Rebney Defends Strauss vs. Curran III Booking
During a conference call, Bellator MMA president Bjorn Rebney discussed a rematch between Daniel Straus and Pat Curran. The last time the two faced off Straus came out victorious via a controversial decision. So controversial that Rebney felt that the more logical matchup would be a rematch between the two rather that pitting Straus up against the winner of the featherweight tournament Patricio “Pitbull” Freire who is considered to be the rightful front runner for the title.
With Curran getting the rematch at Bellator 112, Rebney discussed his reasoning:
“I’ve got to analyze everything. I had to weigh and balance the power of the trilogy, I had to look at their first fight, Pat knocked out Daniel, and in the second fight Daniel ground out the W. As I look at those two guys and I look at Pitbull, I see, in my mind, and we can debate this stuff until we’re blue in the face, but I see, in Straus and Curran, two of the top five or six featherweights on the face of the Earth. So to have the opportunity to settle this once and for all, to have a legitimate trilogy fight between one guy who has won by knockout and guy who, in typical Daniel fashion, ground out a victory, it’s a good opportunity. And I’ve got to weigh and balance the Pitbull issue as well.”
Eddie Alvarez and Michael Chandler are set to make their third go around against each other on the promotions first pay-per-view event. With that being the case it makes sense to have another featherweight bout on the card however, what doesn’t make sense is sidelining Freire for a fight we’ve already seen before. With “Pitbull” defeating Justin Wilcox to become the tournament winner it’s fair to assume that some fans are going to be questionable about this decision on Rebney’s part.
Rebney touches on what’s next in line for “Pitbull”.
“‘Pitbull’ fought for us five times on Spike in 2013. He’s a world-class fighter as well. To be super clear, Pitbull hasn’t lost his world title fight. Pitbull will get his world title fight. He’s just going to get it this spring against the winner of Straus vs. Curran when we finalize that trilogy.”
Let’s keep our fingers crossed that the third time the two meet will be more exciting than the last. Regardless, “Pitbull” better stay prepared to take on either in his pursuit of Bellator gold.