St. Louis, Missouri -Daniel Straus gained championship gold and a measure of revenge against a familiar foe Friday night by finally earning a victory over Patricio “Pitbull” Freire.
Bellator 145: Vengeance will take place November 6, 2015 at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Missouri. The event will air live in prime time on Spike TV following the preliminary card on MMA Mad. Patricio Freire vs. Daniel Straus took place on the main card which aired live on Spike TV.
The main event of Bellator 145: Vengeance started off tentatively with both fighters looking for an advantage in the striking game and Straus attempting to sprinkle in attempts to get the bout to the canvas. Action picked up in the 2nd round, however, when the challenger landed a strong blow that sent “Pitbull” crashing to the mat.
Straus leaped on the chance and began to wing hard shots at his grounded opponent’s head. Freire was able to survive and look for an armbar, but only achieved getting spiked on his head. He recovered and made it through the round, but from that point on Straus was in control.
The middle rounds witnessed Daniel Straus work an effective striking game while mixing in take down attempts. He seemed to have the “Pitbull” reeling and was the fresher fighter during this period of the match-up. Freire was able to land more in the 3rd, but was failing to hurt Straus with anything truly effective. This would continue to be the story of the fight until Straus nearly suffered a repeat of his last encounter with “Pitbull.”
As the final round grew closer to concluding, Patricio Freire snagged an opportunity to take Straus’ back and began seeking a rear naked choke, the same maneuver that he finished Straus with early this year in January. With nearly half a round to work with, “Pitbull” was on the verge of regaining his championship, but Straus escaped from bottom position with around 1 minute remaining and began to wing punches at the champion. Freire repaid the favor as both men stood against the cage and swung for a knock out. Strauss looked to have been hurt with only seconds remaining, but the damage came too late for “Pitbull” to capitalize and the battle ended before he could pull off the comeback.
Daniel Straus regained the Bellator Featherweight Championship by virtue of a unanimous decisions. The scores were read as 49-46, 48-47, and 48-47. Strauss is now a two-time featherweight title holder with the promotion and has finally defeated Patricio “Pitbull” Freire after two previous attempts ended in failure. Freire lost for the first time in nearly three years after coming up short in his attempt to defend his title for the 3rd time.
Straus improved to 24-6 after the championship conquest and Freire drops to 24-3.