Bellator MMA’s pay-per-view debut keeps getting better with the addition of a featherweight title fight between champion Pat Curran and Season 6 tournament champion Daniel Straus. Bellator MMA officials announced the move earlier today via press release.
The bout will see one of Bellator’s most talented fighters take on a dangerous challenger in a bout that is sure to spark some fireworks. Curran has not lost a fight since before he dropped to featherweight after coming up short against Eddie Alvarez at lightweight.
“I’ve been with Bellator since the beginning, and seen my career grow as Bellator has,” Curran said. “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. 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.”
Straus is a two-time finalist and Season 6 champion of Bellator MMA’s tournament format and has also had to overcome injuries, and some self-inflicted wounds, en route to his title shot. A strong wrestler with an ever-evolving striking game, Straus is sure to push Curran when they face off this November.
Bellator MMA will make its PPV debut on November 2 with Quinton “Rampage” Jackson taking on Tito Ortiz in the main event. In a rematch of their 2011 “Fight of the Year” nominee, former champion Eddie Alvarez will return to the promotion against champion Michael Chandler in the co-main event. The fight card will air live via PPV from the Long Beach Arena in Long Beach, California. More bouts are expected to be announced in the coming weeks.