Bellator Newcastle: Pitbull vs. Scope fight card preview
Here’s the scoop for this Saturday’s Bellator Newcastle card, where Patricky “Pitbull” Freire takes on Ryan Scope in the main event.
Viacom’s version of MMA is hopping back across the pond for Bellator Newcastle this Saturday, February 9. The top of the billing will see elite Bellator lightweight Patricky Freire square off with former BAMMA lightweight champion Ryan Scope. Reality TV star Aaron Chalmers will be featured in the co-main event as he puts his perfect 4-0 record on the line against the 4-2 Corey Browning.
Before that, undefeated 5-0 prospect Fabian Edwards is slated to face the more experienced 24-13-1 Lee Chadwick. Opening up the main card, BAMMA’s current lightweight and welterweight king Terry Brazier has been paired up with the 13-4 Chris Bungard.
**Bellator Newcastle can be seen this Saturday, February 9, on the Bellator app at 5:00 P.M. ET, and on Channel 5 in the UK.
Patricky Freire (20-8 MMA; 13-7 Bellator) vs. Ryan Scope (11-1 MMA: Bellator Debut): Lightweight
Patricky Pitbull has continues to prove himself as one of Bellator’s elite lightweights. The older Pitbull brother has strung together four-straight victories over longtime MMA vets. Pitbull knocked out Josh Thomson, Derek Campos, and Roger Huerta. He also earned a split decision over former UFC lightweight champ Ben Henderson. Looking to make it five in a row, expect Pitbull to be as heavy handed as ever, but also willing to change levels and blast a takedown if need be.
Ryan Scope picked up a split decision win over UFC veteran Mickael Lebout to capture BAMMA’s lightweight belt... in 2017. Since then, Scope has been on the sidelines, but the 11-1 Brit will be making his return to the sport, and against Pitbull no less. Scope has shown off a quick and accurate jab, and will definitely need that tool to deal with the firepower of Pitbull. If Scope manages to come out victorious, then he would catapult himself to the front of the line at lightweight.
Aaron Chalmers (4-0 MMA; 1-0 Bellator) vs. Corey Browning (4-2 MMA, 1-0 Bellator) : Lightweight
Aaron Chalmers is a reality T.V. star from the Geordie Shore, and successfully made his promotional debut against Ash Griffiths back at Bellator 200. Chalmers dropped Griffiths with a right hand, and then locked up a standing guillotine to prompt the tap, all in under two minutes. With a record of just 4-0 and each of those wins occurring in the first round, there are still a ton of questions about the abilities of Chalmers. Regardless of the outcome, it will more than likely be entertaining.
Corey Browning was brought into Bellator on a two-fight losing skid to take on Baby Slice, Kevin Ferguson Jr. Browning overcame some early adversity to score a second round TKO of Baby Slice which punched his ticket to another fight with the promotion. Just like his opponent, Browning has never seen a decision, or a third round at that. There’s a great chance of this fight ending early. Can Browning play the role of name-killer once again?
Fabian Edwards (5-0 MMA; 1-0 Bellator) vs. Lee Chadwick (24-13-1 MMA; Bellator Debut): Middleweight
The 5-0 prospect Fabian Edwards is the brother of the UFC’s #9 ranked welterweight Leon Edwards. Despite his young record, Edwards has already showcased some rather polished striking, grappling, and decision making. Three submissions, a flying knee, and a liver kick are what make up the five wins of Edwards. His opponents holds the experience edge, but that might be about it. Edwards should have a substantial advantage when it comes to the standup.
Lee Chadwick scored a first-round guillotine and first-round heel hook to earn a shot at Cage Warrior’s middleweight belt. Chadwick made good on his championship fight, winning a decision over Victor Cheng back in October of 2017. After missing all of the 2018 calendar year, Chadwick makes his return to action against a highly talented prospect. Chadwick will be looking to grapple here. His standup leaves something to be desired, so he’s going to want to plant his opponent on his back as quick as possible.
**It should be noted that Lee Chadwick missed weight by 1.5 pounds
Terry Brazier (10-1 MMA; Bellator Debut) vs. Chris Bungard (13-4 MMA; Bellator Debut): Lightweight
BAMMA champ champ Terry Brazier has been firing on all cylinders, earning nine-straight victories and capturing gold at 155 and 170 pounds. Brazier is heavy handed but often looks for the takedown, where he is known to unleash some rather savage ground and pound. Once Brazier closes the distance, it’s quite the task to return to open space. Can Brazier make a statement in his Bellator debut?
Chris Bungard has amassed a 13-4 record fighting all over the place and now gets a shot at the Bellator big stage. Bungard is quite fluid on the feet and comes complete with flashy spinning attacks. He’s also pretty lethal on the ground, with the bulk of his wins coming by way of submission. Bungard has a big chance here to beat a two-division champ in his Bellator debut, which would be quite the achievement.