PATRICKY FREIRE GIVES CREDITS TO KARATE COACH FOR EVOLUTION

Patricky Freire who recently stopped Josh Thomson at Bellator 172, as he went on to earn his seventh knockout victory under the promotion’s banner on Feb. 18 in San Jose, Calif has given the credits to his karate coach.


Speaking to MMA fighting after he returned to Brazil, Freire stated that the fight was a good one, one which he came out of the cage unscathed, with little or no injuries. He also revealed that his prediction came true as the fight ended in the second round as he had predicted.

The closing period of the fight has however been said to be a bit controversial as the duo had clashed heads some seconds before the finish. Freire however does not factor this in as a major reason for the knockout.

He noted that he didn’t feel the clash of heads and thought Thomson had gone down due to the punch he stuck in.

Freire also disclosed the injury which forced him to pull out of a lightweight bout in Dec. 3 with Derek Campos, revealing that he was diagnosed with labyrinthitis. According to him, whenever he sparred, he felt dizzy and that got him scared.

At times he thought it could be cancer or a blood clot in his head but after the tests were done, they discovered what it really was. The Brazilian won’t mind facing Bellator lightweight champion Michael Chandler, whom he lost to back in June via first-round knockout.

He has been training with Mano Santana, a karate coach and gives him credits for his help so far.

“I’ve been training with a karate coach and he’s giving me a different view about movement and distance.”

“He showed me some things I was did wrong that led to that loss. I wouldn’t change anything in the way I train, but I would be more alert early in the fight because that’s when he’s more dangerous.”