MENU
#Fight Night Stockholm #Alexander Gustafsson #Glover Teixeira #Colosseum #Volkan Oezdemir #Conor McGregor #Nordine Taleb #Oliver Enkamp #Jack Hermansson #Alex Nicholson #Ben Saunders #Peter Sobotta #Marcin Held #Damir Hadzovic #Dynasty of Heroes


pat-curran-8.jpgAfter fighting just once in 2012, Bellator featherweight champion Pat Curran (18-4 MMA, 8-1 BFC) envisions an entirely different calendar year in 2013.

“If I have an injury, then of course I’m going to need to take that time off,” Curran told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). “But if everything feels 100 percent, I’m happy to get right back into it and keep it going.

“As a fighter, all I do is train every day, and all I want to do is keep improving and getting better. I think staying active as a fighter and getting back in the cage as soon as possible is really going to help me become a better fighter.”

Three months into this year, Curran is certainly living up that mantra. In January, he kicked off Bellator MMA’s current eight season with a successful title defense over Patricio “Pitbull” Freire. At next week’s season-ending Bellator 95 event, he returns to action against Season 7 tourney winner Shahbulat Shamhalaev (12-1-1 MMA, 3-0 BFC).

Curran was originally expected to face Season 6 winner Daniel Straus before injury forced a late change in opponents. Despite a little more than one month to prepare for the switch, Curran said the desire to stay busy drove his decision to accept the change.

“It kind of caught me off-guard at first because we were preparing for Straus,” Curran said. “I wasn’t expecting him to have a hand injury. But that’s the name of the game, and it happens all the time. But I think there was five weeks’ notice, and I made the decision with my coaches. We thought it would be a good decision, and it was still plenty of time to prepare and to come up with the proper gameplan for him.

“He’s a great counter-puncher, a great striker. He’s very powerful, very explosive. It’s going to be an interesting style matchup between us two because I consider myself to be a counter-striker, as well. We match up really well.”

If Curran’s evaluation is correct, then fans could be in for a treat with two fighter who both enjoy a good firefight. From Curran’s point of view, it’s the perfect way to follow his back-and-forth split-decision win over Freire.

“I definitely trust my boxing now,” Curran said. “I’m starting to let my hands go. I’m more confident with my striking and my ability to stand and strike with somebody. I know I can take a punch, and I know I can fight five full rounds.

“The ‘Pitbull’ fight was a war. Both of us landed a lot of shots, and in the end I came out with the win. It’s nice to know I can go five rounds.”

Another impressive win will certainly add to the already impressive buzz surrounding Curran’s career. The 25-year-old was already a respected prospect when he came to to Bellator in 2010, but he’s since gone 8-1 for the promotion – including a perfect 5-0 at 145 pounds – and has climbed all the way to No. 4 in the latest USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie.com rankings.

Curran said he’s honored by the accolades but tries not to pay too much attention to anything other than his work in the gym.

“I don’t think about [my ranking] too much, but when people talk to me about it or mention it to me, of course, it feels really nice,” Curran said. “I’ve put in a lot of hard work, and my fights prove it. I’m a workhorse, and I’ll just keep going. I just want to be considered the best, and I’m going to keep going for it.

“Once I got into Bellator, I was able to quit my full-time job and just train 100 percent, every day. That really, really helped me jump levels and bring my game to the next step. I learned a lot from the first tournament and losing to Eddie Alvarez. I came back a stronger fighter. Now I just train every day and focus all my time on training.”

Past Bellator champions have earned interest from the UFC, as attested by Hector Lombard’s move to the octagon and Eddie Alvarez’s ongoing dealings with the promotion. But Curran said he’s not worried about anyone else’s past moves. Right now, he’s happy staying busy and improving his game. He’s comfortable as Bellator champ and plans on staying there for the foreseeable future.

“I’m extremely happy in Bellator,” Curran said. “They take good care of me, and I’m very happy. I’m staying active, and that’s all I can really ask for as a fighter. I’m absolutely happy to stay with Bellator throughout the rest of my career, if it came down to that.

“I just want to put on a good show and keep everything going.”

Bellator 95 takes place April 4 at Ovation Hall at Revel in Atlantic City, N.J. The evening’s main card airs on Spike TV.

For the latest on Bellator 95, stay tuned to the MMA Rumors section of the site.

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

Video: Ahead of UFC 211, watch Stipe Miocic's first title defense vs. Alistair Overeem

  • 18 days ago
  • 20 views

Watch Stipe Miocic thrill his hometown crowd with his first title defense as he knocks out Alistair Overeem at UFC 203.Filed under: Featured Videos, News, UFC, Videos read news >>

Paul Daley questions Rory MacDonald's 'warrior mentality' ahead of Bellator 179 clash

  • 11 days ago
  • 10 views

LONDON – Paul Daley has once again questioned Rory MacDonald’s durability ahead of their welterweight clash at Bellator 179.Filed under: Bellator, Featured Videos, News read news >>

Ben Askren Predicting a Fast Finish Ahead of ONE: Dynasty of Heroes Title Defense | MMAWeekly.com

  • 6 days ago
  • 8 views

Ben Askren plans to make quick work of Agilan Thani on Friday and then "beat up all those chickens that refuse to sign the fight contract." read news >>

Keri Anne Taylor-Melendez added to Bellator 180 in New York vs. Sadee Monseratte Williams

  • 6 days ago
  • 3 views

The next step in the MMA journey of Keri Anne Taylor-Melendez will take place on the biggest Bellator card in history.Filed under: Bellator, News read news >>

Rory MacDonald: 'Bellator: NYC' title fight between Douglas Lima, Lorenz Larkin a pick'em

  • 6 days ago
  • 11 views

Rory MacDonald doesn’t care who he challenges for the Bellator welterweight championship. However, he’s sending fair warning that whoever his opponent is should be ready for some serious pain.Filed u read news >>

Bellator NYC's Lorenz Larkin was like, ugh, when it hit him he'd have to go five rounds for title

  • 5 days ago
  • 18 views

Lorenz Larkin somehow has managed to avoid going five rounds in eight years of professional MMA. So when the first opportunity arose, the welterweight veteran was a little, well, stressed.Filed under read news >>

USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie rankings, May 23: Welcome to the Top 15, Linton Vassell

  • 5 days ago
  • 5 views

There may have been bigger names at Bellator 179, but perhaps no one did more for himself at the event than Linton Vassell. Filed under: Bellator, MMA Rankings, News, UFC, WSOF read news >>

Ahead of UFC debut, unbeaten Deiveson Alcantara vows to continue his finishing ways

  • 5 days ago
  • 9 views

UFC newcomer Deivison Alcantara has finished all but one of the opponents featured on his undefeated MMA record. At UFC 212, he is confident that Marco Beltran will meet the same fate.Filed under: Ne read news >>

Video: Hardy, Gooden break down Alexander Gustafsson vs. Glover Teixeira at UFC Fight Night 109

  • 5 days ago
  • 41 views

Ahead of UFC Fight Night 109, UFC Fight Pass analyst Dan Hardy and broadcast partner John Gooden, along with Nick Peet, break down Sunday’s main event and other fights on the card.Filed under: News, read news >>

Stream or download MMAjunkie Radio #2452 with Joe Lauzon and Linton Vassell

  • 5 days ago
  • 1 views

Stream or download Tuesday’s edition of MMAjunkie Radio with guests Joe Lauzon and Linton Vassell.Filed under: Bellator, News, Radio, UFC read news >>