Patricky Pitbull’s first lightweight title defense is in the works, and less than two months away.
Multiple sources, speaking on the condition of anonymity, have confirmed to Cageside Press that Pitbull is being targeted to defend his lightweight title against No. 1 contender Sidney Outlaw on March 11 at Bellator 276.
After years of grinding, Pitbull (24-10) captured the Bellator lightweight title at Bellator 270 last year when he finished Peter Queally in his home country of Ireland. The fight with Queally was a rematch of their meeting six months prior, which saw the action ended due to a cut, with a doctor’s stoppage in favor of Queally the result.
Before the rivalry with Queally, Pitbull had a three-fight stint with RIZIN Fighting Federation, more or less due to his brother Patricio holding the lightweight title. Patricky made it all the way to the RIZIN lightweight grand prix final.
The 35-year old Brazilian holds the most knockout wins in Bellator Lightweight division history with ten, and is tied with MVP for the most knockouts in Bellator history.
Outlaw (16-4) only fought once in 2021, but it was a very dominant win over Myles Jury at Bellator 261. Outlaw told Cageside Press last June that he felt it was a reintroduction to the Bellator audience. “Da Gun” is 3-1 in the promotion, only losing to Michael Chandler in 2019.
No location has been reported for Bellator 276, and no other fights have been reported. Bellator is set to kick off its 2022 schedule next weekend, with Bellator 273 taking place in Phoenix, AZ.