Patricio Freire is once again the featherweight and pound-for-pound king of Bellator. “Pitbull” reclaimed the distinctions and his Bellator featherweight championship after defeating AJ McKee via unanimous decision at Bellator 277 on Friday, April 15.
Freire moved up two spots in the pound-for-pound rankings, from No. 3 to No. 1. McKee slipped from No. 1 to No. 2. Meanwhile, Bellator light heavyweight champion Vadim Nemkov was nudged from No. 2 to No. 3. Corey Anderson, who was taking the lead in his title fight against Nemkov in the finals of the Bellator Light Heavyweight Grand Prix, remains at No. 8 after an unintentional headbutt rendered the fight a no-contest.
McKee and “Pitbull” also swapped spots in the featherweight rankings. Freire is now listed as the division’s champion and McKee ranks as featherweight’s No. 1 contender.