Bellator 241: Pitbull vs. Carvalho Headlines World Featherweight Grand Prix Card

Alex Ballentine@Ballentine_AlexFeatured ColumnistMarch 12, 2020

UNCASVILLE, CT - APRIL 22: Patricio Freire walks to the cage for his bout against Henry Corrales (not shown) at Mohegan Sun Arena on April 22, 2016 in Uncasville, Connecticut. (Photo by Ed Mulholland/Getty Images)
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Bellator's World Featherweight Grand Prix will continue at Bellator 241 with featherweight champion Patricio "Pitbull" Freire meeting Pedro Carvalho in a quarter-final matchup. 

The two-division champion taking on the streaking Carvalho is the main event, but the co-main will also have an impact on the 145-pound tournament. 

Daniel Weichel and Emmanuel Sanchez will also be looking to advance in the tournament. The stakes are high, as the winner of the company's third grand prix will win $1 million and the featherweight crown. Douglas Lima and Ryan Bader are the previous tournament winners. 


When: Friday, March 13

Where: Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville, Connecticut

Live Stream: DAZN


Fight Card and Schedule

Main Card (10 p.m. ET)

  • Patricio Pitbull (c) vs. Pedro Carvalho (featherweight grand prix quarter-final)
  • Daniel Weichel vs. Emmanuel Sanchez (featherweight grand prix quarter-final)
  • Paul Daley vs. Sabah Homasi
  • Matt Mitrione vs. Ronny Markes
  • Anatoly Tokov vs. Fabio Aguiar
  • Nick Newell vs. Zach Zane


Prelims (7:30 p.m. ET)

  • Robson Gracie vs. Billy Goff
  • Baby Slice vs. Kaheem Murray
  • Jordan Newman vs. Pat McCrohan
  • Romero Cotton vs. Justin Sumter
  • Mike Kimbel vs. Kenny Rivera
  • Killys Mota vs. Nate Andrews
  • Leandro Higo vs. Dominic Mazzotta
  • Leslie Smith vs. Jessy Miele
  • Ion Pascu vs. Mark Lemminger
  • Vladimir Tokov vs. Marcus Surin


Pitbull Looks to Keep Featherweight Title Streak Alive

Freire is one of the most successful champions in Bellator history. He'll look to add to his already legendary resume Friday.

There really isn't a record out there that the Brazilian doesn't either own or share. He's only the second simultaneous dual-division champion and holds the organization's record for most wins and title fights. 

He'll put that legacy to the test against Carvalho, who trains at SBG in Dublin, in the main event. The 24-year-old has been on a tear with a 4-0 record since coming to Bellator, including finishes in his last three fights. The Portuguese hasn't lost since 2016 but will face the toughest test of his career. 


Weichel and Sanchez Square Off in Grand Prix 

The co-main event between Weichel and Sanchez is expected to bring fireworks. Weichel and Sanchez are running back their 2016 scrap in which Weichel won a split decision. 

The German's record might not look great with losses in two of his last three fights, but his only losses at featherweight have come against Pitbull. Outside of the champion, he's 9-0 in the division. 

Sanchez may have lost the 2016 fight, but he's proved to be a dangerous opponent since. The Milwaukee native has gone 6-1 in the interim with a win over hyped prospect Tywan Claxton by submission in the opening round of the tournament. 

The winners of these two matchups will form the second semifinal. The other side of the bracket already has  a semifinal between A.J. McKee and Darrion Caldwell. Those two are set to fight for a slot in the championship bout on June 6 at Bellator 244. 


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