What a freaking comeback.
Pat Curran was on the verge of dropping his second title fight against Daniel Straus in five months. It was a close contest, however, the champion was presumably up on the scorecards.
Curran sunk in a rear-naked choke in the dying seconds, and after trying to get proper positioning of the arm under the chin, he gave it his final breath and submitted the former champion to recapture Bellator's featherweight championship.
It was a grueling five round affair, and both combatants had good moments. Straus' best moment of the fight was in the second round, when he dropped Curran with a freakishly strong right hand, yet couldn't put him away.
There was a lot of clinch work between both, each earning a few takedowns for points on the judges' scorecards.
Curran walks out of The Venue at Horseshoe Casino in Indiana as the champion, winning the rubber match between him and Straus, and becomes the leading candidate for comeback of the year (not to mention, this fight is probably the fight of the year thus far, too).
The welterweight tournament action did not disappoint either, as Andrey Koreshkov made very quick work of Nah'Shon Burrell. Koreshkov dropped Burrell with a kick to the body (probably breaking his ribs), and the dazed Burrell took a few more punches to the head before Ron Hinds called a stop to the action at just 0:40 seconds into round one.
Also advancing in the welterweight tournament is Sam Oropeza, who knocked out Cristiano Souza with a crazy right hand, followed by punches. The fight was more or less equal up until the three-minute mark, where both fighters exchanged good moments in the clinch. Oropeza opened up with a body kick when they broke free, and then dropped the Brazilian who was badly hurt -- continuing to take unnecessary punches before Rob Madrigal stormed in.
Your main card stinker of the night belonged to Jesse Juarez and Adam McDonough, with the latter moving on in the welterweight bracket with a unanimous decision win. There were plenty of takedown attempts and boring action on the ground throughout the whole fight.
Nathan Coy also advanced in the welterweight tournament, after defeating Paul Bradley on the "Prelims" portion.
The highlight of the "Prelims" belonged to Darrion Caldwell, who made his Bellator debut and submitted Lance Surma quickly, countering a takedown with a strong guillotine choke.
Here are the entire 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.
Check out the entire play-by-play and full results of Bellator 112: "Straus vs. Curran 3" right here.