Patricio Freire (Jeff Vulgamore/Combat Press)

Bellator 209 Results: ‘Pitbull’ Tops Sanchez, Retains Featherweight Title

On Thursday, Nov. 15, Bellator MMA hosted its 209th event from the Menora Mivtachim Arena in Tel Aviv, Israel

In the night’s main event, the promotion’s featherweight king,¬†Patricio “Pitbull” Freire, put his belt on the line against challenger Emmanuel Sanchez. Brazil’s Freire is in the midst of his second reign as 145-pound champion. He dropped the belt to Daniel Straus, before scoring a submission win in the pair’s fourth meeting to recapture the title. In his most recent title defense, he edged Daniel Weichel via split decision. Sanchez, meanwhile, entered the contest having won seven of his past eight, including four straight. His lone loss during that stretch came on the scorecards against the aforementioned Weichel.

The event will be broadcast via tape-delay on Friday, Nov. 16. The main card will be shown on the Paramount Network and DAZN at 9 p.m. ET.


Patricio “Pitbull” Freire def. Emmanuel Sanchez by unanimous decision ‚Äď for featherweight title
Ryan Couture def. Haim Gozali by unanimous decision
Vadim Nemkov def. Phil Davis by split decision
Olga Rubin def. Cindy Dandois by unanimous decision
Adam Keresh def. Kirill Sidelnikov by TKO (head kick and punches). Round 1, 1:12
Khonry Gracie def. Ron Becker by unanimous decision
Aviv Gozali def. Anton Lazebnov by submission (armbar). Round 1
Nika Ben Tuashy def. Nisim Rozales by TKO (punches). Round 1, 0:47
Itzik Rubinov def. Ion Pop by unanimous decision
Simon Smotritsky def. Matan Levi by unanimous decision
Christos Nicolaou def. Fadi Haiyadre by TKO (punches). Round 1, 4:48
Andrei Barbarosa def. Honor Kelesh by unanimous decision
Viktoria Makarova def. Yulia Sachkov by TKO (strikes). Round 1
Denis Palancica def. Kirill Medvedovsky by unanimous decision
Sidemar Honorio def. Ejargew Tariku by unanimous decision
Jamil Ibragimov def. Jackie Gosh by TKO. Round 1