Things have worked out quite well for Pat “Paddy Mike” Curran ever since he joined Bellator’s lightweight roster.
The Illinois native has won 10 of his 11 fights under Bellator’s banner, losing only to Eddie Alvarez in 2011, capturing the promotion’s featherweight title in March 2012, successfully defending the belt twice since then against Patricio Freire and Shahbulat Shamhalaev.
Curran will look for his third successful title defense when he squares off against Daniel Straus on Nov. 2 at Bellator 106, the promotion’s fight pay-per-view event.
Curran (19-4-0, 6 submissions) and Straus (21-4-0, 5 submissions) collided back in 2009, and Paddy Mike proved to be the better fighter, knocking Straus out during the second round of their XFO 29 showdown.
Even though the fight seems to favor Curran, given the way things went down during the first fight between these two, the featherweight champion expects a much-improved Straus to show up at Bellator 106.
“He has improved tremendously. He’s a completely different fighter,” Curran responded when I reached out for his thoughts on his upcoming fight. “Our first fight was over 4 years ago so this time around is going to be a completely new fight.”
Things have indeed changed since the first time these two met.
Straus has been on a tear since then, winning 17 of his next 18 fights. Daniel still primarily relies on his wrestling to guide him to victory, but his striking has improved significantly over the years. Factor in Straus’ relentless aggression, and it’s easy to see why Curran vs. Straus landed on the main card of Bellator’s first pay-per-view event.
Curran won’t – and shouldn’t – underestimate Straus heading into Bellator 106, but he’s confident that his hands will be raised when it’s all said and done.
“You can’t really predict a fight but I’m ready for a 5 round war,” Curran added. “It would be nice to take him out early in the early rounds either by KO or Submission. Either way I’m not losing.”
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