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Pat Curran Finishes Joe Warren, Becomes New Bellator Featherweight Champ

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Pat Curran finishes Joe Warren at Bellator 60

Pat Curran put on an amazing display of striking, mixed with patience and savvy to knock out Joe Warren and win the Bellator featherweight title in Hammond on Friday night.

Curran took his time and measured Warren for most of the first round. When the moment was right, Curran unleashed a series of strikes that stunned the champion and dropped him. Warren was able to get up, but he wobbled around the cage while Curran stalked him. It looked as if the fight was going to be finished right there, but Warren survived the round.

Earlier in the round Warren got the fight to the ground but was unable to do much damage. Curran continually moved to the cage and wall-walked back to his feet, nullifying the champion’s takedowns.

In round two, Warren was again able to take down Curran and was the aggressor in the round. He did a fine job of limiting Curran’s space, and controlled the pace of the round.

But Curran’s patience served him well again early in the third when he let loose what seemed like an unending series of uppercuts, crosses and flying knees on Warren, who looked to be out on his feet. The ref finally stepped in and mercifully ended it at 1:25 of the round.

“I wanted to wait and take my time,” Curran said about his gameplan for Warren, mentioning that he did not do that in his win against Luis Palomino.

“It’s a dream come true. It’s only the beginning,” Curran said.

Curran improved to 17-4 as a pro, and thrilled Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney in the process. “What a night here at The Venue here in Hammond,” said Rebney. “With a sellout crowd in Bellator’s backyard, Pat Curran cemented his name as one of the best featherweights on the planet and is our new Bellator Featherweight Champion.”

Curran will now defend his title against tournament winner Patricky Pitbull. “I’m very excited,” said a smiling Curran. “I just got this belt and I’m not planning on getting rid of it anytime soon.”

About Matt Lo Cascio

Matt Lo Cascio is a former TV producer who turned to new media in 2005, and he is the co-founder and editor of Chicago's MMA. He is also the play-by-play announcer for the XFO. His work has been published by ESPN.com, DraftKings, The Comeback, FanSided and more.

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