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Pat Curran Has Plenty Of Competition As Lightweight

Pat Curran has been the featherweight champion of Bellator for just over a year and has no plans on slowing down as the division is one of the most stacked in all of MMA.

“With the UFC being full and as packed as it is, all these fighters are going to start coming over to Bellator,” said Curran to Bloody Elbow. “I want to be staying very active the next few years. There’s a lot of up and coming talent right now.”

At 8-1, Curran only lost when he challenged lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez. He dropped to featherweight and won the title in March 2012 and has one defense with a split-decision over Patricio “Pitbull” Freire to open Bellator’s debut on Spike TV in January.

On the final show of Season 8, Curran defends his belt once more against Shahbulat Shamhalaev.

That championship fight will close out the season and is this Thursday, April 4, at Bellator 95. It comes from Revel Casino in Atlantic City, NJ.