Patricky Freire vs. Derek Campos
It was back in 2014 when Friere and Campos first met at Bellator 117 in a bout that ended in a second-round TKO victory for “Pitbull”, and heading into the rematch, the Brazilian is considered by many to be the betting favorite.
Friere, the older brother of Bellator featherweight champion Patricio Freire, has long been considered to be one of the very best fighters on the roster, and he’s proved it time and time again.
In his last two fights, alone, Freire has beaten a former Strikeforce champion in Josh Thomson and a former UFC champion in Benson Henderson. He’s also won four of his last five fights.
Stylistically, “Pitbull” is very well-rounded. He possesses a black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu, although he more often shows off his striking skills in the cage. A brilliant Muay Thai tactician, Freire possesses power in both hands, but also uses a wide variety of strikes including kicks and knees. His killer instinct is often apparent as well.
In terms of wrestling, the Brazilian is skilled both offensively and defensively and has shown a skillful clinch game throughout his career.
Since losing to “Pitbull”, Campos has gone 5-2 and he’s currently riding a four-fight winning streak that has extended his professional record to 19-6.
The man known as “The Stallion” is also a talented fighter on the feet. He too has brutal knockout power in both of hands, but he uses more of a boxing approach as opposed to Friere’s Muay Thai approach. Looking to put together combinations and land big shots, hooks and uppercuts have been useful weapons for Campos, who has scored six career victories by way of TKO.
Although he’s more of a stand-up fighter, Campos has also showcased his grappling skills at times, as five of his career victories have come by way of submission.
I expect this fight, however, to play out mostly on the feet. Both men have proven to have fight ending power, but I see Freire as the more polished and dangerous fighter. He’s finished Campos before, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see him do it again.
Prediction: Patricky Freire def. Derek Camps by second-round TKO