Bellator featherweight Pat Curran has received his second shot at promotional gold as the result of top contender Patricio “Pitbull” Freire recently undergoing surgery to repair damaged ligaments in a hand he’d broken earlier this year while training for a bout with divisional champion Joe Warren.
Rather than wait on the Brazilian youngster who will be out until Spring, Bellator announced earlier today through Twitter that “Summer Series” tournament-winner Curran would fight Warren at a yet-to-be-named event in February.
Curran, who turned 24 two months ago, holds an overall record of 16-4 but truly hit his stride a year ago under the Bellator banner as a lightweight where he emerged from the Season 2 field and took title-holder Eddie Alvarez five full rounds before falling by way of decision. The Illinois native followed up the defeat by dropping down to 145 pounds and running through “Summer Series” opponents Luis Palamino, Ronnie Mann, and Marlon Sandro.
A bout featuring Alvarez attempting to avenge a loss to Shinya Aoki could also be featured on a February 2012 card so long as he retains his belt against Michael Chandler later this month at Bellator 58.
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MMATraining Take: I’m not sure why they have to wait until February to put the show on, especially since it sounds like Freire should be ready in March, but Curran is clearly the best option without “Pitbull” in the picture. It would also be a positive for Bellator if Curran wins the strap, as I assume he will, given his age and potential.