Bellator 60 Features Season 6 Tournament Kick Off On MTV 2
New York, NY, March 6, 2012- Bellator Fighting Championshipsâ€™ Season 6 on MTV2 (simulcast in HD on Epix) kicks off with a showdown between two of the worldâ€™s most exciting fighters as Bellator featherweight champion Joe Warren takes on top contender Pat Curran on Friday, March 9 at 8:00pm ET/PT. Emanating from The Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, Ind., just outside of Chicago, the two-hour live fight card will also feature four quarterfinal fights in the seasonâ€™s featherweight tournament. Spike.com will also run the fight cardâ€™s prelims beginning at 7:00 PM.
After an unsuccessful one-fight stint at bantamweight last September, Warren (7-2), fighting out of Denver, Colo., is back defending his Bellator featherweight belt against the hard-hitting Curran. The self-proclaimed â€œBaddest Man on the Planet,â€ Warren is a world-class grappler having placed first in the Pan American Games and World Championships in Greco-Roman wrestling in 2006. A versatile champion, Warren has dominated the 145-pound weight class in Bellator and hasnâ€™t lost in the division in over 2 Â½ years.
Fighting out of nearby Crystal Lake, Ill., Curran (16-4), who is riding a three-fight winning streak, will have the hometown crowd advantage as he tries to ascend to the top of Bellatorâ€™s featherweight division. Curranâ€™s most recent victory came over Marlon Sandro in the Season 4 featherweight finale last August, earning him a shot at Warrenâ€™s title. Curran is the first fighter to win two Bellator tournaments in two different weight classes. (He won the lightweight tournament in June 2010).
Also on the fight card, the Season 6 Featherweight Tournament kicks off as Season 4 finalist Marlon Sandro (20-3) takes on Roberto Vargas. A member of the renowned Team Nova Uniao, Sandro is widely regarded as one of the top featherweights in the world. A former wrestler at Cal-State Bakersfield, Vargas has parlayed his wrestling pedigree into MMA success, boasting a 12-1 record with three knockouts and four submissions.
Top featherweight prospect Alexandre â€œPoPoâ€ Bezerra (12-1) has won his last seven pro fights entering his first Bellator tournament against fellow Brazilian Genair da Silva. In another quarterfinal bout, Daniel Straus (17-4) returns to the Bellator cage after nearly a year as he faces off against the undefeated Jeremy Spoon, who brings a spotless 12-0 record to the cage, including eight submission victories.
Born in Thailand and raised in England, the UKâ€™s best featherweight Ronnie Mann (21-4) has five of his last six fights and is facing his toughest test to date when he takes on dangerous veteran Mike Corey (14-2). A local fighter fighting out of Chicago, Corey was on a five-bout winning streak before fighting to a draw against Chris Horodecki in November.
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