Bellator kicked off it’s season-six featherweight tournament on Saturday by putting together a group of eight talented fighters trying to earn themselves a title shot in the future. The Bellator featherweight champion Joe Warren headlined the event, as he took on Pat Curran with the belt on the line.

Bellator 60 took place on March 9 from The Venue at Horseshoe Hammond in Hammond, Ind. aired the preliminary card, while MTV2 broadcast the main card, which began at 8 p.m. ET.

Curran claims Bellator gold with knockout over Warren

The main event of the evening didn’t disappoint as a new Bellator featherweight champion was crowned. Pat Curran overcame the wrestling of champion Joe Warren and knocked out “The Baddest Man on the Planet” in the third round.

The champion Warren came out quick by landing a takedown in less than 20 seconds, but Curran was able to stand up immediately. Warren wasn’t able to do a whole lot of damage, but did control Curran for over half the round. Out of nowhere, Curran rocked Warren, turning this championship fight completely around. Even after absorbing many shots, the champion survived.

In the second, Warren went back to his wrestling, but once again Curran got back to his feet quickly. Warren slowed the pace down to his advantage, and after a clinch against the cage, landed another takedown in the round. But the slick Curran got out again, which allowed both men to strike until the end of the round.

The third round is where Curran opened up his striking. Curran landed a flying knee and had the champion hurt from the start. From there, Curran continued his onslaught with numerous shots that could have ended the fight then and there. However, the referee allowed the fight to continue, but Warren couldn’t overcome the uppercuts of Curran, ultimately giving Curran the knockout victory.

Pat Curran was crowned the new Bellator featherweight champion with a third-round knockout of Joe Warren.

Straus earns unanimous decision over Spoon

In the co-main event, Daniel Straus put his name into the featherweight tournament semifinals by defeating Jeremy Spoon by unanimous decision.

To open up the fight, both Straus and Spoon had some bright spots. Straus gained the upper hand with a solid takedown midway through the first round, to go along with his striking.  But Spoon showed good defense and was able to make it out of the opening round.

Straus came into round two the same way, aggressive. Showing off his striking, Straus continued to push the pace. Whenever Spoon tried to take the fight to the mat, Straus showed solid takedown defense and and even countered with a takedown of his own.

Spoon wanted to score some shots of his own in the third, and started off the final round with a big right hand. He continued his attack by pressing Straus against the cage, but Straus broke away to try and control the fight again. Spoon had his best performance in round three, but it wouldn’t be enough to win the fight.

Daniel Straus earned the unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28) and moved on to the semifinals.

Corey takes rounds two and three to defeat Mann

In another quarterfinal featherweight bout, Mike Corey put on a great performance to defeat Ronnie Mann by unanimous decision.

In the opening round, both men stood in the center and exchanged, where Mann gained the upper hand in the striking department. Two consecutive shots by Mann landed to the chin of Corey, dropping him and allowing Mann to lay in Corey’s guard. Give Corey credit though, as he was able to escape the position. In the final minute of the round, Corey landed a takedown that gave him an opportunity to land some shots while on top as the round ended.

Corey came out aggressively in round two with the momentum on his side. At the three-minute mark, Corey scored again with a takedown, which gave him more time to do damage. Corey managed to stay on top for the remainder of the round, allowing the bout to be evened up at one round a piece.

With the hometown crowd behind him, Corey looked to add onto what he accomplished in the second by taking Mann down once again in the final round. Mann didn’t have an answer to the dominant position Corey had on him and was stuck on the bottom the entire round. Corey played it safe, but still earned points by staying on the attack until the horn sounded.

With the impressive performance, Corey becomes the next featherweight semifinalist with a unanimous decision victory.

Sandro submits Vargas in featherweight tourney bout

After turning 35 years old the day before, Brazilian Marlon Sandro exploded into the featherweight tournament by putting away Roberto Vargas in the first round by submission.

From the start, Sandro had his striking on point. Several times during the fight, it appeared Sandro had the finish with his brutal ground-and-pound shots, but Vargas hung on. However, once Sandro took his back and locked up a rear-naked choke, Vargas had no choice but to tap.

The finish came at 3:35 of round, as Sandro moved on to the semifinals.

Main Card Results

Bellator Featherweight Championship: Pat Curran def. Joe Warren by knockout (strikes). Round 3, 1:25

Bellator Featherweight Quarterfinal: Daniel Straus def. Jeremy Spoon by unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)

Bellator Featherweight Quarterfinal: Mike Corey def. Ronnie Mann by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Bellator Featherweight Quarterfinal: Marlon Sandro def. Roberto Vargas by submission (rear-naked choke). Round 1, 3:35

Preliminary Card Results

Jake Nauracy def. Cory Galloway by submission (rear-naked choke). Round 2, 4:22

Travis Wiuff def. Anthony Gomez by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Sean McCorkle def. Richard White by submission (neck crank). Round 1, 1:02

Josh Shockley def. Shamar Bailey by unanimous decision

Bellator Featherweight Quarterfinal: Alexandre Bezerra def. Kenny Foster by submission (rear-naked choke). Round 2, 4:57

Genair da Silva def. Bobby Reardanz by TKO (strikes). Round 3, 0:59

Photo: Pat Curran (R) and Joe Warren (Sherdog)

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