Pat Curran vs. Joe Warren

16:12

Who will win this Bellator Featherweight Championship showdown? Champion Joe Warren or Challenger Pat Curran?

OUR TALE OF THE TAPE.

>> I SEE PAT CURRAN 5'10".

4 INCHES TALLER THAN JOE WARREN.

HE'S THE MUCH BIGGER FIGHTER.

CUT A LOT OF WEIGHT TO GET DOWN

TO THIS WEIGHT CLASS.

CAN HE USE THOSE PHYSICAL

ADVANTAGES?

ROUND NUMBER ONE.

JOE WARREN HAS TO GET INSIDE AND

GET A TAKEDOWN EARLY.

THAT IS VITAL.

IT'S GONNA BE VERY HARD FOR HIM

TO WIN THIS FIGHT ON THE

OUTSIDE.

THE DRIVE AND THE TAKEDOWN

BY WARREN.

REMEMBER, WARREN, A 2006 GRECO

ROMAN WRESTLING WORLD CHAMPION

AT 132 POUNDS.

>> WOW.

GREAT STAND UP BY PAT CURRAN.

WARREN STILL GLUED TO HIM

THOUGH.

WARREN SAID, "MY TAKEDOWN IS

KEY."

CURRAN SAID, "DEFENDING

HIS TAKEDOWN IS KEY."

>> ONE THING IS, WHEN PAT CURRAN

GETS TAKEN DOWN, HE'S SO GOOD AT

JUST SPRINGING BACK TO HIS FEET.

>> WARREN WITH THE WAIST CINCH

IN BELLY TO BACK SUPLEX

POSITION.

>> AND HE'S CERTAINLY A TOP

LEVEL GRAPPLER.

GREAT GRECO ROMAN WRESTLING.

YOU SEE THE POWER HERE.

>> KEEPING PAT AGAINST

THE FENCE.

HE'S GOT TO BE READY TO DO THIS

FOR 25 MINUTES.

PUT PRESSURE ON PAT CURRAN, MAKE

HIM UNCOMFORTABLE, MAKE THIS A

CLOSE INSIDE KIND OF FIGHT.

>> WANT TO HOLD HIM TIGHT.

GOOD KNEE BY CURRAN.

COUNTER KNEE.

BOTH FIGHTERS THROWING

SIMULTANEOUS KNEES.

THAT'S WARREN WITH THIS BACK

AGAINST THE FENCE.

CURRAN APPLYING THE PRESSURE.

RIGHT HAND BY CURRAN.

>> HANDS UP.

>> FAINT BY CURRAN.

[shouting]

>> ONE THING.

PAT CURRAN.

VERY TIGHT.

HE DOESN'T THROW

A LOT OF PUNCHES.

HE DOESN'T FIGHT WITH A LOT

OF URGENCY.

JOE WARREN HAS TO PUSH THE PACE.

IF PAT CURRAN ISN'T THROWING THE

JAB, CHANGE YOUR LEVEL.

GET THE TAKEDOWN.

STAY IN HIS FACE.

PRESSURE HIM JUST LIKE THIS.

>> KNEES BY WARREN AGAIN IN

BELLY TO BACK SUPLEX POSITION.

CURRAN RIGHT BACK TO HIS FEET

AND HE BACKS OFF.

WARREN, HANDS HIGH.

CURRAN, 5'10".

WARREN, 5'6".

>> YOU SEE WARREN DIPPING DOWN

TRYING TO MAKE HIMSELF EVEN

SMALLER.

FAINT ON THE JUMP KNEE THERE BY

CURRAN.

DRIVING FOR THE SINGLE LEG.

>> UPPERCUT.

KNEES ARE GONNA BE IMPORTANT.

JOE WARREN DOES CHANGE

LEVEL A LOT.

HE BRINGS HIS HEAD DOWN.

GOT TO USE THOSE SHORT

WRESTLER-STOPPING WEAPONS LIKE

THE UPPERCUT AND THE KNEE.

>> KNEE, ELBOW.

>> GRAB IT.

>> CURRAN DEFINITELY HAS BASIC

WRESTLING FUNDAMENTALS.

HE WAS A VERY GOOD HIGH SCHOOL

WRESTLER IN THE STATE OF

FLORIDA.

OBVIOUSLY, THAT'S MILES FROM

BEING A GRECO ROMAN WRESTLING

WORLD CHAMPION, BUT HE AT LEAST

UNDERSTANDS BASIC WRESTLING.

>> JOE WARREN WAS ALSO THIRD IN

THE N.C.A.A. NATIONALS.

I THINK 133 POUNDS FOR

UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN.

>> YOU GOT TWO MINUTES

IN THIS ROUND.

>> SO HE HAS GREAT

TAKEDOWN SKILLS.

WAS--I THINK NATIONAL RECORD

FOR TAKEDOWNS FOR A LOT OF YEARS

BELONGED TO JOE WARREN.

>> WARREN STAYING STICKY,

STAYING TIGHT.

NOW BACKS OFF.

>> IT'S NOT JUST GRECO ROMAN.

HE HAS A GREAT DOUBLE LEG.

>> CURRAN YET TO ESTABLISH HIS

RANGE, JIMMY.

>> WELL, HE'S JUST NOT THROWING

A LOT.

IF THERE'S ONE WEAKNESS TO PAT

CURRAN'S STYLE IS THAT HE TENDS

TO WAIT AND BE VERY PATIENT.

HE DOESN'T THROW A LOT

OF PUNCHES.

>> YOU SAW THAT FROM CURRAN.

>> WHOA.

GOOD HEAD KICK.

>> BIG HEAD KICK THERE.

THEN THE KNEE BY CURRAN.

OH, AND THEN A JUMP KNEE!

WARREN IN ALL SORTS OF TROUBLE

AND CURRAN TAKING FINISH.

>> BUT HE'S A GREAT FINISHER,

AND THAT'S A LOT OF KNOCKOUT

POWER.

>> CURRAN OVER JUMPED THE

TARGET.

THERE WITH A KNEE TO THE BODY.

CLINCH BY WARREN.

WARREN IS WOBBLY.

HE IS REALLY HURT.

[audience shouts excitedly]

JUST AS YOU WERE SAYING HE WAS

TOO PATIENT, HE EXPLODED,

THAT PAT CURRAN.

>> HE ALSO THREW A LOCK,

BUT WHEN HE DOES, HE'S VERY

ACCURATE.

>> KNEE.

>> KNEE.

>> ONE MINUTE REMAINING IN THIS

OPENING ROUND.

SCHEDULED FOR FIVE FOR THE

BELLATOR 145-POUND WORLD TITLE.

>> WELL, IT LOOKS A LOT LIKE A

JOE WARREN FIGHT.

HE IS STAGGERED AND ROCKED IN

THE FIRST ROUND.

>> JOE WARREN HAS SEVEN PRO

M.M.A. RINGS.

NONE OF THEM HAVE BEEN EASY.

HE'S BEEN IN TROUBLE IN ALL

SEVEN OF HIS VICTORIES.

[people shouting indistinctly]

>> LET'S GO.

>> 35 SECONDS REMAINING IN ROUND

NUMBER ONE OF THIS BELLATOR

FEATHERWEIGHT WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

FIGHT.

PAT CURRAN VERSUS THE CHAMPION,

JOE WARREN.

>> OH, MY GOD, WHAT A KNEE.

>> HUGE KNEE THROWN BY CURRAN,

AND YET WARREN GETS HIS BACK,

GETS THE PARTIAL TAKEDOWN.

NOW LOOKING FOR THE OUTSIDE

TRIP.

GREAT BALANCE BY CURRAN.

>> THIS IS GONNA SOUND STRANGE.

MY RESPECT FOR ALEXIS VILA HAS

GONE THROUGH THE ROOF.

HE PUT THIS GUY DOWN AND

PAT CURRAN HAS LEVELED HIM,

AND HE'S STILL STANDING.

>> TAKEDOWN BY WARREN.

[bell rings]

>> STOP.

>> MAN.

>> THAT'S A GREAT OPENING ROUND

TO THIS WORLD TITLE FIGHT.

>> YOU KNOW, AND THAT'S HOW

JOE WARREN FIGHTS.

HE GETS HURT, BUT HE MAKES IT

BACK TO HIS STOOL.

>> WE ARE COMING BACK

>> AND LOOK AT THAT DOUBLE LEG

FROM JOE WARREN EARLY ON

IN THE FIGHT.

YOU SEE HERE, BEAUTIFUL LEVEL

CHANGE TO THE DOUBLE LEG, BUT

THEN PAT CURRAN--

BEAUTIFUL HIGH KICK

ROCKED JOE WARREN.

IN ALL KINDS OF TROUBLE.

YOU SEE THE FLYING KNEE THERE.

JUST UNLOADING, BUT UNABLE TO

FINISH THE CHAMP IN THE

FIRST ROUND.

>> READY, JOE?

LET'S DO IT.