Injury forces champ Patricio Freire out of Bellator 188; Lahat vs. Labiano new headliner

Injury has caused a major blow to this Thursday’s Bellator 188.

Featherweight champion Patricio Freire (26-4 MMA, 14-4 BMMA), who was supposed to meet Daniel Weichel (39-9, 8-1 BMMA) in the night’s title headliner, today announced that he had to withdraw due to “multiple injuries.” News of the canceled main event was first reported on Twitter by Ram Giboa.

Bellator 188 takes place Thursday at Menora Mivtachim Arena Arena in Tel Aviv, Israel. The main card airs on Spike the following day via tape delay.

In a statement released on Instagram, “Pitbull” Freire elaborated on the issues that plagued his camp. While he tried his best to work around a series of injuries, Freire said that, last Thursday, one of them got worse. After a sparring session on Friday, the champ and his team decided he was in no condition to step in the cage.

“It’d be a disrespect to me, to the fans, to my opponent and to Bellator,” Freire stated. “I’ll have to take 30 days off, and then I’ll be able to start training again. I plan to fight in February at the latest and defend my belt against Daniel Weichel.”

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“I’m sad to announce I’ll no longer be fighting in Israel next week. Multiple injuries prevent me to perform.

A couple months ago due to a training accident I suffered a serious injury and started treating it immediately. I had to stop training for a few weeks and then I was able to start with several limitations. But due to those, other parts of my body were overcharged and new injuries kept piling up.

I’ve been doing physical therapy three times a day, I was lent a 25k dollars machine to sleep with every day, and although I wasn’t in my best condition I had no intention to pull out. In all my years in Bellator I only pulled out of a fight once due to a hand fracture.

Up until Wednesday the fight was 100% on. On Thursday came the doubt as one of the injuries aggravated. I deliberated with my team what to do up to 2am. I decided to test myself on Friday on my last sparring session. And then it became obvious I had no condition to step up in that cage. It’d be a disrespect to me, to the fans, to my opponent and to Bellator.

I’ll have to take 30 days off and then I’ll be able to start training again. I plan to fight in February at the latest and defend my belt against Daniel Weichel.

See you all soon.”

Freire and Weichel met before, in 2015, at Bellator 183. Freire was the winner via second-round knockout. Freire would have entered the rematch off a tetralogy meeting with former champion Daniel Straus – which saw “Pitbull” re-claim the featherweight title. Weichel, in turn, went on a four-fight streak after the loss to Freire.

MMAjunkie was able to confirm with Freire’s camp that, as originally reported by MMAFighting.com, Bellator lightweight Patricky Freire tried to step in for his brother. While Patricio never got to make the trip to Israel, Patricky is there with Pitbull Brothers athlete Luiz Victor Rocha, who fights on the preliminary card.

While the former l55-pound title challenger was willing to either meet Weichel at lightweight or anyone else under a 160-pound catchweight limit, Bellator didn’t take him up on it. Bellator has confirmed that a featherweight meeting between Israel’s Noad Lahat and Jeremiah Labiano is now the night’s main event.

Freire’s camp is now hoping that Rocha’s fight, against Israeli fighter Kirill Medvedovski, will get upgraded to the main card. The promotion, however, hasn’t released a new bout order yet.

For more on Bellator 188, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

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Source: MMA Junkie

Stream or download MMAjunkie Radio #2562 with Matt Brown, Daniel Weichel, Ricky Palacios

Stream or download Thursday’s episode of MMAjunkie Radio with Matt Brown, Daniel Weichel, Ricky Palacios, and Jason Buchamer.

Brown talked about his fight this Saturday against Diego Sanchez at UFC Fight Night 120. Weichel, who faces Patricio Freire on Nov. 16 at Bellator 188, stopped by to talk about the preparation for his featherweight title fight. Palacios talked about Saturday’s Copa Combate tournament he’s participating in. Buchamer called in to recap the latest episode of “The Ultimate Fighter 26.”

You can listen below or stream the entire episode on AudioBoom.com.

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Watch MMAjunkie Radio here (1 p.m. ET) with Matt Brown, Daniel Weichel, Ricky Palacios, Jason Buchamer

Filed under: Bellator, News, UFC

MMAjunkie Radio kicks off today at 1 p.m. ET (10 a.m. PT) with guests Matt Brown, Daniel Weichel, Ricky Palacios and Jason Buchamer.

Brown co-headlines Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 120 event against Diego Sanchez. Weichel fights featherweight champion Patricio Freire on Nov. 16 at Bellator 188. Palacios is part of Saturday’s “Combate Americas: Copa Combate” single-night tournament. Former MMAjunkie Radio intern Buchamer helps us recap the latest episode of “The Ultimate Fighter 26.”

MMAjunkie Radio airs from 1 to 3 p.m. ET (10 a.m. to noon PT), live from Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. You can watch and listen live on MMAjunkie’s Facebook and YouTube pages. Additionally, SiriusXM Rush (Ch. 93) carries a replay later in the day (8-10 p.m. ET) and the following morning (7-9 a.m. ET), or catch a replay on demand.

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Bellator 188 features title rematch between champ Patricio Freire, Daniel Weichel

Daniel Weichel nearly captured the Bellator featherweight title the first time he fought champion Patricio Friere. Now he’ll get a second chance.

Bellator today announced on Twitter a title rematch between “Pitbull” (26-4 MMA, 14-4 BMMA) and Weichel (39-9, 8-1 BMMA) to headline Bellator 188, which takes place Nov. 16 at Menora Mivtachim Arena Arena in Tel Aviv, Israel. The event’s main card airs live on Spike following prelims on MMAjunkie.

It’s the Viacom-owned promotion’s second trip to Tel Aviv after a sellout show at Bellator 164, which featured Douglas Lima’s welterweight title-winning bout against Andrey Koreshkov.

Freire makes the first defense of his featherweight title in his second stint as Bellator champ. In his previous bout, he submitted Daniel Straus to win back the belt after a decision loss to Straus in 2015.

Prior to that fight, Freire took on Weichel at Bellator 138 and survived an early scare when he was knocked to the ground at the end of the first frame. Weichel came out to finish in the second and instead caught a punch that knocked him out.

Also confirmed for the event is a middleweight bout between vet John Salter (14-3 MMA, 4-0 BMMA) and Anatoly Tokov (25-2 MMA, 1-0 BMMA). Salter is on a four-fight streak with Bellator, most recently submitting Kendall Grove at Bellator 181, while Tokov beat Francisco France via TKO at Bellator 172.

For more on Bellator 188, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

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Source: MMA Junkie