Bellator has announced the opening of their season 10 calendar on SPIKETV, including the second of their weekly shows to air March 14th as Bellator 112. This card is headlined by the Bellator Featherweight title fight between Daniel Straus and Pat Curran. The two men have battled twice before, splitting the fights at 1 a piece. In their last meeting, Straus wrested the belt from Curran, who had successfully defended the title as champion twice. The card also features the opening round of the welterweight tournament in a weight class that is champion-less and has a wide open field.
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Two matches have been announced for the welterweight tournament, as War Machine returns to Bellator to take on Nah-Shon Burrell, and Joe Riggs takes on Sam Oropeza. War Machine and Burrell is a solid matchup, as is Riggs vs Oropeza. Oropeza is an up and comer from the Philadelphia Fight Factory that produced Lightweight Champion Eddie Alvarez, and he is aggressive and has good punching power. Riggs, however, is a veteran who looked professional in winning the Bellator reality series and he has a world of experience on his side.
The title showdown at featherweight is a great matchup. Curran and Straus dueled for five pretty good rounds in their last outing. The first fight went to the second round back in 2009 before Curran scored the KO victory. Both men are a different level now, and they should it in their fight last November, when Straus won a unanimous decision.
Look for the title fight to be a near toss up at the books. Curran was the title holder, and he had made two title defenses that were both impressive and showed different facets of his game. A win over Strauss would have sealed Curran’s dominance in the division, and potentially made him one of the Bellator poster boys along with Eddie Alvarez and Quinton Jackson. Curran was favored heading into that fight, but five rounds later he was no longer champion. It will be interesting to see which of the two men handle the pressure of closing out a trilogy with a win.