Ádám Borics set to derail Patrício ‘Pitbull’ Freire at Bellator 286

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Ádám Borics is ready to play the role of spoiler at Bellator 286.

Defending featherweight champion Patrício “Pitbull” Freire defends his title against the Borics in Saturday’s 286 main event, which is a card that also features AJ McKee making his lightweight debut in front of a home crowd in Long Beach, Utah. California. If Freire and McKee win, the natural progression will be a rubber game between the two rivals.

Yet there is a flaw in this plan. Borics, who wiped out the top-flight competition, plans to dethrone Freire and walk away with the title.

“I’ve been overlooked and looked down on, but I’m going to make a statement in this fight,” Borics (18-1) said. “I’m not a big talker, but I tell the truth. I’m the best in the world. I’m excited to show it and become the champion.

At just 29 years old, Borics has found a way to improve with each showing. His most recent fight was a win over Mads Burnell in March, where he negated Burnell’s takedowns and ground game, and showed a polished evolution since his lone loss to Darrion Caldwell in January 2020. Since that loss, he won four in a row. , including beating Jeremy Kennedy.

But Borics never fought someone like Freire.

This is Freire’s first defense since reclaiming the title from McKee in April. Bellator icon Freire aspires to create a memorable title run starting with this fight. The 35-year-old is prepared and ready, and he refuses to be caught off guard by this dangerous challenger.

“I’ve had my eye on Borics for a long time,” said Freire (33-5). “He’s very impressive and had some great wins over Aaron Pico and Mads Burnell. I take it very seriously and I think we have a great strategy going into this fight.

The last two fights for Freire have been against McKee. Even though they both fight on the same card this Saturday, Freire maintained that his focus on fight night will be entirely on Borics.

“AJ is looking for a fight and trying to provoke me, but it doesn’t really matter to me,” Freire said. “I was born to fight. Come fight me at the hotel. Then I’ll go out and fight Borics afterwards.

Borics believes his emergence into the main event will be a breath of fresh air for the division, especially after back-to-back Freire-McKee title fights.

“AJ and Pitbull, their second fight was boring as hell,” Borics says. “It will be exciting. We will have good grappling, wrestling, striking. I love fighting, and it’s going to be great.

Freire is aware of the challenge ahead. Opponents continue to grow hungrier and more talented, with Borics the latest fighter to attempt to put a dent in Freire’s legacy. But the champion still operates at an elite level, and he’s favored for a reason. While the time will undoubtedly come when Freire will have to pass the torch in the featherweight division, he firmly believes that will not be the case on Saturday.

“I’m very confident,” Freire said. “I’m delighted to follow my game plan, not make any mistakes and get my hands up this Saturday.”

Aleksei Oleineik, 45, fights retirement for another fight in the Octagon

The retirement was perfectly organized, or so it seemed, for Aleksei Oleinik last April.

Oleinik, who was 44 at the time, ended a three-fight losing streak with an impressive submission win over Jared Vanderaa. It marked victory No. 60 for Oleinik, an incredible achievement. It would have been a perfect end to a great career. And that was the plan, until the lure of competition brought Oleinik back to the Octagon.

Now 45, Oleinik has opted not to retire — instead, he returns to UFC Fight Night on Saturday for a heavyweight bout against Ilir Latifi.

“I have to keep fighting,” said Oleinik (60-16-1). “I’ve been fighting all my life, and all my life I’ve been chasing impractical, impossible goals. Sixty wins, that goal seemed impossible. To fight at that age, it seemed impossible. Now we’re here. I want to make the impossible a possible.”

Like Oleinik, Latifi (15-8, 1 NC) is also coming off a win, upping the stakes at the closed Apex.

“I’m 45, but I’m still fighting for the best organization in the world,” says Oleinik. “My goal is to always be better. It’s not just to fight, it’s my goal in life.

Master in the art of submission, Oleinik will seek to slam Latifi. It’s not expected to last long, but it should be a short burst of violence.

“I have a lot of respect for my opponent and I have a lot of respect for this sport,” says Oleinik. “Now I’m going to go out and do what needs to be done.”

The Choose Them section:

Bellator 286 Featherweight Fight: Patricio “Pitbull” Freire vs. Adam Borics

Take: Patricio “Pitbull” Freire

UFC Fight Night women’s strawweight bout: Mackenzie Dern vs. Yan Xiaonan

Take: Yan Xiaonan

ONE on Prime Video 2 Women’s Strawweight Fight: Xiong Jing Nan (c) vs. Angela Lee

Take: Xiong Jing Nan

Bellator 286 light heavyweight fight: AJ McKee vs. Spike Carlyle

Take: AJ McKee

Bellator 286 Featherweight Fight: Aaron Pico vs. Jeremy Kennedy

Take: Aaron Peak

Last week: 4-1

Record 2022: 111-63

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