Kurt Pelligrino Retires Again After First Round Loss to Patricky Freire at Bellator 59
This past weekend fans may have seen the end of Batman in more ways than one. It was announced that actor Christian Bale who has played the caped crusader in "Batman Begins," "The Dark Knight" and the upcoming "The Dark Knight Rises," will officially walk away from all things Batman.
More importantly for fans of the mixed martial arts community, another hero who has donned the “Batman” nickname for many years throughout his illustrious fighting career has also called it quits following Kurt Pellegrino's first round loss to Patricky Freire at Bellator 59.
Pellegrino walked away from the sport temporarily after his last stint in the Ultimate Fighting Championship at UFC 128 in Newark, N.J. when he suffered a split decision loss to Gleison Tibau, and has now hung up the gloves again following
Batman cited his reason for walking away from the sport as wanting to spend more time with his family in their home state of New Jersey.
After several months of inactivity Pellegrino’s wife encouraged him to return to the sport. This past weekend at Bellator 59 in Atlantic City, made that return however brief it was.
At just 50 seconds into the first round of a fight with an opponent whom it was speculated he hand-picked, Pellegrino found himself lying flat on his back.
“When I tell you I did everything right, I did everything right,” Pellegrino said. “To lose that way and have a ref jump on top of you and tell you that you were laying down, and I had to pick you up ... I actually told him, 'I’m standing up asshole.' I remember holding his leg and trying to stand up. Nothing against the ref. He’s a really amazing guy with an amazing mustache.”
Just like that Patricky “Pitbull” Freire had his hand raised with a TKO victory over Pellegrino officially sending “Batman” into retirement. The Pitbull was coming off a unanimous decision loss to current Bellator lightweight champion, Michael Chandler who stole the belt from Eddie Alvarez the weekend prior.
“This isn’t the way I wanted it to end,” Pellegrino said. “Walking up the stairs today to come here I could honestly tell you, you’ll never see me fight again unless you’re watching it on YouTube. I know Bjorn said he’s going to talk to us and all that, and I’m sure he means well and wants me to keep fighting. It’s just getting hard. I missed my daughter’s first words because of me fighting. That’s something I always think about.”