When it comes to Bellator’s upcoming debut on PPV there was initially some criticism around the idea of booking UFC veterans Tito Ortiz–Quinton Jackson in the main event based on each man being well past his prime. However, the organization is also making sure to feature a few rising stars on the show to appease hardcore fans.
Already set for a title-defense from lightweight champion Michael Chandler, the November 2 lineup will host featherweight king Pat Curran putting his gold up for grabs as well with tournament-winner Daniel Straus serving as his foe.
“I’ve been with Bellator since the beginning, and seen my career grow as Bellator has. It means the world to me to be able to defend my title on our first Pay-Per-View, especially with such a tough fight ahead of me,” said Curran in a press release announcing the bout. “I’m not taking Straus lightly. He is an incredibly tough featherweight, and I’m not even thinking about our first fight in 2009, we are two totally different guys right now. This card is stacked, and I want to give Bellator and all our fans a great show.”
Curran holds an overall record of 19-4. He is currently on a six-fight winning streak with finishes of Marlon Sandro, Shahbulat Shamhalaev, and Joe Warren. Meanwhile, the 21-4 Straus has come out with his hand raised in 17 of 18 efforts since being knocked out by Curran back in 2009.
Bellator: Rampage vs. Tito will mark the return of former 155-pound champ Eddie Alvarez who faces Chandler in a rematch of their classic from a few years back. Light heavyweights Muhammed Lawal-Emanuel Newton will also square off on the card with an interim strap on the line.