Pat Curran looked to have never lost a step inside the Bellator cage as he picked apart John Teixeira with ease for three rounds for a unanimous decision at Bellator 184.
The win marks the third consecutive victory for Curran who now moves to 23-7. All three judges scored the bout in his favor (29-28, 30-27, 30-26) as he controlled the majority of the action, particularly with a dominant third round.
John Teixeira drops to 21-3-2 and has now lost two consecutive contests. Teixeira entered Bellator 184 after his ten-fight winning streak was snapped by Daniel Weichel, who is currently challenging for the Bellator Featherweight Championship.
Teixeira lost a heartbreaker in his most recent scrap. The Brazilian saw his 10-fight unbeaten streak come to an end when he dropped a split decision to Daniel Weichel. The victory earned Weichel a November matchup against champion Patricio Freire.
While it was always going to be John “Macapa” Teixeira who took the center of the octagon and forced the fight, it was Curran who controlled the striking exchanges. Despite this, though, it did take Curran a little while to get going.
It felt so great to get back inside the Bellator cage. This was the calmest, most composed I’ve ever felt while competing. Now, one job is done and I can focus on my other. But let me make one thing clear, I want that belt.
Curran does have a knack for being inactive and he was happy to just circle the cage in the first minutes of the fight. “Macapa” employed a calculated forward approach, while Curran remained in a boxing stance. Curran is always vulnerable to lead-leg attacks, and “Macapa” began unloading vicious leg kicks. The leg kicks would continue to be the only practical weapon for Teixeira through the entire three rounds.
After Curran landed a massive right hand on “Macapa” in the first round, the momentum changed entirely. It was now Pat Curran who was moving forward and pushing Teixeira backward. Every time Teixeira came forward to engage with Pat Curran, Curran would use several techniques to circle, evade and reset. In particular, the lead right hand and left hook combination seemed to stun “Macapa” every time.
“Macapa” tried to mix things up in round two with a double leg takedown. He looked to have gained an angle on Curran, but Curran threw in a whizzer and reversed the position before separating. Curran went back to being extremely inactive while his opponent began chipping away at the lead leg. Round two was a difficult round to score as “Macapa” was attempting more strikes, but they weren’t landing as clean as Curran’s.
In the third and final round, “Macapa” remained patient despite most likely being down on the scorecards. Instead, it was Curran who stepped up his output after his corner informed him that the takedown is the best strategy. Curran took his opponent down to the mat and worked from there before the two ended the fight standing up.
There was a sniper in the building at Bellator 184 by the name of Pat Curran. Curran’s precision striking was a treat to watch, and he landed some heavy shots on John Teixeira throughout the fight. Despite this, Curran never threatened with a stoppage and chose to pick away with single shots rather than combinations.
Fight rating: 55/100
Pat Curran remained composed and extremely efficient in this fight. At the end of the three rounds, it looked as though he had plenty more to give. His lead right hand was dangerous, and when he backed it up with the left hook it was even more devastating. The problem, though, was that Curran was reluctant to attempt combinations and was happy to pick and move away from Teixeira for the three rounds.
His defensive wrestling was on display in the second round, and his takedowns helped him to a dominant ending. Overall, it was a great display of boxing from Pat Curran.
John Teixeira struggled to get inside Pat Curran’s range this fight. Curran would occasionally tag him with hard shots as he attempted to close the distance. Once “Macapa” felt his power, he chose to stay back rather than advance forward. In the third round, Teixeira should have increased his aggression, but he decided to give in to Curran’s gameplan and strategy.
Teixeira’s leg kicks were an effective weapon, and I believed that he had done enough to win the second round from those alone.