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After Losing Vision Briefly, Pat Curran Fully Recovered from Fractured Orbital

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It was a scary injury.

Bellator featherweight champion Pat Curran was winding down his training camp for a title defense against Patricio Freire in August, and he caught a punch that put him on the sidelines for weeks with a fractured orbital.

“I guess I was sparring with a guy a little bit too big,” Curran told the Sherdog Radio Network’s “Beatdown” show. “He was a boxer. I was just boxing down in Chicago. I don’t know, it was just a freak accident. I was sparring with him pretty much the whole camp leading up to the fight. It was my second to last sparring session and he just clipped me with a right hook, and it fractured it.”

If a fractured orbital sounds painful, that’s because it is.

“It was pretty painful,” Curran said. “It was my first time ever fracturing my orbital. When it happened, I really didn’t know what was going on. I was instantly blind. My nose started bleeding on the same side and I pretty much lost vision for about 30 minutes. It was hard for me to see out of that eye for a while, but in time, it healed.”

The injury didn’t require surgery. Instead, Curran went eight weeks without sparring and then switched to thicker headgear before jumping back in the ring to prepare for his defense against Freire, which takes place Thursday at Bellator Fighting Championships 85

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Post #1   1/14/13 3:28:39PM   

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that injury cost me a chance to see him fight Freire live, but im glad he's doing better. those are some scary injuries.

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Lost vision for 30 minutes, I would've been freaking out for those whole 30 minutes.

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I've broken mine before. For me it hurt worse the next day. I've heard of some fighters not really noticing it for a few days.

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Thankfully he can fight again. You never know with eye related injuries. 2013 might be a big year for Curran. I can't wait to see the Pitbull fight

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Posted by LuckyCharms

Lost vision for 30 minutes, I would've been freaking out for those whole 30 minutes.



So much this! There is no way I can imagine myself being calm in this situation.

Good to hear he's fully healed and I'm looking forward to a great fight with Freire

Post #6   1/14/13 9:50:39PM