With Pat Curran injured, Patricio “Pitbull” Freire is off the Bellator 73 card

Earlier this week, Bellator featherweight champion Pat Curran had to pull out his his title defense next week due to a fractured orbital bone.

Curran suffered the injury in his next to last day of sparring for his fight against Patricio “Pitbull” Freire, which was scheduled to take place next Friday night at Bellator 73 in Mississippi.

Pitbull was hoping to stay on the card and asked Bellator Chairman and CEO Bjorn Rebney on Twitter if he could make a fight with Joe Warren happen.

Warren is the only fighter to defeat Pitbull as he defeated him at Bellator 23 by split decision in the season two featherweight tournament final.

However, Pitbull has wrote on Twitter that he will not be fighting next week at Bellator 73.

“Guys unfortunately I won’t be fighting next week,” Pitbull wrote. “I really wish I could fight someone else, but it won’t be possible.”

Bellator officials have not announced when the Curran and Pitbull bout will now take place. Because of his injury, Curran can not have any contact for six weeks. If he is cleared by a doctor, he could resume training at the end of September.

The seventh season of Bellator begins on September 28th and the organization could be looking to reschedule this fight for the end of the season.