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Pat Curran forced from title defense

Updated: August 14, 2012, 7:49 PM ET
By Josh Gross | ESPN.com

Bellator featherweight champion Pat Curran has been forced from a title defense against Patricio Freire on Aug. 24 in Tunica, Miss., Bellator chief Bjorn Rebney confirmed to ESPN.com.

Curran (17-4) suffered a fractured orbital bone in the third round of sparring Tuesday morning at his gym in a suburb outside Chicago, according to the promotion.

"It's an incredibly frustrating injury, especially to happen so close to the fight, but these things happen," Curran said. "I can honestly ...

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