The 26-year old Curran has quickly become one of the best 145ers in MMA. However, it will be impossible to know exactly how good the featherweight champion is until he signs with the UFC and faces elite opposition. Of course, chances are Bellator won’t give up their rising star so easily and another nasty legal battle could ensue when his contract runs out. Then again, Daniel Straus could take Curran’s gold tomorrow night, ending the 19-4 fighter’s run at the division’s top spot and avenging a 2009 loss in the process as well.
2013 has been an up-and-down year for Bellator, featuring highs like the company’s presence on Spike TV and lows including the fallout from Eddie Alvarez’s attempt to sign with the UFC. Initially set for PPV until headliner Tito Ortiz went down with injury, tomorrow night’s lineup for Bellator 106 is a perfect example of both sides of the coin. In addition to some pairings with favorable odds to entertain, the card has plenty of subplots worth paying attention to when things unfold Saturday in Long Beach. (Photos by USA Today Sports Images)