On Saturday, April 16, Bellator MMA touched down in Turin, Italy to bring fight fans Bellator 152: Pitbull vs. Souza live from the Pala Alpitour.

In the night’s main event, longtime Bellator lightweight veteran Patricky “Pitbull” Freire squared off with former UFC featherweight Kevin Souza.

After a split-decision loss to Derek Anderson in December 2015, Freire rebounded with a scintillating knockout over Ryan Couture, the son of UFC Hall of Famer and former two-division world champion Randy Couture. The bout with Souza marked Freire’s third in just over a four-month span.

Souza completed his UFC contract on a second-round loss to Chas Skelly at UFC Fight Night 77 in November and elected to not renew his contract. When Derek Campos suffered an injury and was forced to withdraw from his match with Freire, Souza was quick to accept the fight at lightweight.

MAIN CARD SUMMARY

Patricky Freire vs. Kevin Souza

Freire turned in a dominant performance against a last-minute replacement in Souza, despite the former UFC featherweight’s best efforts. Though seemingly at a disadvantage against the lankier Souza, Freire still made the striking exchanges largely competitive. Ultimately, the difference came in the form of Freire’s takedowns, for which Souza had no response. Freire never got the finish, but his efforts on the feet and in the takedown department earned him the shutout on all three scorecards over the former UFC featherweight.

Brian Rogers vs. Alessio Sakara

Both men promised an electrifying contest, and neither of them disappointed. Rogers told the story of round one by taking the former UFC veteran to the ground, but Sakara refused to be denied a victory in his home country. Adjusting to the “Professional Predator”, Sakara turned the battle into a striking festival and delivered a big right hand to end the fight on his terms in his home country.

Danilo Belluardo vs. A.J. McKee

After a cautious start, McKee would find himself in a clinch battle with Belluardo, who showed a willingness to stand with McKee early on. Once the battle moved away from the clinch, McKee began to fire off leg kicks and connect with fast strikes before getting hit low. McKee recovered, though, and found a home for one huge shot before stopping the fight on a barrage of ground and pound.

Anjela Pink vs. Anastasia Yankova

Yankova made it clear from the get-go that she planned on going to the ground and ending the fight there, and she had no problem doing just that. Once the bout became a ground battle, Yankova mounted and unleashed a hailstorm of strikes onto Pink before finding an arm and hunting for an armbar. Once Yankova secured the armbar, the tap became academic.

Daniele Miceli vs. Daniele Scatizzi

Scatizzi found himself fighting against the cage in the early part of round one, but never lost control.  A takedown saw  Scatizzi transition to full mount, where Miceli attempted to escape, only to give up his back to the younger Scatizzi. The 22 year-old would control the back and expertly pick his moments to strike, eventually creating an opportunity to rain down with a flurry to force the stoppage.

Main card

Patricky Freire def. Kevin Souza by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Alessio Sakara def. Brian Rogers by TKO (punches). Round 2, 2:29
A.J. McKee def. Danilo Belluardo by TKO (punches). Round 1, 2:44
Anastasia Yankova def. Anjela Pink by submission (armbar). Round 1, 1:35
Daniele Scatizzi def. Daniele Miceli by TKO (punches). Round 1, 3:20