The main card of tonight’s Bellator 60 in Hammond, Indiana at The Venue inside The Horseshoe Casino brings you night of featherweight action as current Bellator featherweight king Joe Warren defends his title against Pat Curran. The night will also feature the first round in the featherweight tournament to determine who will get the next title shot against the winner of the main event.
The first round fights are: Marlon Sandro vs Roberto Vargas, Ronnie Mann vs Mike Corey, Alexandre Bezerra vs. Kenny Foster and Daniel Straus vs. Jeremy Spoon.
Main event – Joe Warren vs Pat Curran (145lb title fight): After attempting to be Bellator’s first double champion by entering the bantamweight tournament held last summer, Joe Warren will be making his first title defense since winning the title back in September of 2010 against XFO vet and current #1 contender Pat Curran. Coming into this fight one would think that if the fight does stay standing seeing as both are seasoned grapplers, the advantage would go to Curran. Now on to grappling. Although Curran does train under his cousin Jeff, it remains to be seen if his Brazilian Jiu Jitsu can match up well with Warren’s NCAA All-American Division 1 wrestling. Advantage goes to Warren. This fight goes down to who has the heart and can stick to their respective gameplan under pressure and keep going. Advantage to this goes to Curran. With the exception of his loss to former Bellator 155 champion Eddie Alvarez, he is currently on a seven fight win streak and has the distinction of being one of the few men in Bellator to win their seasonal tournament in more than one weight class.
Featherweight Tournament Quarter-Final – Marlon Sandro vs Roberto Vargas: Undoubtedly one of the top 5 featherweights in the world, Nova Uniao BJJ Black belt Marlon Sandro looks to continue his winning ways following a KO loss to the man challenging for the belt in the main event and a submission win over Rafael Dias. Vargas is a talented fighter but this is a tough fight for him to win. Sandro has the edge in experience, heart, striking, grappling and submissions.
Featherweight Tournament Quarter-Final – Ronnie Mann vs Mike Corey: Ronnie Mann was supposed to fight Wagnney Fabiano in what undoubtedly other than the main event would be an easy shoo-in for fight of the night. Due to injury, Fabiano had to pull out and was replaced by Corey. This should be an interesting fight as both have really good grappling and striking. Realistically the deciding factor in this fight other than Mann’s slight edge in the striking is how much Corey’s long layoff between fights will affect him.
Featherweight Tournament Quarter-Final – Alexandre Bezerra vs. Kenny Foster: Originally scheduled to fight Genair Da Silva, Alexandre Bezerra now has to change his game plan as his opponent was been changed to Kenny Foster who has been called up from the under card due to weight issues that Genair had while cutting for the fight. This might be a quick night for Bezerra as he has the advantage in the striking and grappling. Looking at both of his opponents, Genair would have presented the more interesting challenge of the two. Foster is currently on a three fight losing streak and the step up not only in competition but as well as moving from the under card to the main card quite possibly puts more pressure on him, giving him his fourth loss in a row.
Featherweight Tournament Quarter-Final – Daniel Straus vs Jeremy Spoon: NAAFS lightweight champion Daniel Straus drops down to 145lbs to compete in the tournament. His first opponent is submission specialist Jeremy Spoon who is currently undefeated in his career as a professional mixed martial artist at 12 and 0 with 8 of those wins coming via submission. Striking advantage goes to Straus, but the edge in terms of submission wins/technique goes to Spoon even though both men are decorated grapplers. This should make for an interesting fight.
135lb fight: Cory Galloway vs. Jake Nauracy
Catchweight fight(215 lbs): Travis Wiuff vs. Anthony Gomez
Catchweight fight(280 lbs): Sean McCorkle vs. Richard White
Catchweight fight(165 lbs): Shamar Bailey vs. Josh Shockley