by Damon Martin – MMAWeekly.com
Bellator Fighting Championships has filled the final slot for their upcoming lightweight tournament with the addition of Pat Curran, cousin of former WEC featherweight Jeff Curran, who will compete in the season 2 bracket for a shot at champion Eddie Alvarez.
Coming in with a record of 9-3, Curran has been competing in several different promotions, most recently picking up a win over former Cage Rage fighter Robbie Olivier.
Curran made the national spotlight when he was the featured fighter on the TapouT reality show, and founder Charles “Mask” Lewis bestowed upon him the nickname, “Paddy Mike.”
“My cousin and I have the same last name and he helped pave the way for me, but that doesn’t help me once I’m in the cage, it’s all on me then,” said Curran. “Bellator is a huge step in my career and I’m excited for the chance to really prove myself and make a name for myself around the world.”
Competing in the lightweight division will be a move up from Curran’s regular weight class where he competes at 145lbs, but with a chance to fight in Bellator the risk might just be worth the reward.
Curran’s addition to the line-up brings the field of lightweights up to eight, just days after Bellator announced the signing of former UFC fighter Roger Huerta as well. Bellator is expected to announce the pairings for the tournament in the next few days.