On Monday, Bellator announced Patricio “Pitbull” Freire’s surgically-repaired hand will prevent him from challenging featherweight champion Joe Warren for his crown. In steps Pat Curran (Pictured), who will now meet Warren in a yet-to-be announced event in February.
“The timing worked out here,” Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney said. “To be able to temporarily lose a fighter such as Patricio Pitbull and then to be able to plug in another deserving title contender, tournament winner and top five featherweight in Pat Curran is a testament to the depth of our featherweight division.”
After taking Bellator’s 145-pound tournament last season, Warren dropped a weight class to enter the organization’s bantamweight tourney. Unfortunately for Warren, Alexis Vila eliminated him in the opening round in devastating fashion.
Curran owns a 16-4 professional record and is perfect through his past four scraps. He was last seen upsetting Marlon Sandro with a vicious head kick knockout at Bellator 48.
Freire earned his shot at the crown by beating Daniel Straus in the finals of Bellator’s Featherweight Tournament in May. He is expected to get first dibs at the winner sometime during the company’s sixth season.