The finale of Bellator’s Summer Series will feature three championship fights in one night at Bellator 73: Curran vs. Pitbull on Friday, August 24 from Harrah’s Tunica Hotel and Casino in Tunica Resorts, Mississippi.
Bellator Featherweight World Champion Pat Curran will make his first title defense against the dangerous Patricio Pitbull, the Season 6 Bantamweight Tournament Championship will be on the line in Marcos Galvao vs. Luis Nogueira square and the night will be rounded off in the Summer Series Light Heavyweight Tournament Championship.
Bellator Chairman & CEO Bjorn Rebney said via press release: “Harrah’s Tunica was a fantastic venue partner for us when we made our first visit last year, and I expect another energized, sold-out crowd on August 24th. Pat Curran vs. Patricio Pitbull is a world title fight between two of the most explosive and versatile featherweights on earth. Both can finish any fight with relentless strikes or vicious submissions. This will be an epic title fight to remember for years to come.”
Curran earned the Bellator Featherweight Title after defeating Marlon Sandro, via a roundhouse kick to the head in the second round (see the video below) and is eagerly looking forward to taking on Pitbull: “This fight with Patricio is one I’ve been looking forward to for a while. This will be my first title defense, and I just want to get back in the cage and keep developing as a fighter. Pitbull is an outstanding fighter, so this should be a great fight.”
The ever explosive Pitbull has been away from the cage for over a year after suffering a broken hand that kept the 17-1 striker out of action. After earning his title shot in the Bellator Season 4 Featherweight Tournament, the Brazilian is motivated to take to the cage against Curran: “I’m very happy and relieved this fight is finally happening. I’ve been through a lot with my hand injury and can’t wait to get back in the cage. I’m 100% now and all I want is to fulfill my dream of getting the belt and pay tribute to my late teacher Bruno Gouvea. He’s the reason I’m here today and he’ll be with me in spirit cageside watching his work pay off. All I can say is Pat better be ready. I’ve never been so motivated for a fight, and I’ve never wanted the belt so much.”
The event will take place LIVE on MTV2 and in commercial-free HD on EPIX with the preliminary fights being streamed online at Spike.com. Tickets can be purchased via Ticketmaster.com or by calling Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000; with prices ranging from $25-$100.