Pat Curran will be fighting this summer but it won't be in a Bellator cage.
Curran, Bellator's current featherweight champion, spoke to MMA Junkie about his plans for staying active by making his professional boxing debut this summer.
They're letting me stay active, and this is something I really wanted to do. They're giving me the opportunity to go for it. We're waiting on an opponent right now, but I want to stay active, I want to keep training, and since I'm going to have a little bit of a layoff, I want to jump into boxing and try that out.
Curran was scheduled to face Daniel Straus this summer, but following a broken hand suffered by Straus along with some legal woes, it doesn't appear as if he'll be ready to fight. Instead of sitting on the sidelines, Curran has opted to stay active.
According to the article by MMA Junkie, Curran is in the process of adding additional years on his deal with Bellator, and the promotion letting him stay active despite no opponents is certainly helping the promotion hold on to one of its final stars.
Curran became a featherweight champion by dropping Joe Warren in devastating fashion in March of 2012. Since then Curran has defended the title against Patricio "Pitbull" Freire and Shahbulat Shamhalaev.
Looking at Curran's prospects in boxing, I'd have to say fans should feel a little optimistic. He'll likely be given a relatively easy fight given his inexperience in boxing, and I'm sure Bellator will have some input into who their champ faces.
Curran is also one of the better technical strikers in Bellator, and it should translate to boxing as he uses his hands more than a strong kicking game.
It's not like Bellator will have to worry about Curran getting lured away from the cage or MMA as it's pretty clear Curran is content with holding the Bellator title.