Pat Curran has fallen a long way since he dismantled Joe Warren to win the Bellator featherweight title in March 2012.
He defended his title twice before losing it to Daniel Straus in November 2013, but Curran said the biggest reason he dropped that fight was a medical issue.
“To sum it up, I suffer from severe depression and anxiety issues,” he told MMA Fighting. “I’ve been dealing with this for a long time, but I was recently able to find out what it was and how to address it. I’ve been seeing a doctor and I’ve got the right medication. Since I sought help and took the steps to change that, I’ve become a new person. I’m feeling great right now.”
Curran has a rematch with Straus at Bellator 112 in Indiana on Friday night and he says he’s loving life and ready to get the belt back.