Bellator featherweight champ Pat Curran knows what’s like to be a fighter chasing one of the organization’s belts. The 25-year old emerged as winner in a lightweight tournament a few years back, falling to Eddie Alvarez in a title-fight, and then repeated the process at 145 pounds only to go on and beat Joe Warren to lay claim to the title.
With one successful defense under his belt already, Curran is poised to put his gold up for grabs against Shabulat Shamhalaev (12-1-1) tomorrow night at Bellator 95. Curran recently spoke to MMAWeekly about the tilt, explaining the time he’s spent on both sides of the equation should aid him at the event in terms of exiting the cage with his reign intact.
“Going into this fight, this is my fourth title fight with Bellator, and I’m very confident with my experience going into this fight. I’ve been through a couple five-round wars and I know what it’s like to fight 25 minutes and prepare for it and not wear myself out,” said Curran, also adding, “I’ve been in everyone else’s shoes and I know what they’ve been through and what they’re going through and what they want. Everybody wants what I have right now.”
Of course, the 18-4 Curran isn’t looking to step down as divisional king anytime soon.
“I worked really hard to get where I’m at. I put a lot of hours in the gym and a lot of time into things and I’m definitely not going to let go of things easily,” stated Curran. “You’re going to have to pretty much kill me to take (the championship) away from me.”
Curran has won nine of his last ten tilts with the loss to Alvarez serving as his only blemish. In addition to Warren, Curran also holds past victories over Marlon Sandro, Patricio Freire, and Roger Huerta.
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