No matter who exciting or action-packed the bout was, Bellator doesn’t offer fighters an immediate rematch – just ask Eddie Alvarez.
So, it isn’t really all-too-surprising that Patricio Freire will not be given a second meeting with Bellator featherweight champion Pat Curran despite turning in a thrilling five-round war Thursday night on the Spike TV debut.
Bjorn Rebney, Bellator’s CEO, confirmed during the post-fight press conference that Daniel Straus will be the next contender to Curran. No date has been made for the fight.
“At the end of the day, I think Daniel deserves his shot now without any type of delay,” Rebney said. “Not that many people talk about Straus, but I literally think he belongs in most peoples top seven or eight in the world. He’s a really talented fighter.”
Straus (21-4) captured the season six tournament title. He also made the season four finals, falling to Freire.
The season seven tournament has yet to crown a champion contender, as Rad Martinez and Shahbulat Shamhalaev face each other next month. Their meeting was delayed twice in 2012.