One of Bellator Fighting Championship’s mainstay fighters, featherweight champion, Pat Curran, has pulled out off his June 6th fight with Patricio Freire citing a bad calf strain. Curran has been one of Bellator’s most prominent and most talented fighters, becoming a household name within the organization. Curran first started his career at lightweight and won the tournament in 2011, only to lose the title fight to Eddie Alvarez, another staple fighter in Bellator.
After that loss, Curran dropped to featherweight and has been on a tear ever since. Curran eventually won the featherweight tournament with a brutal head kick knockout over Marlon Sandro and then knocked out Joe Warren to become the champion. Curran then defended the belt twice before losing it to Daniel Straus in a super close decision. The Straus fight was close enough the Bellator granted the fighter’s a rematch in which Curran recorded one of the latest submission victories of all time, tapping Straus with a rear-naked choke with only 14 seconds left in the fight. With this win, and Daniel Straus out of the way, Curran was to defend his title in a rematch with Patricio ‘Pitbull’ Freire. The first fight between Freire and Curran was another razor thin split decision win for Curran and this was the fight that was going to decide it all.
After explaining that the calf injury was suffered during training, Curran said that he hopes to make a quick recovery and be back fighting as early as July. Never one to shy away from a fight, it would be wise for Curran to get back in the cage as soon as possible and continue to ride the momentum he gained from Straus victory.
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