Just In Video: Darrion Caldwell confronts Patricio Freire backstage at Bellator 228 MMA Life

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Darrion Caldwell has been howling at Patrico Freire for some time now.

Both fighters advanced to the quarterfinals of the Bellator featherweight grand prix Saturday at Bellator 228, where Caldwell defeated Henry Corlaes, and featherweight champion “Pitbull” earned a unanimous decision over Juan Archuleta.

That led to a special selection process, where Freire, because he’s champ, was given a priority choice of when and whom he would fight next.

Caldwell has accused Freire of ducking him and tough fights overall. “The Wolf” was seen yapping at Freire cageside just moments after his win over Archuleta, and that continued backstage when he paid a visit to his locker room.

“Pitbull” chose Pedro Carvalho in March, saying he needed some time to recover from his five-round battle with Archuleta. The former bantamweight champion Caldwell will face Adam Borics in January, and he believes Freire purposely avoided taking the tougher fights in hopes that they’d eliminate each other, and he wouldn’t have to face them.

And Caldwell made sure to confront Freire backstage to let him know how he feels. Freire, with his family with him, was forced to hold back.

“I actually think it played out exactly how I thought it would, where Patricio would back out of a tough fight against me, myself, A.J. (McKee), and Borics. He doesn’t want to fight us three. These are the three fights he’s shying away from. I think he was strategic. I’m going to show up every night and make it happen.”

The two could very well end up squaring off if the tournament plays out the way they want it to. At least for Caldwell.

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