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Bellator 106: Pat Curran Vs. Daniel Straus

Pat Curran (c) vs. Daniel Straus for featherweight title

Several years ago, Pat Curran successfully finished Daniel Straus in the second round. The Bellator featherweight champion attempts to do the same again over four years later. Curran (19-4) has won six straight, while Straus (21-4) is on a five-fight win streak. Jason Herzog serves as the third man inside the cage.

Straus has been on the sidelines since late in 2012 due to a broken hand and run-in with the law this past March. Since that loss to Curran, he has won 17 of 18 fights.

Round 1: Curran snapping off some excellent head kicks, possibly setting something up. You have to wonder if Curran wants to make a statement on such a big night, and getting booted from the co-main for an interim title fight? Straus with a takedown, but so far he’s unable to do much and Curran gets to his feet with ease. Nice left from Straus lands. Nasty kick to the body by Straus, followed by a left. So far, though the first couple of minutes, Straus has stuck to his normal fight pattern of starting fast, as has Curran, who is a relatively slow starter. Straus pushing the pace, scores with a takedown off an ankle pick.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Straus

Round 2: Curran the aggressor to start this round, likely words from his corner to get going. Curran lands a left, right and attempts a flying knee. The two strikes hurt Straus, who covers and backs up. Straus gets in close and Curran makes him pay, connecting on a left. For a title fight, the crowd is relatively quiet for these two. Maybe they are saving themselves for the co- and main events. Good exchange and Straus follows up with the Thai clinch and a nice knee-body shot combo. Curran’s been more effective with his strikes and put more combos together, but Straus has controlled the tempo of this fight so far. Interesting to score, that is for sure.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Curran

Round 3: Flying knee from Straus, but he wasn’t able to get much behind it. He does follow up with a nice body kick, which appears to do more damage. Straus shoots for a takedown and is using a lot of energy to try and secure it to no avail. Each goes for a toss takedown, and Curran throws a knee that connects to the head of Straus. It might have ended the fight, but Straus still had a knee on the ground, making it illegal. Straus looks almost out, and Curran reacts as if he knows he messed up. Even the answer gives a brief expletive to the move. Straus is walking around, looking like he is ready to continue. The ring-side doctor checked him out and Curran has been deducted a point. Curran offers his apology, and Straus kind of just waves him off. Straus with a takedown with over a minute left, and he could really secure a big round with the point deduction. Straus in side control and looking to do some damage.

FightLine scores the round 9-9

Round 4: The corner of Straus was very adamant that he won that round convincingly. Right off the bat, Straus ties Curran up and has him against the fence, looking to secure another takedown, which he does. Another takedown, this time with a little more power behind it, from Straus. Still, not much excitement from these two to get the arena behind them. Straus is in complete control, but Curran pulls guard and is working for a guillotine choke. Straus, though, slips his head out and free with just over a minute remaining in the round. Big cut on the forehead of Curran, who has been getting dominated. I gave him a round, but it was a close round – this one wasn’t.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Straus

Round 5: Curran just looks slower and weaker than Straus at this point, and he’s down on most scorecards. Straus is all over Curran, attacking and looking for the finish. Impressive showing here by Straus, who has to feel he is way ahead but is still searching for the stoppage win. Halfway through the final round and it’s all Straus, who is making Curran carry his weight. Curran reverses, but is unable to do anything. Nice flurry by Curran, but Straus answers with a takedown and ends the fight on top.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Straus

Daniel Straus def. Pat Curran via unanimous decision (49-45, 48-46, 48-46) to become the new Bellator featherweight champion