Warren had to be helped out of the cage -- without his Bellator
Fighting Championships featherweight crown.
Curran dethroned Warren by brutal third-round knockout and
captured the 145-pound title in the Bellator 60 main event on
Friday at The Venue at Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, Ind. Their
encounter ended on a horrific volley of knees and punches, with the
former champion unconscious in a seated position at the base of the
cage. At one point, Warren seemed to turn away from the onslaught
in an outward sign of submission, but referee Jeff Malott
allowed it to continue until he had been knocked cold 1:25 into
“I wanted to wait, take my time and wait for openings,” Curran
said, as cageside personnel tended to his fallen opponent behind
him. “It’s a dream come true, and it’s only the beginning.”
Curran nearly finished it in the first round, as he had Warren
badly hurt with a head kick and follow-up blows. The former
Greco-Roman wrestling world champion weathered the storm and
carried the bout in to the second round. There, Warren seemed to
find himself, as he scored with takedowns and opened a small cut
under Curran’s right eye. Alas, round three brought with it
The challenger cracked Warren with a knee to the head, backed him
into the cage and let loose with a hellacious barrage of punches
and knees. Warren was clearly out on his feet more than once but
was left to absorb further punishment. Curran did not let up until
the job was done and the title was his. The 24-year-old has won his
last four fights, the last two of them by knockout, and expects to
Freire in his first title defense.
“I just got this belt,” Curran said, “and I don’t plan on getting
rid of it anytime soon.”
Sandro Batters, Submits Vargas
champion and reigning featherweight King of Pancrase
Sandro submitted Roberto
Vargas with a first-round rear-naked choke in the quarterfinal
round of the Bellator Season 6 featherweight tournament. Vargas
tapped out 3:35 into round one.
Sandro floored and finished Vargas.
Sandro (21-3, 4-1 BFC) showed off some of the killer instinct that
made him a star in Japan. The 35-year-old Brazilian jiu-jitsu black
belt stuck Vargas with repeated multi-punch combinations,
punctuated by straight rights, overhand rights and right uppercuts.
Vargas (12-2, 1-2 BFC) did his best to remain upright but
ultimately collapsed under the barrage. Once on the ground, Sandro
closed it out with little resistance. He moved to the Millennia MMA
representative’s back, flattened out Vargas and locked down the
“I’m very happy,” Sandro said. “I train hard every day. I want to
be the champion here.”
Bezerra Submits Foster
Bezerra has his foot planted firmly on the accelerator.
Bezerra tapped out Foster.
Team Bombsquad’s Kenny
Foster with a second-round rear-naked choke at 4:57 into round
two, sending Bezerra (13-1, 5-0 BFC) to the semifinals with his
ninth consecutive victory.
Unbeaten in five Bellator appearances, Bezerra established his
superiority in the first round with a takedown, some solid clinch
work and kicks that seemed to increase with intensity as the battle
unfolded. Foster enjoyed far more success in the second round, as
he held his own in the standup and briefly seized back control on
the 24-year-old Brazilian. However, Bezerra capitalized on an
ill-advised takedown attempt from Foster (9-6, 2-3 BFC), snatched a
guillotine choke and moved into top position. He attacked with
ground-and-pound, forced his foe to surrender his back and cinched
the choke for the finish.
Foster has lost four fights in a row, three of them by
Corey Survives Knockdown, Outduels Mann
Takedowns and a ruthless top game carried Team
Curran’s Mike Corey to
a unanimous decision over Sengoku veteran Ronnie Man in the
Bellator Season 6 featherweight tournament quarterfinals. All three
cageside judges scored it the same: 29-28 for Corey (12-2-1, 1-0-1
BFC), who has not been defeated in nearly five years.
Corey outpointed Mann.
“I feel awesome,” Corey said. “It’s just going to get harder, but
this is what I’m here to do.”
Mann (21-5-1, 3-2 BFC) was impressive out of the gate, as he
floored the 27-year-old Marine with a pair of blistering right
hands. Corey gathered himself on the ground, returned to his feet
and struck for a late takedown that served as a precursor
for what was to come.
In the second round, Corey scored with another takedown, kept Mann
pinned to the canvas and brought his ground-and-pound into play;
punches and hammerfists to the head and knees to the body were his
weapons of choice. The scene repeated itself to a greater extent in
round three, as Corey trapped Mann on the ground for nearly four
minutes and cruised into the semifinals.
Straus Ousts Spoon in Quarters
Straus won for the 14th time in 15 fights, as he utilized
bullwhip low kicks, counter left hands and superb takedown defense
to defeat the previously unbeaten Jeremy
Spoon by unanimous decision in the Bellator Season 6
featherweight tournament quarterfinals. All three cageside judges
scored it for Straus (18-4, 4-1 BFC): 30-27, 29-28 and 29-28.
Straus outhustled Spoon.
Straus took advantage of his size and strength, as he bullied his
smaller foe and denied his advances in the clinch. Spoon (12-1, 2-1
BFC) was outgunned on the outside, as Straus laced his legs with
repeated kicks and tagged him with one straight left hand after
another. The Team Vision representative also scored with takedowns
in the first and second rounds and spent much of the 15-minute
encounter as the aggressor.
“Jeremy’s a really, really tough dude,” Straus
said. “I just try to do my best out there.”
McCorkle stopped White.
McCorkle Neck Crank Submits White
UFC veteran Sean
McCorkle needed a little more than a minute to submit
White with a first-round neck crank in their preliminary
catchweight affair. White (15-13, 0-1 BFC), who has lost four
fights in a row and eight of his last nine, tapped out 62 seconds
into round one.
McCorkle (16-2, 1-0 BFC) got down to business in a hurry. The
35-year-old backed up some punches with a takedown, passed to half
guard and isolated one of White’s arms. He then transitioned to the
neck crank for the finish. McCorkle has posted six consecutive wins
since being released by the Ultimate Fighting Championship
following back-to-back defeats to Stefan
Struve and Christian
Wiuff Topples Gomez for 66th Win
Pride Fighting Championships veteran Travis Wiuff
recorded the 66th win of his professional career, as he posted a
unanimous decision against Anthony
Gomez in a preliminary catchweight bout. All three cageside
judges scored it the same: 29-28 for Wiuff (66-14, 2-0 BFC).
Wiuff bested Gomez.
Takedowns were the story, as Wiuff grounded Gomez (5-2, 0-1 BFC)
repeatedly throughout the 15-minute battle. The 33-year-old
Minnesotan struck for takedowns in all three rounds, many of them
from the clinch, and pushed his current winning streak to four
Da Silva Overwhelms Reardanz to TKO
Fight Team representative Genair da
Silva stopped Bobby
Reardanz on third-round leg kicks and follow-up punches in a
preliminary catchweight tilt. Da Silva (12-4, 2-1 BFC), who was
removed from the Season 6 featherweight tournament on the eve of
the event for his failure to meet his contracted weight, closed out
the King of
the Cage veteran 59 seconds into round three.
Da Silva took Reardanz out.
From the start, it was clear da Silva was the superior fighter. He
worked over Reardanz (8-11, 0-1 BFC) in the clinch, mixed in a pair
of attempted chokes and assaulted him with kicks to the head, body
and legs. Round two was particularly one-sided and set the stage
for the finish. Da Silva has won seven of his last eight bouts.
Surging Shockley Outpoints Bailey
A steady diet of takedowns, superior grappling and
blue-collar ground-and-pound carried the once-beaten Josh
Shockley to a unanimous decision over “The Ultimate Fighter”
Season 13 alum Shamar
Bailey in a preliminary welterweight encounter. Scores were not
announced, as Shockley extended his current winning streak to three
Shockley decisioned Bailey.
Shockley (9-1, 2-1 BFC) struck for a slam takedown in the first
round, moved to mount and ultimately transitioned to Bailey’s back.
On the ground, he unleashed some elbows and had Bailey searching
for answers. None came. The scene repeated itself in round three,
as Shockley again scored with takedowns on an opponent known for
his wrestling, maintained top position and scored with strikes from
Bailey (13-6, 0-1 BFC), a 29-year-old integrated fighting academy
representative, has lost three times in his last four outings.
Nauracy Choke Submits Galloway
Nauracy submitted Team Curran’s Cory
Galloway with a second-round rear-naked choke in a preliminary
bantamweight showdown between two 21-year-olds making their
professional debuts. Galloway (0-1, 0-1 BFC) tapped out 4:22 into
Nauracy put away Galloway.
Nauracy (1-0, 1-0 BFC), a protégé of former WEC champion Miguel
Torres, floored Galloway in the first round and capitalized on
a mistake in the second. There, he moved into top position after
Galloway slipped on a head kick, eventually moved to his back,
hooks in, and cinched the choke for the finish.