The round of eight in the Bellator MMA Featherweight Grand Prix is underway.
Back in December, during Bellator 236, the quarterfinals began as AJ McKee became the first contestant to punch his ticket in the Grand Prix semifinal by third-round submission against Derek Campos (triangle armbar.)
On Mar. 13, two more quarterfinals will be held to headline the show at Bellator 241 to trim the initial 16-contender field down to four fighters.
Note: Both of these quarterfinals will be five-round contests at five minutes per round.
In the co-main of Bellator 241 at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, CT, home of the WNBA’s Connecticut Sun, Daniel Weichel (40-11) will fight Emmanuel Sanchez (19-4). More on that fight later.
That card’s main event, our focus today, is the contest between Patricio Pitbull [Freire] (30-4) and Pedro Carvalho (11-3), a fight which also sees Pitbull defending his Bellator MMA Featherweight championship.
Note: Should Pitbull lose a fight at any stage of this Grand Prix, he also loses the title and the tournament champion also becomes the new Featherweight champion.
We’ll also refrain from making a call on this fight at the present time.
Heading into the Mar. 13 headliner, challenger Pedro Carvalho is the taller fighter, standing at 5-foot-11, six inches taller than champion Patricio Pitbull at 5-foot-5.
How they got here
Both fighters have posted perfect 5-0 records in their last five fights.
Pitbull eliminated Juan Archuleta in the opening round of the Grand Prix via unanimous decision on Sept. 28 in the main event of Bellator 228.
In the other corner, Carvalho eliminated Sam Sicilla by second-round submission (face crank) in Bellator 226 on Sept. 7.
This matchup was chosen by Pitbull during a quarterfinal selection show on Sept. 28.
As champion, he had an option of accepting a fight with Adam Borics or choosing any one of the six other quarterfinalists as his adversary—opting to fight Carvalho in March.
Borics instead fought Darrion Caldwell on Jan. 25—losing by first-round submission (rear-naked choke).
The Tale of the Tape
Tapology shows that Pedro Carvalho has a 4.5-inch reach advantage (70 inches to 65.5 inches) over Patricio Pitbull heading into this contest.
Patricio Pitbull vs. Pedro Carvalho- Bellator MMA Featherweight Grand Prix Quarterfinal- Friday, Mar. 13
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