Kurt Pellegrino has retired again. This time it wasn't as voluntary.
The UFC lightweight veteran took a fight with one of the young guns of MMA in Bellator and got waxed.
Patricky "Pitbull" Freire caught Pellegrino with a straight right that dropped him (2:28 mark). When they have someone in trouble, the Pitbull Brothers go for the kill. Patricky jumped on Pellegrino's back and trapped one his arms as he wailed away at the defenseless fighter. Referee Kevin McDonald stopped it, saving Pellegrino from unnecessary damage at the 0:36 mark of the first round.
Pellegrino, 32, retired from active fighting back in May, but couldn't resist the opportunity to fight in his home state when offered the shot with Bellator in Atlantic City, N.J. A native of Point Pleasant, N.J., Pellegrino was 7-5 in the UFC.
In one of the bigger bouts at Bellator 59, Alexis Vila fell short of completing his crazy journey to a tourney title at the age of 40. Vila lost a decision against Eduardo Dantas. Dantas won the Bellator bantamweight tourney and got himself a title shot against Zach Makovsky. Dantas, 22, also took out Ed West and Wilson Reis on his way to the tournament victory.
- Kurt Pellegrino