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Pat Curran 131/100 (1.31) 4 1750100 WIN!
Daniel Straus 100/159 F (0.63) 1 25000  

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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 03-13-2014, 12:33 AM Thread Starter
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Bellator FC 112: Pat Curran vs Daniel Straus

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Round 1- Front kick from Curran. Stiff one-two is Straus' answer. Two more straight kicks from Curran, followed by double right hands. Straus slips throwing a big left high kick and Curran clips him in the chin with a short knee on the way up. Curran surprisingly initiates the clinch and hits an outside trip. Straus goes half-butterfly guard, looking for a sweep -- Curran goes chest to chest, then postures up with punches.

As soon as he does, Straus is quick in snaking his legs over for an inverted triangle. Curran slips his head free and nearly takes Straus' back, but settles for a side ride as Straus turtles parallel with the fence. Curran fishes for a choke from the headlock position but Straus creates enough space to stand. In the 50/50 clinch, Curran lands a knee to the body and pursues another trip, but Straus switches to a powerful D'arce choke and then transitions to a power guillotine that is tight. Curran escapes just before the bell. 10-9 Curran.

Round 2 - Straus comes out busier with his straight left in the second. And that's the exact punch that absolutely floors Curran, sending him flat on his back. He recovers quickly and stands back up but his right eye is showing some serious damage, though not bleeding excessively. Straus looking to counter-flurry as soon as Curran commits. Now it's Curran who lunges in with a sharp combination that drives Straus back, and he closes it off with a knee to the body.

Straus counters Curran's clinch knee with a right left hook, then persists with a looping overhand left. Quick three-punch combo from Curran, then a straight kick downstairs. These boys are going at it now. Curran lands another short burst that seems to anger Straus, as he charges whilst heaving big leather and a left high kick. Curran defends and leaps into a jumping knee. 10-9 Straus.

Round 3 - They come out swinging again. Curran throws a roundhouse kick to the body, then tries one upstairs. Straus connects with the latter of a one-two. Curran flashes his hands and forces Straus back, then wheels out a high roundhouse kick that Straus seems to block. Straus shakes his head and raises his arms, egging Curran on. Front kick from Curran; it's answered by a low kick from Straus.

Curran doubles up on right hands and lands another body kick. Straus fires a left hand and changes levels but Curran stuffs it, spears in a knee to the sternum and pushes Straus on the cage. Straus swivels his hips into a powerful outside trip and gets Curran down, but he takes a knee and stands right back up. Hell of a scrap here. Curran grabs a body lock and puts Straus on the cage, and the ref again barks out to "fight off the cage" and "stay busy" as they're both landing punches in the clinch. Straus swings a meatball of a left hook after Curran misses a risky jump knee and Curran kind of falls and kind of rolls into guard. 10-10 for a pretty damn even round.

Round 4 - Straus comes out launching left hands and pushes Curran against the fence. Curran spins off the fence, Straus does the same and Curran repeats it. The ref continues to show an intolerance for clinch fighting and separates the fighters. They both throw kicks simultaneously and Straus catches it low, but takes only a few seconds to restart.

Front kick, right, left, right combo from Curran. Straus still throwing heavy leather but it's thwacking off Curran's gloves due to his quick defensive shelling. Straus catches Curran's kick but eats a few punches from Curran, hopping on one leg. Straus tries to clinch but Curran fires short and accurate counters. 10-9 Curran by a narrow margin for his accuracy and striking defense, making him a tad more effective.
Round 5 - They hug it out in the center to start the final round. They clinch up and trade places against the fence. The ref separates them and pauses to wipe off "excessive Vaseline" on Curran's eye. Curran pings a left hook and right cross in close and Straus responds with a streaking left. Two right hooks land for a Curran with a missed body knee in between.

Curran changes levels during a Straus attack and drops on his knees for a double leg with the body lock, and works hard to get it. He scrambles to Straus' back with just over a minute left and ties on a rear-naked choke that looks tight, but elicits a thumbs up from Straus. Then another thumbs up from Straus, who's content to lay still and gesture. The next gesture is a tapout, as Curran's relentlessly wrenched the choke throughout the final 45-seconds. Pat Curran earns his featherweight championship back in a stellar fight.

Pat Curran defeats Daniel Straus by submission (rear-naked choke), Round 5

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Did anyone else find the way this fight ended kind of strange? I mean, Curran was clearly getting pretty close to having Straus's neck and Strauss starts giving thumbs up gestures with his one free hand instead of fighting off the choke. It seemed like the worst possible time to stop defending to make an unnecessary gesture at the referee.

This was just sort of a weird fight. Straus seemingly abandoned his gameplan from the first fight where he easily outwrestled and out grappled Curran, Curran not being able to pull the trigger at all.

I was drinking while I watched the fight, so I was curious to see if anyone else felt this way.
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