Rematches in the professional fight game are as common as a housefly. Trilogies, while they aren’t exactly the norm, there have been plenty over the years that have captivated the minds of fight fans. Tetralogies, however, are quite rare, especially in mixed martial arts.
On Friday night, Daniel Straus will defend his Bellator featherweight title against a man he knows better than most: Patricio Freire. The two have already met three times, with “Pitbull” getting the best of Straus twice. Freire first toppled the American at Bellator 45 in 2011 via unanimous decision and then again at Bellator 132 in ’15 by way of fifth-round rear-naked choke to steal the 145-pound title away.
Straus bounced back with a unanimous decision win over his adversary at Bellator 145 in November ’15 and the Brazilian has waited eagerly for a chance at redemption. Unfortunately for both men, Straus suffered a badly broken hand in his third bout with Freire and was sidelined for over a year. Finally, he’s healthy and the two will headline Bellator 178 Friday night at Mohegan Sun Arena 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 onto the scale and he came in right on the money. Freire officially weighed in at (144) pounds. Straus followed suit and nailed it; the defending champ came in at (145) pounds, giving their showdown the green light.
The Bellator 178 main card will be televised live on Spike beginning at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. ET. The prelims will be streamed live on Bellator.com starting at 7 p.m. ET/ 4 p.m. PT (online betting).
Bellator 178 Weigh-in Results:Daniel Straus (145) vs. Patricio Freire (144)
Ilima-Lei Macfarlane (126) vs. Jessica Middleton (126)
Saad Awad (164.5) vs. Ryan Quinn (164.5)
A.J. McKee (146) vs. Dominic Mazzotta (146)
Nick Alley (167) vs. Kastriot Xhema (165)
Mak Kelleher (149.5) vs. Don Shainis (149.5)
Regivaldo Carvalho (149.75) vs. Jay Perrin (140)
Kemran Lachinov (164.5) vs. Sam Watford (164)
Johnny Lopez (125.5) vs. Remo Cardarelli (124)
Shane Manley (146) vs. Chris Foster (145)
Blair Tugman (146) vs. Tom English (146)
Jordan Young (195) vs. Tim Caron (195)
Ed Ruth (185.5) vs. David Mundell (184.25)
Tyrell Fortune (244.5) vs. Branko Busick (220)
Billy Giovanella (124.75) vs. Joshua Ricci (126)