On Friday, June 19, 2015, Bellator MMA heads to the Scottrade Center in St. Louis for Bellator 138: Unfinished Business. Even though the heavyweight clash between Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Ferguson and Ken Shamrock is getting top billing, the real star of the show will be the featherweight title bout between Patricio Freire and Daniel Weichel.

Since his debut at Bellator 15 in April of 2010, Freire has been one of the top featherweights in the division but he always came up just a little short. He was the runner-up to Joe Warren in the Bellator Season 2 Featherweight Tournament. The he lost to Pat Curran after winning the Bellator Season 4 Featherweight Tournament. Then Freire finally broke through. After winning the Bellator Season 9 Featherweight Tournament, Freire once against faced Curran for the title, this time winning a unanimous decision.

Since that time, Freire has already defended his title once — a fourth-round submission victory over Daniel Straus. Heading into Bellator 138 Freire will be looking to defend his title once more.

Weichel enters this bout riding a seven-fight win streak that includes a Bellator Season 10 Tournament title and a win over former Bellator featherweight champion Curran. An experienced fighter and former M-1 Global lightweight champion, Weichel is a dangerous submission specialist with a knack for chokes.

This is a great matchup between two fierce competitors with comparable skill sets.

Striking

Weichel is an adequate striker, but he will be at a major disadvantage on the feet against Freire. Freire is a fierce and aggressive striker with solid power for a 145 pounder. With superior quickness, footwork, and technique, Freire should get the better of the striking exchanges. Weichel is going to land some and he has some sneaky power, but he just doesn’t have the technical game at this point.

Advantage – Freire

Grappling

Weichel and Freire both come from a strong grappling background, but Weichel does his best work in the grappling exchanges. His MMA wrestling is on point and he knows how to force his opponents into making mistakes. The problem he is going to run into with Freire is in scrambling and securing takedowns. Freire is great at creating and winning scrambles and avoiding takedowns all together. Freire’s grappling defense is simply better that Weichel’s grappling offense.

Advantage – Freire

Submissions

If Weichel can get Freire to the ground then he can really be dangerous. Even though both men are BJJ black belts, Weichel has adapted his BJJ to MMA much better. With 21 career wins by submission, Weichel is great at sealing the deal once a mistake has been made.

Advantage – Weichel

X-Factors

Weichel – Even though he can hold his own on the feet, Weichel needs to get Freire to the ground where he can rely on his excellent grappling.

Freire – One of Freire’s biggest weapons heading into this bout is the fact that he has been in the championship round multiple times. Weichel has never had cardio issues, but he has also never been into the championship round. Freire knows what it takes to get through rounds four and five.

Prediction

Like just about every fight in the Bellator featherweight division, this one is going to be fast-paced and exciting. Weichel will have some moments, but at the end of the day Freire just has too many weapons. Between the speed and athleticism and the technical striking advantage, Freire will keep this fight standing and he will eventually score the knockout.

Freire Wins Via 4th Round TKO

About The Author

RJ Gardner
Content Coordinator

RJ Gardner is a rabid sports fan and a long time MMA enthusiast. After watching UFC 1 at ripe old age of 11 RJ was hooked and his passion for the sport has continued to blossom over the years. RJ has been covering MMA since 2007 and has had work featured on Bleacher Report, SI.com, CBSSports.com and UFC.com. RJ is also a Petroleum Transportation Operations Manager during the day.