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By: Jamie Penick, MMATorch Editor-in-Chief
Bellator's second annual summer series will conclude on August 24 with Bellator 73, and the event now has a venue. The organization announced on Friday that the event will take place from Harrah's Tunica Hotel and Casino in Tunica Resorts, Mississippi.
The card will feature the finals of the summer series light heavyweight tournament, as well as the season six bantamweight tournament between Marcos Galvao and Luis Nogueira, and will be headlined by the Featherweight Championship bout between Pat Curran and Patricio "Pitbull" Freire.
"Harrah's Tunica was a fantastic venue partner for us when we made our first visit last year, and I expect another energized sold out crowd on August 24," Bellator Chairman & CEO Bjorn Rebney said in a release announcing the venue. "Pat Curran and Patricio Pitbull is a World title fight between two of the best featherweights on earth. Both can finish any fight with relentless strikes or vicious submissions. This will be an epic title fight to remember for years to come."
Curran defeated Joe Warren by knockout earlier this year to capture Bellator's Featherweight Championship, moving ahead of Freire in the title shot order after Freire went down with an injury. Now they'll meet one another to determine who will reign atop Bellator's 145 lb. division.
"This fight with Patricio is one I've been looking forward to for a while," Curran said. "This will be my first title defense, and I just want to get back in the cage and keep developing as a fighter. Pitbull is an outstanding fighter, so this should be a great fight."
"I'm very happy and relieved this fight is finally happening," Pitbull added. "I've been through a lot with my hand injury and can't wait to get back in the cage. I'm 100 percent now and all I want is to fulfill my dream of getting the belt and pay tribute to my late teacher Bruno Gouvea. He's the reason I'm here today and he'll be with me in spirit cageside watching his work pay off. All is can say is Pat better be ready. I've never been so motivated for a fight, and I've never wanted the belt so much."
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