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Bellator 60 Recap: Curran Smashes Warren, Obtains Featherweight Title

Say what you want about how bitter SPIKE is acting towards the UFC ever since acquiring rights to Bellator. But after watching Bellator 60 last night in Hammond, Indiana on MTV2, it’s not hard to understand what SPIKE sees in the promotion. Season Six kicked off with a bang, with a new featherweight champion and four men advancing in the season’s featherweight tournament. 

Even without considering Joe Warren‘s Greco-Roman background, it’s no surprise that Warren’s gameplan would consist of attempting takedowns early and often after the brutal knockout loss to Alexis Vila he suffered in his last fight at Bellator 51. And while Warren found success with his takedowns, he was completely unable to keep Pat Curran on the mat. Curran landed some hard shots throughout the fight, but a hard right knee in the third round put Warren out on his feet. But since the referee didn’t stop the fight, Curran then landed a flurry of punches and knees that caused Joe Warren to turn his back to the challenger. And when the referee still didn’t stop the fight, Pat Curran landed two huge uppercuts that floored Warren, finally ending the fight one minute and twenty five seconds into the third round. With the victory, Curran improves to 17-4 in his MMA career, including a 7-1 run in Bellator.

 
Curran vs. Warren. Props: IronforgesIron.com

In featherweight tournament action, Daniel Straus used his size advantage to outpoint Jeremy Spoon on his way to a unanimous decision victory. After opening the fight looking for the rare standing arm-triangle, Straus opted for a more traditional attack consisting of takedowns and leg kicks for the remainder of the bout. The loss marks the first one in Jeremy Spoon’s career.

In other tournament action, Mike Corey managed to survive an early salvo from Ronnie Mann en route to a unanimous decision victory. Corey utilized his superior wrestling to put Mann on his back and rain down punches. The victory is Mike Corey’s first under Bellator. Also of note, both Marlon Sandro and Alexandre Bezerra advance in the tournament with victories by rear-naked choke. Marlon Sandro was particularly dominant against Roberto Vargas, absolutely crushing Vargas on the feet before earning the submission.

 
Sandro vs. Vargas. Props to IronforgesIron.com

Full results:

MAIN CARD

Pat Curran def. Joe Warren via KO (punches) – Round 3, 1:25
Daniel Straus def. Jeremy Spoon via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
Mike Corey def. Ronnie Mann via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Marlon Sandro def. Roberto Vargas via submission (rear-naked choke)- Round 1, 3:35

PRELIMINARY CARD

Alexandre Bezerra def. Kenny Foster via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 2, 4:57
Jake Nauracy def. Cory Galloway via submission (rear naked choke) – Round 2, 4:22
Travis Wiuff def. Anthony Gomez via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Sean McCorkle defeats Richard White via submission (neck crank) – Round 1, 1:02
Josh Shockley def. Shamar Bailey via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 30-27
Genair da Silva def. Bobby Reardanz via TKO (strikes) – Round 3, 0:51

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Diaz Cartel- March 11, 2012 at 8:22 am
Pat Curran asked me how I want my steak done. I said "Medium Rare but I don't mind if its Steak Tartare."

All jokes aside, no fighter should ever go through that no matter how hated he is by fans. Reffing in MMA needs serious house cleaning.
hoopdunks- March 11, 2012 at 4:43 am
Air Jordan XI (11) Concord 2011 Retro
Todd M- March 10, 2012 at 7:33 pm
Also I fucking hate Joe Warren but even I couldn't enjoy the unnecessary beating he took at the end, The Fuck ref seriously The Fuck?
Todd M- March 10, 2012 at 7:30 pm
@ Lesnarischamp, Dude did you see the first round?
Kid Clam Curtains- March 10, 2012 at 1:55 pm
I wonder if he'll still be able to make the olympics after getting his brain scrambled twice in a row.
blackboxmma- March 10, 2012 at 1:45 pm
I counted over 30 shots he shouldnt have taken. Shorter career for Warren, good job ref.
WuTangClan- March 10, 2012 at 1:43 pm
Heres a GIF.

http://cdn2.sbnation.com/fan_shot_images/244098/4.gif
RaginAsian- March 10, 2012 at 12:22 pm
It's nice that the ref gave the reigning champ every chance to defend himself, but he was there for the first two rounds; nothing was going to save Warren but him.

Let's be honest though: it was violently cathartic to see Warren get shut up even harder than last time.
Lesnarischamp- March 10, 2012 at 11:14 am
I wonder when Curran's contract ends :o.. Having said that, I suspect the judges had that fight 2-0 for Warren through the first two rounds, so he needed the stoppage I think. Although it look along that it would happen if not in the 3rd then in one of the championship rounds.
Kid Clam Curtains- March 10, 2012 at 10:58 am
Fuck that ref sucks. Warren takes about 15 brutal shots when he's already out.
Maine Blazer- March 10, 2012 at 10:15 am
Wicked late stoppage.
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