Daniel Straus wins explosive title fight against Patricio Freire Bellator 145 Main Card Recap

Once again Bellator mma returns to St. Louis for another tent pole. While the night didn’t carry the fireworks of the previous Shamrock vs Slice card there was still great mixed martial arts action to see. In the main event there was a war of a fight once again between Patricio Freire and Daniel Straus. This time the outcome was different as the ATT product pulled of the unanimous victory.

In the co main event Will Brooks held off multiple submissions to win a grinder of a battle against Marcin Held. It was another solid night of fights for Bellator mma in the Scottrade Center.

The championship fight between Patricio Freire(25-6) and Daniel Straus(24-3) started off with a feeling out process before it got in the clinch. Straus lands a crazy flying knee to which Pitbull smiles at and lands a kick at the very last second of the first. There was a crazy exchange in the second with a big blow from Straus that dropped Pitbull and he immediately went for an armbar. Once standing both fighters came out swinging. Straus continues his assault in the third landing three early punches to the face of Patricio. Straus inadvertently gives Pitbull an eye poke and then continues flourishing in his attack. The fourth round saw the second eye poke and was one that Pitbull found his footing in. There were multiple exchanges and it seemed to be all tied up going into the fifth. In the fifth it looked like a repeat of the past as Pitbull took the back of Straus and but he soon escaped. From there is was all fireworks as each fighter had a great exchange and went toe to toe in the final rounds. In  the end Straus did exactly what he need to win the belt with an unanimous decision.

In the lightweight championship match between Will Brooks(17-1) and Marcin Held(21-4) both fighters clinch early after a quick standoff. Marcin gets him down going for a kneebar early. Scary moment for Brooks as Marcin grabbed a hold of his leg and looked to turn. Will poised himself and regained the top to finish the first round. In the second round Will lands an early takedown into side control while Marcin fished for an armbar. Will postured high and started laying elbows and punches putting Marcin in trouble with a keylock attempt. The third round started with a desperate takedown which Brooks responded with a right cross and fell into the guard of Marcin. Brooks laid into Marcin at the two minute mark with a nice ground and pound and narrowly escaped an grab from Marcin before return back to the guard to finish off the round. The fourth round started with Brooks landing a leg kick that Marcin grabbed and went for another leg submission. Brooks positioned himself into his guard and went to work on the body. Marcin’s only offense to this point was to continue to go for submissions on his back. Will’s composure was very commendable not allowing himself to to get caught. Heading into the fifth round Marcin was completely out of gas. He could barely stand and Brooks was able to hit him with a clean jab before landing another good takedown. Brooks eventually stood back on his own and Marcin went for another failed takedown. For the fans it may not have been the prettiest fight to watch but if you are aware of what Held is capable of it really could not go any other way. It was fight that showed what a champion is capable of and that Marcin needs to bring more to the table against this type of pedigree.

In the feature bout Michael Chandler(14-3) takes down Dave Rickels(16-4) after laying into him early. Dave gets back on his feet content with landing an outside leg kick. Soon enough Chandler gets him to the ground again and near the end of the first got Dave in a headlock but was unable to finish him. In the second round Dave actually touched the chin of Chandler of few times but another takedown by Michael would be Rickels undoing. From there Michael laid in a ferocious ground and pound to finish Rickels in the second round. It was a bloody and exciting fight that the home fans of Chandler really enjoyed. Is it enough to propel him back into a title fight being that it was a rematch that Chandler dominated again?

 

Bobby Lashley(14-2) gets an early takedown on James Thompson(20-15) to dictate his pace early. It’s possible he may have torn a ligament or blew out his knee on the takedown but Lashley went for it. He laid down some powerful ground and pound shots and referee Mike England stepped in to end the fight. Looks like one of the vengeance candidates makes due on his promise. The only thing we can ask Lashley next is after now winning eight in a row is it time for him to challenge for the title.

In the opening main card bout Justin Lawrence(8-3) found early success against Emmanuel Sanchez(12-2) with good combinations of kicks and a slick left hook. The pace in the first round picks up when when Sanchez starts laying in some body shots. In the second round it was all about the clinch as both fighters locked up until they were separated by John McCarthy. Sanchez hit Justin with a huge kick towards the end of the round which brought the fight even going into the third. In the third round you could tell the tank was starting to run low on Emmanuel as Justin looked fresher. Sanchez went for an early takedown but could not land it. He eventually got Lawrence to the ground but made mistake that put Justin on top. The action slowed down as the fighters had a nice scramble on the ground and eventually got back on the feet to finish off a grinder of a fight. In the end Emmanuel wins by split decision.

 

The full results from Bellator 145: Vengeance are listed below.

Main Card

Daniel Straus def. Patricio Freire via unanimous decision (49-46, 48-47, 48-47)

Champ Will Brooks def. Marcin Held via unanimous decision (50-45, 49-46, 49-46)

Michael Chandler def. David Rickels via TKO (punches) – Round 2, 3:05

Bobby Lashley def. James Thompson via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 0:54

Justin Lawrence def. Emmanuel Sanchez via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

Prelims

Rashard Lovelace def. Brandon Lowe via TKO (strikes) – Round 1, 2:07

Fazlo Mulabitinovic def. Scott Ettling via submission (armbar) – Round 1, 1:52

Kain Royer def. Clay Mitchell via submission (kneebar) – Round 1, 3:41

Augusto Sakai def. Alex Huddleston via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Adam Meredith def. Jordan Dowdy via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 1, 1:54

Kyle Kurtz def. Steven Mann via submission (triangle choke) – Round 1, 2:59

Garrett Gross def. Jeff Crotty via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Cheljean Erwin-Davis def. Adam Cella via TKO (punches) – Round 3, 0:35

 

Travis Brown

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