Daniel Straus vs. Pat Curran III

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In their third meeting, and second matchup in Bellator MMA, Daniel Straus looks to defend his Featherweight Championship against former champ Pat Curran.

FIVE-MINUTE ROUNDS FOR THAT

TITLE.

BELLATOR FEATHERWEIGHT WORLD

CHAMPIONSHIP.

AND ROUND NUMBER ONE.

>> FIGHT CLOCK IS BROUGHT TO YOU

BY MILLER LITE.

IT'S NOT JUST A GOOD TIME, IT'S

MILLER TIME.

>> CURRAN, THE FORMER CHAMPION,

IS IN THE WHITE TRUNKS WITH THE

BLACK TRIM.

STRAUS, THE REINING CHAMPION, IS

IN THE WHITE TRUNKS.

FLOATING, JIMMY, WITH THE RIGHT

HAND.

>> PAT CURRAN IN THE PASSES.

START SLOWLY.

I THINK HE NEEDS TO SET A

PRECEDENT.

THROWS A LOT MORE PUNCHES.

THAT KNEE CAUGHT HIM COMING IN.

>> HE ATE THAT BIG KNEE.

>> ELBOW FROM CURRAN.

CURRAN GOING FOR A TAKEDOWN OF

HIS OWN.

DOESN'T OFTEN DO THAT.

USING HIS WRESTLING GENERALLY

DEFENSIVELY.

>> STRAUS WORKING THE TAKEDOWN

IN THEIR SECOND FIGHT.

GARY COPELAND TELLING BOTH

FIGHTERS TO KEEP WORKING.

BEAUTIFUL TRIP.

TRYING TO SCRAMBLE.

NOW IT'S AN OPEN GUARD.

ATHLETIC, LOOKING FOR PAT TRYING

TO PASS TO THAT WEAK SIDE, THE

RIGHT SIDE.

OVER THE LEFT KNEE OF DANIEL

STRAUS.

ALL HE TALKED ABOUT IS HOW GOOD

THIS GUY IS ON THE GROUND.

WATCHING THE BOTTOM FROM STRAUS.

STRAUS ON HIS BACK A LOT.

THE GRINDER.

TRIANGLE POSITION.

IT COULD BE TOUGH TO GET.

CURRAN RIGHT BACK ON HIS MAN.

>> HE HAS A WICKED NECKTIE.

COMING AROUND THE BACK.

LOOKING FOR A GUILLOTINE NOW.

>> GREAT FRONT CHOKE.

STRAUS KEEPING A LOW TIGHT BASE.

>> THIS FIRST ROUND PAT CURRAN

BEING MUCH MORE AGGRESSIVE THAN

WE'VE SEEN HIM IN PAST FIGHTS.

TRYING TO SEND A MESSAGE HERE.

SHORT ELBOWS FROM CURRAN.

GOT TO BE CAUTIOUS HERE.

LEGAL KNEE UP TO THE SHOULDER.

TO THE ARM NOW FROM CURRAN.

>> STRAUS BACK TO HIS FEET.

EXPLOSION FROM STRAUS.

CURRAN LOOKING VERY AGGRESSIVE

EARLY, JIMMY.

A LITTLE BIT OF REVERSAL.

PAT CURRAN STARTING STRONG.

DANIEL STRAUS, THE CHAMP, A

LITTLE BIT TENTATIVE IN THIS

FIRST ROUND.

STRAUS LOOKING FOR THE BODY

LOCK.

THE BODY LOCK AND TURN.

ATTEMPTED TURN FROM CURRAN.

>> INSIDE TRIP.

COULD NOT FIND IT.

OUTSIDE TRIP.

>> DOUBLE LEG.

SINGLE.

FRONT CHOKE.

MODIFIED GUILLOTINE.

STRAUS TRYING TO LOCK ON FOR THE

FINISH.

>> HE'S WORKING HARD FOR IT.

>> 20 SECONDS REMAINING IN ROUND

NUMBER ONE.

TRYING TO SPIN HIS WAY OUT.

HE LOCKED IT.

>> STRAUS STAYED TIGHT.

>> END OF ROUND ONE.

>> WE WORE HIM DOWN A LOT.

WATCH THE CHOKE, OKAY?

WATCH THE CHOKE.

KEEP BEING HEAVY ON HIM.

YOU'RE DOING SOME DAMAGE, OKAY?

HE'S GOING TO TRY TO GET ON TOP

OF YOU BECAUSE HE'S GOING TO

WANT TO SCORE BACK.

>> KEEP BLOCKING.

KEEP BLOCKING.

>> LET'S GO!