Pat Curran reigns over Bellator's deepest division. Photo c/o Sherdog.com.
Champion: Pat Curran
Pat Curran is a very good featherweight by any standard. He actually won Bellator's Season 2 Lightweight Tournament, but would lose a hard-fought title bout with Eddie Alvarez. In 2011, however, he dropped to featherweight, won the 2011 Summer Series, and knocked out then-champion Joe Warren.
He is now 5-0 at featherweight, and has fought some really strong competition over the years. In Bellator, he has beaten Roger Huerta, Marlon Sandro, Joe Warren, Patricio Freire and TUF 16 runner-up Mike Ricci.
Other Notable Fighters
This is, in all likelihood, is Bellator's deepest division.
Patricio Freire is another young, talented fighter Bellator has at their disposal. The 25-year-old Brazilian made it to the Season 2 Featherweight Tournament final round at just 23, but lost a split decision to Joe Warren. He bounced back and won the Season 4 Featherweight Tournament, but came up short in a bout against Pat Curran after more than a year and a half removed from his last fight.
Daniel Straus is the next to face Pat Curran for the belt, courtesy of winning the Season 6 Featherweight Tournament. He is actually 13-1 over the last three years, with his only loss coming to Freire. He actually fought Curran once before in 2009 under the Midwest XFO promotion, losing via second-round knockout.
The elder statesman of the featherweight division is Marlon Sandro. He has been in the MMA business a long while now, and won both the Sengoku and Pancrase featherweight championships. The 35-year-old has twice made it to the final round of a tournament, but twice came up short. That said, he still ranks among Bellator's best featherweights, and recently earned an ugly majority decision victory over Akop Stepanyan.
Previous Tournament Results
Season 1: Winner: Joe Soto (Became Inaugural Champion), Runner-up: Yahir Reyes
Season 2: Winner: Joe Warren (Defeated Soto to become Champion), Runner-up: Patricio Freire
Season 4: Winner: Patricio Freire, Runner-up: Daniel Straus
2011 Summer Series: Winner: Pat Curran (Defeated Warren to become Champion), Runner-up: Marlon Sandro
Season 6: Winner: Daniel Straus, Runner-up: Marlon Sandro