Pat Curran's Blogs

  • Top 5 Stories of the Week By: Brian Knapp

    Pat Curran has the Bellator featherweight title on lockdown. | Photo: Keith Mills/Sherdog.com



    Pat Curran dropped the guillotine on Shahbulat Shamhalaev.

    Curran rendered Shamhalaev unconscious with a first-round guillotine choke, as he retained the Bellator MMA featherweight championship with a technical submission in the Bellator 95 main event on April 4 at the Revel Resort and Casino in Atlantic City, N.J. Shamhalaev went limp 2:38 into round one.

    After a brief feeling-out process, Curran moved in for a sneaky takedown and caught an arm-in guillotine as Shamhalaev attempted to counter. The 29-year-old Russian fought valiantly to escape the choke but blacked out within the champion’s clutches. The defeat snaps Shamhalaev’s streak of six consecutive wins.

    The stories of interest on Sherdog.com this week:

    Bellator Stranglehold

    Short Reign

    Eyes on the Prize

    Quick Strike

    Raised from the Dead


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  • Friday MMA: A TV Viewer’s Guide By: Jeff Sherwood



    Friday



    3:00 a.m. ET FuelTV: UFC: Wanderlei Silva vs. Brian Stann
    Wanderlei Silva vs. Brian Stann; Mark Hunt vs. Stefan Struve; Takanori Gomi vs. Diego Sanchez; Hector Lombard vs. Yushin Okami; Rani Yahya vs. Mizuto Hirota; Siyar Bahadurzada vs. Dong Hyun Kim. From Saitama, Japan.

    6:00 a.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Unleashed
    The best fights from the UFC archives, featuring Mauricio Rua vs Dan Henderson, Alexander Gustafsson vs Vladimir Matyushenko, and Rogerio Nogueira vs Tito Ortiz.

    7:00 a.m. ET FuelTV: UFC: Wanderlei Silva vs. Brian Stann
    Wanderlei Silva vs. Brian Stann; Mark Hunt vs. Stefan Struve; Takanori Gomi vs. Diego Sanchez; Hector Lombard vs. Yushin Okami; Rani Yahya vs. Mizuto Hirota; Siyar Bahadurzada vs. Dong Hyun Kim. From Saitama, Japan.

    10:00 a.m. ET FuelTV: UFC: Alexander Gustafsson vs. Gegard Mousasi Weigh-In
    From the Ericsson Globe Arena in Stockhom, Sweden.

    11:00 a.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Ultimate Insider
    Chael Sonnen all-access account of his UFC on FOX; the greatest trash talker of them all; Sonnen mic'd up for his real time reaction to the legendary fight between Shogun and Henderson.

    11:30 a.m. ET fuelTV: UFC Tonight
    Preview for UFC: Alexander Gustafsson vs. Gegard Mousasi in Stockholm, Sweden.

    12:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Fight Night
    Diego Sanchez vs. Jake Ellenberger.

    2:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Fight Night
    UFC Thiago Silva vs. Alexander Gustafsson from Ericsson Globe Arena in Stockholm, Sweden.

    5:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Fight Night
    UFC: Chan Sung Jung vs. Dustin Poirier From Patriot Center in Fairfax, Virginia.

    8:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC: Mark Munoz vs. Chris Weidman
    Mark Munoz vs. Chris Weidman; Brandon Vera vs. James Te Huna; Jon Fitch vs. Aaron Simpson. From San Jose, Calif.

    9:00 p.m. ET AXS: Inside MMA
    EPISODE: 286 Referees Big John McCarthy and Herb Dean join Kenny and Bas; Ron Kruck reports on the qualifications needed to become an MMA referee.

    10:00 p.m. ET AXS: TV Fights The Best Knockouts of 2012
    Highlights from the year.

    10:30 p.m. ET The Score: The Score Fighting Series
    The Score Fighting Series (SFS) features fighters from North America and beyond with a focus on exciting match-ups and developing the next generation of great fighters. Tune in for non-stop action from events across the country.

    11:00 p.m. ET SpikeTV: Bellator MMA Live
    EPISODE: 1 Pat Curran vs. Shahbulat Shamhalaev; Brett Cooper vs. Doug Marshall; Mike Richman vs. Frodo Khasbulaev; Rick Hawn vs. Karo Parisyan. From Atlantic City, N.J.

    11:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC: Stefan Struve vs. Stipe Miocic
    Stefan Struve vs. Stipe Miocic; Dan Hardy vs. Amir Sadollah; Brad Pickett vs. Yves Jabouin; Paul Sass vs. Matt Wiman; John Hathaway vs. John Maguire; Che Mills vs. Duane Ludwig. From Capital FM Arena in Nottingham, England. (Card subject to change)

    12:00 a.m. ET AXS: Inside MMA
    EPISODE: 286 Referees Big John McCarthy and Herb Dean join Kenny and Bas; Ron Kruck reports on the qualifications needed to become an MMA referee.

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  • Thursday MMA: A TV Viewer’s Guide By: Jeff Sherwood



    Thursday



    4:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Ultimate Insider
    Best of Georges St. Pierre, GSP's 10 month rehab; Jon Anik travels to Montreal for an interview with the welterweight champ.

    4:30 p.m. ET FuelTV: Training Day
    All-access look inside the Tristar Gym in Montreal where current UFC welterweight title holder Georges St. Pierre trains.

    5:30 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Roundtable
    The UFC's top welterweight fighters Renzo Gracie, George St. Pierre, B.J. Penn and Matt Serra.

    6:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Roundtable
    Welterweights II Jay Glazer sits down and gets personal with the UFC's top welterweight fighters.

    6:30 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Reloaded
    UFC 79: Georges St. Pierre vs Matt Hughes; Chuck Liddell vs Wanderlei Silva.

    9:30 p.m. ET FuelTV: Ultimate Matt Hughes
    An in-depth look into the Hall of Fame career of former Welterweight Champion Matt Hughes.

    10:00 p.m. ET SpikeTV: Bellator MMA Live
    EPISODE: 6 Featherweight Tournament Final: Shahbulat Shamhalaev vs. Rad Martinez. Light Heavyweight Tournament Semifinal: Muhammed Lawal vs. Emanuel Newton. From West Valley City, Utah.

    11:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: The Ultimate Fighter
    Season 17 Episode 5: Team Jones vs. Team Sonnen: The Reflection of Perfection Mickey Rourke visits Team Sonnen to share insights from his days as a boxer; coach Jones wonders if a competitor is ready to fight; two fighters meet for the fourth preliminary fight.

    11:30 p.m. ET Sportsnet Pacific:UFC Central
    Hosted by "Showdown" Joe Ferraro. UFC highlights and news.

    11:30 p.m. ET Sportsnet Ontario: UFC Central
    Hosted by "Showdown" Joe Ferraro. UFC highlights and news.

    11:30 p.m. ET Sportsnet East: UFC Central
    Hosted by "Showdown" Joe Ferraro. UFC highlights and news.

    12:00 a.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Primetime
    Inside the day-to-day lives of first-ever UFC female champion Ronda Rousey, and her challenger Liz Carmouche.

    12:00 a.m. ET SpikeTV: Bellator 360
    The Featherweights are highlighted with guest Pat Curran.

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  • Dave Meltzer Joins Press Row By: Jordan Breen

    Every Wednesday, Administrative Editor Jordan Breen welcomes a member of the mixed martial arts media into “Press Row” on the Sherdog.com blog. This week, Breen is joined by Wrestling Observer Newsletter founder and editor Dave Meltzer.

    With Bellator's eighth season kickoff slated for Thursday in Irvine, Calif., Breen and Meltzer discuss the season's potential and importance for the company, now owned by Viacom and broadcasting live on Spike. The two delve into what kind of ratings can be expected, the role pro-wrestling organization TNA will play as a lead-in for the first live event on Spike, the configuration of the live card and Bellator's struggle to make television stars in the MMA game.

    The pair discuss the signing and promotion of Muhammed Lawal, his stint in TNA and the shortcomings of the idea, why Josh Barnett might be the best candidate for a simultaneous Bellator-TNA fighting-wrestling star and the negative ramifications of Bellator's negotiations with Eddie Alvarez.

    Grab your credential and get a seat in “Press Row.”

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  • Wednesday MMA: A TV Viewer’s Guide By: Jeff Sherwood



    Wednesday



    5:30 a.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Roundtable
    FUEL TV's expert panel of analysts, Rashad Evans, Chael Sonnen, Kenny Florian and Brian Stann sit down with Jay Glazer.

    6:00 a.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Best of 2012: The Year in Review
    Relive the thrilling action of the best bouts, the greatest knockouts and submissions.

    11:00 a.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Roundtable Legends
    Royce Gracie, Mark 'Coleman, Randy Couture, and 'The People's Champ' Tito Ortiz.

    11:30 a.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Ultimate Insider
    Belfort the Blackzilian; Faber Family Holiday; TUF17 Riff Vitor Belfort gained a 2nd one in the Blackzilians; Urijah Faber celebrates Christmas; Joe Rogan riffs on the upcoming season; Anthony Pettis watches Octagonside.

    2:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC TonightFX 7: Vitor Belfort vs. Michael Bisping - Preview
    A preview of all the official news, views, and action for FX 7: Vitor Belfort vs Michael Bisping.

    2:30 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Ultimate Insider
    Belfort the Blackzilian; Faber Family Holiday; TUF17 Riff Vitor Belfort gained a 2nd one in the Blackzilians; Urijah Faber celebrates Christmas; Joe Rogan riffs on

    3:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Best of 2012: The Year in Review
    Relive the thrilling action of the best bouts, the greatest knockouts and submissions

    5:00 p.m. ET SpikeTV: Bellator 360
    The Lightweights are highlighted with guest Michael Chandler.

    6:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: Best of PRIDE Fighting Championship
    The greatest knockouts in pride history.

    6:00 p.m. ET SpikeTV: Bellator 360
    The Middleweights

    6:00 p.m. ET MavTV: King of the Cage: Gun Show
    Gun Show from San Manuel Casino in Highland Calif.; Joshua Aveles vs. Marcus Mowers; Scott Catlin vs. Sam Liera; Nick Rossborough vs. Tony Lopez; Brandon Hunt, vs. Johnny Cisneros; Brad Burrick vs. David Gomez.

    7:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC TonightFX 7: Belfort vs. Bisping - Preview
    A preview of all the official news, views, and action for FX 7: Vitor Belfort vs Michael Bisping.

    7:00 p.m. ET SpikeTV: Bellator 360
    The Welterweights are highlighted with guest Ben Askren.

    7:30 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Ultimate Insider
    Belfort the Blackzilian; Faber Family Holiday; TUF17 Riff Vitor Belfort gained a 2nd one in the Blackzilians; Urijah Faber celebrates Christmas; Joe Rogan riffs on the upcoming season; Anthony Pettis watches Octagonside.

    8:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Reloaded
    UFC 145: Jon Jones vs. Rashad Evans

    8:00 p.m. ET SpikeTV: Bellator 360
    The Featherweights are highlighted with guest Pat Curran.

    8:00 p.m. ET MavTV: King of the Cage: Classics Vol. 8
    A historic collection of matchups.

    9:00 p.m. ET MavTV: King of the Cage: Greatest KO's 7
    An electrifying collection of KO's featuring some of today's biggest stars in MMA.

    10:00 p.m. ET MavTV: King of the Cage: Gun Show
    Gun Show from San Manuel Casino in Highland Calif.; Joshua Aveles vs. Marcus Mowers; Scott Catlin vs. Sam Liera; Nick Rossborough vs. Tony Lopez; Brandon Hunt, vs. Johnny Cisneros; Brad Burrick vs. David Gomez.

    10:00 p.m. ET Sportsnet ONE: The Ultimate Fighter
    Team Carwin vs. Team Nelson

    11:00 p.m. ET Sportsnet ONE: UFC Central
    Hosted by "Showdown" Joe Ferraro. UFC highlights and news.

    11:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: Best of PRIDE Fighting Championship
    The greatest knockouts in pride history.

    11:00 p.m. ET SpikeTV: Bellator 360
    The Lightweights are highlighted with guest Michael Chandler.

    12:00 a.m. ET SpikeTV: Bellator 360
    The Middleweights

    12:00 a.m. ET FuelTV: UFC: Sotiropoulos vs. Pearson
    Rousimar Palhares vs. Hector Lombard; Norman Parke vs. Colin Fletcher; Bradley Scott vs. Robert Whittaker; George Sotiropoulos vs. Ross Pearson. From Queensland, Australia. (Card subject to change)

    12:00 a.m. ET MavTV: King of the Cage: Greatest KO's 7
    An electrifying collection of KO's featuring some of today's biggest stars in MMA.

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  • Thursday MMA: A TV Viewer’s Guide By: Jeff Sherwood



    Thursday



    3:00 a.m. ET Sportsnet Pacific: The Ultimate Fighter
    Team Carwin vs. Team Nelson

    3:00 a.m. ET MavTV: King of the Cage: Classics Vol. 7
    A historic collection of match ups.

    4:00 a.m. ET MavTV: King of the Cage: Greatest KO's 6
    Great knockouts including an epic battle between Randy Velarde and Tim Conrad.

    4:30 a.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Roundtable
    Jay Glazer sits down and gets personal with the UFC's top welterweight fighters.

    5:00 a.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Tonight
    Part one of The Top 50 Moments of 2012. From one-punch knockouts to amazing submissions to come-from-behind victories, UFC TONIGHT's Kenny Florian takes us through moments 50-26 in this week's special.

    5:30 a.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Tonight
    Top 50 UFC Moments in 2012 Part 2 Relive the Top 50 UFC Moments in 2012, from 25 down to number one, as we count down the year's greatest events in mixed martial arts.

    6:00 a.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Ultimate Insider
    Fuel for the Fire Long Island native Chris Weidman tours the town he loves; Alexander Gustafsson sits down with Jon Anik; Nate Diaz's submission game; Chad Mendes' dominating performance.

    6:30 a.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Ultimate Insider
    Alexander Gustafsson's San Diego training; Joe Lauzon's signature moves; Arianny Celeste poses.

    7:00 a.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Ultimate Insider
    Flashback Seattle; Heavyweights Collide Experience UFC on FOX 5 from a new perspective; The comeback of Cain Velasquez; Randy Couture analyzes the Junior dos Santos vs. Cain Velasquez championship fight.

    7:30 a.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Champion's Roundtable With Jay Glazer
    Jay Glazer chats all things UFC.

    8:00 a.m. ET FuelTV: UFC: Nate Diaz vs. Jim Miller Prelims
    Prelims for UFC: Nate Diaz vs. Jim Miller.

    4:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Tonight
    Part one of The Top 50 Moments of 2012. From one-punch knockouts to amazing submissions to come-from-behind victories, UFC TONIGHT's Kenny Florian takes us through moments 50-26 in this week's special.

    4:30 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Tonight
    Top 50 UFC Moments in 2012 Part 2 Relive the Top 50 UFC Moments in 2012, from 25 down to number one, as we count down the year's greatest events in mixed martial arts.

    5:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC 101: The Moves
    Learn the secret moves of the best fighters in the world.

    6:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Reloaded
    Silva vs. Franklin II Highlights of UFC 147 in Brazil.

    8:30 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Tonight
    Part one of The Top 50 Moments of 2012. From one-punch knockouts to amazing submissions to come-from-behind victories, UFC TONIGHT's Kenny Florian takes us through moments 50-26 in this week's special.

    9:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Tonight
    Top 50 UFC Moments in 2012 Part 2 Relive the Top 50 UFC Moments in 2012, from 25 down to number one, as we count down the year's greatest events in mixed martial arts.

    9:30 p.m. ET FuelTV: Ultimate Answers
    UFC fighters' takes on topics from the hard-hitting to the totally random.

    10:00 p.m. ET SpikeTV: Bellator 360
    The Welterweights are highlighted with guest Ben Askren.

    10:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Unleashed
    Rampage Jackson vs. Rashad Evans Featuring Rampage Jackson vs. Rashad Evans, Krzysztof Soszynski vs. Stephan Bonnar, and Matt Hughes vs. Ricardo Almeida.

    11:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Unleashed
    Lightweight title fight between Frankie Edgar and Benson Henderson at UFC 144; featherweight face-off between Dustin Poirier and Max Holloway at UFC 143; UFC 142's battle between Vitor Belfort and Anthony Johnson.

    11:00 p.m. ET SpikeTV: Bellator 360
    The Featherweights are highlighted with guest Pat Curran.

    11:00 p.m. ET Sportsnet ONE: UFC Central
    Hosted by "Showdown" Joe Ferraro. UFC highlights and news.

    11:30 p.m. ET Sportsnet Ontario: UFC Central
    Hosted by "Showdown" Joe Ferraro. UFC highlights and news.

    12:00 a.m. ET FuelTV: UFC RoundtableLegends II
    Royce Gracie, Mark Coleman, Randy Couture, and 'The People's Champ' Tito Ortiz.

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  • Podcast: ‘King’ Mo Lawal, Pat Curran By: Sherdog.com Staff

    TJ De Santis and Jeff Sherwood returned to the Sherdog Radio Network on Wednesday for another edition of "Beatdown." Joining them were Bellator fighters "King" Muhammed Lawal and featherweight champion Pat Curran.

    Curran makes his comeback next Thursday in Irvine, Calif., after suffering a fracture to his orbital bone in training last August. Standing across from him will be tournament winner Patricio Freire. Curran talks about training, the fight at hand, and what this fight means to him and his career.

    Lawal has also been absent from active competition. The former Strikeforce light heavyweight champion has had an interesting year. From testing positive for a banned substance, getting released by Strikeforce, and battling a serious bout with staph the former Oklahoma State Cowboy looks to make his Bellator debut on Jan. 24. Lawal joined "Beatdown" to talk about his opponent and what he expects from the upcoming light heavyweight tournament.

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  • Pat Curran Would Like to Fight Jose Aldo, But He’s Staying with Bellator By: Sherdog.com Staff




    Pat Curran, on “The Savage Dog Show,” discussing whether he’d like to fight UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo:

    “Absolutely. You always want to take on the best fighters. I love fighting the best fighters. That’s why I’m here. I want to be recognized as the best and I want to take out the best. Right now Jose Aldo is the best. He’s considered one of the best fighters pound-for-pound too. But I love Bellator. They’re taking great care of me. They gave me the opportunity, and I’m able to evolve and grow as a fighter in their organization. I really love where they’re headed. I’m going to stay with Bellator as long as they’d like me too and I’m going to defend the title for as long as I can. I’m still young -- 24 years old -- and I’m always learning and I’m always improving every fight. I don’t plan on going anywhere anytime soon.”

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  • Podcast: Curran, Miller, Alessio, Healy By: TJ De Santis

    Greg Savage and TJ De Santis were back for another edition of "The Savage Dog Show" Monday afternoon on The Sherdog Radio Network. Joining them was newly crowned Bellator 145 pound champion Pat Curran.

    Friday night in Hammond, Indiana The Bellator Fighting Championship crowned a new featherweight champion. Pat Curran stopped by "The SDS" to talk about his vicious stoppage of Joe Warren. Curran chats about his rise in Bellator and what it means to him to be considered one of the best featherweights in the world. The Florida native also chats on the referee's decision to let the fight go on as long as it did.

    TJ De Santis and Jack Encarnacao returned to The Sherdog Radio Network Monday for another edition of "Beatdown." Joining them were MMA fighters Micah Miller, John Alessio, and Ryan Healy.

    Micah Miller was supposed to face Georgi Karakhanyan Friday night in Lemoore, Californa for the Tachi Palace Fights featherweight title. However, after a stomach ailment the Bellator Fighting Championships veteran pulled out just hours before the bout. Miller talks about not getting to compete, what this does for his future, and how this impacts his bottom line.

    John Alessio and Ryan Healy also joined the program to chat about their lightweight tilt this Friday night in Canada.

    Check out "The Savage Dog Show here.

    Check out "Beatdown" here.

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  • Podcast: Noons, Curran, 'Big Sexy'

    Jeff Sherwood and Greg Savage were back Monday on The Sherdog Radio Network for another edition of "The Savage Dog Show." Joining them was Strikeforce lightweight K.J. Noons to discuss his upcoming bout with Josh Thomson.

    K.J. Noons will be fighting on Strikeforce “Tate vs. Rousey” card, March 3 in Columbus Ohio. He talked about the state of the Strikeforce's lighweight division and sharing the stage with Miesha Tate and Ronda Rousey, set to fight Saturday for Strikeforce women's 135-pound title.

    TJ De Santis and Jon Luther were back on The Sherdog Radio Network for another edition of 'Beatdown.' Joining them were Bellator fighters Jeff Curran and Sean McCorkle, who will be competing on the Bellator 60 card.

    Curran discussed the March 9th bout, where he will compete against Bellator veteran Joe Warren.

    Also, Sean McCorkle opened up about his plans to return to the UFC's octagon through savvy self-promotion and fighting all comers.

    Check out the show and our archives by clicking here.

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