Patricky Pitbull, one half of Bellator MMA’s notorious Pitbull brothers, always seems to have a target on his back.
Returning at Bellator 249 this Thursday against LFA champ Jaleel Willis, Pitbull is still the subject of frequent callouts. Most recently, it was Alan Omer expressing a desire to fight Patricky and his brother, Patricio (Bellator’s featherweight and lightweight champion) following Omer’s win over the weekend at Bellator 248.
Pitbull (23-9) seems to take it all in stride. “I’m very happy, because I saw when he finished Ryan Scope,” the Brazilian lightweight said regarding Omer during Tuesday’s Bellator 249 media day. “I don’t know him. He’s a good fighter. If he wants to try to finish me — he says he will finish me — but if he wants to try… He talked about the fight with Ryan Scope, but it’s good. It’s good he thinks about this fight, he said the sh*t about this fight.”
Being called out, perhaps, comes with the territory, and is a sign of Pitbull’s continued relevance to the division. Besides which, “I can beat him with the right hand. Or both hands. If he tries to finish me, I’ll finish him before he thinks about finishing me,” said Pitbull.
Another rival of Pitbull (properly Patricky Freire) recently left Bellator in favor of the UFC. Three-time lightweight champ Michael Chandler, face of the promotion for years, will now ply his trade in the octagon. That means Pitbull will not have a chance to avenge his loss to “Iron” Mike, but asked if he was disappointed to lose that opportunity, Pitbull answered in the negative.
“It’s his life. I don’t care [about] his life. I don’t like him, he don’t like me. My brother don’t like him, he don’t like my brother,” said Pitbull. “F*ck him. I don’t care about him. He go out of Bellator. Life changes all the time.” Instead, said Pitbull, he’s focused on the present. “I’m alive for Tuesday. Today is my day. It’s my new job.”
Patricky Pitbull faces Jaleel Willis at Bellator 249 this Thursday, October 15 at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, CT. The main card airs live on CBS Sports Network following online prelims.