By Nolan King |
March 26, 2020 9: 30 am
Like numerous fighters, Patricio Freire had to make some adjustments to his training with new coronavirus security laws and suggestions in place.
Freire (30 -4 Mixed Martial Arts, 18 -4 BMMA) was set up to heading Bellator 241 on March 14 versus Pedro Carvalho. Nevertheless, the occasion was canceled hours prior to start time. From there, Freire boarded an aircraft and headed house to his native Brazil.
Upon arrival, Freire, brother Patricky Freire, and their boxing coach decided to separate themselves from everybody else. While none presented any signs, they took coronavirus tests as a safety measure. They all returned negative.
” After we returned, it was me, my sibling and our boxing coach,” Freire informed Mixed Martial Arts Addict in Portuguese through an interpreter. “We were in isolation in my house. Neither of us had any signs, but we took the coronavirus test anyway in order to be safe. We have kids and a family to come back to. We believed it was best to be safe about it. All of the tests returned negative.”
State requireds forced the Freire’s “Pitbull Brothers Artes Marciais” health club to close, but they have actually still found a way to get training in– even if it indicates working in their condo complex.
” All today, we’ve trained boxing,” Freire said. “I reside in a big condo, so there’s a lot of space for us to run. We were preparing the very best method we could. That’s what we plan on continuing doing. The gym is closed for an undetermined amount of time. We have a federal and state decree stating fitness centers and whatever that’s approved can’t be open.
” Our practices and whatever are suspended, and we’re telling everybody to train on their own in an open area. All of us have household, and we do not wish to risk their safety. I have a better half and 2 kids, consisting of one newborn here.”
Presently in the middle of the Bellator featherweight grand prix, Freire is the promotion’s 145- pound titleholder. In the eyes of lots of, he’s the face of the competition. Despite this, Freire isn’t itching to return as quickly as possible. He acknowledges the severity of the coronavirus and desires to wait see how things play out.
” I’m healthy; I thank God for that,” Freire stated. “I’m letting the dust settle, enjoying our time with our loved ones. I think we were all needing something like that. It’s probably something that came because we were needing it. I believe humankind needed a pause, and this is what’s happening today.”
While Bellator has stayed mainly peaceful about strategies in the instant future, the UFC’s existing objective statement is clear. The UFC wants to put on shows– with or without fans. Bellator president Scott Coker recently told Mixed Martial Arts Junkie the promo might take a look at doing audience-less shows down the line, however Freire isn’t fond of the idea.
” Bellator has all the ways to manage something like that,” Freire stated. “I make certain they’re thinking about all the possibilities and how to move forward with the fights and the delayed card in its whole. I actually feel type of weird. The general public tries to find the fights. It’s different to see that atmosphere with the audience there and the cheering– all of those noises. I do not understand if it ‘d actually be as meaningful if we closed 2 men in the studio and have them combat– particularly for a huge battle like that. I don’t understand what to think or to anticipate.
” We’ll need to wait and see what’s next.”