Just four years into his career and Pat Curran has gone from a near miss to strapping a championship belt around his waist.
Curran, at Bellator 60 on Friday night in Hammond, Indiana, took full advantage of winning the Bellator Featherweight Tournament over the summer. He unloaded on now-former champion Joe Warren, driving him into the fence in a fury of punches and knees in round three. He didn’t stop until Warren dropped, Curran scoring the TKO victory and capturing the featherweight title.
Curran chalked up a near miss, winning the Bellator lightweight tournament in 2010, but falling short against then-champion Eddie Alvarez in their title fight.
Several fighters vying for a shot at the new champ also battled it out at Bellator 60, as the Season 6 featherweight tournament got underway.
Scoring victories in the quarterfinal round of the tournament, Marlon Sandro, who Curran has defeated once before, Alexandre Bezerra, Daniel Straus, and Mike Corey all moved on to the semi-final round, hoping to secure a shot at Curran.
Two UFC veterans, Sean McCorkle and Travis Wiuff, scored victories on the post-TV preliminary portion of the fight card.
Bellator 60 Results
Main Card Bouts:
-Pat Curran def. Joe Warren by TKO (Strikes) at 1:23, R3
-Marlon Sandro def. Roberto Vargas by Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 3:35, R1
-Alexandre Bezerra def. Kenny Foster by Sumbission (Rear Naked Choke) at 3:52, R2
-Daniel Straus def. Jeremy Spoon by Unanimous Decision, R3
-Mike Corey def. Ronnie Mann by Unanimous Decision, R3
-Josh Shockley def. Shamar Bailey by Unanimous Decision, R3
-Genair da Silva def. Bobby Reardanz by TKO (Strikes) at 0:51, R3
-Sean McCorkle def. Richard White by Submission (Neck Crank) at 1:02, R1
-Travis Wiuff def. Anthony Gomez by Unanimous Decision, R3
-Jake Nauracy def. Cory Galloway by Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 4:22, R2