Bellator is working on their ‘Summer Series’ of three events before the start of Season 7, and the events are starting to come together. Bellator 71, on June 22nd, will feature the start of a 205 lb Lightheavyweight tournament. Bellator 73 will be headlined by 145 lb Featherweight Titleholder Pat Curran, who faces Bellator veteran Patricio “Pitbull” Freire in what isscheduled as a five round title fight.
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This bout is an interesting bout, as Freire breezed through the season 4 Bellator Featherweight tournament to earn the title shot. He broke his hand, and he has been away from the ring for over a year rehabilitating. Freire, at 17-1 may be Curran’s toughest test to date.
Curran has really come into his own at 145 lbs, and he took out Joe Warren in convincing fashion to capture the belt. Warren provided Freire with his only blemish on his record, but it was a controversial Split Decision where Freire was able to establish himself as a top guy.
Despite being young, Pat Curran has been around MMA almost his entire life, as his brother Jeff has been competing in MMA since the late 1990′s. Curran is very complete, with heavy hands and a solid ground game. The intersting thing about the fight is that the description above also fits Patrick Freiere to a T as well.
This will likely come in as a pick ‘em fight or close to it when the books start to release the lines. This is really one that has to be decided in the ring.
One last thing. It is another example of Bellator’s second class status. The UFC’s calendar goes out more than five shows. Meanwhile, information about Bellator’s ‘Summer Series’ has a few fights announced for Bellator 71, it has the main event for Bellator 73. They really don’t know the venue yet for the event, but the feature fight is set. And there are no details at all about Bellator 72. Come on Bjorn, you need help promoting! It is only fair to the fighters!