“Pitbull” Freire Out of Title Fight With Joe Warren, Pat Curran Steps In
“Summer Series” featherweight tourney winner Pat Curran, and not season four winner Patricio “Pitbull” Freire, will be the next man to challenge Bellator champion Joe Warren. According to a tweet from the promotion today, Curran will likely challenge Warren sometime in February, due to hand surgery Freire has recently undergone.
Curran (16-4) scored victories over Luis Palomino, Ronnie Mann and most recently Marlon Sandro, to win Bellator’s most recent featherweight competition.
The 24 year-old Curran won Bellator’s lightweight tournament in 2010, however, he dropped a unnaimous decision loss to the promotion’s 155 pound champion Eddie Alvarez in April.
Warren (7-2) is coming off his second pro defeat, as the decorated wrestler was knocked out by Alexis Vila in September, while competing in Belaltor’s ongoing bantamweight tournament.
Prior to the loss, Warren had won five straight fights since signing with Bellator, including the promotion’s featherweight championship.
The exact date and location of the Warren, Curran match-up has not been announced.