Bellator Fighting Championships will be taking their talents to Harrah’s Tunica Hotel and Casino in Tunica Resorts, Mississippi. “Bellator 73” takes place August 24th and features a featherweight title tilt between champ Pat Curran (Pictured) and Patricio “Pitbull” Freire.
The finals of the promotion’s Summer Series Light Heavyweight Tournament, as well as the Bantamweight Tournament Finals with Marcos Galvao and Luis Nogueira will be showcased in the event.
Curran took Bellator’s Season 5 Featherweight Tournament by posting a devastating 2ndRound highlight-reel roundhouse kick to Marlon Sandro’s dome. He then went on to capture the crown this past March by putting Joe Warren down with a vicious barrage of strikes.
“This fight with Patricio is one I’ve been looking forward to for a while,” Curran said. “This will be my first title defense, and I just want to get back in the cage and keep developing as a fighter. Pitbull is an outstanding fighter, so this should be a great fight.”
Pitbull has been riding the pine for over a year after suffering a broken hand. He solidified his top contender status by running through Bellator’s Season 4 Featherweight Tournament.
“I’m very happy and relieved this fight is finally happening,” said Pitbull. “I’ve been through a lot with my hand injury and can’t wait to get back in the cage. I’m 100 percent now and all I want is to fulfill my dream of getting the belt and pay tribute to my late teacher Bruno Gouvea. He’s the reason I’m here today and he’ll be with me in spirit cageside watching his work pay off. All is can say is Pat better be ready. I’ve never been so motivated for a fight, and I’ve never wanted the belt so much.”
MTV2 will broadcast the main card at 8PM ET/PT.
Here is the show’s current roster:
Light Heavyweight Tournament Finals:
Bantamweight Tournament Finals:
Marcos Galvao vs. Luis Nogueira
Patricio “Pitbull” Freire vs. Pat Curran (Bellator featherweight champion)