Patricio Freire will have to test his will against thumb ligament rehabilitation instead of grappler Joe Warren after recently announcing recovery would keep him out until early 2012. Taking Freire's place against Bellator's featherweight champ will be 24-year old Pat Curran in February at a yet-to-be-named event.

While the specifics remain cloudy Bellator has confirmed the fight will take place.

Curran is looking to improve upon his 16-4 record and claim a division crown to erase memories of his Unanimous Decision loss to lightweight title-holder Eddie Alvarez. Immediately after his loss, Curran moved down to Featherweight where he is currently riding a four fight win streak topped off by his beating of Marlon Sandro. The win made Curran the promotion's "Summer Series" tournament winner, a claim ultimately earning him the shot at Warren's belt.

A Look at Curran's Win Over Sandro

Curran will take his 20 professional MMA fight record and put them to the test against the much less experienced but more decorated Greco-Roman wrestler Warren who holds a 7-2 record. Warren will look to bounce back from his Bantamweight loss to Alexis Vila in the quarterfinal of the Bellator Season 5 tournament.

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