Bellator MMA featherweight champion Pat Curran will make his Second Title Defense on April 4th when he takes on season six tournament winner, Daniel Straus. Their in event bout will e a rematch from a XFO bout back in 2009 in which Curran defeated Straus via second round knockout.
Curran is coming off a successful title defense at Bellator 85 by defeating Patricio Freire by Split Decision. Their bout opened Bellator MMA’s eight season and first on Spike, meaning Curran will get the rare opportunity to make two title defenses in one season. That shouldn’t come as a surprise though because Curran is also the only Bellator MMA fighter to win tournaments in two different weight classes.
Pat Curran (18-4) has won his last five fights in a row, losing only to then Bellator MMA lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez, after winner the season 2 tournament. He dropped down to featherweight after the loss, winning the 2011 summer season featherweight tournament and later knocking out Joe Warren to win the featherweight title.
Daniel Straus (21-4) defeated Marlon Sandro in the season six tournament final and recently added a non-tournament win over Alvin Robinson as he waited his turn at the title. Straus is a relentless grinder who actually embraces a decision win but his second round submission over Robinson sent a statement to the champ heading into their rematch.
Curran has yet to be in a dull fight under the Bellator MMA banner and is quickly becoming one of the promotions most popular fighters. Should he defeat Straus at Bellator 95, he’ll possibly have a chance at defending his title for a third time this year. Four weeks prior to the Curran vs. Straus bout at Bellator 90, the season seven featherweight tournament will finally end as Shahbulat Shamhalaev and Rad Martinez will square off for the right to face either Pat Curran or Daniel Straus.