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Jeff Curran Talks About His Three Fighters Competing At Bellator

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Jeff Curran may have a fight coming up, but that isn’t preventing him from doing another job he loves and that is coaching. Team Curran has three fighters competing at Bellator 60 on Friday March 9 at the Horseshoe Casino in Hammond Indiana. Curran gives his thoughts on Cory Galloway’s professional debut, Mike Corey dropping weight and his cousin Pat Curran’s title fight.

XFO Leads Pack With Seven Veterans Fighting At Bellator 60

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The longest running promotion in the state of Illinois can say that they are able to send fighters onto the big show. On Friday March 9 at the Horseshoe Casino in Hammond Indiana, Bellator 60 takes place and seven of the twenty-two fighters have fought under the XFO Banner with three of those on the main card.

On the main card Pat Curran will get his chance to bring home the first world title to Team Curran while his teammate Mike Corey looks to upset Ronnie Mann as a late replacement entry into the season six tournament. A fighter whom many are calling the dark horse of the featherweight tournament, Daniel Straus, is looking to make another impact on the field of fighters in his second tournament go-around.

On the undercard three veterans of the sport are trying to improve their records. Travis Wiuff will be taking on Anthony Gomez in what could potentially be a tournament qualifier for the next light heavyweight tournament.

Richard White will be competing in a 280lb catchweight bout against Sean McCorkle and look to snap a three-fight losing streak. White suffered his second loss of his career at XFO 30 and followed it up with a five fight win streak.

Bobby Reardanz has competed under the XFO banner five times prior to getting the call to fight for Bellator. He is currently on a two-fight win streak for the first time in nearly two years.

Finally making his professional debut, Cory Galloway will be taking on Jake Nauracy in the bantamweight division. Galloway and Nauracy were both champions in different organizations and surprisingly their paths hadn’t crossed as amateurs.

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Three former Cut Throat MMA Title Holders Fighting At Bellator 60

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Cut Throat MMA LogoWhen people think of MMA they tend to only think about the major promotions like UFC, Strikeforce and Bellator. But the thing that nearly everyone forgets is that fighters have to start out fighting somewhere as amateurs before going professional. It’s on these events in front of hundreds not tens of thousands of fans that they gain their experience and hone their skills.

For one Chicago based promotion, three of their former champions are looking to shine at Bellator 60. Anthony Gomez, Lance Surma and Jake Nauracy all competed for and won their respective weight class titles for Cut Throat MMA.

Gomez was the former light heavyweight champ and will be fighting veteran and journeyman fighter Travis Wiuff.

Surma and Nauracy are both vacating their titles for their professional debuts. Surma will be taking on Eric Oria while Naruacy takes on Cory Galloway.

Bellator 60 takes place on Friday, March 9th at the Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, Indiana.

Bellator Featherweight Tournament Preview

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Bellator 60 Poster

Bellator’s Season 6 Featherweight Tournament is setting out in its quarterfinal stage at Bellator 60. The new tournament begins under a headliner of season 5 summer series winner Pat Curran’s title shot against Joe Warren. Season 6 kicks off as Marlon Sandro faces off against Roberto Vargas, Mike Corey takes on Ronnie Mann, Alexandre Bezerra fights Kenny Foster, and Daniel Straus faces Jeremy Spoon.

In the season 5 “Summer Series” featherweight tournament, the bracket narrowed down to Curran vs Sandro. The fight was an instant Bellator classic, as Curran cracked Sandro with a second round head-kick, ending the tournament via knockout. The stoppage fueled a fire under Sandro, who has since finished Rafael Dias in the first round via submission.

Curran picked Sandro as his favorite to win the tournament. It is a popular pick, as Sandro seems to be the most veteran fighter in the bracket. Sandro holds an amazing 20-3 record, mostly built up of knockouts and submissions. He will face a stiff test in 12-1 Vargas, who is a submission specialist himself with four submission stoppages to his credit.

Ronnie Mann was originally scheduled to fight Waggney Fabiano, but Fabiano had to pull out of the contest due to injury. Now Mann squares off against a team Curran stand-out, Mike Corey. A high school wrestler, Corey uses that base along with stellar Jiu-Jitsu to win fights. He is up against the greatest test of his career as he faces a tall task in Mann. Making it to the semifinals of season 5’s tournament, Mann lost a decision to Curran. He has since rebounded with a win over Kenny Foster, and is considered a high seed in the tournament.

Alexandre Bezerra is a man on a mission. He flys into this tournament with four Bellator wins at his back. The submission specialist has forced eight opponents to surrender via tap-out, and hopes to keep his streak going against Kenny Foster. Foster was originally slated to fight on the under-card, but was bumped up into the tournament after weigh-in issues forced Genair Da Silva off of the card. It would be the biggest upset of any if Foster can pull off a win against Bezerra.
Daniel Straus is another impressive record holder on this card at 21-4. Despite being a wrestler at heart, Straus has finished many opponents via TKO. He holds a 3-1 record in Bellator, dropping his most recent Bellator fight to Patrico Freire. He is slated against a ground expert in Jeremy Spoon. Spoon has finished eight of his twelve fights by submission, with an overall record of 12-0. This is a drop down in weight for Spoon, who usually fights at 155 pounds. Straus is certainly the toughest test in Spoons short but successful career, but he stands a solid chance, and Spoon could easily be the dark horse in this tournament.

Bobby Reardanz to Meet Kenny Foster At Bellator 60

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After an injury forced Wagnney Fabiano out of his bout against Ronnie Mann, Bobby Reardanz’s original opponent Mike Corey was asked to fill the tournament slot. This left Reardanz without an opponent for the season six card. Bellator officials moved quickly and stepping in to fight Reardanz is Bellator season four semi-finalist Kenny Foster.

Foster got the chance to compete in the season four tournament after defeating Lester Caslow. In the quarterfinals he defeated Eric Larkin with a guillotine choke in the first round. He then fought a hard battle with Daniel Straus at Bellator 41 before losing to a guillotine himself.

Foster was given a second chance to enter the tournament at Bellator 53 when he took on Ronnie Mann. Mann overwhelmed Foster early in the fight and didn’t let up. Foster received his first ever back-to-back losses in just under four minutes. After the loss Foster fought outside of Bellator losing a unanimous decision.

Reardanz meanwhile is riding a two-fight win streak into the contest.  In his last fight Reardanz was able to submit a very game Dennis Dombrow at Chicago Cagefighting Championship 4 with an arm bar. Prior to his victories, Reardanz ran into a run of bad luck going 2-9 in his last eleven fights. To his credit the losses came against tough competition like Vince Ramos, Will Brooks, Andy Main, Matt Fiordirosa and Peter Grimes.

Bellator 60 takes place at the Horseshoe Casino in Hammond Indiana on Friday March 9th.

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Recapping with Anthony Birchak – I Am Ready

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Anthony Birchak - photo by KatPhoto

Anthony Birchak - photo by KatPhoto

Anthony Birchak is extremely new to the sport of Mixed Martial Arts. Having his first fight in 2009, he quickly rose to local stardom with four straight victories, finishing all four of his opponents. When Bellator held their 41st event in Arizona, Birchak was asked to compete on the undercard. The victory propelled him to a fight for Rage in the Cage and then a fight in Brazil. Now, BAMMA USA has called on him to fight for their show on March 16 in southern California. MMA Recap caught up with Birchak to discuss his career, traveling, his family and more.

What got you into fighting?
Well I have been wrestling since I was five. I did free-style Greco. I was Greco All American and national champ. I started wrestling at Tema Collage and saw that Tema had a pedigree of wrestlers; Drew Fickett, James Terry, Jamie Varner, Jesse Forbes, Efrain Escudero. I think that like eight of the ten guys on our wrestling team went to the big show and I was like, these guys do what I do and I have been wrestling a lot longer than they have. I jumped on the bandwagon and about 2008 I started training with Fickett for jiu jitsu. I had my first fight in 2009. I told my brother and my mom that I wanted to be able to say I have the experience of doing it one time. Next thing I know I got the bug and I haven’t been able to quit.

Looking over your career you have fought for a number of organizations, which one so far was your favorite to fight for?
Hands down Bellator. They had everything popping and locking. All these other shows there’s always a hiccup. There wasn’t any issue with Bellator. I was really impressed with the way that Rebney handled everything and even the guys under him were professional and had everything going real fast. I was blown away. I knew that was the kind of organization I wanted to be a part of.

You have a win at Bellator 41 over Tyler Bialecki. Was this a fight to earn a multi-fight Bellator contract?
When I took that fight Sherdog had me as a 4-0 pro, and another site had me at 3-0. At the time I was 3-0 and he was 7-3. I was kind of intimidated cause he had a lot more time than I did. To say that, that fight should have earned me a multi fight contract, no I don’t. I think I should have fought one or two more times on the undercard and I would love to do the tournament. When we talked about it, I told them that right now I was working two jobs and I was bar tending and got my son. I have child support and I am just not in the spot mentally to make that type of commitment to be that high of a fighter where I could just quit everything and focus on the tournament. Right now, I am ready and if they asked me to be apart of the tournament I would sign easy.

You recently suffered your first loss at Amazon Forest Combat to George Clay, how’d that fight play out and what you were able to take away from that loss?
The entire experience was kind of a nightmare. Drew approached me with this thing and it is not to talk bad at all about my management or Jason. The whole process of getting to Brazil was a f***ing nightmare. I had to pay $2,000 to get my passport released because of Arizona child support laws. They wouldn’t let me leave the country without first paying my rears. Thank God I have the angel of the aunt that I do who fronted me the money. I went to the state and gave them the money. I begged and pleaded with my baby’s momma to tell the state I was going down for work. I said I would pay her off and then some. It was just a headache.

I didn’t get my passport until the day before I got on the plane to go to Brazil. So not only was I not focused on purely training, I had a great camp don’t get me wrong. But my mind wasn’t strictly in the gym. I am talking to Chambers who is this guy I met through Drew. We formally hadn’t met yet. We had talked on the phone. Drew came to me and was like this is an opportunity. Sign this contract and use this agency that I am with. You are family, we are going to stay in the same family. I took Drew’s word for it. I signed the papers. Like I said, the passport was an absolute nightmare.

We get to Brazil and the entire weigh-in was great. Come fight time I felt focused, like I was supposed to be there. As soon as I walked out and heard those 15,000 people screaming I knew I was supposed to be there. There was no jitters, nothing. Maybe that was the bad part. Usually I go out into the fight and am a little nervous. This time I went out and knew what I wanted to do and how I wanted to execute it. I stepped into the cage and I threw a couple combos. He kicked me. Now when I re-watch the film I know there were some things I should have done. I went for a real stupid short choke submission and I should have defended the takedown. When a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt gets your back in Brazil, count your blessings if you get him off your back once. I let the guy have my back twice. He ended up getting a choke and I had said to myself that if he got it I was going to go to sleep. But it was straight up on the esophagus and I was forced to tap.

After my first amateur loss I went on a six-fight win streak and I changed my game up. I realized that I am decent at what I do as a fighter and could be great. Now with my first loss as a pro, I am changing my game once again. The entire thing is that Ed West, George Roop, Chris Cariaso, all those guys have been my training partners. They are all putting their little spins on my technique. I am teaching them wrestling, they are teaching me how to strike properly. I want to thank Ed West for all his improvements. I feel super confident. I am going into this fight with Chad George and I feel well rounded.

You are fighting on March 16 for BAMMA USA against Chad George. What are your thoughts on him? He has you on the experience edge with nearly three times the number of fights you have had. Does that come into your game planning at all when you fight a guy like that?
The guy has more experience for sure and it is just going to be like another day at the office for him. But this is still something I am really fresh at. I could quit tomorrow and it would be like it was something I just gave up on or I could keep going. I know more about Scott Jorgensen (who George fought) because he was a PAC 10 wrestler. He’s an amazing wrestler. I think what he did to George is what I am going to do. It’s what I plan to do. I am going to come out and strike with him and as soon as he shoots I plan to take his neck and choke him out. We are taught to take the neck, take the back and that’s the gameplan.

Where are you training out of?
I was with Fickett at his Team Scrub which is like his hillbilly training outside his house. He’s got some tires and free weights. He turned his little carport into a wrestling room. But now I am full time since the fight in Brazil at Apex Mixed Martial Arts. We have George Roop, Ed West, Chris Cariso, and a lot of hungry fighters. It’s been a good spot for me.

What are your goals for 2012?
I would like to be in the UFC. That’s the cap on anyone’s career. I want to win another region world championship and move up to the big show. I want to put a real roof over my son’s head and that’s it.

What do you like to do when you aren’t training?
I don’t really not train. My downtime I take my kid to Peter Piper a lot. I spend time with my boy and he gives me a lot of insight on myself. Being a young father has been really awakening. Anytime I spend with him is well cherished.

How old is he?
He will be four in March. The s**t that comes out of his mouth is amazing. I think one, two, and four are the greatest stages. Cause one they are walking around, two the terrible two’s weren’t really there. He was pretty chill. Then at four, the things that come out of his mouth amaze me. His concept of everything is mind blowing.

What’s your favorite breakfast cereal?
Off brand breakfast cereal called Oh’s. It would scratch the roof of your mouth. But it was the most tasty thing. It was like an O like a Cherrio, but inside it has like three little round balls that are different colors. It’s the one I always go back to. It’s hard to find in Tuscan. I think there’s like one or two off market stores. Anytime my mom finds it she buys like six or seven boxes.

Where can the fans find you at?
Find me on twitter @abirchakmma, Facebook I have a fan page under Anthony Birchak. And also on neverscaredmma. They have some stuff on me.

Any sponsors or people you want to thank?
Drew Ficket he’s the one that got me into this, my brothers, my mother, Jaco has been a huge help, my girlfriend Mercedes White. She hustles harder than anyone I know. She’s been getting me sponsors here and there and media blasts me. She has her own media company called Luta Elite.

Will the UFC buy out Bellator at some point?

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This week’s Ask MMA Recap question comes to us from Sean Dunn and asks an intriguing question. Sean asks, “Do you think the UFC will buy out Bellator at some point?”

With Dana White recently stating that he has no problems with Bellator and that he only goes after promotions that “start a fight”, one could think that the two promotions will co-exist for a while. But will that happen?

From what is known about Bellator, their financial situation is just ok at this point in time. All reports indicate that they aren’t losing money, but they aren’t making any either which is a dangerous line to be one. Thankfully Bellator was able to get to this point relatively early in its life.

Bellator’s roster has some great talent on it’s roster which makes the property somewhat valuable. Their champs like Hector Lombard, Eddie Alvarez, and Ben Askren could be good additions as well as fighters such as Pat Curran, Michael Chandler, and Ben Saunders.

The UFC has in the past bought out a promotion just to acquire a talent or two (WFA), but do they really need to have the fighters listed above fighting inside the octagon?

There’s obviously only two choices here, the UFC buys them, or they don’t. If Bellator keeps chugging along doing what they are doing without causing any controversy then they will maintain their number two status in the mma world.

But there’s two ways that the UFC could take notice and decide to squash Bellator: Bellator starts talking a lot of trash about the UFC or signs a big name fighter that the UFC was trying to sign (think Strikeforce getting Fedor) or Bellator’s financials don’t improve and the promotion has no choice but to sell (again, think Strikeforce).

Which scenario is most likely? In my opinion, it is that in the long run, unfortunately, the money is going to run out. Bellator is looking to put on around thirty shows a year with two full seasons of tournaments and one or two “summer/winter series” tournaments.

Just off of those tournaments alone the cost to just pay the winning fighters is around $250,000 per tournament. With four tournaments per season, plus two additional tournaments for the series events, we are looking at around $2.5 million just for the tournament winners per year.

That number doesn’t include any of the fighters who lose, it also doesn’t include any super fights or title fights or any of the undercard. It also doesn’t include any costs to run an event such as announcers, producers, athletic commissions, and so forth.

These estimated numbers are on the low end considering several reports about Bellator’s demise had the cost per show ranging from $200,000-$500,000. When there’s only a couple thousand fans (if that) in attendance, the live gate is not making up those costs.

Bellator has investors, and eventually if it doesn’t start to turn a profit, they will look to sell. It’s at this point that I can see the UFC purchasing the promotion for the contracts of roughly fifteen fighters, while the rest will likely be let go. Let’s not kid ourselves and think that Zuffa will want to run Bellator as a separate promotion like they said they were with Strikeforce.

I will say that I hope that Bellator is able to find a way to turn a profit soon. They put on a great show, have some fantastic talent, and it is ok to be the number two promotion. They will have to move to a different day of the week in order to avoid being counter programmed all the time by the UFC, but I think it can work.

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Recapping With Daniel Straus – I Want To Make My Own Name

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Daniel StrausDaniel Straus got his first shot at fighting for Bellator at Bellator 23 in June of 2010.  The fight with Hinton was not a tournament qualifier but Straus impressed the powers that be at Bellator that he was a worthy fighter.  Winning two more fights after his first Bellator fight, made him an easy pick to be apart of season 4’s featherweight tournament.  MMA Recap’s Brent Todd caught up with Straus to talk about his participation in the tournament.

How’d you get into fighting?
A friend of mine introduced me to it.  He asked me to come down to his gym and asked me to take a fight.  Me and him were old wrestling buddies and after I took that fight I was introduced to a guy named Rod Housley.  He owns Vision MMA and I came in, started training, and that’s how I started fighting.

You competed previously for Bellator at Bellator 23 against Chad Hinton.  Was that a qualifier fight to enter the tournament?
I believe that was just a one fight deal and wasn’t a qualifier.  After fighting Chad I spoke to Rod and was really excited about the win and wanted to try to fight for them again.  He took steps to prepare me and to try to get me into the tournament.  Eventually I got the call.

What was your thought when you were offered a chance to compete in the tournament for season 4?
I was thrilled.  I honestly didn’t believe I would get it.  There’s a lot of tough guys out there; there’s a lot of tough 145ers out there.  When Rod called me he said I got a huge deal.  I was like “What’s that?” and he said “You want to fight in the Bellator tournament”.  I was like hell yeah.  It’s something that I couldn’t believe.

This years featherweight tournament has some big names including finalist Patricio Pitbull, Wilson Reis, and Georgi Karakhanyan.  What are your thoughts on the class of fighters?
There’s a lot of tough guys in there.  A lot of well known guys.  I feel like right now I am at the bottom of the pit.  A lot of these guys don’t know me.  I feel like as long as I can come in and do my job and make my own name for myself then I should do well.

Any particular opponent that you want to face first in the tournament?
Not a particular guy.  I want to fight who they put in front of me.  Whether it is the lowest guy in the bracket or the highest guy.  It doesn’t matter.

The obvious goal is to make it to the finals, who do you see across from you in the finals?
Honestly I have been asked this and my answer has been it can be any of the other seven guys in the tournament.  Each guy has their own qualities to beat the next guy.  Each guy has the strength and ability to win.  Seeing who is going to be in the finals is going to be fun.  I know it is going to have a bunch of tough fighters.

What are your thoughts on current champion Joe Warren?
I think Joe is a tough guy.  He has a lot of holes just like a lot of guys.  I really don’t know much.  I have seen him fight before; we fought on the same card when I fought Chad.  I feel like he deserved the win and deserved the belt.  So now he is the champ and has the target on his back.  He’s the guy everyone is going to go after.

What about the tournament format do you like the most?
Quick fights.  I am a guy who is a big fan of quick fights.  My turn around time is about two-four weeks.  And that’s what this tournament gives me.  It keeps me active and that’s what I like.  I like to fight at least once a month.  Being in this tournament, even if it is only so many fights, if I keep winning, I keep fighting.

Do you plan to train anything different because of the tournament format and fighting three times in twelve weeks?
No I am going to keep training the way I have been training.  I train for each fight individually.  I can’t look past anybody and I can’t underestimate anyone.  I am trying to always train in all aspects of the sport.

Are you worried at all about injuries or other hinderances of the tournament?
No not necessarily.  Just being a fighter you are banged up all the time.  I am dealing with injuries now.  I was dealing with injuries last month, and I will be dealing with them next week, next month.  We will always have to deal with them.  It’s how you bounce back from those injuries and accepting what’s wrong with you and moving on.  Some guys fight with broken hands and can beat a guy with a broken hand.  Some guys will have a pinched nerve and can’t do anything.  It all depends on how you feel in your mind and what you do with it.  In my mind there’s not a broken bone or detached limb that will stop me from fighting.

You’ve competed numerous times for the Chicago based XFO.  I have to ask, what’s it been like fighting for them?
I love XFO.  I love all those guys, Dan Lardy, Jeff Curran and everyone who puts on that show.  I like the people out there.  I have met a lot of people out there.  My friend Junior and his wife Tracey I first met them fighting at an XFO fight.  We’ve become best friends now.  XFO has always been a great place for me to fight.  They’ve always brought me great fighters and tough fighters.  

I couldn’t help but notice that one of your losses was to current Bellator title contender Pat Curran.  Ever hope get a rematch against him even though you are in different weight classes?
Yeah definitely man.  Pat is a great dude, a great athlete.  He’s a hard worker and a really good guy.  I got the chance to hang out with him.  Even just outside of that, every one of us would like to avenge a loss on our record.  If I ever got the chance I would like to fight him again.

Looking back at your career, which fight was your favorite?
I think my favorite fight would have been either the Chad Hinton fight in Bellator or my last fight Karen Darabedyan at Shark Fights.

Which fight did you learn the most from?
All of them.  Every fight I have I come out the cage shaking my head.  I might be happy, but when we get back to the locker room or home, I am always thinking there is more I could have done.  Especially my Hinton fight.  Everyone was like “hey you controlled him and dominated him all three rounds” but it was sloppy to me.  There were things I could have done a lot better.  There were things I could have done that I didn’t train on.  It’s a constant growth.  I am always really hard on myself and always expecting myself to do better.  In this game if you are satisfied with your wins that you have, then you are only satisfied with being as good as you are.  I am not trying to be as good as I am right now, I am trying to be better than what I am right now.  And when I get better than what I am right now, I want to be better than that.

Where are you currently training out of?
Vision MMA in Cincinnati, Ohio

What do you like to do when you aren’t fighting?
I spend a lot of time just chilling.  I have a lot of friends, but I just chill at home.  I like to spend time with my nieces who are a big part of my family.

What’s your favorite cereal?
Honey Combs.  I really like Honey Combs.

Any sponsors you want to thank?
I want to thank Everybody’s Health and Doctor Boynton for helping me out a lot.  I would like to thank the guys up there at Decan Orthopedics.  Also everyone back home and at the gym, my friends and family.

Recapping With Pat Curran – I Felt Like I needed to prove myself

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Bellator featherweight Pat CurranPat Curran wasn’t a very big name outside of the midwest before April of this year.  But all of that changed when he entered and won the season two Bellator lightweight tournament.  After fighting three times in six weeks with victories over Mike Ricci, Roger Huerta and finally Toby Imada, Curran was taking some much needed rest.  MMA Recap’s Brent Todd caught up with him and his cousin Jeff Curran to talk a bit about his career and the Bellator tournament.

How’d you get into fighting?
Pretty much Jeff.  He’s the reason I started.  He saw that I had potential when I was still in high school and he stayed on top of it.  He was always trying to get me to move up here to train and it eventually worked.

What was going on when Bellator called and said they wanted you to be a part of their season 2 tournament?
I couldn’t pass it up.  Originally I was an alternate going into that.  Someone got injured with a knee injury and I was brought in as a replacement.  When we heard of the opportunity and couldn’t pass it up.

Jeff Curran: Quick note on that. That was Mike Corey who has fought for the XFO.  I (suckerpunchmma) manage Mike and we were the first to know that Mike was going to be out.  Before we even told Bellator that Mike was going to be out, Brian was like we need to offer someone as a replacement cause we didn’t want to piss them off.  So we told Bellator that “Hey we don’t have him anymore, but we do have Pat to take his place”.

You were the underdog through out the entire tournament, was that extra motivation or extra pressure do you think?
I always felt like I needed to prove myself that I belonged there.  It was pretty much trying to prove everyone wrong through out the tournament.

The fight against Roger Huerta was an awesome fight and I remember talking to my buddies thinking that you won the fight but the judges could have scored it for Roger.  Did you think you won that fight or were you unsure about it?
I wasn’t sure.  Jeff and my corner men were all telling me I won the fight, but the judges were taking some time.  We were standing up there for a while.  There was that chance of being screwed over and we were glad we won the unanimous decision.

Pretty much the same thing happened with your fight against Toby Imada which was even closer of a fight.  What were your thoughts on that one?
It was lucky it went my way.

Jeff Curran: I didn’t see a lot of critics on this fight, but I did see a few talk about Pat’s performance in this fight.  The thing is that on Tuesday when we landed in Florida, he had gotten the cold that everyone in the gym had and my kids had.  You don’t know if this really played a role in the fight, but I mean when you are fighting three times in six weeks that’s a lot.  Toby had already done a tournament, he knew what it felt like.  To do three fights and have to come right off a three round fight with Roger three weeks earlier and to go right back and fight Toby in another three round fight.  Most people that go three rounds with Roger don’t fight again for another six months.  They take that much time off.  So for Pat’s first time through we will take that decision.  Pat did everything to keep hitting hard and when he hit him he hit him hard.  Believe me I know that fight could have gone either way.  But when you sit cage side and you see how many times he’s hitting Pat’s arms or missing shots and then you see how many times Pat’s landing hard shots.  Take downs were Toby’s way to avoid being hit.  But Toby didn’t take Pat down and Pat nullified his only strategy to avoid being hit.

Has Bellator given you a time-table for when you will be fighting Alverez?
Not really.  They have just said either late August or sometime in September.

Are there any other fighters not in Bellator that you would like to fight?
No there isn’t anyone in particular that I want to fight.

What’s the one big purchase you made now that you have won so much money in such a short period of time?
I am actually looking at purchasing a new car today.  I plan to save as much as possible.  The first thing I bought was a nice flat screen tv and some new furniture since I just bought a new place.

Favorite breakfast cereal?
Coco Puffs