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Tough Month for the Curran Cousins

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Pat Curran vs. Patricio "Pitbull" Friere

It’s been a tough month for the Curran cousins.

Jeff Curran was scheduled to make his flyweight debut at XFO’s annual Outdoor War on Saturday, but had to withdraw due to injuries.

More bad news came when Pat Curran was injured during a sparring session, suffering a fractured orbital bone that will force him to postpone his Bellator 73 title fight against Patricio “Pitbull” Friere.

“It’s an incredibly frustrating injury, especially to happen so close to the fight, but these things happen,” Curran told ESPN.com. “I can honestly say I’m in the best shape of my life, but injuries happen and once I heal up, I’m going to continue to train and come back stronger than ever to defend the Bellator featherweight title.”

Curran has been dominating opponents since dropping to featherweight after his five-round title fight with Eddie Alvarez last year.

He submitted Luis Palomino with a Peruvian Necktie at Bellator 46, bested Ronnie Mann by unanimous decision at Bellator 47, knocked out Marlon Sandro with a head kick at Bellator 48 and knocked out Joe Warren after throwing him a vicious beating at Bellator 60 in Hammond to take the featherweight title.

So both Curran fighters will have to play the waiting game before they get back into the cage. Jeff wants back in the UFC at flyweight and Pat wants to make his first title defense.

About Matt Lo Cascio

Matt Lo Cascio is the co-founder and editor of Chicago's MMA. He is the former play-by-play announcer for the XFO and other organizations, and he has been published by ESPN.com, DraftKings, The Comeback, FanSided, and more.

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