Patricio Pitbull has vacated his Bellator Lightweight Championship, causing an upcoming rematch between Patricky Pitbull and Peter Queally to have a championship reward slapped onto it.
Patricio and Bellator CEO Scott Coker joined MMA Fighting’s “The MMA Hour” Thursday to discuss the change.
Patricio, a fighter who recently lost his 145-pound belt to AJ McKee Jr., claims he is vacating his 155-pound title due to that loss.
“If I lost at 145 pounds, I can’t be the champion at 155 [pounds],” said Patricio on the broadcast.
It will now be Patricio’s brother, Patricky, who will get the chance to be a champion while also avenging a recent loss.
Queally and Patricky first met in May, where Queally scored a victory due to a doctor stoppage. The fight was Patricky’s return, as he was appearing for the first time since losing in the grand final of the 2019 RIZIN Lightweight Grand Prix.
The win was Queally’s second consecutive victory. He was also coming back after a layoff, as his prior win was a finish against Ryan Scope in May 2019.
The new title fight will take place at Bellator 270, which will happen at the 3Arena in Dublin, Ireland.