89.0
Decision
15:00
      Conceicao appeared to be more aggressive in the first half of the opening round, but Curran was just being selective with his shots. Every time Curran landed with a punch, Conceicao would drop to a knee for a second. Curran had a small cut above his right eye early, but considering he sort of dropped Conceicao multiple times in that round, I scored the first round for Pat Curran, but Conceicao's pressure might have been enough to win the round, but he got dropped THREE TIMES with sniper style straight right hands, so I'm definitely scoring the round for Curran.
     Conceicao shot for a takedown early in the second round, but Curran was able to stuff his shot against the fence. They reset 90 seconds into the round. The spent the rest of the round trading random strikes, with Conceicao staying more active for the most part, but Curran took him down with 45 seconds left in the round, landed a few strikes, and then they stood back up with 20 seconds left in the round. I have this fight all tied up going into the final round, but the scorecards could be all over the place with this one.
     Curran blasted Conceicao with some clean punch combinations to start the final round, and they continued to battle it out at a decent pace for the rest of the round. This was a close fight, but in the end, I think Pat Curran should win with a 29-28 decision. The judges were all over the place, but in the end, they all agreed that the decision should go to Pat Curran. That was a really solid win, after I thought he retired recently.
86.8
Decision
15:00
      Karakhanyan landed a few decent shots early in the first round, and then Curran put him down around the halfway point, with a massive left hand. Curran got on top of Karakhanyan, sort of had half mount, took most of the round looking to pass to mount, he finally got the mount, went for an armbar, failed miserably, Karakhanyan tried to scramble back to his feet, and Curran took him down again, landing in Karakhanyan's guard. Round one goes to Pat Curran.
     Curran took down Karakhanyan again to start the second round. Karakhanyan sat up and tried to lock on a guillotine choke, but Curran used that moment to pass the guard, grabbing the back of Karakhanyan, just 90 seconds into the round. With 2 minutes left in the round, Karakhanyan finally wrestled his way into top position. Nothing happened, so the referee stood them up with 30 seconds left in the round. That was a close round that could go either way. I would probably score it for Curran, but I'm going to assume it's the split-decision making round.
     It irritates me when guys claim that "our fight is going to be fight of the year" at the weigh-ins, and then they basically just come out and lay on top of each other for 15 minutes. The final round was another close round, with Karakhanyan ending up on top around the halfway point, but when he's on top, he does ABSOLUTELY NOTHING. Curran looked like he was interested in finding a submission, but he never really went for anything. I'm still giving that round to Karakhanyan based on top control, so... Like I said, the second round will be the split-decision maker. All 3 judges agreed with me, giving the fight to Curran, 29-28, by unanimous decision.
87.8
Decision
15:00
      This was a fairly one-sided fight, with Pat Curran beating up Sanchez from all positions. I really wasn't that impressed by Sanchez at all, as he didn't really have a lot to offer Curran, but I also wasn't really that impressed by Curran. It felt a little too "safe", probably because he was on a 2-Fight losing streak, and really needed this win. I would have liked to see him try a little harder to finish the fight, but either way, he still clearly won this one on the scorecards.
88.9
Decision (Split)
15:00
      The first round was pretty much a striking match, with Weichel kicking the legs out from under Curran a couple of times. The boxing was pretty even, but Weichel dealt the better kicks. The second round was pretty close, with Weichel showing slightly better striking than Curran, but Curran probably stole that round with a big takedown in the final 90 seconds. Weichel was looking pretty tired in the final round, but he was still more aggressive, constantly moving forward, and throwing more strikes. Curran didn't really do much of anything in that final round, so I ended up giving the fight to Weichel, 29-28, and I thought he won the fight pretty clearly, but for some reason one judge gave the fight to Curran. Still, Weichel wins the fight via split-decision in a fairly competitive 15 minute battle.
88.2
Decision
25:00
      This was a 5 round title fight main event, between two guys that I've never heard of. I'm TRYING, but I'm having a hard time getting into this Bellator stuff. With that being said, it was pretty much a 25 minute boxing match, where Pitbull got the better of most exchanges, including the couple of grappling exchanges throughout the fight. Curran won the second & fourth rounds on my card, but ultimately, I gave the fight to Patricio "Pitbull" Freire, and all 3 judges agreed.
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.
89.1
Technical Submission (Guillotine Choke)
2:38
      These guys circled around each other without much action for the first 2 minutes of this fight, with both guys throwing some random punches, but neither guy really landing with much of anything noteworthy. Around the halfway mark of the opening round, Curran randomly exploded, grabbed Shamhalaev, slapped on a guillotine choke, and put him to sleep almost immediately. Fantastic finish for Pat Curran as he defends his Featherweight Championship.
89.7
Decision (Split)
25:00
      The first round was basically a slow paced boxing match, witih neither fighter really looking to engage very much. Pitbull probably won that round by landing a few of the more powerful combinations. Pitbull looked good in the first half of the second round, as he was pushing the pace, and landing some solid shots, but Curran made his comeback in the last half of the round, beating up Pitbull a little bit, and probably stealing the round.
     The third round was another back & forth striking match, with Pitbull pushing the pressure, and therefore, I scored the round for Pitbull. The fourth round was another back & forth striking match. I really don't think either fighter has a clear advantage going into the final round, so I'm just going to call this fight all tied up going into the fifth round.
     The final round was another solid brawl, but this time, Curran really ran away with it in my opinion, beating the shit out of Pitbull with some hard punches, and countering almost everything he threw. Pitbull turned it up a notch in the final minute, but it wasn't enough to steal the fight. This was a close fight, it probably could have gone either way, but I scored it 48-47 in favor of Pat Curran, and two of the judges agreed, giving him the split-decision victory in this title defense.
91.3
KO (Knees & Punches)
11:25
      Joe Warren spent the entire first round clinching with Curran, trying to drag him to the ground, but Curran did an outstanding job staying on his feet. They traded a few strikes, but neither fighter really seemed to land anything significant, until the final 90 seconds of the round, where Curran started throwing wild shit, like flying knees, and big punches, rocking Warren, and nearly finishing the fight late in the round. Round one goes to Pat Curran. Warren ended up securing a couple of takedowns, for a few seconds, but nothing that compares to the damage done by Curran on the feet.
      Warren was able to take Curran to the ground early in the second round, but as usual, Curran popped right back up. Warren continued to smother Curran for most of the round, holding on with a tight clinch, and constantly working for takedowns. I have this fight all tied up going into the final round. Warren started the third round looking for a desperate takedown. He mentioned after the first round that he might have broken his hand, so that's worth noting here. Curran was able to avoid the takedowns for a minute or so, and then Curran fucking EXPLODED, blasting Warren with countless knees and punches, beating the living shit out of a dying Warren, until eventually Warren's body gave out on him, and he collapsed, forcing the referee to step in to save him. AWESOME KO victory for Pat Curran, the NEW Bellator Featherweight Champion.
91.1
KO (Head Kick)
9:00
      The first round was a pretty good standup battle, with both guys landing some solid punches & kicks, but I would probably score that opening round in favor of Marlon Sandro. They continued to trade hard punches in the second round, with Sandro still delivering more damage I think. I thought I was going to score this fight in favor of Sandro, 2-0, going into the final round, but with one minute left in the second round, Curran BLASTED Sandro with a massive right head kick, knocking Sandro the fuck out. Curran then pounced on him, punched him with a few crisp punches to the face, before the referee was able to pull him off. AWESOME comeback KO for Pat Curran. That was a brutal head kick, and an amazing finish for Pat Curran against a tough competitor.
88.4
Decision
15:00
      These guys were trading punches & kicks for the first half of the opening round, and it looked like Curran was landing the better shots to me. Curran also took Mann down at one point, Mann tried to work his rubber guard, but Curran was never in trouble. With 45 seconds left in the round, Curran tried to pass Mann's guard, and he beat him up with some ground & pound. Curran went for a D'Arce choke with 10 seconds left, but his arms weren't long enough to lock it on. Round one goes to Curran.
      The second round was another kickboxing match, with both guys landing some solid shots, but more often than not, I thought Curran was winning the exchanges. Curran shot for a takedown at the end of the round, and Mann caught him in a guillotine choke, but the bell rang before Curran found himself in too much trouble. I have Curran ahead, 2-0, going into the final round.
      They continued the kickboxing strategy for the rest of the final round, with both guys landing some decent shots, and working at a decent pace. Neither fighter really destroyed the other in this fight, but I feel pretty comfortable scoring this fight 30-27 in favor of Pat Curran, and for the most part, all 3 judges agreed, giving him the unanimous decision victory.
90.5
Submission (Peruvian Necktie)
3:49
      This was a decent fight for a couple of minutes, and then Curran landed a big right hand, knocked Palomino down, Curran started throwing flying knees, and wild shit, Palomino started looking for a takedown, and Curran ended up reversing things, ending up on top in Palomino's half guard. Curran went for a D'Arce choke, used that to pass Palomino's guard, Palomino went to his knees with Curran on top, he locked on the Peruvian Necktie, and finished the fight via submission. I love that move, because it's so rare, and Curran executed it flawlessly. Really nice win for Pat Curran.
88.6
Decision
25:00
      This entire fight basically consisted of 25 minutes of Alvarez circling around Curran, picking him apart with his boxing. There was some clinching, a little stalling, not a ton of damage happening, but Eddie Alvarez pretty clearly controlled this fight for almost the entire 25 minutes. Curran landed some decent shots, including a nice knee in the second round, but as far as volume is concerned, Alvarez was outstriking Curran from all directions. Props to Curran for going 25 minutes with the monster, Eddie Alvarez, but yeah, this fight was pretty easy to score. I had it 50-45 in favor of Eddie Alvarez, and for the most part, all 3 judges agreed, giving him the unanimous decision victory as he retains his title against one of the toughest challengers in Bellator's Lightweight Division. Who's next? I have Michael Chandler next in line on my rankings.
89.3
Decision (Split)
15:00
      There wasn't a lot of action in the first half of the opening round. They mostly just circled around each other, until they clinched, which allowed Imada to trip Curran, taking him to the ground for a few seconds. They stood back up, and Imada just pressed Curran against the cage, while throwing a few knees to the body. They continued to trade knees from the clinch for a couple of minutes, until they broke apart, and Curran blasted Imada with a big left hook, rocking him for a second. I was going to score that round for Imada, but that one big punch from Curran might make it hard to score, but I still scored it slightly in favor of Imada.
      The second round mostly had both guys standing & trading with each other, in a pretty active striking battle. I thought Imada's movement was good, and he landed some solid shots, so I scored that round for Imada as well. I have Imada ahead, 2-0, going into the final round, but it's a close fight so far. Curran rocked Imada early in the third round with a punch, and they continued to brawl for a while. Imada tried for another takedown by clinching with Curran's back, but Curran was able to spin out of that, causing Imada to fall to the ground. He stood back up, and they clinched with each other a little bit. Imada landed a few nice kicks, and some nice punches, and Curran was standing & trading with him the entire time. Curran shot for a takedown with a minute left in the fight, and Imada stuffed it. Imada started to tear up Curran from the clinch at the end of the round, and then he whipped him to the ground with an awesome Judo throw. In the end, I thought this fight was a pretty clear 30-27 decision for Imada. Two judges disagreed though, giving the fight to Curran, 29-28.
87.3
Decision
15:00
      The first round wasn't a very eventful round, with both guys trading a few strikes, a little clinchwork, and Huerta shot for a takedown, which Curran stuffed. It was a close round, but I scored it slightly for Curran, based on landing a few extra strikes. The second round was another somewhat uneventful round, which I'd probably score for Huerta, mostly for standing in the center of the cage. You know, "Cage Control" or whatever? The final round was the same thing, but finally started to pick up the pace some in the final 2 minutes of the fight. They went to the ground, Huerta grabbed Curran's back for a few seconds, but Curran ended up on top, and they stood up wtih one minute left in the fight. Curran took down Huerta, and they stood back up. They traded strikes until the end of the round. That was a close fight, but I'd probably score it slightly in favor of Curran, and all 3 judges agreed, giving him the unanimous decision victory.
87.9
KO (Punch)
3:01
      These guys basically spent the first 3 minutes of the opening round testing the waters, throwing single punches, while circling around each other in a relatively boring fight. Out of nowhere, Curran blasted Ricci in the chin with a big right hand, putting all of his bodyweight behind it, and Ricci got knocked the fuck out. Curran followed that up with several hard punches on the ground before the referee was able to stop him. Awesome highlight reel KO, to end an otherwise slow & boring fight.