Pat Curran won the Bellator featherweight title Friday, but he believes the bout should have been stopped sooner.

The finish came 1:25 into the third round. After stunning Warren with a knee, Curran battered him against the cage with punches and more knees. Referee Jeff Malott allowed the beating to continue even though Warren appeared out on his feet.

“He definitely could have stopped it 10, 15 seconds sooner,” Curran told the Sherdog Radio Network’s “Savage Dog Show.” “There’s no reason anybody should take that much damage. That’s why the ref’s there, to step in when a fighter can’t properly defend himself. I just hope Joe didn’t suffer any serious injuries and he has a quick recovery.”

Although the sustained punishment Warren took may have overshadowed Curran’s performance somewhat, it’s hard to deny that the 24-year-old has become one of the top featherweights in the world. He has won four straight and eight out of nine, losing only a unanimous decision to Eddie Alvarez at 155 pounds. After that loss he dropped to 145 pounds and won the Bellator 2011 Summer Series featherweight tournament.

“Ever since the last loss against Eddie Alvarez, I took that as a learning experience,” Curran said. “I went back to the gym and fixed my mistakes. I just was really confident and happy moving back down to 145. The biggest thing was just the confidence. I wanted to run through the tournament and I did. I always knew that once I had that second opportunity to become champion, I wasn’t going to let that pass me by.”

Next up he’s expected to defend his title against Patricio Freire, who won the featherweight tournament in Bellator’s fourth season. A broken hand prevented the Brazilian from challenging Warren for the belt, but Curran thinks he’ll meet “Pitbull” in the cage this summer or fall, when both are healthy.

“I did injure my ankle early in the first round in the fight with Warren,” Curran said. “I’m going to get that checked out [Tuesday], and hopefully it’s nothing too serious, but I’m pretty sure I’ve torn something in my ankle. It’s shifting and moving around. I get to find out later in the week how serious the injury is. If I need surgery, I’m going to be out for a couple of months and need the recovery time. It all depends on how my ankle’s doing.”

Listen to the full interview (beginning at 1:18:56).

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.
From Around the Web

Related News

Daniel Weichel Sees Win Over Pat Curran as Key to Bellator Title Shot | MMAWeekly.com

  • 20 days ago
  • 4 views

Daniel Weichel believes a win over former champion Pat Curran at Friday's Bellator 133 should earn him a shot at current champ Patricio Pitbull. read news >>

Weichel says he can beat Curran at Bellator 133, wants the title

  • 23 days ago
  • 0 views

This Friday night at Bellator 133, former two-time champion Pat Curran will square off with season ten featherweight-tournament winner Daniel Weichel. Despite being the underdog, Weichel still feels read news >>

Bellator 133: 'Determined' Pat Curran to use 'stepping stone' Daniel Weichel to earn Pitbull Freire rubber match

  • 25 days ago
  • 6 views

Pat Curran's last six bouts have involved the Bellator featherweight title. However, his fight next weekend will be the first since 2011 that wasn't for gold. Six is a familiar number for Pat Curran. read news >>

Daniel Weichel hoping to 'make an impression' on new Bellator brass against Pat Curran

  • 21 days ago
  • 0 views

Daniel Weichel figured he'd be fighting Pat Curran after winning the Bellator season 10 featherweight tournament last May. Of course, he also figured Curran would be the champion when the fight went read news >>

Bellator 133 LIVE results stream

  • 20 days ago
  • 29 views

Tonight's main card on Spike TV includes Melvin Manhoef vs. Alexander Shlemenko, Pat Curran vs. Daniel Weichel, and the promotional debut of Julia Budd. Real-time results begin with Spike.com "prelim read news >>

Bellator 133 results and GIFs: Shlemenko KOs Manhoef, Weichel upsets Curran

  • 20 days ago
  • 42 views

Check out the results from Friday night's Bellator 133 from Fresno, California, including the main event between middleweight strikers Alexander Shlemenko and Melvin Manhoef. There was no Bellator ti read news >>

The MMA Hour - 270 - Liam McGeary

  • 9 days ago
  • 2 views

Bellator light heavyweight contender Liam McGeary previews his title fight against Emanuel Newton on Friday night. read news >>

Super Prospect Michael Page Suffers Cut, out of Friday Bout at Bellator 134

  • 9 days ago
  • 3 views

Michael Page, one of the most exciting prospects in the Bellator promotion or anywhere else in MMA, has to withdraw from his scheduled bout against Curtis Millender Friday at Bellator 134 due to inju read news >>

Bellator 137: Brandon Halsey vs. Kendall Grove title fight set for May 15 on Spike TV

  • 2 days ago
  • 1 views

Bellator MMA Middleweight Champion Brandon Halsey will put his undefeated record on the line -- along with his 185-pound title -- when he takes on Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) import Kendall read news >>