Is Pat Curran the world's best fighter outside the UFC?

by Mike Johnsto | source:

No disrespect to Gilbert Melendez, Nate Marquardt, Gegard Mousasi, or the plethora of world class mixed martial arts talent fighting overseas, but Pat Curran is the best fighter not currently in the UFC.

The 24-year-old became the Bellator featherweight champion Friday knocking Joe Warren out with a barrage of punches in the third round at Bellator 60.

Warren is considered one of the best wrestlers in the sport, but Curran defended his takedown attempts with ease.

Warren is also known for being able to take a world of punishment and keep moving forward, but Curran stopped him in his tracks.

Warren's killer instinct and the way he throws a wide array of strikes including knees, elbows, kicks and punches, is very much like Jose Aldo -- the current king of the featherweight castle.

His only loss since 2009 was a competitive five-round decision to former Bellator lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez.

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EBM site profile image  

3/12/12 9:02 AM by EBM

Outside of Zuffa, it's Hector Lombard Then Michael Chandler Then Pat Curran

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3/11/12 7:39 PM by TheUltimateLurker

I will give him the benefit of a doubt and take his word that he was sick and not at his best conditioning wise for the OSP fight. To say "his wrestling still sucks" is amateur and uniformed. Watch round 1 of the OSP fight again and tell me you honestly still believe that. He put on a wrestling and grappling clinic before he got tired. Showing what he had been working on since being controlled by Lawal.

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3/11/12 10:16 AM by KimboByGhettoplex

Mousasi isn't even among the 10 best fighters outside the UFC IMO. His wrestling still sucks & he fades regularly. It shouldn't have taken him so long to beat a totally overmatched & overwhelmed OSP and also there's no way his fight with Jardine should have been close at any point. His stock should be way down ATM as he's done nothing but take steps backward since destroying Babalu. That said, I'm still a big fan of Mousasi and he does have top contender potential, but in Strikeforce alone IMO King Mo, Cormier, Gil, and Rockhold are all better fighters, and there are others like Tarec Saffiedine, Derek Brunson, etc. who may not be too far behind.

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3/11/12 10:03 AM by KimboByGhettoplex

Curran is definitely in the discussion IMO.Bellator from 135-155 has just tons of talent. Curran, Chandler, Dantes, Straus, the Pitbulls, etc. all look like legitimate top guys in their weightclasses. Since none of these guys are going to be in the UFC for some time I would love to see Bellator pick up some more of the names in Japan like Bibiano Fernandes, Imanari, Crusher, Takaya, etc. to further that depth. I also think Bellator needs to consider stepping away from the tourney formats in their lighter divisions. Tourneys are great for building divisions & making names, but there is so much talent there now that it's really unnecessary to do it below 170.

Finnie1878 site profile image  

3/11/12 7:54 AM by Finnie1878

How can you generalise all fighters outside the UFC in every weight class and say curran is the best? Best 145er you may have an argument but this is a stupid article

ChaosOverkill site profile image  

3/11/12 6:13 AM by ChaosOverkill

did warren cry again?did he let loose those salty tears?

ChucklesT site profile image  

3/11/12 5:52 AM by ChucklesT

Pitbull vs pat will be a war for sure

CindyO site profile image  

3/11/12 5:43 AM by CindyO

 Curran definitely has my attention. Cindy

TheUltimateLurker site profile image  

3/11/12 5:34 AM by TheUltimateLurker

Michael Chandler flattens Melendez and beats Curran in my book. Pretty certain Eddie V. beats Gilbert as well, and im a huge Melendez fan. If we are talking best fighter p4p outside of Zuffa its probably Chandler. If its the best fighter just outside of the UFC than it would be Gegard hands down.

Musashi site profile image  

3/11/12 4:20 AM by Musashi

Comparing Warren to Aldo? c'mon.