N/A
Submission (Rear-Naked Choke)
3:53
(Unaired)
92.3
Submission (Triangle Choke)
11:56
      This fight immediately started as a wild scramble, with Straus ending up on top, pinning Sanchez awkwardly against the fence. A massive cut opened up above Sanchez's eye, Sanchez locked on a tight kneebar, cranked on it, and Straus was eventually able to escape. Straus went for a North-South choke, Sanchez escaped that and took his back, and went for a rear-naked choke. I scored that round for Sanchez for beating up Straus in the final seconds of the round, but that round was extremely close, and could be a 10-10 round.
     The second round immediately started with some more scrambling, with Sanchez on top, and then Straus, and then Sanchez was back on top again. Sanchez passed to full mount with 2 minutes left in the round, and he postured up, dropped some big elbows, and Straus just tried to cling to him from the bottom. Sanchez continued to pound on Straus with some big punches all the way up until the end of the round, and the referee really could have stopped that fight, but he let them continue, so we're going to a third round. The first round was awfully close, but the second round was a 10-8 round for Sanchez.
     The final round started with some more wild scrambling, with Sanchez in control again, he went for a kneebar, Straus scrambled his way into top control, and Sanchez immediately caught him in a triangle choke, and then finished the fight by submission. That was a fantastic submission victory for Emmanuel Sanchez, and this was probably the biggest win of his career. That was a fantastic fight, and it could be enough to get him a title shot, but I'm not sure where exactly he falls, with other fighters like Goiti Yamauchi & Derek Campos also in the division.
88.8
Submission (Guillotine Choke)
5:37
      These guys were both throwing their punches with a lot of power, but in between strikes, there was a lot of Pitbull circling around the outside, while Straus was waiting to throw one of those strikes. Pitbull eventually clinched, and beat up Straus with some short knees to the body. I scored that round slightly for Pitbull.
      Pitbull slapped on a standing guillotine choke to start the second round, he quickly pulled guard, and a few seconds later, Daniel Straus was forced to submit. That was a pretty solid performance by Pitbull, and a fantastic second round submission victory, as he regains the Bellator Featherweight Championship, and he does it with style.
90.4
Decision
25:00
      The first round was pretty even, with both guys trading strikes, and I didn't think either guy really did enough to gain a clear advantage. Straus sort of secured a takedown near the end of the round, but Pitbull was right back up, so I'm not sure how much that counts for anything. Straus blasted Pitbull halfway through the second round with some brutal punches, knocking him flat on his ass. Straus chased him to the ground, and got caught in an armbar, but he slammed his way out of it, while continuing to batter Pitbull with punches on the ground. Straus continued to box the shit out of Pitbull for the duration of the third round, and then poked Pitbull in the eye. The fourth round was more of the same, with Straus chasing Pitbull, and beating him up with punch combinations. Pitbull started to turn things around late in the round, but it was too little too late. Straus goes into the final round, ahead 4-0 in my opinion. In the final round, Pitbull finally climbed onto the back of Straus, and started landing punches from all directions, trying to dig his way into a rear-naked choke, but Straus just turtled up, and avoided too much damage. By the end of the final round, Pitbull was beating the shit out of Straus with punches up against the cage, but Straus clearly earned the 49-46 unanimous decision victory. Solid fight overall, and excellent performance for Straus, other than that final round.
89.3
Submission (Guillotine Choke)
8:47
      Most of the first round took place up against the cage in the clinch, with Straus pressuring Corrales. Straus eventually started throwing punches, and he rocked Corrales, but he was able to recover, and they ended up boxing for the rest of the round in the center of the cage, until the last 20 seconds or so, when Straus secured a takedown, flinging Corrales to the mat. The second round was a decent kickboxing match, until Straus landed a huge uppercut, and I think Corrales tripped, but the combination caused him to fly backwards violently to the mat. Straus jumped on the back of Corrales, tried to lock on a rear-naked choke, decided to let it go, transitioned into the arm-triangle, move into full mount, pressed Corrales up against the cage (still on the ground), locked on the guillotine choke, and finished the fight via submission in the second round. Nice win for Daniel Straus.
91.0
Submission (Rear-Naked Choke)
19:49
      The first round had Straus picking apart Pitbull with some pretty brutal brawling style punches, and a lot of aggression. They accidentally clashed heads at one point. Pitbull landed a few decent shots, especially in the final minute, but for the most part, Straus clearly won the first round.
     They traded a few strikes in the second round, until Straus kicked Pitbull in the dick, twice, within a 10 second period. When the fight started back up, Pitbull tried to kill Straus, attacking him with brutal punches and some aggressive clinch work. Straus continued to work his boxing at a decent pace, and then Straus poked Pitbull in the eye, and then kicked him in the dick again. The referee finally took a point away from Straus for the fouls. When the fight started back up, Pitbull grabbed Straus's leg, and threw him across the cage. He then moved into a front choke position, slowing Straus down significantly. They clinched, and Straus pressed Pitbull against the cage. Pitbull sort of took him to the ground, and bullied him for the final 30 seconds or so. 10-8 round for Pitbull.
     The third round was basically a repeat of the first round, with Straus picking apart Pitbull with his punches & kicks, constantly moving forward. Pitbull took him down with 90 seconds left in the round, but Straus hopped right back up before any damage was done, and he continued to beat up Pitbull on the feet. Round 3 goes to Straus, leaving the score all tied up going into the fourth round.
     Straus continued to beat the shit out of Pitbull in the fourth round with his striking. I really thought Straus was well on his way to winning this fight by decision, until Pitbull threw a knee to Straus's stomach, his shin hit Straus's nuts, Straus fell down, and Pitbull hit him a few times before the referee could pull him off to give Straus a break. Once the fight started back up, they went back to trading punches at a relatively even pace. Pitbull took Straus down with a body lock with 70 seconds left in the round. He slowly worked his way around to Straus's back, he hammered him with elbows and punches to the body, slapped on a rear-naked choke, and finished the fight via submission with 11 seconds left in the fourth round. That was an outstanding win for Patricio "Pitbull" Freire.
89.0
TKO (Punches)
0:50
      Wilcox started the fight by moving forward a lot, Straus hammered him with a couple of hard leg kicks, Wilcox continued to come forward, looking for a possible takedown, Straus stuffed the shots without any problem, Wilcox got sloppy, jumped in, Straus dropped him with a massive left hand, Wilcox fell to the ground face first, Straus punched him a few more times, and the referee stopped the fight in under one minute of the first round. That was a fantastic finish by Daniel Straus.
89.3
Submission (Rear-Naked Choke)
24:46
      These guys traded a few strikes, and then Straus shot for a takedown a minute into the first round, but Curran stuffed the shot, and worked some strikes from the clinch. Curran tripped Straus 90 seconds in, and settled into his guard. Straus scrambled around for a few submission attempts, but Curran was able to keep him under control, and he went for some sort of front choke around the halfway mark of the opening round. Straus scrambled around, and locked on a tight choke with 30 seconds left in the round, but Curran was able to avoid too much danger, as the bell sounded. Round one was close, but probably goes to Curran.
     Straus knocked down Curran 30 seconds into the second round, jumped into his guard, and started working some ground & pound, but Curran quickly popped back up to his feet before taking too much damage. The traded some random strikes until the end of the round, but not a lot happened. Round two goes to Straus.
     The third round had both guys trading a few strikes, and then Curran beat up Straus with some knees from the clinch while pressing him against the fence. The round ended with a wild scramble where Straus knocked down Curran and jumped into his guard to beat him up for the final 30 seconds or so. Not a lot of damage was done, but Straus probably did enough at the end of the round to steal the round on the scorecards. I have Straus ahead 29-28 going into the fourth round.
     The fourth round had both guys trading some strikes, and then Curran kicked Straus in the dick 2 minutes into the round. When the fight continued, Straus pressured Curran with some strikes, they mostly met in the middle, and they traded some random punches & leg kicks. That was another back & forth round, but Straus is probably well on his way to a decision as far as the scorecards are concerned, going into the final round.
     Straus shot for an early takedown in the final round, but Curran was able to stuff the shot, so Straus just pressed him against the fence for some basic clinching. The referee reset them 90 seconds into the round, and wiped some "excessive Vaseline" off the right eye of Curran, which looked like it was on it's way to swelling shut. They both continued to trade some hard punches at a decent pace, and then Curran clinched, and tried to take Straus down against the fence again. He finally completed the takedown with 90 seconds left to work, and he almost immediately took his back. He locked on a rear-naked choke, and Straus was able to hold on for a minute or so, but he eventually decided to submit, with FOURTEEN SECONDS left in the 25 minute fight. That has to be the most disappointing loss of Daniel Straus's career, and it was an awesome comeback victory for Pat Curran.
87.8
Decision
25:00
      The first round started with Straus shooting for a takedown, and pinning Curran against the fence. Curran worked his way back to his feet, and they reset. They traded a few strikes, and then Curran kicked Straus in the dick. When the fight started back up, Straus clinched, and pressed Curran against the fence, but nothing happened there, so they reset again. Straus shot for one more takedown with 90 seconds left in the round, Curran stood back up, and they traded some short knees from the clinch. Round one goes to Straus based mostly on control.
     Straus plowed forward to start the second round, and continued to pressure Curran with strikes and a few takedown attempts. Straus dropped Curran with a punch (mostly just knocked him off balance) 2 minutes into the round, but Curran popped back up immediately. The second round was more competitive, but I have Straus ahead 20-18 going into the third round.
     The third round had both guys trading strikes for 90 seconds or so, and then Straus shot for a takedown, pressed Curran against the fence for some basic clinching, and then he threw him to the ground halfway through the round, but Curran popped back up immediately. Straus threw Curran down again, and then Curran blasted him with an illegal knee to the head on his way back to his feet. They took a brief timeout, and the referee took a point from Curran. When the fight started back up, Straus took down Curran from the clinch, and passed immediately to side control with 90 seconds left to work. Straus continued to wrestle his way to a 10-8 round. I have Straus ahead 30-26 going into the fourth round.
     Straus threw some hard strikes to start the fourth round, and then he clinched, took Curran down against the fence again, and when they stood back up, Straus took his back, and slammed him, while still holding onto back control. Straus continued to grind all over Curran for the rest of the round, while working some basic ground & pound in the process. Straus is clearly running away with this fight, and Curran needs a finish in the fifth round if he wants any chance of winning. Straus opened up a big cut on Curran's head at the end of the fourth round.
     The final round had Straus beating the shit out of Curran for the first couple of minutes with some big strikes, and then he clinched, and continued to grind away at Curran for the rest of the round, leading to a very clear cut unanimous decision victory for Daniel Straus, as he becomes the new Bellator Featherweight Champion. That was a solid performance by Daniel Straus, and a disappointing end to Curran's reign as Champion.
89.2
Submission (Rear-Naked Choke)
9:51
      Daniel Straus took Robinson down immediately in the first round, and Robinson locked on a guillotine choke, but Straus was able to break free from that 45 seconds into the round. Straus continued to drive Robinson into the cage, while Robinson continued to look for guillotines. They scrambled around for a few seconds, Straus went for a wacky looking Kimura, Robinson easily slipped out of that, and grabbed Straus's back. Straus wrestled his way out of that bad position, ending up on top again, where he beat up Robinson from side control with some elbows. Round one goes to Straus.
     They traded a few strikes to start the second round, and then Straus took Robinson down again against the cage. Robinson was looking for a Kimura, while Straus beat up his body with short punches. They stood back up, continued to clinch, and Strausa took Robinson down again, landing back in side control. After beating the shit out of Robinson for a minute or so, Robinson gave up his back, Straus slammed him again, punched him in the head a few times, and then finished him off with a rear-naked choke. That was a really solid performance for Daniel Straus, getting the second round submission victory against the UFC veteran, Alvin Robinson.
89.5
Decision
15:00
      These guys started the fight by trading a couple of kicks before Straus kicked Sandro in the balls. He was down for a while, it was a pretty hard shot. Once the fight started back up, Straus clinched with Sandro, and then threw him to the ground. They stood back up and traded strikes for the rest of the round. Straus tried to slam him again late in the round, but Sandro held onto the fence. The second round took place standing, with both guys boxing with each other, and I think Straus probably landed the better strikes, so I have Straus ahead, 2-0, going into the final round. The final round had some more back & forth striking, until Sandro clinched and locked on a standing arm-triangle choke. Straus looked like he was sort of in panic mode, but he did a good job defending. He broke free with 90 seconds left in the round, and then slammed Sandro to the ground, grabbed his back, went for a rear-naked choke, and ended the round clinging to his back. I was going to give that round to Sandro, but Straus's explosion at the end fo the round, lead me to scoring this fight, 30-27 in favor of Straus, and all 3 judges agreed for the most part. This was a really big win for Straus.
88.1
Decision
15:00
      Straus knocked down Corey early in the first with some punches, and then they clinched for most of the rest of the round. They broke apart a few times, and traded some strikes, but Straus won that first round. The second round started with Corey taking Straus to the ground, where he beat him up with some decent ground & pound from a loose side control. The referee stood them up for some reason, even though Corey was clearly in control. They traded a few more strikes, before Corey clinched, pressing Straus against the cage. That round was competitive, but I'm giving it to Corey, so the fight is all tied up going into the final round. They traded some strikes to start the final round, and then Straus controlled Corey from the clinch for most of the rest of the round. That was a decently competitive fight, but everyone agrees that it's a 29-28 unanimous decision victory for Daniel Straus.
88.4
Decision
15:00
      A few strikes were thrown, and then Straus slapped on a standing arm-triangle choke. Straus gave it up and grabbed Spoon's back. Spoon tripped to the ground and they broke apart. Straus continued to beat up Spoon with strikes throughout the round, and even took him down, proving that he's the better fighter in all areas, except low blows, since Spoon threw a knee to Straus's nuts, and almost finished the fight with it. Once the fight started back up, Straus continued to beat up Spoon on the feet, while chasing him around the cage. Round one clearly goes to Straus.
     The second round started, and Straus kicked Spoon in the dick. Once the fight started back up, they traded some strikes, and then Straus took Spoon down again. The final round was probably the closest round, with both guys looking pretty aggressive, landing decent shots, and trading positions inside the clinch. In the end though, this fight should clearly be scored in favor of Daniel Straus, at least 29-28, if not 30-27, and all 3 judges agreed, giving him the unanimous decision victory.
88.8
Decision
15:00
      These guys clinched early, and Straus threw Pitbull to the ground, but they popped right back up, as Pitbull pressed Straus up against the cage in the clinch. The rest of the round was a back & forth clinch fest. The second round had Pitbull taking Straus down early, Pitbull beat him up, landed a hard knee to the body on the ground, and the referee paused the fight to let Straus recover because he thought it was an illegal head shot, but it wasn't, it was 100% body. Once the fight started back up, Pitbull continued to pick apart Straus on the feet. Pitbull continued to beat up Straus on the feet for most of the final round, and whenever Straus would shoot for takedowns, Pitbull was able to stuff them easily. I scored this fight 30-27 for Pitbull Freire, and all 3 judges agreed.
89.7
Submission (Guillotine Choke)
13:48
      These guys spent the first round clinching, trying to take each other to the ground. Straus threw Foster to the ground, almost dumping him on his head, but he popped right back up into the clinch again. Straus landed a flying knee, and then took Foster to the ground, pinning him against the cage, where Straus pounded on his head with big punches. Straus clearly won that round.
     The second round had a lot of clinching again, with Straus throwing Foster around a little bit, and halfway through the round, Straus had Foster pinned against the cage again, with Straus sort of sitting on top of him. Straus was digging for a guillotine, but Foster did a good job keep his head up. Straus tried to grab his back for a choke, but Foster shook him off, and they stood back up. In the final 10 seconds, Straus punched Foster in the face, and secured another takedown. I have Straus ahead, 2-0, going into the final round.
     The second round had both guys standing & trading for a minute or so, before Straus initiated another clinch, trying to take Foster down one more time. Once Straus was on top of Foster again, he beat the shit out of him against the cage, went for another guillotine choke, turned it into a D'Arce, Foster did a good job defending against it, so Straus yanked him up, locked on a tight guillotine choke, and forced Foster to submit with 90 seconds or so left in the final round. Great performance by Daniel Straus.
88.7
Decision
15:00
      These guys clinched, the fight went to the ground, and Malegarie took the back of Straus, looking for a rear-naked choke, and controlling a good portion of the round with his grappling. Straus spun out of it with about 2 minutes left in the ground, trying to get top position, and he landed face first in a guillotine choke. Straus finally broke free and got back to his feet with about a minute left in the round, but he wasn't able to do much, so Malegarie won that first round. Straus went straight into ass beating mode to start the second round, but Malegarie put him into some troublesome positions, with some leg lock attempts, and a Kimura attempt, eventually settling for a tight guillotine choke. Straus broke out, got the fight back to the feet, and beat up Malegarie for the rest of the round. The second round was close, with no real clear winner, but I'd probably score it for Straus for the knockdown early on, and a few decent punches near the end. The third round was a decent scrap, but I would have to score that one for Straus as well, giving Straus the 29-28 decision, and all 3 judges agreed.
87.4
Decision
15:00
      These guys clinched, Hinton tried to trip Straus, and Straus ended up on top of Hinton inside his guard. Hinton went for a Kimura, and Straus just held top control, while spinning around in circles to avoid the shoulder lock. Straus moved into full mount, and then beat up Hinton with some ground & pound. Hinton locked on a standing guillotine at the end of the round, but Straus just slammed his way out of it. Round one goes to Straus.
      The second round started with another takedown from the clinch for Straus, landing in side control. Straus beat up Hinton for a while, they sort of stood back up, and Straus dropped Hinton to the ground again with another little scoop takedown. Straus turned it up a notch in the final 90 seconds of the round, really pounding on the face of Hinton with some decent punches & elbows. Strong performance for Straus so far.
      There were some wild exchanges on the feet to start the third round, but before long, Straus shot for another takedown, and pressed Hinton against the cage, again... Straus then beat up Hinton for the rest of the round, making this a very easy fight to score. I had it 30-27 in favor of Daniel Straus, and all 3 judges agreed, giving Straus the unanimous decision victory in his Bellator debut.