Curran vs. Strauss Title Fight Added to Nov. 2nd Bellator Pay-Per-View
With two title defenses already under his belt, Bellator Featherweight Champion Pat Curran will look to make it 3 for 3 in 2013 when he faces Featherweight Tournament winner Daniel Straus live on Pay-Per-View November 2nd from The Long Beach Arena. Curran vs. Straus now joins a fight card that already features King Mo vs. Emanuel Newton for the Interim Light Heavyweight Title, the rematch of 2011â€™s fight of the year between Michael Chandler and Eddie Alvarez for the Lightweight World Title, as well as the main event of the evening, Rampage Jackson vs. Tito Ortiz.
â€śPat Curranâ€™s one of the best Mixed Martial Artists we have in the game today,â€ť Bellator Chairman & CEO said. â€śBefore breaking his hand Straus was a fixture in the Top 10 rankings with a huge amount of talent. Curran vs. Straus is a fight Iâ€™ve wanted to see since Daniel won the tournament a year ago last May. This should be an epic world title fight and our PPV provides the perfect stage.â€ť
Only 25, Curranâ€™s career has skyrocketed since claiming the Bellator Featherweight World Title in March of 2012 with a devastating knockout win over â€śThe Baddest Man on the Planetâ€ť Joe Warren. Currently ranked 2nd in the World by ESPN’s Featherweight Power Rankings, â€śPaddy Mikeâ€ť is looking to continue his stranglehold on the featherweight division with a victory on November 2nd, and looking to push his ranking to #1 in the World while maintaining his focus on the challenges that await him.
â€śIâ€™ve been with Bellator since the beginning, and seen my career grow as Bellator has,â€ť Curran said. â€śIt means the world to me to be able to defend my title on our first Pay-Per-View, especially with such a tough fight ahead of me. Iâ€™m not taking Straus lightly. He is an incredibly tough featherweight, and Iâ€™m not even thinking about our first fight in 2009, we are two totally different guys right now. This card is stacked, and I want to give Bellator and all our fans a great show.â€ť
For Straus, the fight against Curran is a long time coming. After winning the Bellator Season 6 Featherweight Tournament, Straus suffered a broken hand and was sidelined indefinitely. After nearly a year on the sidelines, Straus is ready to finally fight for the title, as well as erasing a 2009 loss that still haunts the Ohio native.
â€śItâ€™s finally here. Iâ€™ve faced so many setbacks over the last year, and my title shot is finally here,â€ť Straus said. â€śWhen Pat and I met in 2009, we were two completely different fighters. Both of us have developed so much in that time, but I still want that loss of my record. That fight taught me a lot about where I was as a fighter, especially considering Iâ€™ve gone 17-1 since we last met. Iâ€™m just excited to be able to get a chance to fight for a title on a huge stage like this. I really donâ€™t know how this fight is going to end, but I envision it going quickly. This wonâ€™t be a long, drawn out process. Iâ€™m going in for the kill.â€ť