Despite making a name for himself in Bellator as a lightweight, Bellator announced yesterday that Season Two Lightweight Tournament winner Pat Curran will drop to featherweight to enter the upcoming Summer Series Featherweight Tournament. The tournament is scheduled to kick off June 25 at Bellator 46 at the Seminole Hard Rock in Hollywood, Florida. The winner will receive a shot at Joe Warren for the Bellator Featherweight title.
In a press release sent out by Bellator, Pat Curran issued the following statement: “I’ve fought at featherweight for most of my career, so I’m really excited to get back to a weight class where I can really do some damage…I had some great results as a lightweight, but I’m really going to make some noise in this summer featherweight tournament.” Curran’s Cinderella run through the season two lightweight tournament was followed up by a decision loss to Eddie Alvarez back at Bellator 39. Despite the loss, Curran showed a lot of heart throughout the fight, avoiding Eddie’s takedowns and absorbing a lot of damage while attempting to mount his own offense.
As for his competition, according to that same press release, “The Season 5 Featherweight Tournament is shaping up to be one of Bellator’s most competitive tournaments to date, with Sengoku veteran and Bellator 42 competitor Ronnie Mann, and Brazilian knockout artist Marlon Sandro as possible participants in the summer tournament, with additional fighter announcements coming shortly.” In other words, Ronnie Mann is expected to crush some cupcake tonight in his Bellator debut before entering the tournament. Normally I’d be skeptical of announcing a fighter’s participation in the tournament before his warm-up fight, but it looks like Bellator made sure that there are zero chances of Ronnie Mann losing. If I’m wrong, then I’m sure it’ll be just as fun to watch 6-9-0 journeyman Josh Arocho in the tournament. Tune in to Bellator 42 tonight to see how this one plays out.