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The sixth season of Bellator Fighting Championships kicks off with a featherweight championship bout and the start of the featherweight tournament.

Veterans Joe Warren and Pat Curran do battle in the Main Event Friday March 9 at The Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, Indiana.

Warren (7-2) is back to defend his Bellator featherweight belt after failing in a drop to bantamweight last year. He faces the hard-hitting Curran, a world-class grappler who is 16-4 lifetime.

Curran brings a three-fight win streak and will have the hometown crowd advantage. And while he is the challenger, online sportsbooks have made him a big favorite in this battle.

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Curran opened as a -325 moneyline favorite, while Warren was listed at +265. If you believe the champion will come through (and he has only lost to Bibiano Fernandes and Alexis Vila at bantamweight), he is a very tempting underdog play.

Both men have beaten quality foes with Warren besting Joe Soto, Patricio Friere and Kid Yamamoto while Curran knocked out tough Marlon Sandro last time out.

Curran is the first fighter to win two Bellator tournaments in two different weight classes. (He won the lightweight tournament in June 2010).

The Featherweight Tournament kicks off as well with Sandro (20-3) taking on Roberto Vargas. Vargas is 12-1 record with three knockouts and four submissions.

Prospect Alexandre Bezerra (12-1) faces fellow Brazilian Genair da Silva, while Daniel Straus (17-4) returns to the Bellator cage against unbeaten Jeremy Spoon (12-0).

Mike Corey faces Ronnie Mann in the fourth quarterfinal of the Bellator featherweight tournament.

The card also features big-name MMA fighters such as Travis Wiuff, Sean McCorkle and Shamar Bailey.