Pat Curran burned through Luis Palomino, Ronnie Mann and Marlon Sandro to win his second Bellator tournament and earn a shot at the promotion’s featherweight champion Joe Warren. The two will meet on March 9 at The Venue at The Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, Indiana and, for Curran, the opportunity to finally fight for a Bellator title represents the culmination of his fighting career so far.
“Everything is falling into place right now,” the Illinois-born Curran said. “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. Even though he’s coming off a loss, he’s a very dangerous opponent. He is a very strong wrestler who’s going to try to close the distance and work the clinch against me. I’m looking forward to a great fight.”
Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney is excited to bring his Windy City-based promotion back to the Chicago area with a fight he believes will deliver on the excitement.
“The Midwest is known for great fighters and great fight fans,” said Rebney. “To be hosting an event of this magnitude in our backyard is like Christmas morning; plus you get to see Chicagoland’s own, rising superstar Pat Curran vie for the World Title against one of the toughest fighters in all of MMA – Joe Warren. As a diehard MMA fan, I can’t wait for March 9th to get here at Horseshoe.”
Check out the video below of Curran knocking out Marlon Sandro to earn the shot against Warren.