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dudeabides 04-11-2012 09:27 PM

Bellator FC 65: Mike Corey vs Daniel Straus

dudeabides 04-13-2012 09:52 PM


R1: Straus knocks Corey flat with a crisp one-two from southpaw. Corey regains his wits and his footing and they reset, but Straus clocks him again and clinches up against the fence. Corey circles off to change position and Straus follows suit. They break hurling leather. Cracking low kick lands from Straus, who barely blocks a Corey high kick. Straus unreels two punches, a head kick and closes the sequence with a takedown attempt. Oddly enough, a ringside mic catches a strong current of flatulence and the commentary team embarrassingly explains it.

Moving on, Straus finds the mark with another inside low kick and straight left. Straus wheels out a high kick and loses his footing but is instantly back up. Corey throws the spinning back fist but swallows a straight left when it whiffs. Straus touching up Corey with straight punches at will. 10-9 Straus for clearly out-striking Corey.

R2: Corey's nose is banged up to start the second. Corey scores a takedown on the wrestler and Straus turtles and digs for a single of his own. The referee unnecessarily steps in to restart them. Step-in hook from Straus, low kick by Corey. Straus is too artful for Corey on the feet halfway through. They clinch, Corey spikes a short knee and Straus can't complete the Harai Goshi. Corey picks up the pace with consecutive combinations and puts Straus on the fence with double underhooks. Straus gets the whizzer just in time to defend a takedown and the clinch brawl continues. Straus circles off and they separate, where Corey sneaks in two hooks; Straus responds with his left and gets standing back mount just as the round expires. 10-9 Straus for the more effective striking.

R3: Straus unfurling lefts to start the third, then trying to run the pipe with a high crotch. Corey defends well and spins Straus onto the fence, though he's bleeding steadily from the face. Straus gets the rear waist cinch and fires knees to the hamstrings while Corey fights for wrist control. He's able to peel off and they take the center of the cage at the middle mark of the round. Straus' pace has slowed and Corey is more competitive on the feet. Just as I typed that, he eats a rugged left from Straus, then another.

Corey shoots a deep double and slips behind Straus pursuing a belly to back suplex, but Straus breaks his grip to escape. Corey now has Straus backed against the fence with a stream of punches. Straus looks to have spit out his mouthpiece, which has to be a sign of fatigue. The ref mans up and jumps in between the competitors while they're unloading as the bell sounds. 10-9 Corey in a nice comeback round. I have it 29-28 Straus as we await the official decision.

One judges sees it 30-27 while the other two have it 29-28 for Daniel Straus, who defeats Mike Corey by unanimous decision.

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