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Bellator 112: Straus vs Curran III Results

Bellator 112 at The Venue at Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, Indiana features a Bellator featherweight championship bout between Daniel Straus and Pat Curran, meeting for a 3rd time in their career–with each fighter splitting the first two meetings. The champion, Straus had a tough weight cut yesterday, including having to shave off his dreads in an attempt to make the 145 lb limit, he would eventually make the weight on the 2nd attempt.

The trilogy which began in 2009 when Pat Curran knocked out Daniel Straus in the 2nd round at XFO 29. Straus would get revenge 4 years later, defeating the reigning featherweight champion, Pat Curran for the Bellator featherweight title in a 5-round unanimous decision at Bellator 106. An immediate rematch was booked by Bellator for this event.

Pat “Paddy Mike” Curan would come out on top in this trilogy in a 5-round war of attrition. It was Curran, who on many scorecards was down 3 rounds to 1 against Straus, but secured a rear naked choke with 14 seconds left in the fight to recapture the Bellator featherweight championship in an incredible title fight.

Also the beginning of the Season 10 Bellator Welterweight tournament quarterfinals took placing. With welterweights War Machine, Joe Riggs, and Mark Scalon all withdrawing from the tournament a week prior to this event, their 3 spots were replaced by Paul Bradley, Nathan Coy, and Cristiano Souza. In addition to the original 5 welterweights in the tournament: Nah-Shon Burrell, Andrey Koreshkov, Sam Oropeza, Jesse Juarez, and Adam McDonough.

Four welterweights emerged as semi-finalists at the end of the night. Nathan Coy vs Adam McDonough, and Sam Oropeza vs Andrey Koreshkov.

Main Card (9 PM EST, Spike TV)

Daniel Straus (22-4) vs. Pat Curran (19-5)

The Bellator featherweight championship fight and completion of an MMA trilogy between Daniel Straus and Pat Curran. Straus comes into this riding a 6-fight winning streak, consequently Curran was handed his first loss at featherweight in Bellator–having his 6-fight win streak snapped at the hands of Straus in his last fight.

Pat Curran comes out looking to throw early, Straus slips on a headkick attempt and Curran capitalized by landing a knee to the head. It is Curran who successfully lands a trip with both fighters clinched against the cage. On top in Straus’ guard, Curran has to defend an inverted triangle attempt that allows Straus to scramble to turtle position and eventually get back to his feet. More jockeying for position in the clinch, Curran attempts another trip but nearly gets caught in a deep guillotine choke by Straus to end the round. 10-9 Curran

A leg kick checked by Straus, just as Curran nonchalantly spun around, Straus capitalized and caught him with a huge left hook–dropping Pat to the mat. Curran showed quick recovery ability and didn’t seem to be too affected by the knockdown. Curran would land a counter strike of his own midway through the 2nd to gain some momentum back in the round. Both would exchange several short strikes including body kicks and leg kicks as the round came to an end. 10-9 Straus

Curran continued to be the more aggressive fighter in the 3rd, starting off with kicks that led to a combination landed as he cut off the cage. Straus answered with a 1-2 combination of his own. A right hook by Straus led to a takedown attempt, but Curran defended nicely and forced Straus to the fence. With his back to the cage, Straus exploded for a takedown, but Curran would quickly get back to his feet by attempting to hit a switch–forcing Straus to react. Straus would once again get a timed takedown on an off balanced Pat Curran with 30 seconds in the round. 10-9 Straus

Headed to the championship rounds, both fighters came out landing right and left haymakers on one another, with neither fighter being fazed by the punches. Straus and Curran would once again clinch up against the fence, with Curran applying the pressure. One minute surpassed in the clinch, forcing the referee, Gary Copeland, to separate the two fighters. Curran landed a few short 1-2 combinations, Straus would answer with the same. Straus would strike first, as Pat waited to counter, landing a body kick and several short counter punches. Another narrowly close round with Curran out striking Straus 30-25. 10-9 Curran

In the fifth and final round, Straus came out looking to clinch with Curran, and would get reversed by Curran against the fence. Referee once again separated the two from the clinch, whilst wiping off some excessive vaseline from the right eye of Curran. Curran began to show a slight bit of urgency, landing a few combinations. Straus would seemingly land the less volume but more powerful shots in their exchanges. Curran shot for a takedown with 90 seconds to go, and secured the back of Straus. Curran quickly attempted a rear naked choke on Straus but would be stuck against the fence. However with just 14 seconds left, Pat Curran would force Daniel Straus to tap. Paddy Mike regaining his featherweight title, and winning the trilogy in an amazing war of attrition.

Pat Curran def. Daniel Straus via Submission (rear naked choke)–Round 5, 4:46, to capture the Bellator Featherweight Championship.

According to MMADecisions.com, Curran’s submission was the latest in a fight tracked:

And the official judges scorecards had 1 judge scoring it 38-38 after 4, 1 judge 39-37 for Straus, and 1 judge 39-37 for Curran:

 

 

Nah-Shon Burrell (10-3) vs. Andrey Koreshkov (14-1)

Season 7 Bellator welterweight tournament winner, Andrey “Spartan” Koreshkov coming off a title fight and the first loss of his career to then champion, Ben Askren, drops to lightweight and enters the tournament against 1st time tournament competitor, Nah-Shon Burrell.

A counter body kick by Koreshkov in the opening seconds of the bout, caught Burrell with both the knee on the chin and the foot to the body–as he was coming in to throw a jab, and dropped him to the mat. Koreshkov followed up with some huge ground and pound to put Burrell away in 41 seconds.

Andrey Koreshkov def. Nah-Shon Burrell via Knockout (body kick & punches)–Round 1, 0:41

 

Cristiano Souza (7-0) vs. Sam Oropeza (10-2)

Undefeated Brazilian, Cristiano Souza (3-0 in Bellator) entered the Bellator Season 10 welterweight tournament as a late replacement, taking on Sam Oropeza. Souza attempted an unsuccessful scissor takedown right off the bat. Oropeza got control of Souza in the clinch, and pressed him up against the cage. Souza would drag Oropeza to the ground but Oropeza quickly separated. Back on their feet, Sam Oropeza lands a leaping, looping right hook that dropped Cristiano Souza, a few follow up punches later, Souza was handed his first loss.

Sam Oropeza def. Cristiano Souza via Knockout (right hook)–Round 1, 3:07

 

Jesse Juarez vs. Adam McDonough (9-0)

In the 2nd welterweight quarterfinal, the veteran Jesse Juarez owned an 11 inch reach advantage over his undefeated opponent Adam McDonough. A tentative start to the fight, both fighters were in the feeling out process on the feet. Juarez then shot and successfully got the takedown, a scramble saw Juarez trying to take McDonough’s back, but McDonough spinning out into Juarez’s guard, and Juarez countering with a arm-triangle choke attempt. The choke was deep, but with Juarez stuck against the fence, McDonough was able to use the fence to fight off the attempt. A 2nd takedown attempt from Juarez saw Adam McDonough reverse it into a mount position, finishing a highly entertaining 1st round in control of Jesse Juarez’s back.

Juarez landed a right hook to begin round 2, but a counter leg kick by McDonough buckled Juarez and forced him into turtle position. After a bit of a stalemate, McDonough exploded to get top position on Juarez, and transition to side control. McDonough would continue to land knees from there, until Juarez scrambled back up to his feet. Adam McDonough then began to open up on the feet, landing a variety of punches and kicks concluding the 2nd round defending the takedown of Juarez.

Both fighters met in the center of the cage to embrace in a hug before the 3rd round began. Adam McDonough would quickly get Juarez to the ground and secure back control with a body triangle for 3 minutes in the round. Juarez with less than 2 minutes left got back up to his feet and took McDonough down and got his back, but would let Adam spin out and into half guard. Knowing he needed a finish, Jesse Juarez attempted a desperation guillotine choke and gave up his position to end the fight.

Adam McDonough def. Jesse Juarez via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

 

Preliminaries (6:45 pm EST, Spike.com)

Lloyd Carter vs. Diego Marlon (24-8)

 

Paul Bradley (21-5) vs. Nathan Coy (13-4)

The 1st Bellator welterweight tournament quarterfinal, a rematch from 2009 in which Paul Bradley won a split decision over Nathan Coy. Bradley came out swinging and throwing huge right and lefts at Coy, some of them landing, while the southpaw Coy was more patient and caught Bradley with a straight left hand that momentarily caused Bradley to stumble on his feet. Coy continually landed his straight left on Bradley, who became a little more gun shy after that first left that landed flush. Both D1 All-American wrestlers would neutralize each other in the takedown department in round 1.

Coy used his striking to set up a takedown attempt in round 2, but Bradley easily defended it. The aggressiveness returned for Bradley throwing right and left hooks once again. Coy using a different approach, throwing straight down the pipe with jabs and lefts. A close 2nd round saw Nathan Coy maybe land the more crisp and effective shots, each of his shots landing clean and causing Bradley’s face to bloody up. Coy also dumped Bradley over his head in the final seconds for a takedown.

Bradley opened the final round, dropping Coy with a left hand, but Coy would recover quickly getting back to his feet. Pace of the striking slowed in this round, as Coy still continued to land the more effective strikes that pushed Bradley back. Bradley would also find some success being the fighter that kept coming forward, but once again Coy would land a takedown with 25 seconds left in the round. Coy would win it on the judges scorecards, getting redemption for his loss in 2009, and advancing to the semifinals of the tournament.

Nathan Coy def. Paul Bradley via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

 

A.J. Matthews (6-2) vs. Belal Muhammad (4-0)

A.J. Matthews made his 4th appearance in the Bellator cage, looking like a physically imposing welterweight he began stalking the smaller Belal Muhammad. But it would be the debuting Muhammad that would land the higher quantity of strikes in a quiet first round. While circling the cage, Belal landed at awkward angles and avoided the counter of Matthhews. Muhammad would also grab a hold of Matthews and take his back standing. Matthews lands a takedown with 10 seconds left in the round.

Round 2 looked similar to the first, Matthews trying to cut off the cage against Muhammad, who looked very comfortable circling and landing his own strikes, using his speed advantage to out strike his opponent. Matthews would continually attempt to land one strike unsuccessfully. Muhammad landed two late takedowns in the round to secure it.

Belal Muhammad switched things up in the 3rd, after finding success with the takedown late in the 2nd, he picked up and slammed Matthews in the 3rd. Matthews would quickly pop back up to his feet and be forced to the fence by the smaller Muhammad. Matthews defended the takedown attempts from there on, but was controlled in the clinch. Muhammad remains undefeated, winning his Bellator debut.

Belal Muhammad def. A.J. Matthews via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

 

Darrion Caldwell (3-0) vs. Lance Surma (2-0)

A pair of undefeated featherweights made their Bellator debuts. The division I national wrestling champion Darrion Caldwell started off with a flying knee, but would get taken down by Lance Surma early–in doing so, Caldwell secured a guillotine choke and quickly choked Surma out cold in the first minute.

Darrion Caldwell def. Lance Surma via Submission (guillotine choke)–Round 1, 0:50

 

 

Derek Loffer (6-2) vs. Bobby Reardanz (8-12)

Catchweight fight at 170lbs, with Reardanz weighing in at 160, 9 lbs less than his opponent, Loffer. Reardanz drove forward attempting to takedown Loffer, who would circle out and defend. Loffer would begin landing effective strikes, mixing in a few kicks to throw off Reardanz, who kept pushing forward in pursuit of the takedown. Loffer utilized his longer reach to his advantage, landing from outside Bobby’s range and moving away before Reardanz could return fire.

Reardanz would use an ankle pick to trip Loffer off his feet and get on top to begin round 2, but that did not last long as Loffer got back up to his feet. The difference in technique continued to be apparent in round 2 as Derek Loffer picked the wild swinging Bobby Reardanz apart on the feet with combinations, opening up a cut on the bridge of Reardanz’s nose.

Round 3 started with an eye poke from Loffer, when the action resumed it was more of the same with Derek Loffer avoiding the wild striking of Reardanz and landing his own more crisp strikes. Loffer easily defended several takedown attempts from Bobby, even attempting a guillotine choke of his own. The lopsided fight would end with Reardanz’s face red with blood like a tomato, and Loffer earning his first Bellator win.

Derek Loffer def. Bobby Reardanz via Unanimous Decision (30-27 x3)

 

Jason Guida (19-27, 2 NC) vs. Anthony Gomez (7-2)

Jason Guida comes into this, his 2nd Bellator fight, having lost 5 of his last 6, and 10 of his last 12 fights. While Gomez has won back to back fights in Bellator. Gomez clinched up with Guida to start, a lot of dirty boxing, knees to the body, being utilized by Gomez as he wears down Guida. A dominant 1st round by Gome as Guida had no answer in the clinch. A little extra curricular activity by Guida after the bell.

Gomez began round 2 shooting for a double leg takedown, Guida defends and takes his back for a brief second before Gomez stands back up. And the two fighters are back to the clinch position against the fence, with Gomez applying the pressure. Gomez once again shoots for the takedown, this time successfully getting Guida down, taking his back with hooks. Gomez stayed on top of Guida’s back landing short shots before attempting several rear naked choke and neck crank attempts.

Round 3 was contested on the feet, with both heavyweights exchanging one punch at a time. Back and forth the easily telegraphed, yet still successful exchanges continued. Anthony Gomez would pour it on late in the round, beginning to stalk Guida and piece together a few combinations. With one last ditch effort, Jason Guida shot for a takedown, but was quickly reversed by Gomez, who ended up on top. And the fight would eventually come to a merciful conclusion as the bell rang.

Anthony Gomez def. Jason Guida via Unanimous Decision (30-26, 30-27, 30-27)

 

Erick Correa (2-0) vs. Daniel James (0-0)

In his pro MMA debut, 9-1 as an amateur, Daniel James dragged Correa from the clinch with double underhooks to the ground. Transitioned to side control, but Erick Correa would scramble back up to his feet and eventually get James down to the mat, attempting a north-south choke, ending the 1st round in top position.

Daniel James came out in the 2nd round and was able to push Correa up against he fence. James, the much bigger heavyweight, used his strength advantaged to control the smaller Correa for upwards of 3 straight minutes. James would eventually drag the exhausted Erick Correa to the ground with a hip toss, and in mount delivered ground and pound–leading to Correa tapping out due to strikes.

Daniel James def. Erick Correa via Submission (strikes)–Round 2, 4:30

 

Bellator 112 Quick Results

MAIN CARD (9 p.m. ET, Spike TV)

Bellator Featherweight Championship: Pat Curran def. Daniel Straus via Submission (rear naked choke)–Round 5, 4:46
Welterweight tournament quarterfinal: Andrey Koreshkov def. Nah-Shon Burrell via Knockout (body kick & punches)–Round 1, 0:41
Welterweight tournament quarterfinal: Sam Oropeza def. Cristiano Souza via Knockout (right hook)–Round 1, 3:07
Welterweight tournament quarterfinal: Adam McDonough def. Jesse Juarez via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

PRELIMINARY CARD (6:45 p.m. ET, Spike.com)

Welterweight tournament quarterfinal: Nathan Coy def. Paul Bradley via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Belal Muhammad def. A.J. Matthews via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Lloyd Carter vs. Diego Marlon
Darrion Caldwell def. Lance Surma via Submission (guillotine choke)–Round 1, 0:50
Derek Loffer def. Bobby Reardanz via Unanimous Decision (30-27 x3)
Anthony Gomez def. Jason Guida via Unanimous Decision (30-26, 30-27, 30-27)
Daniel James def. Erick Correa via Submission (strikes)–Round 2, 4:30

Tags: A.J. Matthews Adam McDonough Andrey Koreshkov Anthony Gomez Belal Muhammad Bellator 112 Bellator MMA Bobby Reardanz Cristiano Souza Daniel James Daniel Straus Darrion Caldwell Derek Loffer Diego Marlon Erick Correa Jason Guida Jesse Juarez Lance Surma Lloyd Carter Nah-Shon Burrell Nathan Coy Pat Curran Paul Bradley Sam Oropeza

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