Bellator returns for its third event of season 10, featuring a trilogy fight in the main event for the promotion's featherweight championship.
Bellator 112: "Straus vs. Curran 3" takes place TONIGHT (Fri., March 14, 2014) on Spike TV, live from The Venue at Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, Indiana.
After defeating Pat Curran late last year at Bellator 106, Daniel Straus wants to prove the upset was no fluke as he takes on the former champion for the third time. They each have one win a piece, and this third fight will determine who walks away as the victor of the trilogy and with the featherweight strap around their waist.
Rounding up the main card will be three bouts taking shape in the promotion's welterweight tournament, as Nah-Shon Burrell takes on Andrey Koreshkov, Cristiano Souza dukes it out with Sam Oropeza, and opening up the main card will be Jesse Juarez against Adam McDonough.
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Without further delay, see below for the latest Bellator 112 results. (Note: This will go from the bottom up; therefore, scroll toward the bottom for the latest detailed round-by-round action.)
BELLATOR 112 QUICK RESULTS
Daniel Straus vs. Pat Curran -- Curran wins by submission (rear-naked choke) at 4:46 of round five.
Andrey Koreshkov vs. Nah' Shon Burrell -- Koreshkov wins by TKO (strikes) at 0:41 of round one.
Sam Oropeza vs. Cristiano Souza -- Oropeza wins by knockout (strikes) at 3:07 of round one.
Jesse Juarez vs. Adam McDonough -- McDonough wins by unanimous decision (29-28x3)
Nathan Coy vs. Paul Bradley -- Coy wins by unanimous decision (30-27x3)
A.J. Matthews vs. Belal Muhammad -- Muhammad wins by unanimous decision (29-28x3)
Darrion Caldwell vs. Lance Surma -- Caldwell wins by submission (guillotine choke) at 0:50 of round one.
Derek Loffer vs. Bobby Reardanz -- Loffer wins by unanimous decision (30-27x3)
Jason Guida vs. Anthony Gomez -- Gomez wins by unanimous decision (30-26, 30-27x2)
Daniel James vs. Erick Correa -- James wins by submission (strikes) at 4:30 of round two.
BELLATOR 112 LIVE PLAY-BY-PLAY
145 lbs.: Daniel Straus vs. Pat Curran
Round 1: Straus is out southpaw, and Curran is orthodox. They circle around for a little bit, and Curran working his jab with front kicks early. Decent right hand from Curran. Straus throws a headkick, slips, eats a knee while shooting for the takedown and Curran reverses positioning against the fence. Takedown from Curran, and he's in open guard. Straus doing a good job of hanging on with a body lock. Curran postures up and gets caught in an inverted triangle. Straus lets it go, goes for an ankle and Curran is trying to slap on a guillotine. Straus keeping a low, tight base. Knees to the shoulder by Curran, and Straus makes it back to his feet -- but they're still tied up. They're locked up away from the cage, and Curran gets his takedown stuffed. Straus has him in a front choke, but Curran spins his way out. Straus still attacking with a submission, but the bell sounds.
Round 2: They both storm in with right hands, and Straus throws a nice kick to the body. Straus drops Curran with a hell of a left hook, and pounces on Curran. The latter makes his way back to his feet, and they touch gloves. Curran's right eye is looking gross right now. Jab from Straus, while Curran can't land the combos he's throwing. Left hand by Straus. Curran catches Straus, and tries to storm in, but Straus is covering up well. Back in the center, Straus works with the legkicks. Another right hand from Straus, and he's working counter-lefts superbly. Curran is looking a little puzzled, but he gets a good right hand in. Straus covering up well from Curran's combos, and attempts a flying knee after a flurry. Curran closes the round well with a flying knee of his own, and a kick to the body.
Round 3: Curran opens up with a nice kick, and he starts to turn it on, but Straus is game for it. Good knee for Curran. Nice jab from Curran. Straus swings and misses with a left hook. Curran lands a right hand on the inside, and he nails Straus with a headkick. Straus throws his arms up and asks him to come forth. Leg kick from Strauss, and he goes upstairs with a right hand. Kick to the body from Curran. Kick to the body from Curran, and Straus shoots in for a takedown. Curran is making him pay with knees, and they remain tied up. Takedown by Straus, and he transitions into a guillotine position. Curran is back on his feet, and they're up against the fence. They break away, and Straus decks Curran with a left hand. Straus storms through Curran and now Curran is on his back. Straus content to lay on top and keep him down.
Round 4: Good left hand by Straus, and they're tied up again. They exchange turns in the body lock position against the cage. They break away, and Straus lands a high knee. Kick to the body from Straus, and Curran hits the cup. Jab from Curran at the restart. Nice short punches from Curran. Straus hammers Curran with some hard hooks. Low kick from Straus. Uppercut from Straus, followed by a couple of hard jabs. Straus blocks a body kick, and Curran lands a solid right hand. A good kick to the body from Curran. Headkick blocked from Curran. Solid right punch from Curran. Curran presses forward and Straus gets in a left hook before the bell.
Round 5: They hug to start it out. Curran comes out ferociously, and Straus shoots for a takedown. They're tied up again. The referee breaks them apart, and asks for a towel. Curran wipes off the vaseline with his hand. They start to slug it out in the center of the cage. Straus hits Curran with a left, and Curran is busier, with plenty of his punches are getting blocked. Flying knee attempt by Curran, and Straus tries to clock him with a headkick but fails. Curran turning it on now, with a slick combination, ending with a knee to the body. Kick to the body from Curran, and Straus keeping him at bay with leg kicks. Takedown attempt by Curran, and they're up against the fence once more. Curran completes the takedown, and takes the back. Curran has both hooks in and sinks in a rear-naked choke. Thumbs up from Straus, who is on his side. Curran can't turn, because he's against the fence, but Curran is sinking it in. Straus taps, and Curran wins the title back. What a comeback.
Final results: Curran wins by submission (rear-naked choke) at 4:46 of round five.
170 lbs.: Andrey Koreshkov vs. Nah' Shon Burrell
Round 1: Hinds is your ref again. Koreshkov and Burrell both come out orthodox. They exchange leg kicks early, with Burrell in awkward stances. Koreshkov drops Burrell with a huge kick to the body, and Burrell is all kinds of messed up. Koreshkov pounces on him, and Burrell is flattened out. Hinds rushes in and that's it.
Final results: Koreshkov wins by TKO (strikes) at 0:41 of round one.
170 lbs.: Sam Oropeza vs. Cristiano Souza
Round 1: Rob Madrigal is your referee. Oropeza comes out southpaw, with his counterpart orthodox. Souza leaps in for a sweeping leg takedown and fails. They're clinched up agains the fence, with Oropeza having the advantage. They break free, and Souza brings him back in the clinch. Oropeza throws a kick to the body, and chases down Souza. Oropeza lands a brutal right hand, and Souza falls with his legs underneath him. Some more left hands to Souza's temples, and the Brazilian is saved from Madrigal storming in.
Final results: Oropeza wins by knockout (strikes) at 3:07 of round one.
170 lbs.: Jesse Juarez vs. Adam McDonough
Round 1: Rob Hinds is your referee. Both fighters in orthodox stance. McDonough throws a spinning back kick, but no avail. Juarez shoots, and although McDonough catches him with a knee to the chest, he stays with the takedown attempt and gets a sloppy one against the fence. Juarez gets the back, and as McDonough tries to reverse it, Juarez slaps on an arm triangle. McDonough is out of it, courtesy of the cage which disallowed Juarez from getting a good angle on it. Juarez working for the takedown again. McDonough reverses, and he secures the takedown, jumping into mount. He tries to punch away, but Juarez is doing well off of his back by neutralizing the strikes. Juarez gives up his back, both hooks are in, but the bell sounds.
Round 2: McDonough starts off strong and powerful, clocking Juarez right from the get-go, with Juarez shooting in again to protect himself. McDonough gets into half guard after flattening Juarez on his back, and things are getting kind of boring fast. Juarez explodes back to his feet, and he begins to chase McDonough down. McDonough lands a spinning back kick to Juarez's legs, and actually dropped him. McDonough lands a good uppercut and a knee, and lands a spinning back kick on Juarez's shoulder. Juarez shoots, and McDonough lands a few shots to the ribcage before the bell.
Round 3: Much to the surprise of nobody, Juarez shoots in again, but McDonough takes his back and secures the body triangle -- looking for a rear-naked choke. Juarez does well by squirming out and reverses the positioning, ending up on top of McDonough. McDonough is trying to get back to his feet, and Juarez threatens with a guillotine, although it was never fully locked in. McDonough in the guard, and starts to hammer down punches. The bell sounds.
Final Results: McDonough wins by unanimous decision (29-28x3)