New Bellator head cheese Scott Coker is already looking to make things right.
Bellator MMA featherweight champion Pat Curran will defend his title against Patricio Freire at the upcoming Bellator 123 mixed martial arts (MMA) event, according to Combate (via MMA Fighting), which takes place on Sept. 5, 2014 at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn., live on Spike TV.
And it will be up against some stiff competition.
Curran (20-5) won a razor-thin split decision over the Brazilian back at Bellator 85. Freire stormed back to win the season nine title tournament -- which by Bjorn Rebney's logic made him No. 1 contender -- but got trumped by Daniel Straus (read the explanation here).
Not surprisingly, the promotion is scrapping the tournament format altogether.
Freire (21-2) has won all four of his contests since his first go-round with the champ, finishing three of them in brutal fashion. In fact, his only other loss was also a split decision, after longtime veteran Joe Warren edged him out at Bellator 23 way back in 2010.
Also doing work at the Bellator 123 event is former UFC light heavyweight James Irvin, who is scheduled to throw hands opposite promotion mainstay Brennan Ward. Expect more fight announcements to find their way online in the coming weeks.
Until then, let's hear your pick for Curran vs. Freire 2.