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  • 08-17-2012, 07:00 AM
    Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney shuts down Daniel Straus' attempt to fight Patricio Pitbull on short notice -

    Matt Bishop: Daniel Straus campaigned for a fight against Patricio Pitbull at Bellator 73. What's the latest on that fight?

    Bjorn Rebney: Daniel's a warrior at the very, very highest level of this game. He's go the absolute heart of a line. He made his name in this game by fighting nine times in a year and he's the kind of guy that would take a fight on super, super short notice. I've got way too much respect for Daniel Straus to give him eight days' notice to face a top ranked featherweight in the world. It's not fair to him.

    If you asked Daniel to fight Junior dos Santos on a couple days' notice, he'd probably take the fight but that's not a fair situation to put a guy who's worked as hard as he has in even though he has heart and belief in himself would tell him that he can do a fight like that. It's just not reasonable. Pitbull is one of the best featherweights in the world and we've got to sit back, take some time and figure out what the next orchestration will be.

    God bless him but his heart is just too big and it doesn't make sense to push a guy who's earned that $100,000 tournament and deserves a legitimate shot at the world title, to force feed him a short notice fight like that when he hasn't been in intensive training and hasn't been reviewing film. That's just doing a disservice to a really, really solid guy who's a great spokesmen to our game.

    Brian Hemminger ( Is there any concern Bjorn that with Pat Curran's injury and the next upcoming featherweight tournament that this division could get really backlogged?

    Bjorn Rebney: Well, you know it could. The reality is right now we've got two world title fights. It wasn't a bad situation for us to have Curran fighting Pitbull for the world title, two of the top-ranked featherweights in the world, and Straus would get the winner. At this point, Pat Curran broke his orbital bone. He trains smart, but these things happen. Occasionally the right kind of shot hits you the right way and it's horribly unfortunate. It's bad for Pat and for everyone involved.

    We'll see how quick Pat can rehab off this injury and it's typically not a quick rehab. An orbital bone rehab can be upwards of three months. We're gonna have to get a little bit more data, see how serious the break is and then make a decision as to what we're gonna do next and how quickly we can do it because you're right. We could find ourselves in a position where you've got Straus waiting for his world title shot and the winner of this fall's tournament on MTV 2 waiting for his world title shot. It could get a little backlogged but that's the nature of the beast.

    Matt Bishop: Is Pitbull completely off the card next week?

    Bjorn Rebney: Yeah, he's off the card.

    Matt Bishop: Like you said, the orbital bone is a pretty tricky injury. Could we still see an interim title shot between Daniel Straus and Patricio Pitbull down the line in season seven?

    Bjorn Rebney: That's a great question and a few people have posed it to me as to whether or not we could do that. In essence, when you win a tournament, you win three fights and you earn a shot at the world title. So the question becomes, is a shot at the interim title still a world title shot or is it really just another tournament fight to determine who gets that true world title fight? It presents some logistics issues that we would have to work through. I think what it boils down to is how quickly Pat is going to be able to come back from this injury.

    Like you said, they're tough injuries to come back from and in some instances, I've seen orbital injuries that you've been able to rehab quicker off of but we really need to get a better understanding of what's going on with Pat, then we can finally make that decision. If it's gonna be an elongated process, that's something we'll probably look at through clearer glasses and we might look at some other alternatives.
  • 08-16-2012, 02:09 AM
    By Alexander Shlemenko's logic, he's ducking Patricio xD.
  • 08-16-2012, 12:06 AM
    Patricio Pitbull wants to fight Joe Warren

    “I was going to train when I got a call and they said Pat had broken a bone on his face and that Bellator would be trying to arrange another match for me”, explained.

    Still with no opponent, Patricio revealed having asked the organization to fight the former featherweight champion Joe Warren, only fighter ever to defeat him.

    “I asked them for Joe Warren. This is a rematch I’m willing to do because my loss to him was very controversy, but I guess I won. Since there was this problem, it’s a great chance to really find out who the best one is”, said the Brazilian, who holds a professional record with 17 wins and one loss.

    Pitbull hopes for a positive answer from the show. The Brazilian hopes to keep on Bellator 73’s fighting card, scheduled for August 24th.

    “I believe they will give me an answer this week. I’ll keep on training like I’m used to do, and focusing on a fight on the 24th and keep cheering for Bellator to find me an opponent”, concluded.
    Patricio Pitbull wants to fight Joe Warren :: TATAME
  • 08-15-2012, 07:39 AM

    I guess the injury bug is endemic to MMA, and not exclusively a UFC problem.
  • 08-15-2012, 04:38 AM
    Gotta hate when you duck into a punch.
  • 08-15-2012, 04:00 AM
    Sucks. Nuff said.

  • 08-15-2012, 03:55 AM
    Quote Originally Posted by MIZJUDOZOU View Post
    This sucks. I was looking forward to this fight. Pat Curran is the real deal. I also really like the pitbull brothers. Hopefully they can find a replacement.

    "Hey Joe Warren, what are you doing?"
    still recovering from the last ko
  • 08-15-2012, 03:45 AM
    This sucks. I was looking forward to this fight. Pat Curran is the real deal. I also really like the pitbull brothers. Hopefully they can find a replacement.

    "Hey Joe Warren, what are you doing?"
  • 08-15-2012, 03:41 AM
    this is such a disappointment i was looking forward to this fight more than any other this year
  • 08-15-2012, 02:31 AM

    Pat Curran forced out of Bellator 73 title fight vs. Patricio Freire with broken orbi

    Pat Curran forced out of Bellator 73 title fight vs. Patricio Freire with broken orbital bone

    A sparring injury has forced Pat Curran (17-4 MMA, 7-1 BFC) to withdraw from his first scheduled title defense against Patricio "Pitbull" Freire (17-1 MMA, 5-1 BFC) at Bellator 73.

    A Bellator official on Tuesday told (UFC blog for UFC news, UFC rumors, fighter interviews and event previews/recaps | that it hasn't been decided whether Freire will remain on the card, and at this time, a search for a replacement is underway. first reported the injury withdrawal.

    Bellator 73 takes place Aug. 24 at Harrah's Tunica Hotel and Casino in Mississippi. The night's main card airs on MTV2 (and in high-definition on EPIX) following prelims on

    Curran's cousin and trainer, Jeff Curran, said the Bellator champ was suffering from a knee problem and had decided to focus on boxing rather than muay Thai in the final week of training camp. During a sparring session at his training home near Chicago with a boxer he'd worked with for the past eight weeks, he "ducked into a punch" and suffered a broken orbital.

    Jeff Curran estimated it would be approximately three months before his cousin is ready to fight. He said the knee problem did not require surgery and was the result of the typical "wear and tear" during a fight camp.
    Pat Curran forced out of Bellator 73 title fight vs. Patricio Freire with broken orbital bone |

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