CEO Bjorn Rebney has already said publicly he’s looking at giving former featherweight champion Curran an opportunity at avenging a November 2 outpointing to Straus, so it’s pretty clear the company wants to push Curran as the division’s top player. It’s a shame really, as Patricio Freire knocked out Justin Wilcox and Diego Nunes en route to winning the Season 9 featherweight tournament title and is more deserving than the recently defeated Curran. Though Curran was a solid champ, Straus’ victory over him was not controversial and the rematch could be set up down the road without compromising the belt’s integrity.
Now that Bellator wrapped up Season 9 with a big shiny bow just in time for the holidays, it’s time to take a look forward at what should be coming down the road in early 2014. It’s impossible to know how things will unfold for sure but there certainly some probable projections based on the company’s current climate. In short, rematches and familiar faces are likely to dominate the scene. Here’s a little more detail in both regards… (Photos by USA Today Sports Images)
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