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Bellator 60 will feature Team Curran’s Pat Curran fighting Joe Warren for the Bellator featherweight title, as well as many other local fighters. Here’s a preview of what’s on the card when it all goes down at the Horseshoe Casino in Hammond on Friday night.

Curran Will Hoist Belt

Joe Warren may be the self-proclaimed “Baddest Man on the Planet”, but he’d be hard-pressed to find someone that agrees with that statement. Warren will also be making his first appearance in the cage after getting knocked out by Alexis Vila, and strange things happen to fighters after getting wrecked for the first time.

Pat Curran has excellent take down defense, and will be the bigger, stronger and more-skilled fighter. I will be stunned if Curran doesn’t take the belt, and mildly surprised if he doesn’t KO Warren within two rounds.

The Return of McCorkle

Sean McCorkle comes back to town, or at least close to it for a fight against Richard White, who he’s been referring to as “Dick White” on the UG, as well as getting into it with UFC fighter Tim Hague.

McCorkle is trying to fight his way back into the UFC, and we last saw him fight locally at Chicago Cagefighting Championship IV when he submitted Justin Grizzard in the first round. White shouldn’t pose much of a problem — he’s lost 10 of his last 12 fights.

Corey Gets Tourney Shot

Team Curran’s Mike Corey replaced injured Wagnney Fabiano in the Bellator featherweight tourney, taking on Ronnie Mann in first round action. Corey was initally scheduled to fight Bobby Reardanz, but was moved into the tourney when Fabiano got hurt.

Corey has a fantastic ground game and is a vet of the IFL and XFO. He fought to a draw with Chris Horodecki at Bellator 57 and hasn’t lost a fight since 2007. Mann will try and exact some revenge on Team Curran after getting booted from the summer series tourney by losing to Pat Curran.

Local Fighters

There will be plenty of local fighters to root for in Hammond. Here’s a rundown.

Bobby Reardanz will take on submission ace Kenny Foster. Reardanz is a staple on the local scene, having fought at XFO, TFC, CCC, HFC, Ruckus and Cut Throat. Don’t be fooled by Reardanz’s 8-10 record. He’s a very skilled fighter and has beaten tough fighters like Gilbert Grappling’s Adam Ward, MTC’s Dennis Dombrow and Randy Fuentes. He’s won two straight fights via submission and we could see a ground clinic by Foster and him on Friday night.

NAGA medalist and Torres Martial Arts fighter Anthony Gomez will definitely have the crowd behind him when he takes on veteran Travis Wiuff. Gomez will try to shake off the rust of a 21-month layoff to score a win against the well-traveled Wiuff.

Wiuff looked excellent in his 205 debut against Christian M’Pumbu at Bellator 55, and he has won 3 straight fights. Gomez has won 5 straight fights after dropping his pro debut. He last beat Lew Polley at HFC 4 in June, 2010, and has three wins in the TFC.

A pair of Indiana fighters will do battle when C3 and TFC vet Josh Shockley takes on former UFC fighter Shamar Bailey.

Shockley has won two straight, including a win over Mike Santiago at CCC IV, since his loss to Toby Imada at Bellator 36. Bailey won his only fight since departing the UFC after his loss to Danny Castillo.

Two local fighters will both make their pro debuts when XFO amateur featherweight champion Cory Galloway takes on Cut Throat bantamweight champ Jake Nauracy. Both fighters were undefeated in their amateur careers: Team Curran’s Galloway at 4-0, and Nauracy at 8-0.

Total Fight Challenge vet Eric Oria will make his pro debut against Lance Surma. Surma won his pro debut in October, and fought as an amateur in the XFO, Fight Card and Lockdown in Lowell.

You can catch the prelim fights at Spike.com, and watch the main cardas the action happens live on MTV 2.

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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