Pat Curran lost his Bellator featherweight title to Daniel Straus in November 2013. The defeat, a unanimous decision loss, was the first time that Curran had been on the losing end of a fight since dropping a unanimous decision to Eddie Alvarez in April 2011. On Friday, March 14 Curran will get a chance to regain his title when he faces Straus in the headlining bout of Bellator 112.
The upcoming fight will mark the third time that Curran and Straus have met. The first bout took place in April 2009 with Curran taking the win with a first round knockout. That fight was the seventh professional bout for each fighter.
Speaking about his recent loss to Straus, Curran told "I went through a lot leading into that fight, and it's not just that I had an off night, there was a lot of extra stress that I went through that really played a toll on me. I've been suffering through a lot of depression and anxiety issues. I went and saw a doctor and I'm on the right medication for that. Since I started that, it's really, really helped. It opened my eyes, cleared the air. The clouds went away and it's just been so much better since I went to this doctor and started getting help"
With that admission out in the open, Curran said, "I'm happy to get that out there and get that off my chest. I'm refocused. I'm pissed off more than anything that I let that happen to myself, and I can't believe that I lost."
Curran went on to say that before he got the help he needed for his depression he didn't look forward to training and that he was feeling mentally defeated. Curran said he no longer feels that way. The former champion is now feeling very confident that he will leave the cage in mid-March with the Bellator title once again strapped around his waist, "I know I'm going to win this fight," Curran stated. "Mentally, I already won. I'm prepared 100 percent, and there's nothing that's going to stop me on March 14."