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The Best Fighter Outside the UFC: Pat Curran?

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Who's the best fighter outside the UFC?
Pat Curran 8 38%
Gilbert Milendez 13 62%
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No disrespect to Gilbert Melendez, Nate Marquardt, Gegard Mousasi, or the plethora of world class mixed martial arts talent fighting overseas.

Pat Curran is the best fighter not currently in the UFC.

The 24-year-old became the Bellator featherweight champion Friday after a destruction of Joe Warren.

Curran (17-4) knocked Warren out with a barrage of punches that followed a flush knee to the jaw in the third round of the main event at Bellator 60.

Warren is considered one of the best wrestlers in the sport, but Curran defended his takedown attempts with ease. The few times he was taken down he showed great hip escapes and scrambled back to his feet quickly, reminiscent of UFC champions Junior dos Santos and Benson Henderson.

Much like former UFC lightweight champion Frankie Edgar, Warren is also known for being able to take a world of punishment and keep moving forward, but Curran certainly stopped him in his tracks.

Post #1   3/14/12 6:32:00PM   

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I agree with the author.

I'd love to see Pat in the UFC against Aldo.

Post #2   3/14/12 6:33:43PM   

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There's definitely a good case for Paddy Mike being the best fighter outside the UFC. He is a fantastic talent, imo, at Lightweight as well as Featherweight.

Post #3   3/14/12 6:44:57PM   

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I picked Melendez as he has beaten...more so dominated...virtually all of the top fighters outside the UFC (except for Alvarez and Chandler). Aoki was universally top 3 before that lopsided decision. Kawajiri was very highly regarded (#7-10 on almost every site) until he blasted through him. He has beaten strikers at their own game and has solid wrestling.

Curran is on a great run at FW, but the Bellator FW division imo isnt as good as the SF LW division.

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Posted by Bubbles

I picked Melendez as he has beaten...more so dominated...virtually all of the top fighters outside the UFC (except for Alvarez and Chandler). Aoki was universally top 3 before that lopsided decision. Kawajiri was very highly regarded (#7-10 on almost every site) until he blasted through him. He has beaten strikers at their own game and has solid wrestling.

Curran is on a great run at FW, but the Bellator FW division imo isnt as good as the SF LW division.



That said...

I'd pick Pat in a fight between those two.

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I also picked Melendez and would absolutely pick Melendez in a fight between the two.

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I picked Melendez, but a case could be made for Curran at this point. It seems to me that Curran is just now coming into his own and becoming a top fighter whereas Gil has been there awhile. It might not be long before I change my mind on this one.

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Posted by Bubbles

I picked Melendez as he has beaten...more so dominated...virtually all of the top fighters outside the UFC (except for Alvarez and Chandler). Aoki was universally top 3 before that lopsided decision. Kawajiri was very highly regarded (#7-10 on almost every site) until he blasted through him. He has beaten strikers at their own game and has solid wrestling.

Curran is on a great run at FW, but the Bellator FW division imo isnt as good as the SF LW division.



That said...

I'd pick Pat in a fight between those two.



You want explain why you would make that pick?

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Posted by bjj1605 Warren is considered one of the best wrestlers in the sport, but Curran defended his takedown attempts with ease. The few times he was taken down he showed great hip escapes and scrambled back to his feet quickly, reminiscent of UFC champions Junior dos Santos and Benson Henderson.



I wouldn't say he did it with ease. Also you have to consider Warren weighed in at 145lbs with a title belt and suit on.

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Posted by Bubbles

I picked Melendez as he has beaten...more so dominated...virtually all of the top fighters outside the UFC (except for Alvarez and Chandler). Aoki was universally top 3 before that lopsided decision. Kawajiri was very highly regarded (#7-10 on almost every site) until he blasted through him. He has beaten strikers at their own game and has solid wrestling.

Curran is on a great run at FW, but the Bellator FW division imo isnt as good as the SF LW division.



That said...

I'd pick Pat in a fight between those two.



You want explain why you would make that pick?



I think Pat has got more diverse striking and more power. I don't think Gil would be able to handle him on the feet and I don't think Gil could get him down.

I could see Gil picking him apart, maybe. But the more likely scenario for me would be Pat using some sprawl and brawl and landing the harder shots.

Post #10   3/15/12 8:15:23PM