Patricio ‘Pitbull’ Freire stops Pedro Carvalho at Bellator 252


Patricio “Pitbull” Freire reacts to his knockout win over Pedro Carvalho in the main event of Bellator 252. (Bellator MMA)

Patricio “Pitbull” Freire made quick work of Pedro Carvalho in the main event of a stacked Bellator 252 card.

Freire defended his featherweight title with a first-round knockout of Carvalho, who was riding a six-fight winning streak.

Freire, who is also the organization’s reigning lightweight champion, is widely considered the greatest fighter in Bellator history.

Not only did Freire successfully defend his 145-pound belt for the sixth time in his career, but he also advanced to the semifinals of Bellator’s ongoing Featherweight Grand Prix.

He’ll next face Emmanuel Sanchez, who beat Daniel Weichel by unanimous decision two fights prior to Freire-Carvalho.

In the other featured main card bout, unbeaten welterweight standouts Yaroslav Amosov and Logan Storley went three entertaining rounds with Amosov emerging with a split decision win.

Amosov, 27, improved to 25-0 in mixed marital arts while Storley, 28, fell to 11-1.

Aaron Pico and Keri Taylor Melendez were among the fighters to pick up wins on the preliminary card.

Here’s a look at the complete Bellator 252 results.

— Patricio “Pitbull” Freire def. Pedro Carvalho by knockout
— Yaroslav Amosov def. Logan Storley by split decision
— Emmanuel Sanchez def. Daniel Weichel by unanimous decision

— Aaron Pico def. John de Jesus by knockout
— Keri Taylor Melendez def. Emilee King by submission (rear-naked choke)
— Manny Muro def. Devin Powell by unanimous decision
— Jornel Lugo def. Schyler Sootho by unanimous decision
— Lucas Brennan def. Andrew Salas by unanimous decision
— Roman Faraldo def. Pat Casey by TKO
— Trevor Gudde def. Khonry Gracie by TKO

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