While the close nature of the night's main event featuring Michael Chandler against Eddie Alvarez was sure to induce a third encounter somewhere down the line (and will reportedly go down on pay-per-view), the featherweight title fight between Daniel Straus and Pat Curran was a surprising, yet definitive victory for Straus and not necessarily "immediate rematch" material.
Well, the promotion thinks otherwise and Bellator 112 -- which will go down on March 14, 2014 inside The Venue at Horshoe Casino, in Hammond, Indiana -- will feature the third installment in the Strauss vs. Curran trilogy.
An interesting decision by Bjorn Rebney and Co., who have two much more intriguing match-ups already in their back pocket with the winners of season eight and nine of the featherweight tournament waiting for their shot at the strap.
One can only speculate at why both Patrico Friere and Magomedrasul Khasbulaev (hasn't fought since April of 2013) are being forced to wait this one out, but to add more fuel to the fire, Straus weighed in on this very topic on Facebook this week, speculating as to why Curran is getting another chance.
"My perception is that Bellator wants him as champ so bad not only does he get immediate rematch but gets it in his hometown damn near. Any thoughts?"
The distance from Curran's hometown of Crystal Lake, Illinois, to Hammond, Indiana? A mere 70 miles. Compare that to the 274 mile drive from Cincinnati, Ohio, to the venue and Straus may have an argument.
Bellator will surely clear this one up for everyone soon, right?
Until then, World Series of Fighting (WSOF) resident matchmaker Ali Abdel-Aziz's has a suggestion:
Where do you side in all of this?