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Bellator 178 Results: Patricio Freire taps Daniel Straus to claim featherweight gold

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Once again, Patricio “Pitbull” Freire is Bellator’s Featherweight Champion.

Friday evening at the Mohegan Sun Arena, in Uncasville, Connecticut, Bellator 178 took place, featuring a title fight between familiar competitors.

Daniel Straus and Patricio “Pitbull” Freire met inside the cage for the fourth time and like the previous two meetings, the Bellator featherweight strap was on the line. The pair’s first meeting was in the tournament final of Bellator 45 in 2011 which saw Freire walk away with his hand raised by unanimous decision. They would meet again at Bellator 132 in 2015, when Freire would successfully defend his featherweight title, winning by fourth round submission. Despite losing the two previous meetings, Straus would emerge victorious in their third meeting at Bellator 145 by unanimous decision, also winning the title in the process.

Friday night, Straus came into the bout as champion, hoping to even up the series battle. Freire had other plans.

After a fairly lackluster first round, Freire locked in a guillotine choke after defending a takedown attempt from Straus early in the second round. The choke was deep and Straus was forced to tap out or go to sleep. Straus opted to tap out at 0:37 in the second round, which crowned Freire champion and extending the rivalry to 3-1 in favor of the Brazilian.

Regardless of the outcome, Daniel Straus is ready for the next challenge:

The co-main event saw Ilima-Lei Macfarlane take on Jessica Middleton.

Macfarlane, one of the most exciting female talents on the Bellator roster, locked in an armbar on her opponent just a couple of minutes into the first round. Extending her professional record to 6-0, with five of those wins coming under the Bellator banner, Macfarlane has her eyes set on a title shot for her next outing.

AJ McKee kept his record perfect in spectacular fashion by knocking out Dominic Mazzotta with an incredible head kick in the first round. He would credit the technique to MMA legend Mirko Cro-Cop.

Wrestling stars turned MMA pros Ed Ruth and Tyrell Fortune both kept their records unblemished on the preliminary portion of the card.

Full Bellator 178 Results:


  •  Patricio Freire (26-4) def. Daniel Straus (25-7) via Submission (Guillotine choke), Round 2 – 0:37
  • Ilima-Lei Macfarlane (6-0) def. Jessica Middleton (2-1) via Submission (Armbar), Round 1 – 2:15
  • Saad Awad (20-9) def. Ryan Quinn (13-7) via Unanimous Decision
  • AJ McKee (8-0) def. Dominic Mazzotta (12-2) via KO (Head kick), Round 1 – 1:15


  • Remo Cardarelli (7-5) def. John Lopez (8-4) via Unanimous Decision
  • Kastriot Xhema (1-0) def. Nick Alley (3-1) via KO (Punch), Round 1 – 3:19
  • Blair Tugman (10-6) def. Tom English (6-8) via Submission (Rear-naked choke), Round 3 – 4:54
  • Jordan Young (7-0) def. Tim Caron (7-1) via Submission (D’arce choke), Round 1 -3:55
  • Ed Ruth (3-0) def. David Mundell (6-3) via TKO (Knee), Round 2 – 3:13
  • Tyrell Fortune (3-0) def. Branko Busick (0-1) via Unanimous Decision
  • Chris Foster (11-5) def. Shane Manley (3-3) via Split Decision


  • Don Shainis (3-1) def. Mak Kelleher (1-4) via Unanimous Decision
  • Regivaldo Carvalho (4-2) def. Jay Perrin (3-3) via Submission (Guillotine choke), Round 3 – 2:04
  • Kemran Lachinov (4-2) def. Sam Watford (2-2) via Split Decision


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*Watch* Bellator 185 Weigh in: Live Stream, Results



Watch the live weigh-ins for Bellator 185 here.

Gegard Mousasi takes on Alexander Slemenko live this Friday night October 20th at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville CT. This is the first appearance for Mousasi in the Bellator cage as he looks to secure a title shot with a win over the very tough former Bellator champion Slemenko. Joining these men of the main card will be a pair of welterweights as Neiman Gracie from the famous Gracie BJJ family takes on Zak Bucia in the co-main event.

Full Weigh-in Results: (Updated in real time)

Main Card:

Gegard Mousasi (185) vs. Alexander Shlemenko (186)
Neiman Gracie (170.5) vs. Zak Bucia (170)
Heather Hardy (126) vs. Kristina Williams (126)
Ryan Quinn (155.5) vs. Marcus Surin (155)
Ana Julaton (125.5) vs. Lisa Blaine (122)

Preliminary Card:

Jordan Young (200) vs. Alec Hooben (194)
Costello van Steenis (185) vs. Steve Skrzat (186)
Vinicius de Jesus (170) vs. Joaquin Buckley (171)
John Beneduce (154.5) vs. Dean Hancock (155)
Timothy Wheeler (144) vs. Pete Rogers (144)
Don Shainis (150) vs. Matthew Denning (149)
Frank Sforza (149) vs. Vovka Clay (150)
Kevin Carrier (156) vs. Jose Antonio Perez (153)
John Lopez (126) vs. Billy Giovanella (125)

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Bellator 185 Fight to Watch: Heather Hardy vs. Kristina Williams



Heather Hardy will compete in MMA for the second time at Bellator 185 on Friday night, as she faces Kristina Williams in a strawweight contest. The fight takes place on the main card at the Mohican Sun Arena in Connecticut.

Potentially, what Bellator have in Heather ‘The Heat’ Hardy is a major draw that they can build their 125 pound division around. While relatively new to the organisation she is fast becoming one of the more popular names on the roster. Her career is in the early stages, but many have already started to draw comparisons with former boxer turned MMA star, Holly Holm. Holm’s UFC success partly inspired the native New Yorker to make the switch from boxing.

Hardy is already an established world champion in the land of the ‘sweet science’, holding a 21 fight undefeated professional record. She made her MMA debut in June this year with a victory over Alice Yauger, at Bellator 180. At 35, Hardy is a late starter in the sport, but proved at Madison Square Garden against the credible Yauger that she has a bright future.

Hardy’s first outing in the cage was disciplined and composed. Despite a slow start in round one, Hardy grew in confidence as the fight progressed and her cardio never faltered. She mixed in plenty of kicks that complimented her boxing and looked at ease in the clinch, even defending a couple of takedown attempts in the process.

Despite looking on course for a decision win, Hardy forced the TKO stoppage with just thirteen seconds remaining in round three. Even a large cut that required seven stitches from an accidental head clash could not deny her victory.

Hardy was fighting an experienced professional, competing for the tenth time in MMA, which makes the win over Yauger more impressive. However, her upcoming opponent Kristina Williams will be making her professional debut.

There is little known about Williams except that she is 3-0 at amateur level. One of those wins came by way of submission so there may well be a threat to Hardy if the fight goes to the ground. More importantly for Williams is how she copes on the big stage against a popular opponent, who is more familiar competing in high pressure combat situations. If Williams can produce an upset it will be a huge boost in her young career.

But in all honesty, this fight is about Hardy. It’s about getting the win and gaining valuable experience. The boxing career is on hold while MMA takes centre stage. Beating Williams will mean she likely continues fighting inside a cage rather than a boxing ring.

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Bellator 185- How to Watch, Times and Fight Card



Bellator is once again heading to Mohegan Sun in Uncasville Connecticut, and this time they are bringing with them one of the most anticipated former UFC fighter turned Bellator stars’ debut. Gegard Mousasi will be making his first appearance in the Bellator cage against a former Bellator champion in Alexander Shlemenko. Although this event has lost some of its star power over the last several weeks, it is still stacked and you can bet that the main event will bring some fireworks.

Earlier in the month, it was announced that King Mo had suffered an injury that had forced him out of his co-main event fight with former middleweight champion Liam McGeary. Bellator worked quickly to secure a replacement opponent for McGeary in Bubba McDaniels. Unfortunately for McDaniels and the fans alike, McGeary had later suffered an injury of his own and the fight was removed from the card.

This left a spot open in the co-main event slot, which would be filled by a welterweight matchup between Brennan Ward and David Rickels. Just four days out from the fight, Bellator announced that Ward had also become injured and the fight has been removed from the card as well. The main card has been shuffled around and the welterweight bout between Neiman Gracie and Zak Bucia will now serve as the co-main event.

Main Card- Spike TV (US/Canada) Spike UK (UK)- 9 pm EDT, 6 pm PDT, 2 pm UK

  • Middleweight Main Event: Gegard Mousasi (42-6-2) vs. Alexander Shlemenko (56-9, 1 NC)
  • Welterweight Feature Bout: Neiman Gracie (6-0) vs. Zak Bucia (18-8)
  • Women’s Flyweight Feature Bout: Heather Hardy (1-0) vs. Kristina Williams (Debut)
  • Lightweight Feature Bout: Ryan Quinn (13-7) vs. Marcus Surin (4-0)
  • Women’s Flyweight Feature Bout: Ana Julaton (2-2) vs. Lisa Blaine (1-0)

Preliminary Card- Live Stream (MMA Latest New)- 7 pm EDT, 4 pm PDT, 12 pm UK

  • 195 lb. Catchweight Preliminary Bout: Jordan Young (6-0) vs. Alec Hooben (5-3)
  • Middleweight Preliminary Bout: Costello van Steenis (8-1) vs. Steve Skrzat (8-9)
  • Welterweight Preliminary Bout: Vinicius de Jesus (5-1) vs. Joaquin Buckley (7-1)
  • Lightweight Preliminary Bout: John Beneduce (2-1) vs. Dean Hancock (2-1)
  • Featherweight Preliminary Bout: Timothy Wheeler (1-4) vs. Pete Rogers (2-4)
  • 150 lb. Catchweight Preliminary Bout: Don Shainis (3-1) vs. Matthew Denning (5-6)
  • 150 lb. Catchweight Preliminary Bout: Frank Sforza (6-0) vs. Vovka Clay (3-2)
  • Lightweight Preliminary Bout: Kevin Carrier (Pro Debut) vs. Jose Antonio Perez (Pro Debut)
  • Flyweight Preliminary Bout: John Lopez (6-4) vs. Billy Giovanella (9-5)
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