Despite the amount of noise being made about, and by, the Irish fans, in the end, they didn’t factor into the Bellator 270 main event between Patricky Pitbull and Peter Queally.
Yes, they sang along to Zombie by The Cranberries, Queally’s walkout track, drowning out the music and continuing right on as the fight itself kicked off. But in the end, it was Brazil’s Pitbull (24-10) playing spoiler in Dublin, becoming the first person to finish Ireland’s Queally.
Despite the fan support, Queally couldn’t rally after being knocked down early in the second. Pitbull, with the TKO finish, claimed the lightweight title his brother had vacated just a month ago.
“I feel happy. I just enjoy the fight, enjoy every minute. Enjoy the fans singing Zombie. I like that song too. So I enjoy it,” an elated Pitbull said following the fight, speaking to media outlets in Dublin, and around the world via Zoom.
“It’s good energy for me too. Nice people, nice place, it’s great fans. It’s a little similar like Brazil,” said Pitbull about Ireland. Aside from Brazil being geographically bigger, anyway. “It’s awesome, I love it.”
Conor McGregor was quick to jump to his countryman’s defense, saying that with their career series tied, Queally and Pitbull should run it back. “When’s the rematch?” he asked in an audio clip posted to social media.
1-1 when’s the rematch? pic.twitter.com/MU41f0yIRo
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) November 5, 2021
Pitbull sidestepped the question, more or less, in responding to McGregor.
“Conor McGregor? I want to drink in your pub. Let’s go!” replied Pitbull. “I want to try your whiskey. I want to know if it’s good. I stay here for four days, let’s go McGregor. I want to enjoy your pub.”
After the win, Pitbull declared himself Bellator’s Knockout King. He’s tied for the lead in the promotion with the most knockouts, alongside Michael Page and Douglas Lima, at nine.
“Where’s the crown?” Pitbull joked. “The belt’s here, where’s the crown?”
As to what message he had for critics of his title shot, given he was coming off two losses prior to Bellator 270, “I’m ready for everyone,” Pitbull stated. “I’ll stay here for 10 years, or more. I don’t know. I don’t care about nobody. I just train very hard to [keep] the belt.”