Rising lightweight star Pat Curran will finally receive the title-shot he earned last year with a series of wins against Mike Ricci, Roger Huerta, and Toby Imada over Bellator Season 2. Curran was originally set to face divisional champ Eddie Alvarez in October before a shoulder injury forced him to withdraw in a move ultimately setting up Alvarez’s one-sided scrap with Huerta at Bellator 33.
According to a report from MMAFighting citing CEO Bjorn Rebney, the Bellator 39 match-up will take place on April 2 with Sherdog later naming the venue as being the Mohegan Sun Arena in Connecticut as well as the lightweight title’s involvement. Five Ounces of Pain has since confirmed those things with a source close to the organization.
Curran is 13-3 in a three-year career and has emerged winner six of the last seven times he’s fought. A grappler with improving hands, nearly half of the 23-year old’s victories have been the result of judging with four submissions and three TKOs to his credit as well.
The 21-2 Alvarez is considered to be among the top three lightweights in MMA and should enter the bout as a considerable favorite based on his past finishes of respected competitors such as Huerta, Imada, Joachim Hansen, Josh Neer, and Tatsuya Kawajiri. Nineteen of his twenty-one wins have seen their conclusion come prior to the end of the allotted time frame.
Their bout, as can all Bellator Season 4 action, is expected to take place live on MTV2.