Pat Curran Expects More Fights With Patricio Freire and Daniel Straus
Posted by Joseph Lee on 09.02.2014
A lot of rematches for him...
In an interview with MMA Junkie, Bellator featherweight champion Pat Curran (20-5 MMA, 9-2 BMMA) said that he expects he will have more rematches with Patricio Freire (21-1 MMA, 9-2 BMMA) and Daniel Straus. He will fight Freire at Bellator 123 on Friday. It happens at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut. The main card airs on Spike TV.
On a fourth fight with Straus: "A fourth fight usually doesn't happen much in this sport, but that's just where we're at. Bellator is going to bring in a lot of new talent, but as of right now, my thought is ‘Pitbull' and Straus. You're definitely going to see a lot of rematches with those two. We have a lot of good guys and a lot of good up-and-comers, but right now I see them as the two kingpins."
On gaining experience: "There's always something new to learn, and you can always improve from the last performance. One thing you can take away from these rematches is to study the film to know what's working. There's a reason why you won, so there's obviously holes in their game. You've got to recognize that and capitalize on that. My fight with ‘Pitbull,' I just had to look at what was working for me, and what was not working for me; what openings did he see and he capitalize on. You can always fine-tune things to make the fight a different fight the second time around."
On Bellator's new approach: "We're putting on the best matchups. The one downfall I see as a champion is sitting on top, you won't really be able to see the tournament unfolding like they did and watch these guys come through the rankings, where their strengths and weaknesses are. But at the same time, I'm kind of glad that the tournaments are done, because I never plan on losing, but it does happen, and I don't want to go through another tournament. It's a lot of wear and tear on the body, and injuries happen a lot."