Coming off a disappointing performance in his win over Emmanuel Sanchez in his most recent fight, and a knee injury last year, former Bellator featherweight champion Pat Curran decided he needed to shake things up.
After taking time off to heal, Curran took his training camp to Florida and feels he’s revitalized his career and is looking forward to a good 2016.
“Suffering my MCL injury, I had to take a little bit of time off and heal up. It gave me a lot of down time to think about what I need to do and where I should be at,” Curran told MMAWeekly.com. “I’ve decided to completely change my life, and find myself down in Florida training with the Blackzilians.
“I feel like before I wasn’t moving forward, wasn’t bettering myself, and it just felt like it wasn’t what I needed to continue fighting. I decided to make a change and try something different.”
The injury couldn’t have happened at a better time it seemed, as Curran needed a chance to reassess things coming off an anxiety-filled bout with Sanchez in June of last year.
“I had a lot of stress because I was on a two-fight losing streak and was thinking about how if I lost that fight it could be the end of my career or I’d lose my contract, just a lot of negative thoughts going into that fight,” said Curran.
“It wasn’t the best mindset to have going into the fight, but I went in there and did what I needed to do to get the victory. I wasn’t overall happy with my performance, I thought I could do better, but I’ve made a lot of changes to fix that and better myself as a fighter.”
“Georgi’s a really striker, is very explosive, but he’s a little bit shorter than me, so I feel my distance and range will offset (his abilities),” Curran said. “I’m just going to have to be quicker to the punch, get in and don’t stand in front of him, land combinations and then move out. I have to be constantly moving and be light on my feet.”
Having gone through the process of rehabbing an injury, Curran knows that patience is a virtue if he’s going to place himself in a position to regain his featherweight belt in 2016.
“Right now, I’m going to take it fight-by-fight and not look too far forward,” said Curran. “With all the changes I’ve made in my training, I want to ease into things and go one fight at time. But I’m looking to get back on track, and every win brings me one step closer to a title fight.”