Calf Injury Knocks Pat Curran Out of June 6 Title Defense at Bellator 121
Bellator MMA featherweight champion Pat Curran will not defend his title as expected next month.
Bellator officials Wednesday announced that Curran sustained a severe right calf strain in training and has been forced to withdraw from a planned rematch with Patricio Freire at Bellator 121.
“I’ve been training incredibly hard for this fight by pushing myself to my absolute limits in training,” Curran stated in a release. “Unfortunately, during some conditioning drills, I suffered a bad calf strain that has halted my training for one of the biggest fights of my career. I have my sights set on getting back into the cage as soon as possible, with July in mind, but I want to be 100 percent healthy heading into that cage to smash ‘Pitbull.’”
Jake Shields Injured, Out of WSOF 11 Welterweight Matchup with Jon Fitch
The fight card for WSOF 11 has been altered again, as an injury to Jake Shields has forced the welterweight to withdraw from his planned clash with Jon Fitch.
Sherdog.com on Wednesday confirmed the news with World Series of Fighting officials following an initial report from MMAFighting.com. Shields stepped in earlier this month after the promotion’s original plan to pair Fitch against champion Rousimar Palhares fell through.
WSOF 11 takes place July 5 at a to-be-announced location and is headlined by a lightweight title confrontation between Justin Gaethje and Nick Newell. The evening’s main card airs live on NBC Sports, though it is currently unknown if Fitch will remain on the bill.
Video: Rich Franklin prayed for power outage before 1st Anderson Silva fight
There’s a potential loser in each and every one of us, former UFC middleweight champion Rich Franklin believes.
That was the veteran fighter’s message during an April 19 TED Talks event, “TEDxUChicago 2014: Make No Little Plans,” in Chicago.
Franklin, a fan favorite who held the UFC belt from 2005-2006, gave a brutally honest speech entitled “How to Be a Loser.” Drawing from his pro-fighting career, Franklin discussed how folks from all walks of life can handle losses in a productive manner.