Before and After: Patricio Pitbull’s shocking body transformation ahead of bid to be 3-div champ

This is how Bellator champ Patricio Pitbull looks at bantamweight.

By: Anton Tabuena | 3 months ago
Before and After: Patricio Pitbull’s shocking body transformation ahead of bid to be 3-div champ
Photo via Bellator MMA / Lucas Noonan

Having fought and held titles at lightweight and featherweight, many wondered how Patricio Pitbull would look as he drops down another division and in a historic bid to be a three division champion. Today, we have that answer.

His brother and fellow Bellator star, Patricky Freire claimed it was an “easy” weight cut, as he posted a photo of Patricio looking pretty drained and significantly slimmer that we’re used to seeing him.

Before and After: Patricio Pitbull from 155 lbs to 135 lbs

Here are photos comparing how Patricio Pitbull looks in the three divisions he’s looking to have a title reign in. Check out the stark difference from his 2019 lightweight title win over Michael Chandler, to him regaining his featherweight title against A.J. McKee in 2022, and now ahead of his Bellator 297 bantamweight title bout against Sergio Pettis.

The visual from the seemingly extreme cut is a bit concerning, despite the claims of it being an “easy” drop. It still doesn’t look as bad as T.J. Dillashaw’s now infamous attempt at making flyweight, but health and performance will matter the most, so it’ll be interesting to see how the decorated Bellator star rehydrates and competes after such a big cut.

Pitbull fights Pettis for the belt at 135 lbs at Bellator 297 this Friday. The event will also have a second title fight where light heavyweight champion Vadim Nemkov defends his title against longtime UFC contender Yoel Romero.

Update: This is how Pitbull looks after rehydrating

Bellator star Patricio Pitbull weighs in at bantamweight. Photo via Bellator MMA / Lucas Noonan

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Anton Tabuena
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Anton Tabuena is the Managing Editor for Bloody Elbow. He’s been covering MMA and combat sports since 2009, and has also fought in MMA, Muay Thai and kickboxing.

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