Patricio Freire has been on the top of the Bellator featherweight and lightweight division for a meaningful time now. And he certainly gets paid handsomely for the exciting fights he puts on. However, his fight purse does not look impressive when compared to that of UFC champions.
As per reports, Patricio Freire earned a fight purse of $200,000 for his title defense against Juan Archuleta at Bellator 228. His fight purse was 20% of the total payout for Bellator 228 ($1,086,050). Besides that, Pitbull earned $15,000 for sponsorship leading up to the fight.
The Bellator two-division champion earned $325,000 for his last title fight against Emmanuel Sanchez. This rematch took place in the main event of Bellator 255.
These fight purses are huge for Pitbull if we compare his fight purse from a few years back when he was taking on Benson Henderson at Bellator 160. Patricio Freire earned a $50,000 fight purse for his TKO loss against Benson Henderson.
However, Pitbull had an opportunity to a massive $1 million againist prospect of Bellator AJ McKee in the finale of the featherweight grand Prix. However, he lost out after McKee him beat fairly quickly. But he avenged the loss at Bellator 277 when Pitbull beat McKee via a unanimous decision. For that win, he earned $250,000 as per MMA Junkie.
He the went on to beat Ádám Borics and Kleber Koike Erbst in his next two bouts respectively at Bellator 286 and crossover event, Bellator MMA vs Rizin. For those two bouts, Pitbull earned $150,000 each.