Bellator continues to add the big guns to its November 2nd, pay-per-view debut, as the promotion has confirmed that featherweight champ Pat Curran will take on former tourney winner Daniel Strauss at the event. CEO Bjorn Rebney said all along that they hoped to add Curran to the card, which makes a lot of sense, since he is one of the planet’s best 145érs not currently throwing down in the UFC.
Curran (19-4) is currently riding a six fight win streak and is coming off wins over Shabulat Shamhaleav and Patricky Freire in 2013. The last man to beat Curran is former lightweight champ Eddie Alvarez, who scored a UD win over “Paddy Mike” in 2011.
“I’ve been with Bellator since the beginning, and seen my career grow as Bellator has,” Curran said in the press release announcing the bout. “It means the world to me to be able to defend my title on our first Pay-Per-View, especially with such a tough fight ahead of me. I’m not taking Straus lightly. He is an incredibly tough featherweight, and I’m not even thinking about our first fight in 2009, we are two totally different guys right now. This card is stacked, and I want to give Bellator and all our fans a great show.”
Strauss (21-4) will have gone a year plus without fighting by the time he meets Curran, as the Season Six tournament winner hasn’t fought since October, when he tapped out UFC vet Alvin Robinson. Strauss was scheduled to fight Curran this past April, but the vet broke his hand and was forced to drop out.
“It’s finally here. I’ve faced so many setbacks over the last year, and my title shot is finally here,” Straus said. “When Pat and I met in 2009, we were two completely different fighters. Both of us have developed so much in that time, but I still want that loss of my record. That fight taught me a lot about where I was as a fighter, especially considering I’ve gone 17-1 since we last met. I’m just excited to be able to get a chance to fight for a title on a huge stage like this. I really don’t know how this fight is going to end, but I envision it going quickly. This won’t be a long, drawn out process. I’m going in for the kill.”
So, there you have it. In addition to the headliner between Rampage” Jackson and Tito Ortiz (which has drawn mixed reviews), Bellator 106 will also feature Curran-Strauss, Chandler-Alvarez II and Lawal-Newton II .
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