Pat Curran has twice worked his way up the ladder and captured the Bellator featherweight championship.
This Friday night, Curran (21-7) can move one step closer to another crack at the title when he meets Georgi Karakhanyan in the co-main event of Bellator 155 on Spike TV.
Curran snapped a two-fight losing streak last June when he earned a decision over Emmanuel Sanchez. In 2014, he dropped a decision to Patricio “Pitbull” Freire for the title, and was also handed a split decision loss to Daniel Weichel.
Since stringing together a six-fight win streak that includes victories over Luis Palomino, Marlon Sandro, former Bellator champion Joe Warren and Freire, Curran is just 2-3.
“I feel like every fight at this point in your career, especially in this division, is do-or-die,” he said, during a recent press conference. “if you win you’re going to get that much pull-through coming or having the chance to fight for the title again and I feel like over and over Georgi and I have been that much closer to another title shot.”
Daniel Mason-Straus is the current Bellator champion and the only other person besides Curran to hold the belt on multiple occasions. He won the title from Curran in 2013 with a decision victory.
“I am really excited to step in there on Friday and put on a dominant performance,” Curran said. I have made a lot of changes in my life, in my camp and everything is falling into place right now and I’m excited to showcase that on Friday.”