Newport Beach, CA. – After nearly five years in the making, Bellator MMA made its long awaited debut on Spike TV in January as Bellator Featherweight Champion Pat Curran opened the night with a dominant win over star Brazilian striker Patricio Pitbull, reaching over 1.2 million viewers in the process. On April 4th, Bellator will close out its eighth season from Ovation Hall at Revel in Atlantic City, NJ as Curran once again puts his Bellator Featherweight Title on the line against relentless Daniel Straus live on Spike TV. The night will also feature the return of Tiger Schulmann products Lyman Good and Munah Holland, as well as the Bellator debut of New Jersey fan favorite Tom DeBlass.
Widely regarded as one of the top two featherweights in the world, Curran brings a dominating 18-4 record into his latest title defense, including victories over Marlon Sandro, Roger Huerta, Mike Ricci, and Straus himself, as Curran collected a knock out win over Straus early in both of their careers. Even with the victory over Straus in his back pocket, Curran is well aware both fighters have grown tremendously over the last four years.
“This may end up being the most challenging fight I’ve faced up this point,” Curran said. “Daniel is going to make for a very tough challenge, but I know what I’m capable of. I feel like I’m always growing as a fighter, and the sky is really the limit for me. I’ve got the belt, and I’m not letting anyone take it away from me.”
Highly regarded light heavyweight prospect and reigning Ring of Combat title holder Tom DeBlass has revealed that will be stepping in for an injured Jörgen Kruth to face French kickboxer Cyrille Diabate at UFC on FUEL TV 2 next weekend.
DeBlass announced the news via Facebook yesterday. The nature of Kruth's injury and wthdrawal are currently unknown at this time.
DeBlass has won all seven of his pro bouts to date. He last competed in February, submitting Randy Smith with a heel hook in the first round. His opponent, Diabate, has split his four UFC buts thus far, alternating wins over Luiz Cane and Steve Cantwell with losses at the hands of Alexander Gustafsson and Anthony Perosh.