Pitbull Brothers Incensed by Treatment Following Bellator 288 Title Fight

Patricky Pitbull, Bellator 288
Patricky Pitbull, Bellator 288 Credit: Bellator MMA

Patricky Pitbull had a rough night at the office at Bellator 288 on Friday, and absorbed insult on top of injury following the event.

Pitbull, properly Patricky Freire, lost his lightweight championship in a one-sided affair against the still undefeated Usman Nurmagomedov in the co-main event in Chicago, IL. The bout left the Brazilian sporting a nasty gash, one that would require stitches — only, there was no one on hand at the Wintrust Arena in Chicago to apply them.

Patricky’s brother, Patricio, who holds featherweight gold in Bellator MMA, took to social media later in the night to complain that the pair had been stuck at hospital for hours, treated rudely — and that it was not the first time that such an incident had transpired.

The younger Pitbull brother directed his ire at the Illinois Athletic Commission, who he claimed failed to have a doctor on hand who could stitch up his brother. Patricky also reposted the message.

“Illinois Commission don’t serve for sh*t! Not a single doctor on site to stitch my brother. We were sent to a hospital, treated like sh*t for more than 5 hours and still waiting! [Bellator MMA]  needs to have a medical team ready to do that on the events. Not the first time!”

Patricky Pitbull struggled to find his way inside on the longer Nurmagomedov in the fight, who used his kicks and overall length to dominate the bout. With the loss, Pitbull fell to 1-3 in his last four fights, with defeats to Peter Queally and Tofiq Musayev in addition to the Usman Nurmagomedov setback.

The 36-year old has competed for Bellator since 2011, and went to the finals of two lightweight tournaments during Bellator’s season format days. He lost on both occasions, first to Michael Chandler, and later to Marcin Held, both of whom would later migrate to the UFC.

Pitbull, meanwhile, stayed the course, fighting for Bellator gold in 2016, only to again lose to Chandler. Last year, he defeated Queally in a rematch to capture his first major championship.