After a freak accident to Bellator’s featherweight champion Pat Curran (17-4), he insists that he’s healthy and ready for his upcoming title defense. During one of Curran’s final sparring sessions before his August encounter with Patricio “Pitbull” Freire (17-1), he fractured his orbital bone causing the fight to be pushed to a later date. The injury was so severe that Curran lost his vision for about 30 minutes.
Curran avoided surgery and instead didn’t have contact for eight weeks and later switched to a thicker headgear to speed up the recovery process, while remaining active in training.
“Pretty much my first sparring session, I just jumped right back into it,” said Curran on Sherdog Radio. “I didn’t even think about it. It wasn’t even on my mind. I just wanted to get back into training.”
Heading into the fight, Curran will be looking to make his first title defense since winning the belt in March 2012 and tries to improve his Bellator record which stands at 7-1. Freire has not competed since he won the Season 4 tournament in the middle of 2011. He is 5-1 for Bellator. Both fighters only loss came when they were unsuccessful in their first attempt to win the tournament.
If the fight goes to the ground Curran said he will go for the submission, but if Freire wants to stand he has no problem trading punches.
Curran vs. Freire are set to meet on the main card of Bellator 85 this Thursday, January 17. It will be the promotions debut on Spike TV and starts at 10 p.m. ET.