On Friday, March 14, Bellator MMA hosted its 112th event from the Horseshoe Hammond Casino in Hammond, Ind.

In the night’s main event, Bellator featherweight champion Daniel Straus put his 145-pound title on the line against the man he defeated to earn the belt, Pat Curran. The pair first met in 2009 under the XFO banner with Curran scoring a second-round knockout. Straus got revenge in November of last year, taking a five-round unanimous decision. The rubber match was once again be for Bellator gold.

Also on the card, the promotion kicked off its eight-man season 10 welterweight tournament. Former UFC combatant Nah-Shon Burrell squared off against former tournament winner Andrey Koreshkov, unbeaten Cristiano Souza faced off with Sam Oropeza, veteran Jesse Juarez took on another undefeated fighter in Adam McDonough, and UFC veteran Paul Bradley met Strikeforce alum Nathan Coy.

The night’s preliminary card kicked off at 6:45 p.m. ET on Spike.com. The main card aired live on Spike TV beginning at 9 p.m. ET.

Curran submits Straus, reclaims featherweight title

Pat Curran survived a five-round war with Daniel Straus, scoring a last-minute rear-naked choke finish and reclaiming the Bellator featherweight title.

Curran came out firing with his right hand. Straus slipped on a head kick and dove for a takedown. Curran delivered a big knee and pinned Straus against the cage. Curran put Straus on his back with a trip. Straus attacked with a reverse triangle choke, but Curran easily defended. As Straus worked to get back to his feet, Curran looked to attack his neck. Straus powered back to his feet, but Curran again looked to take the fight to the ground. Straus locked onto a deep front choke in the waning seconds of the round, but Curran survived.

Straus opened the second frame with a big body kick. A left hook from Straus stunned Curran and sent him to his back. Curran survived the onslaught, but his right eye showed the effects of the heavy shot. The pair continued firing big shots throughout the remainder of the round, with both fighters landing the exchanges.

Curran poured it on early in round three, scoring with a left hand and then a series of clinch knees. Straus seemed unaffected by Curran’s aggressiveness, patiently looking to set up a takedown. Both fighters defended takedowns from one another before Straus put Curran on his back. Curran worked back to the standing position, but ate a wild left hand from Straus in the final minute that returned the fight to the ground.

Round four started with Straus pushing the pace. Curran tied him up along the cage and the pair took turns with their back to the fence. When the fighters separated, each fired off head kicks, but both defended well. Curran landed with his hands, but Straus never took a step backwards.

The final round of the trilogy began with Curran pressing the fight against the fence. Referee Gary Copeland separated the fighters and they continued to exchange on the feet. Curran scored with his hands as Straus sought to counter. Straus failed at a takedown attempt and Curran responded with a shot of his own. Curran took Straus’ back in the final minute and latched onto Straus’ neck. Straus fought hard to survive, but was forced to tap to the rear-naked choke in the final seconds of the bout.

Koreshkov destroys Burrell, advances to semifinals

Former tournament winner Andrey Koreshkov wasted little time dispatching of UFC veteran Nah-Shon Burrell by TKO.

The Russian quickly found his range, delivering a body kick-knee combination that stunned Burrell. Koreshkov immediately pounced on his wounded opponent, connecting with a series of left hands that forced referee Rob Hinds to stop the bout.

Oropeza knocks out Souza, claims spot in semifinals

Sam Oropeza punched his ticket to the semifinals with a first-round stoppage of Brazilian Cristiano Souza.

Souza closed the distance and initiated the clinch near the fence. The two jostled for the dominant position before Oropeza was able to break free. Oropeza flurried and Souza looked for a trip. The Brazilian landed on his back briefly, but Oropeza could not hold him to the canvas. A kick from Oropeza backed Souza against the cage and a big right hook sent Souza crashing to the mat. Oropeza smelled blood and scored the knockout finish.

McDonough edges Juarez to earn semifinal spot

Welterweight Adam McDonough earned a spot in the tournament semifinals with a decision win over Jesse Juarez.

The fighters sought their range early in the fight and McDonough missed with a spinning back kick, but connected with a big knee. Juarez searched for a takedown along the cage and managed to mount McDonough in a scramble. Juarez locked onto an arm-triangle choke, but the cage prevented the finish and McDonough escaped. Juarez continued to work hard to get the fight to the ground, but McDonough reversed and mounted Juarez. McDonough attacked with a rear-naked choke, but the bell sounded before he could find the submission.

McDonough again connected early to start the second stanza. Juarez dropped down for a takedown, but McDonough sprawled and used a headlock to gain top position. McDonough fired off a wild kick which allowed Juarez to latch onto a leg, but he could not earn a takedown as the round came to a close.

Juarez came forward to kick off the final round, but McDonough took advantage and quickly took his back. McDonough secured a body triangle and patiently worked for rear-naked choke. Juarez was able to escape and get back to his feet with two minutes left in the bout. He managed to get McDonough to the canvas and looked for a choke of his own. Juarez desperately sought a guillotine in the waning seconds, but could stop McDonough.

FULL RESULTS
Pat Curran def. Daniel Straus by submission (rear-naked choke). Round 5, 4:46 – for featherweight title
Andrey Koreshkov def. Nah-Shon Burrell by TKO (strikes). Round 1, 0:41 – welterweight tournament quarterfinal
Sam Oropeza def. Cristiano Souza by knockout (punches). Round 1, 3:07 – welterweight tournament quarterfinal
Adam McDonough def. Jesse Juarez by unanimous decision (29-28 x3) – welterweight tournament quarterfinal
Nathan Coy def. Paul Bradley by unanimous decision (30-27 x3)- welterweight tournament quarterfinal
Belal Muhammad def. A.J. Matthews by unanimous decision (29-28 x3)
Darrion Caldwell def. Lance Surma by submission (guillotine choke). Round 1, 0:50
Derek Loffer def. Bobby Reardanz by unanimous decision (30-27 x3)
Anthony Gomez def. Jason Guida by unanimous decision (30-26, 30-27, 30-27)
Daniel James def. Erick Correa by submission (strikes). Round 2, 4:30
Diego Marlon def. Lloyd Carter by submission (triangle choke). Round 2, 3:10