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Five fights Bellator champion Patricio ‘Pitbull’ Freire could have in UFC crossover after making $1m bet with Dana White

BELLATOR champion Patricio ‘Pitbull’ Freire offered a million-dollar bet to Dana White that he can beat any top UFC star. 

It sparked demand for the two MMA promotions to stage a crossover event pitting their best stars against each other.

Current Bellator two-division champion Freire is adamant he could defeat any UFC fighter of White’s choosing. 

And having campaigned in the featherweight and lightweight division, the Brazilian has a wider range of challengers.

Here SunSport takes a look at five names Pitbull could take on having offered out the wager to UFC boss White.

UFC featherlight champion Volkanovski was the first to respond to Pitbull.

He urged White to accept the offer, tweeting it would be the “easiest money” they could make.

Volkanovski, at 5ft 6in has an almost identical stocky frame to Pitbull while they both share a similar fighting style.

Freire has the grappling advantage but comes short in the striking department, making for an even match-up.

Former featherweight champion Holloway remains one of the UFC’s most exciting fighters.

His lethal striking and slippery movement makes his style one of the hardest to grasp.

But Pitbull is an aggressive attacker who would push Holloway back making for an action packed fight.

Holloway stands 5ft taller then Freire but the Brazilian can make up for the deficit with his superior wrestling.

Poirier has emerged as one of the UFC’s most well-rounded fighters since moving up to lightweight in 2015, following defeat to Conor McGregor.

The American posses some of the best boxing skills in the sport which would match up well against Pitbull’s heavy-hands.

Six of Poirier’s last eight bouts have earned him Fight of The Night or Performance of the Night bonuses.

Pitbull would be promised a thriller against the ex-interim UFC lightweight champion.

Before Ferguson was beaten by Justin Gaethje in May, he had won 12 on the bounce.

His unorthodox aggressive fighting style makes him one of the most adored stars the UFC has.

Ferguson also has underrated grappling and jujitsu ability which would nullify Pitbull – who has 11 submission wins – in his ground game.

The former interim UFC champion himself has been involved in EIGHT Fight of The Night or Performance of the Night fights in his last nine bouts.

Former lightweight champion Edgar successfully debuted in the 135lb bantamweight division with a win over Pedro Munhoz this month.

But a move back up to featherweight to face Freire would offer fans the perfect style matchup.

Both have a strong wrestling base and good boxing skills.

Pitbull is the fresher and more aggressive fighter bu Edgar has the nod in experience making for a fun fight for fans.

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