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onip69 01-13-2014 03:45 PM

Daniel Straus vs. Pat Curran III headlines Bellator 112, War Machine returns
 
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Daniel Straus vs. Pat Curran III headlines Bellator 112, War Machine returns


By Dann Stupp January 13, 2014 3:15 pm



If you liked Daniel Straus and Pat Curran‘s first two fights, mark your calendars for March 14.

Straus (22-4 MMA, 8-1 BMMA), Bellator MMA’s reigning featherweight champion, will immediately rematch ex-titleholder Curran (19-5 MMA, 9-2 BMMA) in a rubber match in the headliner of Bellator 112 on March 14.

Bellator officials today announced the fight and event, which takes place at Horseshoe Hammond Casino in Hammond, Ind. The main card airs on Spike TV following prelims on Spike.com.

Bellator officials are invoking their championship rematch clause, which allows them to book rematches (instead of waiting for the losing fighter to win another tournament) when they deem it appropriate. Straus recently won a clear-cut unanimous decision at Bellator 106, though the series is now tied 1-1 since Curran won their first meeting via knockout in 2009.

“Daniel Straus and Pat Curran are two of the best featherweights on the planet and deserve every ounce and praise and recognition they receive,” Bellator Chairman and CEO Bjorn Rebney stated. “Our featherweight division continues to be the deepest and strongest featherweight division in MMA, and I’m very excited to have this title fight headline a huge night of fights on March 14 from The Horseshoe Hammond.”

Straus, who’s now won six straight and 18 of his past 19, is ranked No. 6 in the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA featherweight rankings. Curran, who snapped his six-fight winning streak during the title loss, is a spot behind at No. 7. Both are among the highest-ranked non-UFC fighters in the sport.

Also slated for Bellator 112 is the opening round of the Season 10 eight-man welterweight tournament.

Confirmed matchups include War Machine (14-5 MMA, 2-1 BMMA) vs. Nah-Shon Burrell (11-3 MMA, 1-0 BMMA) and “Fight Master” show winner Joe Riggs (40-14 MMA, 1-1 BMMA) vs. Sam Oropeza (10-2 MMA, 2-1 BMMA). Additional tourney matchups will be announced in the coming weeks.
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Toxic 01-16-2014 01:25 PM

So this is funny, its a good business decision but the truth is that Bellator talked there way into a corner with the whole were title shots are earned not given talk. This title shot is a gift the fight wasn't all that close and in no way was controversial while Pitbull waits on the sidelines for the title shot that he earned according to Bellator's preaching anyways. Bellator is playing by the same rules as the UFC who they claimed the moral high ground over with the whole tournament concept. Pitbull is pissed he said Bellator should give him his shot or let him go and personall I kinda hope they let him go as there are a ton of super entertaining fights for him in the UFC.

OU 01-16-2014 01:36 PM

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Originally Posted by Toxic (Post 2502041)
So this is funny, its a good business decision but the truth is that Bellator talked there way into a corner with the whole were title shots are earned not given talk. This title shot is a gift the fight wasn't all that close and in no way was controversial while Pitbull waits on the sidelines for the title shot that he earned according to Bellator's preaching anyways. Bellator is playing by the same rules as the UFC who they claimed the moral high ground over with the whole tournament concept. Pitbull is pissed he said Bellator should give him his shot or let him go and personall I kinda hope they let him go as there are a ton of super entertaining fights for him in the UFC.

To be fair though they are split 1-1 with Curran knocking Straus out in the 1st fight. So I would say it's warranted, Curran did win 2 different Bellator tourney. It does kind of look like they are hoping for a Curran vs Pitbull rematch IMO.

HitOrGetHit 01-17-2014 07:39 AM

I think Curran will fight smarter and take the series with Straus.

LL 01-17-2014 09:57 AM

Last fight was terrible, no interest in this at all.

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CupCake 01-17-2014 10:05 AM

Straus/Curran? Ok cool, War Machine?....ugh they still giving this creep TV time?

GDPofDRB 01-17-2014 12:35 PM

I'm looking forward to the rubber match. The last fight had a level of intrigue, Straus has been ever improving since getting KO'd by Curran and his efforts of his last fight was the culmination of that improvement. I'm very interested to see if and how Curran can respond in the third.

I don't mind the instant rematch for Curran, he's won two tourney in two divisions already and three title fights, that is earning an instant rematch after a closer then the score indicates fight. But aside from that, BFC instituted an instant rematch for defeated tourney winning title holder because of all the crybabies having tantrums at the prospect of defeated champions having to win the tournament again to get a rematch. All the people whining and crying now again toady are annoying.


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