Bellator Fighting Championships’ Summer Series returns with Bellator MMA 97 on Wednesday, July 31, at the Santa Ana Star Center in Albuquerque, N.M. The event is headlined with two title fights as lightweight champ Michael Chandler takes on David Rickels, and welterweight champ Ben Askren takes on Andrey Koreshkov live on Spike TV.
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.
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 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).
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.
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.
Bellator Fighting Championships will make their long-awaited programming debut on Spike TV this evening (Thursday, Jan. 3) at 10 p.m. ET with Bellator 360.
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.