Pat Curran & Bellator: A Big Fish In A Small Pond

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Ever since Pat Curran
officially made his move from Lightweight to Featherweight, we all knew we were going to witness a dominating force give Featherweight Champion Joe Warren a true run for his money. Not only did he go through the tournament with ease, but he was beautifully aggressive in his thorough thrashing of Warren.  When he finally  knocked him out, the only thing holding him up was the cage.

Now that he has defeated a good portion of the Bellator contenders in his division.  Fans may be wondering, “What’s next?” Don’t get us wrong, his next fight with Shabulat Shamhalaev, a striker that perfectly timed his knock out of Rad Martinez thus winning the tournament shows he is no slouch, however if Pat wins, are there any other big fights left for him in Bellator?

Are fans going to watch him fight competitors that aren’t ranked in the top ten?  Perhaps when his contract is up he could enter the UFC.  There are plenty of exciting stylistic match ups for him there, but will they ever become a reality?

Perhaps the bigger question is: Can Bellator truly make Pat Curran into the superstar that he is capable of being or is that only hope available in the UFC?

If Pat wants to prove that he is the best featherweight in the world, the UFC is where he may need to be.  On the other hand Bellator may end up being the perfect position for him in the long run, but only time will tell.