Rematches in the professional fight game are as common as ahousefly. Trilogies, while they aren’t exactly the norm, there havebeen plenty over the years that have captivated the minds of fightfans. Tetralogies, however, are quite rare, especially in mixedmartial arts.
On Friday night, DanielStraus will defend his Bellator featherweight title against aman he knows better than most: PatricioFreire . The two have already met three times, with “Pitbull”getting the best of Straus twice. Freire first toppled the Americanat Bellator 45 in 2011 via unanimous decision and then again atBellator 132 in ’15 by way of fifth-round rear-naked choke to stealthe 145-pound title away.
Straus bounced back with a unanimous decision win over hisadversary at Bellator 145 in November ’15 and the Brazilian haswaited eagerly for a chance at redemption. Unfortunately for bothmen, Straus suffered a badly broken hand in his third bout withFreire and was sidelined for over a year. Finally, he’s healthy andthe two will headline Bellator 178 Friday night at Mohegan SunArena in Uncasville, Conn.
At Thursday’s weigh-ins, both combatants made weight rather easily,setting the stage for a memorable fourth showdown between the two.Freire, who lost his title to Straus, was the first to step ontothe scale and he came in right on the money. Freire officiallyweighed in at (144) pounds. Straus followed suit and nailed it; thedefending champ came in at (145) pounds, giving their showdown thegreen light.
The Bellator 178 main card will be televised live on Spikebeginning at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. ET. The prelims will be streamed liveon Bellator.com starting at 7 p.m. ET/ 4 p.m. PT ( online betting ).
Bellator 178 Weigh-in Results: DanielStraus (145) vs. PatricioFreire (144)
Ilima-LeiMacfarlane (126) vs. JessicaMiddleton (126)
SaadAwad (164.5) vs. Ryan Quinn (164.5)
A.J.McKee (146) vs. DominicMazzotta (146)
NickAlley (167) vs. KastriotXhema (165)
MakKelleher (149.5) vs. Don Shainis (149.5)
RegivaldoCarvalho (149.75) vs. Jay Perrin (140)
KemranLachinov (164.5) vs. Sam Watford (164)
JohnnyLopez (125.5) vs. RemoCardarelli (124)
ShaneManley (146) vs. ChrisFoster (145)
BlairTugman (146) vs. Tom English (146)
JordanYoung (195) vs. Tim Caron (195)
Ed Ruth (185.5) vs. DavidMundell (184.25)
TyrellFortune (244.5) vs. BrankoBusick (220)
BillyGiovanella (124.75) vs. JoshuaRicci (126)