‘Bellator 145: Vengeance’ gets another big fight as former featherweight champion Pat Curran is set to take on former RFA champion Justin Lawrence in St. Louis.
Bellator officials confirmed the news with Sherdog.com on Thursday.
Curran (21-7) is a veteran of the Bellator cage, having fought exclusively for the promotion since Bellator 14. He has gone 2-3 in his last 4 bouts, this includes losing his featherweight title to Daniel Straus and winning it back immediately after in a rematch. After reclaiming the title, he lost it once more to Patricio Pitbull. Since the Pitbull fight he has gone 1-1, including a split decision loss to Daniel Weichel and more recently a unanimous decision win over Emmanuel Sanchez.
Lawrence (8-2) is a veteran of the Ultimate Fighter, going 1-2 in the UFC. After his UFC run he signed to RFA and after one bout was put into a title fight vs. Mark Dickman to determine the vacant RFA featherweight champ. After winning the title by way of unanimous decision, he made one title defense, finishing Sam Toomer in the first round. He is now signed with Bellator MMA, winning his debut against Sean Wilson at the end of round one.
The bouts placement on the card has not yet been made official, but it’s safe to assume this fight will be contested on the televised portion of Bellator 145.
Bellator 145 is expected to take place on November 6 at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Missouri. It will be headlined by a featherweight title fight between Patricio ‘Pitbull’ Freire and Daniel Straus, this will be their third meeting. The co-main event will see lightweight champ ‘Ill’ Will Brooks look to defend his title against Polish submission-ace Marcin Held. St. Louis’ own Michael Chandler is expected to compete on the card, as is Bobby Lashley.