Patricky Pitbull’s explosive striking took him to another stoppage win Friday, putting away Peter Queally in the second round to become the new Bellator Lightweight Champion.
Pitbull’s win headlined Bellator 270, which took place at the 3Arena Dublin in Dublin, Ireland.
Pitbull stopped Queally in the second round after a close opening frame.
He first hurt Queally with a right cross, knocking him down with the shot. Queally got dropped again moments later by a right cross that Pitbull had thrown while charging forward.
Follow-up shots on the ground by Pitbull caused the fight to end, crowning him the new champ.
Friday’s main event wasn’t originally booked to be for the lightweight title but was elevated to that status after Patricky’s brother, Patricio, vacated his belt in October.
The fight avenged a recent loss for Pitbull.
The 35-year-old MMA vet lost in his return in May, as a bout against Queally was stopped by a doctor in the second round. The result came due to an elbow that Queally had landed while in a ground position against Pitbull during the fight.
Before their first encounter in May, both fighters had not competed in 2020.
Pitbull was returning to Bellator after a three-fight stint in RIZIN, fighting in their eight-man Lightweight Grand Prix in 2019.
Queally’s previous appearance was a stoppage win against Ryan Scope in September 2019.
Mix Ends Guillotine War Against Gallagher In The Third
Patchy Mix put an end to a guillotine choke-heavy battle against James Gallagher early in the third round, securing a guillotine submission win.
Mix pulled guard early in the third round to get the submission win, as Gallagher was quick to tap out to the hold.
The bantamweights were tied up in a close battle before the abrupt end.
Mix took the fight down in the first minute with a guillotine choke attempt. Gallagher escaped this submission, attempting his own choke on the ground. Mix took full guard briefly after escaping a choke as well.
Gallagher succeeded much later in the round, returning to the feet and connecting with hard shots against Mix.
Gallagher pulled guard with a guillotine choke in the second round but lost the position shortly after. Mix then held full guard for numerous minutes, scoring with punches and advancing into side control before the round ended.
Both fighters had only taken one pro loss prior to Friday.
Gallagher entered the fight having won his past four, with his two more recent bouts being first-round submission victories.
Competing in front of his home country, Gallagher had an overwhelming amount of support behind him. Mix mentioned this afterward, calling the setting “like a movie.”
Mix was coming off a submission win from May. His only pro loss was in a title fight last year, losing a unanimous decision against Juan Archuleta.
Mix missed weight for the fight on Thursday, coming in nearly two pounds over the 146-pound limit.
Carvalho Sneaks By Weichel With Close Decision
Pedro Carvalho had a comeback win on the main card, battling back from trouble in the first and second rounds to earn a unanimous decision victory over veteran Daniel Weichel.
Weichel’s powerful striking gave him a lead early in the fight. He dropped Carvalho in the opening round, hurting him with a right cross. He then went to the ground, where he took control later in the round.
Weichel scored another knockdown early in the second frame, dropping Weichel with a right cross again. Carvalho started to succeed late in the second round, picking up his striking against a tired Weichel.
Weichel was able to take Carvalho down and take his back early in the final frame, although Carvalho eventually escaped the position and took full guard on top.
Back on the feet, the featherweights traded wailing blows for the final two minutes.
Carvalho snapped a two-fight losing streak with his win, coming back from losses to Patricio Pitbull and Jay Jay Wilson from the past year.
Weichel entered the bout following a victory, defeating Keoni Diggs earlier this year via split decision.
Former Kickboxer Bulaid Earns Third MMA Win
Ilias Bulaid kicked off the main card with a close split decision win, defeating George Sasu for his third pro victory.
Bulaid, a former pro kickboxer, was able to significantly out-land Sasu on the feet. His momentum with stand-up striking was able to be slowed at times, as Sasu was able to clinch and score takedowns throughout.
Bulaid is now undefeated through three pro MMA bouts. His two previous fights were also in the Bellator cage, defeating a pro newcomer both times.
Sasu was easily Bulaid’s most experienced opponent in MMA thus far. He entered Friday on a four-fight winning streak but had been inactive since November 2018.
The Rest of the Card
Ciaran Clarke scored a submission win in the final prelim, applying a rear naked choke to Jordan Barton that forced a tap late in the second round. Clarke is now undefeated through four bouts.
Daniele Scatizzi prevailed in a close fight against Brian Hooi, taking a unanimous decision win after three rounds. The highest point of Scatizzi’s performance was in the second round, where he hurt Hooi with a head kick.
Veteran Lee Chadwick ended the winning streak of Arunas Andriuskevicus on Friday, fighting to a close split decision win.
Gokhan Saricam needed less than a minute for a win on Friday, stopping Charlie Milner in just 15 seconds with strikes. After dropping Milner with a leg kick, Saricam unloaded with hard ground and pound shots from full guard that ended the fight.
Ground and pound from Nicolo Solli earned him a split decision win over Bobby Pallett on Friday. Pallett entered the fight with an undefeated five-fight pro record.
Undefeated strawweight Danni Neilan put an end to her dominant fight late, stopping Audrey Kerouche in the third round with ground and pound strikes. Neilan has now won five consecutive bouts.
Yusuf Nazokatov won his pro debut to open the card, catching Stephen Costello on the ground with a heel hook in the second round. Costello had succeeded earlier on in the fight, keeping the fight on the feet in the first round.
Main Card (5:00PM EDT / 9:00PM GMT) (Showtime)
Bout 11: Patricky Pitbull def. Peter Queally via TKO, Strikes (RD 2, 1:05) (Vacant Bellator Lightweight Championship)
Bout 10: Patchy Mix def. James Gallagher via Submission, Guillotine Choke (RD 3, 0:39)
Bout 9: Pedro Carvalho def. Daniel Weichel via Decision, Unanimous
Bout 8: Ilias Bulaid def. Georges Sasu via Decision, Split
Preliminary Card (2:00PM EDT / 6:00PM GMT) (Youtube)
Bout 7: Ciaran Clarke def. Jordan Barton via Submission, Rear Naked Choke (RD 2, 4:11)
Bout 6: Daniele Scatizzi def. Brian Hooi via Decision, Unanimous
Bout 5: Lee Chadwick def. Arunas Andriuskevicus via Decision, Split
Bout 4: Gokhan Saricam def. Charlie Milner via TKO, Strikes (RD 1, 0:15)
Bout 3: Nicolo Solli def. Bobby Pallett via Decision, Split
Bout 2: Danni Neilan def. Audrey Kerouche via TKO, Strikes (RD 3, 3:58)
Bout 1: Yusuf Nazokatov def. Stephen Costello via Submission, Heel Hook (RD 1, 2:24)