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

Discussion in 'Cageside - MMA Discussion' started by TheEmperorRises, Nov 13, 2017 at 10:24 AM.

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    Featherweight champion Patricio Freire, who was supposed to meet Daniel Weichel in the Bellator 188 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.”

    “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.


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    Curious how they're gonna promote this event. They put all their eggs into that main event, and it's gone now.
     
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    Same way they promoted that card in Italy where it was supposed to be Carvalho vs Manhoef 2, and ended up as Sakara vs Beltran. "Fighter comes home".
     
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    If they cared about promoting events it wouldn't be tape delayed in the first place.

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    Multiple injuries do seem to have a way of sneaking up all of a sudden like at the last minute. In mma.
     
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