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The no. 3 featherweighter in the world (by Sherdog), Pat Curran (19-4 MMA, 9-1 BFC) was at Bellator 95 on April 4 in Atlantic City, New Jersey expected to fight challenger Daniel Straus (21-4 MMA, 7-1 BFC). But unfortunately on February 26, it was announced that the contender had broken his hand and had been replaced with Shahbulat Shamhalaev (12-2-1 MMA, 3-1 BFC). Curran successfully defended his title via technical submission (guillotine choke) in the opening round. However he is still waiting for injured Straus, but as a bout won’t be possible until fall season, the champ wants to keep being active and will probably debut in professional boxing.


“They're letting me stay active, and this is something I really wanted to do…They're giving me the opportunity to go for it. We're waiting on an opponent right now, but I want to stay active, I want to keep training, and since I'm going to have a little bit of a layoff, I want to jump into boxing and try that out" said Curran. “

“Bellator's cool with it – they're letting me step away from MMA and make my boxing debut, and that says a lot for them."

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