Pat Curran is the current Bellator Featherweight World Champion. He made his professional mixed martial arts debut in 2008, earning his stripes on the Midwest scene. After just two years of competition, he was invited to enter a 155-pound Bellator tournament in April 2010. He shut down UFC veteran and heavy tournament favorite Roger Huerta en route to winning the Season 2 Lightweight Tournament. After falling short in his title shot against Eddie Alvarez, he moved to the featherweight division.
Down at 145 pounds, Curran won the inaugural Summer Series tournament. Curran became the first and only fighter in Bellator history to win two tournaments in separate weight classes. In his featherweight title shot, he knocked out Joe Warren in the third round to win the featherweight championship. He successfully defended his title against Patricio Pitbull in January 2013. Curran was next scheduled to face Bellator Season Six Featherweight Tournament winner Daniel Straus at Bellator 95, but a broken hand forced Straus to withdraw and in stepped the Season Seven Tournament winner, Russian fighter Shahbulat Shamhalaev. Curran submitted Shamhalaev with a guillotine choke in the first round.
Record: 19-4 (5 KOs, 6 subs)
Championships and Accolates:
Bellator Featherweight World Champion
Bellator Season 2 Lightweight Tournament Champion
Bellator Summer Series 1 Featherweight Tournament Champion
Bazzie Awards Winner Submission of the Year (2011)
Bazzie Awards Nominee Knockout Kick of the Year (2011)