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Bellator: Patricky Freire Says His Poor Upbringing Has Given Him the Drive to Reach the Top


Patricky “Pitbull” Freire may have dropped his last three fights, including a loss on Wednesday at Bellator 98, but if his background is any indication, he’s not going to give up that easy.

In a recent interview with MMAjunkie.com, Freire stated that his poor upbringing in Brazil contributed to his desire to be a successful fighter.

“Things are harder for people from these poorer areas,” he said. “It’s harder to book fights, to find instructors, to do anything. So they leave their comfort zone and travel to faraway places and endure humiliations to reach the top. Not everyone has this drive to leave their familiar surroundings to go suffer elsewhere.”

“Many poor people try this,” he continued. “Not everyone makes it, but I think that’s why you see so many good fighters. Someone who starts from a low social-economic status isn’t afraid of sacrifice. I talk to Rousimar ‘Toquinho’ Palhares, and there are some things he doesn’t like to recall, but I like talking to him because we’re cut from the cloth. Gladly my youth wasn’t as hard as his, but my father’s was. So I can relate to him.”

“In fighting, the most deserving person doesn’t necessarily win, though I do believe that if you came from a difficult upbringing, and had to struggle to get anywhere, you’ll work that much harder,” he added. “Whoever is always handed things doesn’t give much importance to what they have.”

Freire’s future in the sport is uncertain, having gone 1-4 in his last five. He’s not out of the game yet though, and seems ready and willing to get back into the ring against any opponent.

“This ‘Pitbull’ is coming back,” he said. “He’s itching for a fight like never before.”