When former lightweight tournament finalist, and featherweight Summer Series winner, Pat Curran takes on 145-pound champion Joe Warren for the Bellator belt he’ll do so within driving distance of his home-base in Illinois. According to an official press release from the promotion, Warren-Curran are set to scrap on March 9 in Hammond, Indiana at the Horseshoe Casino. Bellator is based out of Chicago so it will also mark a homecoming of sorts for the rising MMA organization.

“Everything is falling into place right now,” said Curran of the bout. “My hometown is really close to where I’m fighting and I know I’ll have the support of my family and friends. This is something that is meant to be.”

Curran holds an overall record of 16-4 and earned his shot by beating a trio of talented competitors this past summer including Ronnie Mann and Marlon Sandro. Nine of his wins have involved some sort of stoppage despite his background being primarily as a wrestler.

In Warren he will face a high-caliber grappler who has won his last five fights at featherweight including an extremely memorable match-up with Patricio Freire.

Also set for Bellator 61, the Season 6 featherweight tournament will kick off with the bouts being Sandro vs. Roberto Vargas, Mann vs. Wagnney Fabiano, Alexandre Bezerra vs. Genair da Silva, and Daniel Straus vs. Jeremy Spoon.


MMATraining Take: I have a hard time seeing Warren holding on to his belt with Curran looking as sharp as he has since dipping down to 145. He’s strong, has a great ground game, and his striking has improved in every fight. The featherweight tourney looks solid as well with Mann-Fabiano standing out to be as far as the opening round goes.