Pat Curran doesn’t know against whom yet, but he knows where he wants to be in November.
Bellator’s featherweight champ is hoping to land a spot on the promotion’s first pay-per-view card. He knows he won’t get top billing – that honor goes to former UFC champs and friends Quinton Jackson and Tito Ortiz.
Curran wants on the card badly enough that he’s already talking like it’s a done deal, even if it was a Freudian slip.
“It’s up to Bellator, (but) I’d love to be on that card,” Curran today told MMAjunkie.com Radio (www.mmajunkie.com/radio). “Tito vs. ‘Rampage’ would be a huge card to be on, and I’d definitely like to be a part of it.
“I don’t know what fighter is going to be on Nov. 2 – but hopefully in the next week or two, we can get an opponent set and get a strategy down.”
But then Curran was asked if he knew his appearance on the show was a done deal, and he realized his slip of the tongue.
“I honestly don’t know if I’m on the card yet,” he said. “I’ve just seen some interviews saying it’d be nice to stack the card with the champions. I just haven’t signed the paper yet.”
Those interviews came from his boss, Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney, who on a Monday call with media members, and again in an interview on MMAjunkie.com Radio, said the promotion hopes to build the card beneath “Rampage” and Ortiz with multiple title fights.
That pay-per-view takes beach at Long Beach Arena in California.
Curran (19-4 MMA, 9-1 BMMA) has two options waiting for him in the form of Bellator tournament winners who have yet to get their title shot. Daniel Straus (21-4 MMA, 7-1 BMMA) was first in the queue, but had to be passed over when he broke his hand, then was arrested and went on to deal with legal issues. And Magomedrasul Khasbulaev (21-5 MMA, 5-0 BMMA) was the Season 8 tourney winner – and could pass Straus in line if Straus can’t be ready.
But Curran said he hasn’t been informed by Bellator yet just which fighter will be ready first and be his next test, and first since a win over Shahbulat Shamhalaev in April.
“I know they’re both still waiting,” he said. “I know Straus has been on the shelf for a long time. I know Frodo had the most recent win. … I have a slight back injury that’s getting better every couple days or so, but I’m ready to go whenever they call me. I just like to have six or seven weeks at the least.”
And then he has a possible third option that may be a long shot, but it’s not one he’d immediately rule out.
Curran said he’d be interested in meeting lightweight champion Michael Chandler in a superfight if that ever came to fruition. It just may not happen for the Nov. 2 pay-per-view.
“I haven’t heard anything about that, but that would be definitely something we could work out in the future,” Curran said. “Definitely down the road, I can see that happening.”
But until then, Curran lies in wait to hear just who will be next – and cross his fingers that it’s part of the pay-per-view.
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