Featherweight champ Pat Curran reflects on split decision win over ‘Pitbull’ at Bellator 85; ready for Straus ASAP *VIDEO*

Featherweight champion Pat Curran (18-4) spoke with ProMMAnow.com’s Daniel Theodore following his five-round split decision win over Patricio “Pitbull” Freire (17-2) Thursday night at Bellator 85 in Irvine, Calif. Curran discussed his thoughts on the close decision, his performance, Pitbull’s strategy and how soon he would like to face Bellator’s Season 6 tournament winner Daniel Straus in his next title defense.

Bellator 85: Pat Curran scrum and workout

Following an open workout Tuesday, Bellator featherweight champ Pat Curran spoke with ProMMAnow.com and other media outlets about his upcoming title defense against Patricio “Pitbull” Freire at Bellator 85. Curran shared his opinion on how he feels he matches up with Pitbull, as well as his general game plan for the fight. He also talked about it being Pitbull’s first five round fight and how that should prove to be an advantage for himself. Although Pitbull told us he would “kill” Curran should the fight go to the ground, Curran explained why he’s not worried about playing the submission game with the BJJ black belt.

Bellator 85 LIVE results and play-by-play

Bellator 85 takes place this evening at the Bren Events Center in Irvine, Calif., and marks the promotion’s debut on Spike TV. Two title fights are on the line, as well as quarterfinal round match-ups for Bellator’s season 8 light heavyweight tournament. The prelim action kicks off starting at 8 p.m. ET (5 p.m. PT local time) on Spike.com, with main card airing live on Spike at 10 p.m. ET (7 p.m. PT local time).

‘Pitbull’ Freire on Bellator 85 title fight with Curran: ‘If it goes to the ground, I’m going to kill him’

Patricio “Pitbull” Freire (17-1) will fight Bellator 145 pound champ Pat Curran (17-4) for the title Thursday at Bellator 85 in the promotion’s debut on Spike TV. Pitbull spoke with the media at the open workouts Tuesday about the match-up, Curran’s style of fighting, ring rust, how he feels about being part of such a big event, his massive weight cut and what he thinks will happen should the fight go to the ground.

Pro MMA Now’s guide to Bellator 85

Bellator Fighting Championships returns for the eighth season. This season marks the promotion’s return to Thursday nights and their debut on Spike TV. The highly anticipated move to the former home of the UFC is expected to propel the promotion forward. Bellator 85 features a pair of title fights and the first three bouts for the light heavyweight tournament. Lightweight champion Michael Chandler will defend his title against Rick Hawn. Tournament winner Patricio “Pitbull” Freire will attempt to displace featherweight champion Pat Curran.

Open workouts for Bellator 85 to be held Tuesday, January 15

In preparation of their debut card on Spike TV, Bellator Fighting Championships will hold an open workout day for media and fans Tuesday, Jan. 15, from 1-3 p.m. PST at HB Ultimate Training Center in Huntington Beach, Calif.

Interview: Daniel Straus ready to fight despite Bellator 145 title situation

Bellator season six featherweight tournament winner Daniel Straus (20-4) was scheduled to fight the winner of Pat Curran vs. Patricio “Pitbull” Friere for the Bellator 145-pound title but Curran suffered an injury, so Straus is currently sidelined without an opponent and without a fight. ProMMAnow.com talked with Straus about the situation.

Chris Coggins vs. Zach Underwood set for Bellator 73 on Aug. 24

Two Tennesse featherweights will be traveling to Tunica, Miss., for the final show of Bellator Fighting Championships’ Summer Series. Chris Coggins of SSF Academy in Clarksville will face off with Nashville’s Zach Underwood at Bellator 73 on Aug. 24 at Harrah’s Tunica Hotel & Casino.