It’s been a long journey in Bellator for Patricky Freire, so long, in fact, that he didn’t realize just how long it’s actually been. “I hadnt taken the time to think about how many fights I have in Bellator. Im up to 16. Thats a lot of fights,” Freire said. “It makes me happy to have fans who admire my work, who like the way I fight aggressively.”Freire (16-8 MMA, 9-7 BMMA) hopes that aggressive style can notch him a signature win Saturday against Josh Thomson (22-8 MMA, 2-0 BMMA)in the Spike-televised Bellator 172 event from SAP Center in San Jose, Calif. The last time Freire was inside the cage was at Bellator 157 last June, when he lost by first-round knockout to Michael Chandler for the vacant lightweight championship. Freire, though, isn’t dwelling on that outcome anymore. “Our last fight is in the past. I have no ill feelings about it,” Freire said. “Chandler is very dangerous. I entered the cage too carelessly. …He connected well. Merit goes to him.” The opportunity for a big rebound victory is there, and Freire believes he presents a challenge Thomson has never encountered before in Bellator. “He has wins in Bellator, but everyone knows this is the first time hell be facing someone dangerous in this organization,” Freire said. “I can put him in danger either on the feet or on the ground. He is a known fighter with loyal fans. Hes a big name in MMA and deserves a lot of respect. But (Saturday) will be my night.For more onBellator 172, check out theMMA Rumorssection of the site.