The co-main event of Saturday’s Bellator 172 will be a lightweight bout as former Bellator title challenger Patricky “Pitbull” Freire will step into competition for the first time since losing to current Bellator lightweight champion Michael Chandler when he meets Josh Thomson.

Pitbull (16-8) has gone 6-3 in his last nine fights and the defeat against Chandler snapped a two fight winning streak. Three of his last five victories have come by TKO/KO and this will be his first time in nearly eight months.

During last week’s episode of “The MMA Report Podcast,” Pitbull was a guest on the podcast to preview his fight on Saturday against Thomson and talked about entering this fight as the underdog.