The Featherweight title was on the line tonight (March 9, 2012) at Bellator 60 in Hammond, Ind., as champion Joe Warren looked to defend his 145-pound belt for the first time against challenger Pat Curran.
Curran, who had earned earned the championship opportunity by winning the featherweight "Summer Series" tournament in 2011, previously won the lightweight tournament as well, although he failed in his first title shot against Eddie Alvarez last April.
Not this time.
After nearly finishing the fight with a head kick and follow-up strikes in the first round, Curran didn't let up when he hurt Warren in the third, putting away the champion with on of the most violent and longest fight-ending sequences you'll ever see.
It all started with a perfectly timed knee during an ill-fated takedown attempt from the self-proclaimed "Baddest Man on the Planet."
When Curran had Warren rocked with the knee, he pressed forward, tattooing the Greco Roman wrestler with a tremendous volume of strikes. Somehow, Warren refused to go down, but he absorbed as much punishment as you can imagine in what was at least 30 seconds of pure unadulterated mayhem.
With the referee seemingly lost at sea, "Paddy Mike" finally put Warren down for good with consecutive uppercuts that sent the champ to the canvas completely unconscious. The pro-Curran crowd exploded in exuberance and Bjorn Rebney presented Curran with his shiny new championship belt.
Even if he's not the most likable guy out there, one has to be feel bad for Warren. That fight should have been stopped way sooner and he ate a huge amount of unnecessary damage. He had also been in control of a majority of the fight in the first two rounds with repeated takedown attempts and by keeping Curran in his heels in the clinch before that explosive knee set things off.
Pat Curran won't have too long to enjoy his victory as Patricio "Pitbull" Freire, the winner of the season four featherweight tournament has already told him to "take care of his belt until he can have it" on Twitter.
What did you think of the finish, Maniacs?
Should it have been stopped sooner? Who do you like in the upcoming featherweight title between Patricio Pitbull and Pat Curran?