On Monday, during an episode of ESPN’ MMA Live, Bellator MMA announced a featherweight matchup between former two-time champion Pat Curran and German submission ace Daniel Weichel had officially been added to Bellator 133 in February.

Curran (20-6) will enter this bout as one of the longest tenured fighters on the Bellator most. However, ‘Paddy Mike’ has not competed inside the cage since dropping his 145-pound belt to Patricio ‘Pitbull’ in their main event title fight at Bellator 123 in September. Prior to this win he walked away with a thrilling fifth round submission win over longtime rival Daniel Straus in their rubber match Bellator 112. With this victory, Curran not only reclaimed his featherweight title but also got revenge for his previous loss to Straus, which took place in their title fight Bellator 106. He currently holds 12 career stoppage victories and a Bellator MMA record of 10-3.

Weichel (34-8), a former M-1 Global lightweight champion and Bellator season 10 tournament winner, will enter this bout having picked up wins in 11 of his last 12 bouts, including  three straight under the Bellator banner. In his most recent outing ‘The Weasel’ earned a his 21st submission win in the former of a second round rear naked choke against Desmond Green at Bellator 119.

Additionally, Coker announced Canadian striking sensation Julia “The Jewel” Budd  will meet undefeated Brazilian jiu-jitsu specialist Talita “Treta” Nogueira.

Budd (6-2), a Strikeforce veteran, will enter this bout riding a four fight win streak, all of which came under the all-women’s Invicta Invicta FC promotion.  Of these four wins, only her most recent win over Charmaine Tweet being reached the judges scorecard. To date her last professional defeat came at the hands of current women’s bantamweight champion and cultural icon Ronda Rousey at Strikeforce Challengers 2o.

Meanwhile,  Nogueira’s (6-0) trengths lie in grappling, as she boasts not only a Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt but also a pair of grappling world titles. She turned to MMA in 2009 and is undefeated through her first six professional contests, including four wins by submission.

“I get more and more excited every time I discuss this card,” said Coker. “With Curran and Weichel, you know you’re going to get a championship-caliber fight, and I’m looking forward to seeing another former Strikeforce fighter in Julia Budd test herself against a very dangerous Talita Nogueira.”

Bellator 133 is currently scheduled will take place at the Save Mart Center in Fresno, CA. The main card airs on Spike TV following prelims on MMAjunkie.com. A middleweight battle between knockout artist Melvin Manhoef and former champion Alexander Shlemenko will serve as the main event.

Tickets for the event are currently on sale and can be purchased at The Save Mart Center box office, Ticketmaster.com or Bellator.com. The evening’s main card will air on Spike TV.

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