Patricky Freire returns to the Bellator cage after pursuing the RIZIN lightweight belt in 2019. | Esther Lin, MMA Fighting
Patricky Freire will return to action against former LFA lightweight champion Jaleel Willis in the co-main event of Bellator 249 on Oct. 15, multiple sources told MMA Fighting. MMAjunkie first reported the matchup.
Freire (23-9) competes for the first time since coming up short in the RIZIN lightweight grand prix in Dec. 2019; the Brazilian vet made it to the finals before losing to Tofiq Musaev in Japan.
Willis (13-2) returns to the Bellator cage four years after a single bout under the company’s banner, which ended in a decision victory over Omar Johnson. “The Realest” went on to compete for other promotions after that, capping off a 6-2 run with a LFA title win over Vinicius de Jesus in August.