[Fight week!] Bellator 178: Full fight card and preview for event at the Mohegan Sun

Bellator 178: Straus vs. Pitbull 4 will take place this Friday, April 21, 2017, at the Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Connecticut.

The main event of Bellator 178 will feature the return of featherweight champion Daniel Straus (24-6), who will defend his belt against Patricio “Pitbull” (25-4) in the fourth chapter of their storied rivalry.

Time away from the Bellator MMA cage has been eating at the 145-pound kingpin Straus, who has been on the shelf due to a hand injury since his unanimous decision win over his Jan. 27 opponent during the main event of Bellator 145 in November of last year. Now, fully back to health, American Top Team’s standout now looks to bring his record against Freire to 2-2 and finally put an end to the back-and-forth battles the two have been undertaking under the Bellator MMA umbrella since 2011. Set for his 14th appearance with the Scott Coker-led promotion, Straus will be competing for the fourth time where championship gold will be on the line and seeking the first title defence of his nearly seven-year mixed martial arts career.

Returning to action for the first time since his loss via leg injury to Benson Henderson at Bellator 160: Henderson vs. ‘Pitbull’ – a fight that saw “Pitbull” withdraw due to a broken shin – the 29-year-old Natal, Brazil native looks to reclaim the belt that he feels is rightfully his. Back at featherweight following a one-bout foray at 155-pounds, “Pitbull” will bring his impressive mark of 19 stoppages in 25 opportunities to the table against a man he has defeated twice already, once by unanimous decision and the other via dramatic rear-naked choke submission.

The co-main event of Bellator 178 features a women’s flyweight bout between Ilima-Lei Macfarlane and Jessica Middleton.

Macfarlane (5-0) is currently an impressive 4-0 under the Bellator banner. She earned a split decision win over Maria Rios in her Bellator debut at Bellator 141: Guillard vs. Girtz before going on to earn two submissions wins over Amber Tackett and Rebbeca Ruth. Most recently ‘The Ilimanator’ earned a unanimous decision win over Emily Ducote at Bellator 167: Caldwell vs. Taimanglo 2.

Middleton (2-0) has earned both of her professional MMA wins under the Bellator promotional umbrella. Two unanimous decision wins over Bruna Ellen and Alice Yauger has earned Middleton a co-main event slot at Bellator 178.

Also featured on the main card is a featherweight bout between Dominic Mazzotta vs. AJ McKee Jr and a catchweight bout between Saad Awad vs. Ryan Quinn.

Check out the full fight card below for the event.

Main card (SPIKE)
Daniel Straus (c) vs. Patricio Pitbull for the Bellator Featherweight Championship
Ilima-Lei Macfarlane vs. Jessica Middleton
Ryan Quinn vs. Saad Awad
A.J. McKee vs. Dominic Mazzotta

Preliminary card (MMAMad.com)
Vinicius De Jesus vs. TBD
Ed Ruth‏ vs. Aaron Goodwine
Tyrell Fortune vs. Branko Busick
Blair Tugman vs. Tom English
Billy Giovanella vs. Josh Ricci
Regivaldo Carvalho vs. Jay Perrin
John Lopez vs. Remo Cardarelli
Mike Mangan vs. Don Shainis
Tim Caron vs. Jordan Young

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