And then there were three.
In addition to the two championship matches scheduled for Bellator’s first pay per view, which is scheduled for Nov. 6., officials have added a third title match to the already stacked fight card.
Bellator Featherweight champion Pat Curran will defend the title against Season Six Featherweight tournament winner Daniel Straus. Their title match will be joining the Eddie Alvarez vs. Michael Chandler lightweight championship rematch and Muhammed Lawal vs. Emmanuel Newton Interim Light Heavyweight championship match.
While having three championship matches can leave little room on the main card for other fights, it also enhances the card in several ways.
By featuring a title match between Curran and Straus, along with Alvarez and Chandler, Bellator is showcasing some of their best talent in the lighter weight classes. It also helps motiviate the fighters to putting on a great performance.
Having three title matches on a pay per view also ensures that fans at least get their money’s worth because they will not have to worry about spending their money on an event that only lasted a little over 90 minutes.
Every title match has five rounds with five minutes each. Between the three championship bouts, there will be a maximum of 25 minutes, unless all three fights are finished in the first round or Bellator decides to change the rules for the title matches.
Curran and Straus were originally scheduled to face off back in April, but a hand injury sidelined the challenger. The champion would end up defending his title against Season Seven Featherweight tournament winner Shahbulat Shamhalaev. Curran would defeat Shamalaev in the first round with a guillotine choke.
The winner of the Straus vs. Curran title fight is scheduled to defend the title against Frodo Khasbulaev at a future Bellator event.
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