Bellator 270 Main Event Preview: Queally vs. Pitbull 2

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Your MMA weekend begins this Friday as Bellator MMA returns to action after a week away from the Halloween holiday- kicking off the month of November with a 15-fight card from Dublin, Ireland: Bellator 270.

The event is capped by a battle for the newly-vacant Bellator MMA Lightweight Championship between No. 4 contender Peter Queally (13-5-1 MMA, 2-1 Bellator) and No. 1 contender Patricky Pitbull [Patricky Freire] (23-10 MMA, 14-8 Bellator.)

As with all MMA championship bouts, the Bellator 270 main event will be a maximum of five rounds at five minutes per round to close the activities in Dublin on Friday night.

Recent History

The Bellator 270 main event on Friday night will be a rematch between Peter Queally and Patricky Pitbull.

Back in May, Queally and Pitbull met during the Bellator 258 main card at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, CT right before Mother’s Day.

That night, the fight doctor intervened after two rounds of a scheduled three, when Pitbull developed a cut on his forehead deemed too severe to allow the fight to continue, thus giving Queally the victory by technical knockout and setting up this rematch.

Bellator 270 Main Event Fighter Comparison

Heading into the Bellator 270 main event this Friday, Peter Queally stands as the taller man at 5-foot-10, compared to Patricky Pitbull at 5-foot-6.

In addition, Queally owns a 3 1/2-inch reach advantage (74 1/2 inches to 71 inches even) over Pitbull going into the rematch this coming weekend.

Peter Queally Ready to Fight Patricky Pitbull Again in Bellator 270 Main Event Rematch

Peter Queally enters the Bellator 270 main event having posted a record of 3-1-1 in his last five MMA appearances, including a second-round knockout against Ryan Scope back in September of 2019 during Bellator 227, also in Dublin.

A key storyline for both the Queally and the Pitbull camps heading into Bellator 270 this Friday is going to be the pacing of the fight as it wears on, something that Queally made note of in an interview recently

“His most dangerous period of the fight is the first five minutes and he’s very dangerous in that five minutes,” Queally said of Pitbull, “but then he does, he has shown that he slows down as the fight goes on, whereas I don’t. I kind of keep the same pace throughout the fight. I don’t really slow down much.”

Queally mentioned that this was the case last time out: “He started very fast,” he recalled. “He probably– slightly had the better of the first round, I would say. I know one judge gave it to me, but I wouldn’t be mad if they gave it to him, either, but then you saw in the second round that it started to even out a bit and I started taking over late in the second round.”

If you carve out the time to watch the Bellator 270 main event, take note of any shift in the pacing of this fight, especially if it runs long.

Patricky Pitbull Seeks To Win Vacant Lightweight Championship and Defend Family Honor

In the other corner, Patricky Pitbull has posted a record of 3-2 in his last five MMA fights, splitting time between Bellator MMA and RIZIN Fighting Federation during that span.

Prior to sustaining that fight-ending cut against Queally back in the spring, he dropped a unanimous decision to Tofiq Musayev in RIZIN 20 on New Year’s Eve of 2019 as part of a co-promoted two-night event with Bellator.

The elder Pitbull heads into the Bellator 270 main event on Friday night wanting to keep the Bellator Lightweight Championship in the Freire family, as his younger brother Patricio relinquished control of the 155-lb. strap just a few weeks ago as a means of avoiding a literal family feud.

If Queally emerges victorious on Friday, however, this gesture will have proven to be all for naught– so can Patricky Pitbull come through in his quest to keep it all in the family?

Analysis, Film Study, and Prediction

Stylistically, the Bellator 270 main event looks to favor Patricky Pitbull, a black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu, compared to Peter Queally’s penchant of catching his adversary napping with feints.

Watch For Patricky Pitbull’s Counterattack

In looking at the tape of Pitbull’s fight against Roger Huerta from Bellator 205, he was absorbing decent shots from Huerta in round one of a scheduled three but was able to successfully counterattack with punches of his own.

During round two of the fight, Pitbull had Huerta stunned by a left-handed punch, but he wobbled back to his feet– only to get knocked out cold by a right-handed punch.

If Patricky Pitbull is able to counterpunch against Peter Queally, the Bellator 270 main event is going to be an interesting fight.

Look For Peter Queally’s Varied Attack

In the other corner, Peter Queally’s offensive gameplan has shown itself to be greatly varied on film, as was the case during his fight against Igor Evorov in Fight Nights Global from April of 2017.

That night, he had Evorov backed up against the cage during the second round of a scheduled three, landing a flurry of shots to Evorov, who was forced to cover up to try and avoid the brunt of the onslaught, before Queally landed a series of takedowns down the stretch after getting Evorov in the clinch.

If Peter Queally can mix up his offensive prowess in the Bellator 270 main event, he can be effective in throwing Patricky Pitbull off of his gameplan and swing momentum in his own favor.

Final Thoughts

The Bellator 270 main event could very well be a strength vs. strength matchup that may go the distance and is a perfect way to kick off the first MMA weekend of November in fine feather, so don’t forget to tune in.

Prediction: Patricky Pitbull by Unanimous Decision.

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Drew Zuhosky has been writing about MMA since the spring of 2018. A graduate of Youngstown State University in Youngstown, OH, Drew enjoys a good game and an even better fight. When he's not writing, you can find him playing video games and listening to music.