Pat Curran (fighter)

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Pat Curran
Born (1987-08-31) August 31, 1987 (age 27)
Other names Paddy Mike
Nationality American
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Weight 145 lb (66 kg; 10.4 st)
Division Lightweight,
Featherweight
Reach 73.0 in (185 cm)
Fighting out of Crystal Lake, Illinois, United States
Team Team Curran
Years active 2008–present
Mixed martial arts record
Total 25
Wins 20
By knockout 5
By submission 7
By decision 8
Losses 5
By submission 1
By decision 4
Notable relatives Jeff Curran, cousin
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Pat Curran (born August 31, 1987) is an American mixed martial artist, and the former Bellator Featherweight Champion. He is the cousin of World Extreme Cagefighting veteran Jeff Curran and fought primarily with Xtreme Fighting Organization (XFO) before signing with Bellator, where is the winner of Bellator Season Two Lightweight Tournament and the Bellator 2011 Summer Series. He is currently ranked the #6 Featherweight in the world by Sherdog and the #8 Featherweight by Fightmatrix.com and #2 Featherweight outside of the UFC.

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Curran spent much of his youth crafting his skills on the playground with boxing gloves, having knocked out many veterans of the sport including Mark Mawson. Curran was a Florida High School wrestling stand-out who went on to study Brazilian jiu-jitsu with his cousin Jeff Curran at the young age of 17. It was during this summer of training that Curran decided to pursue mixed martial arts as a career. After making his debut in 2008, against and defeating Tony Hervey, a future King of the Cage Lightweight Champion. Curran his second professional bout against Lazar Stojadinovic, who had previously had a dominating performance over Curran's teammate Ben Miller, who suffered a broken jaw in the bout, at an Extreme Challenge event on January 26, 2008. The bout was featured on the Tapout reality series on the Versus Channel, giving Curran his first mainstream performance.

TapouT[edit]

Curran was featured on the Tapout reality series on Versus Channel. Curran trains under his cousin, former WEC Featherweight title challenger Jeff Curran at his gym in Crystal Lake, Illinois. On the show, between training sessions, Pat got his first tattoo and he, Jeff and the crew do an autograph session at a Chicago clothing store. At the official weigh-in, Pat gets his first look at his opponent, Lazar Stojadinovic. Lazar has fought another of Jeff's students and broke his jaw, so Pat reviews footage of that fight. The fighters were scheduled to meet at XFO 23 in Crystal Lake. Pat went on to dominate much of the first round with his grappling and ground and pound. He similarly dominated rounds two and three and won a unanimous decision from the judges.

Post-TapouT[edit]

Curran returned to the XFO for his third professional fight, where he defeated Amir Khillah by Decision (Split). His next two fights took place outside of the XFO banner, where he went 1-1 (the loss coming at the hands of UFC competitor Darren Elkins), before returning to XFO to defeat Daniel Straus by KO (Punches) in the second. After winning another with XFO, he lost again competing outside of the promotion, this time to Charles Diaz by Decision (Split).

Once again, returning to XFO, Curran next faced Luke Gwaltney, winning by TKO in the first. On October 10, 2009 he faced Jay Ellis in an XFO event, where he defeated his opponent in under a minute, submitting him with a Guillotine Choke.

He was defeated in his next fight with XFO, at the hands of Travis Perzynski, losing by rear naked choke in the second round.

Curran took part in a Trojan MMA event, where he defeated former Cage Rage British Lightweight Championship contender Robbie Olivier on February 27, 2010 via unanimous decision.

Bellator[edit]

It was announced that Curran would be a participant in the Bellator Season Two Lightweight Tournament. His first round match-up was announced to be UFC Welterweight Champion Georges St-Pierre's protégé, Mike Ricci and the fight took place at Bellator 14. A crowd favorite, the Chicago-area fighter remained patient through a few strategic minutes in which the fighters traded low kicks and jabs while finding their range. However, a little more than midway through the round, Curran connected on a powerful right hook that sent opponent Mike Ricci crashing to the mat where he stayed unconscious for a few uncomfortable minutes after a few follow up punches. The bout was called, and Curran won by knockout by 3:01 in the first round.[1]

His second bout took place at Bellator 17 against former UFC veteran Roger Huerta. Huerta was heavily favored going in to the fight, but Curran impressed over three rounds and went home with a unanimous decision, winning 29-28 on all three judges scorecards.[2] With that victory, Curran moved on to face Toby Imada, who was also victorious that night, in the Season 2 Lightweight Tournament Final.

At Bellator 21 Curran defeated Imada via split decision in a close fight, becoming the Bellator Season Two Lightweight Tournament Champion. Though judges awarded Curran the decision, the result was a surprise to many MMA observers.[3]

A match-up against Bellator Season One Champion Eddie Alvarez was anticipated for Season Three, but Curran was forced out of the contest due to a shoulder injury. Fighting in his place, Roger Huerta took on Alvarez in a non-title bout at Bellator 33 and lost via TKO due to a doctor stoppage. Curran's bout with Alvarez took place on April 2, 2011 at Bellator 39.[4] He lost the fight via unanimous decision, with the judges scoring it 49-46, 50-45 and 50-45 in favor of Alvarez.[5]

Curran dropped back down to his original fight weight of 145 lbs to enter the Bellator 2011 Summer Series Featherweight Tournament. In his quarterfinal bout Curran submitted Luis Palomino via Peruvian necktie in the first round.[6]

Curran faced Ronnie Mann in the Featherweight Tournament Semifinal at Bellator 47. He won the fight via unanimous decision, advancing him to the Bellator Featherweight Tournament Finals.[7]

Curran faced former Sengoku Featherweight Champion and Pancrase Featherweight Champion Marlon Sandro at Bellator 48 for the Bellator Featherweight Tournament Final. Curran defeated Sandro four minutes into the second round via a highlight reel head-kick KO, in the process becoming the first person to win Bellator tournaments in two different weight classes.[8]

Curran faced Joe Warren at Bellator 60. Curran defeated Warren by a brutal KO in round three to win the Bellator Featherweight Championship.[9]

In his first title defense, Curran faced Patricio Freire at Bellator 85 on January 17, 2013. He successfully defended his title for the first time, winning the fight via split decision.[10]

Curran was expected to defend his title against Bellator Season Six Featherweight Tournament winner, Daniel Straus, at Bellator 95. However, Straus broke his hand and was forced out of the bout.[11] Straus was replaced by Bellator Season Seven Featherweight Tournament winner, Shahbulat Shamhalaev.[12] Curran was successful in his second title defense, defeating Shamalaev via first-round submission.

Curran put his Bellator Featherweight Championship on the line on November 2, 2013 at Bellator 106[13] in a rematch against Daniel Straus. He was unsuccessful with his third title defense, losing the fight by unanimous decision.

Curran fought current champ Daniel Straus for the third time at Bellator 112 in March.[14] An instant rematch drew criticism for Bellator from MMA pundits and fans, as many felt that Curran, who had previously lost his last match to Straus and not won a tournament for a rematch, had not done enough to earn a title shot over waiting tournament winners Patricio Freire and Magomedrasul Khasbulaev.[15] He won the bout via rear-naked choke submission in the fifth round thus, ending their trilogy and winning the Bellator Featherweight Championship for the second time.

Curran was scheduled to make the first defense of his new title in a rematch with Patricio Freire on June 6, 2014 at Bellator 121. However, on May 21, it was announced that Curran had pulled out of the bout due to a calf injury.[16] The rematch eventually took place at Bellator 123 on September 5, 2014.[17] Curran lost the bout to Freire by unanimous decision.

Curran is expected to face Daniel Weichel on February 13, 2015 at Bellator 133.[18]

Championships and awards[edit]

  • Inside Fights
    • Knockout of the Year (2012)
  • Sherdog
    • 2011 All-Violence Second Team

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 20–6 Patrício Freire Decision (unanimous) Bellator 123 September 5, 2014 5 5:00 Uncasville, Connecticut, United States Lost the Bellator Featherweight Championship.
Win 20–5 Daniel Straus Submission (rear-naked choke) Bellator 112 March 14, 2014 5 4:46 Hammond, Indiana, United States Won the Bellator Featherweight Championship.
Loss 19–5 Daniel Straus Decision (unanimous) Bellator 106 November 2, 2013 5 5:00 Long Beach, California, United States Lost the Bellator Featherweight Championship.
Win 19–4 Shahbulat Shamhalaev Technical Submission (guillotine choke) Bellator 95 April 4, 2013 1 2:38 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States Defended Bellator Featherweight Championship.
Win 18–4 Patrício Freire Decision (split) Bellator 85 January 17, 2013 5 5:00 Irvine, California, United States Defended Bellator Featherweight Championship.
Win 17–4 Joe Warren KO (punches) Bellator 60 March 9, 2012 3 1:25 Hammond, Indiana, United States Won Bellator Featherweight Championship.
Win 16–4 Marlon Sandro KO (head kick & punches) Bellator 48 August 20, 2011 2 4:00 Uncasville, Connecticut, United States Won Bellator 2011 Summer Series Featherweight Tournament Final.
Win 15–4 Ronnie Mann Decision (unanimous) Bellator 47 July 23, 2011 3 5:00 Rama, Ontario, Canada Bellator 2011 Summer Series Featherweight Tournament Semifinal.
Win 14–4 Luis Palomino Submission (Peruvian necktie) Bellator 46 June 25, 2011 1 3:49 Hollywood, Florida, United States Bellator 2011 Summer Series Featherweight Tournament Quarterfinal.
Loss 13–4 Eddie Alvarez Decision (unanimous) Bellator 39 April 2, 2011 5 5:00 Uncasville, Connecticut, United States For Bellator Lightweight Championship.
Win 13–3 Toby Imada Decision (split) Bellator 21 June 10, 2010 3 5:00 Hollywood, Florida, United States Won Bellator Season Two Lightweight Tournament Final.
Win 12–3 Roger Huerta Decision (unanimous) Bellator 17 May 6, 2010 3 5:00 Boston, Massachusetts, United States Bellator Season Two Lightweight Tournament Semifinal.
Win 11–3 Mike Ricci KO (punch) Bellator 14 April 15, 2010 1 3:01 Chicago, Illinois, United States Bellator Season Two Lightweight Tournament Quarterfinal.
Win 10–3 Robbie Olivier Decision (unanimous) Trojan MMA: Trojan Warfare February 27, 2010 3 5:00 Exeter, England, United Kingdom
Loss 9–3 Travis Perzynski Submission (rear-naked choke) XFO 34: Curran vs. Hori December 5, 2009 2 4:38 Lakemoor, Illinois, United States
Win 9–2 Jay Ellis Submission (guillotine choke) XFO 32 October 10, 2009 1 0:58 New Munster, Wisconsin, United States
Win 8–2 Lucas Gwaltney TKO (punches) XFO 31: Outdoor War 5 August 15, 2009 1 1:32 Island Lake, Illinois, United States
Loss 7–2 Charles Diaz Decision (split) Elite Fighting Challenge 4 June 27, 2009 3 5:00 Norfolk, Virginia, United States
Win 7–1 Mike Pickett Submission (rear-naked choke) XFO 30 May 2, 2009 1 1:56 New Munster, Wisconsin, United States
Win 6–1 Daniel Straus KO (punches) XFO 29 April 27, 2009 2 1:31 Lakemoor, Illinois, United States
Win 5–1 Ramiro Hernandez Decision (unanimous) Adrenaline MMA 2: Miletich vs. Denny December 11, 2008 3 5:00 Moline, Illinois, United States
Loss 4–1 Darren Elkins Decision (unanimous) C3: Domination November 22, 2008 3 5:00 Hammond, Indiana, United States For C3 Lightweight Championship.
Win 4–0 Jay Ellis Submission (rear-naked choke) XFO 25 August 9, 2008 1 0:51 Island Lake, Illinois, United States
Win 3–0 Amir Khillah Decision (unanimous) XFO 25: Outdoor War 4 August 9, 2008 3 5:00 Island Lake, Illinois, United States
Win 2–0 Lazar Stojadinovic Decision (unanimous) XFO 23: Title Night April 25, 2008 3 5:00 Lakemoor, Illinois, United States Bout featured on TapouT reality series.
Win 1–0 Tony Hervey Submission (rear-naked choke) XFO 22: Rising Star February 23, 2008 1 1:24 Crystal Lake, Illinois, United States

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Staff (2010-05-06). "Bellator 17 recap: Curran shocks Huerta, meets Imada in lightweight final". MMAjunkie.com. Retrieved 2010-06-11. 
  3. ^ Staff (2010-06-10). "Bellator 21 recap: Curran edges Imada in surprising split; Fujii stays unbeaten". MMAjunkie.com. Retrieved 2010-06-11. 
  4. ^ Staff (2011-02-17). "Eddie Alvarez vs. Pat Curran title fight headlines Bellator 39". MMAjunkie.com. 
  5. ^ Hemminger, Brian (2011-04-02). "Bellator 39 results and LIVE fight coverage for 'Alvarez vs Curran' TONIGHT (April 2) in Uncasville, CT". MMAmania.com. Retrieved 2013-01-19. 
  6. ^ Stupp, Dann (2011-06-25). "BELLATOR 46 RESULTS: CURRAN, SANDRO, MALEGARIE, MANN ADVANCE IN FEATHERWEIGHT TOURNEY". MMAjunkie.com. Retrieved 2013-01-19. 
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  8. ^ Smith, Michael David (2011-08-20). "Pat Curran KOs Marlon Sandro, Wins Bellator Featherweight Tournament". MMAFighting.com. Retrieved 2013-01-19. 
  9. ^ Knapp, Brian (2012-03-09). "PAT CURRAN KOS JOE WARREN TO CLAIM BELLATOR GOLD". Sherdog.com. Retrieved 2013-01-19. 
  10. ^ "BELLATOR 85 RESULTS: LIVE PLAY-BY-PLAY & UPDATES". Sherdog.com. 2013-01-17. Retrieved 2013-01-19. 
  11. ^ Marrocco, Steve (2013-02-26). "Broken hand cancels Daniel Straus' title fight with Pat Curran at Bellator 95". MMAJunkie.com. Retrieved 2013-02-27. 
  12. ^ Marrocco, Steve (2013-02-27). "With Straus out, champ Pat Curran meets Shahbulat Shamhalaev at Bellator 95". MMAJunkie.com. Retrieved 2013-02-27. 
  13. ^ Dave Reid (2013-08-27). "Bellator’s Nov 2nd PPV Gets 3rd Title Fight With Pat Curran vs Daniel Straus". mmainsider.net. Retrieved August 27, 2013. 
  14. ^ Dann Stupp. "Daniel Straus vs. Pat Curran III headlines Bellator 112, War Machine returns". MMAjunkie.com. Retrieved 2014-01-14. 
  15. ^ "Patricio Freire on Bellator passing him over: Where the title shots are earned, not given' is pure bulls--t'". Bloodyelbow.com. January 13, 2014. Retrieved January 14, 2014. 
  16. ^ Guilherme Cruz (2014-05-21). "Pat Curran injured, out of Bellator 121 title fight with ‘Pitbull’ Freire". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2014-05-21. 
  17. ^ "Bellator 123 Fight Card". Bellator.com. Retrieved 2014-07-16. 
  18. ^ MMAjunkie Staff (December 15, 2014). "Bellator 133 adds Pat Curran vs. Daniel Weichel, Julia Budd vs. Talita Nogueira". mmajunkie.com. 

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