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Bellator fighters Patricky "Pitbull" Freire and Michael Chandler have met one time before, five years ago at Bellator 44. Now, older and wiser Freire hopes to secure the win that Chandler got on that fateful night.

Freire, one half of the Pitbull brothers, who spoke exclusively to says his game plan is simple.

I mean, that sounds simple, but we are talking about the former Bellator lightweight champ. That won't be an easy feat.

He was tight-lipped about how he would do that, which makes sense but said, "I'm going to frustrate him."

What he did say was that the Freire, who Chandler faced five years ago, is not the same man today.

"Back then I didn't have the experience, it was just my eighth fight," he said.

He went on to say that he's had more than 10 fights since then, and is much more comfortable in the cage.

"Every fight I have had different scenarios playing out," he said. "That has added to my skills and experience."

He also didn't shy away from complementing his future opponent... kind of.

"I see that he has been improving his striking," he said. "But other than that he's pretty much the same fighter as five years ago."

Freire (16-7) and Chandler (14-3) will face off at Bellator 157: Dynamite 2 on June 24 in a championship bout for the lightweight title that Will Brooks formerly held.

This time around, Pitbull is confident he will take the victory this time.

"I'm not the same guy," he said. "It's going to be tougher to beat me this time."


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