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  • 01-22-2014, 08:24 PM
    Cat--Smasher
    Bellator boss: Straus vs. Curran trilogy trumps 'Pitbull's' tournament win
    During a conference call previewing the upcoming tenth installment of Bellator MMA, promotion president Bjorn Rebney discussed why he made the decision to go with the trilogy instead of selecting the man who rightfully earned his spot by defeating Justin Wilcox.

    “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.”

    With the announcement of Eddie Alvarez vs. Michael Chandler 3 going down on pay-per-view (PPV), the decision to go with a third fight in the featherweight division makes sense. But to keep someone like "Pitbull" out of action in favor of going back to a bout that was recently decisive in nature, not so much.

    So what is next for "Pitbull," according to Rebney?

    "'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.”
  • 01-15-2014, 08:32 PM
    KevoOnTheRadio
    Word
  • 01-15-2014, 08:20 PM
    Sniggles
    Quote Originally Posted by Cat--Smasher View Post
    A little of both.
    This^
  • 01-15-2014, 07:48 PM
    Cat--Smasher
    Quote Originally Posted by KevoOnTheRadio View Post
    Do you mean that like....

    Fuck that guy War Machine, he can go eat a bag of dicks for all I care...

    or

    War Machine literally has the ability to and can actually eat a bag of dicks

    ?
    A little of both.
  • 01-15-2014, 07:27 PM
    KevoOnTheRadio
    Quote Originally Posted by Sniggles View Post
    War Machine can eat a bag of dicks.
    Do you mean that like....

    Fuck that guy War Machine, he can go eat a bag of dicks for all I care...

    or

    War Machine literally has the ability to and can actually eat a bag of dicks

    ?
  • 01-15-2014, 07:24 PM
    Sniggles
    War Machine can eat a bag of dicks.
  • 01-15-2014, 07:22 PM
    Rise
    Quote Originally Posted by KevoOnTheRadio View Post
    No way Bellator lets him do that.
    Nope but they get to take another dig at Bellator and make themselves look on par with them.

    The best thing Bellator had going for it was the tournament format and future stars being born out that. They've totally gone counter to that by signing guys like Rampage /Tito and granting immediate rematches and that's ultimately going to cripple them.
  • 01-15-2014, 05:26 PM
    KevoOnTheRadio
    No way Bellator lets him do that.
  • 01-15-2014, 04:14 PM
    Cat--Smasher
    WSOF offers Patricio Freire immediate title shot after Bellator leashes 'Pitbull' in favor of Pat Curran
    http://www.mmamania.com/2014/1/15/53...lator-snub-mma
    One can only speculate at why both Patrico Friere and Magomedrasul Khasbulaev (hasn't fought since April of 2013) are being forced to wait this one out, but to add more fuel to the fire, Straus weighed in on this very topic on Facebook this week, speculating as to why Curran is getting another chance.


    "My perception is that Bellator wants him as champ so bad not only does he get immediate rematch but gets it in his hometown damn near. Any thoughts?"

    The distance from Curran's hometown of Crystal Lake, Illinois, to Hammond, Indiana? A mere 70 miles. Compare that to the 274 mile drive from Cincinnati, Ohio, to the venue and Straus may have an argument.

    Bellator will surely clear this one up for everyone soon, right?

    Until then, World Series of Fighting (WSOF) resident matchmaker Ali Abdel-Aziz's has a suggestion:


    Ali Abdelaziz @AliAbdelaziz00
    Follow
    @PatricioPitbull We would like to have you fight for @MMAWorldSeries.Bellator didn't give you a title shot but we would.
  • 01-14-2014, 04:41 PM
    MMA4EVERRR
    “Our featherweight division continues to be the deepest and strongest featherweight division in MMA"

    How ironic that he makes that claim, yet doesn't care enough for the division outside of Curran.

    Pat was being promoted quite well while being the champ, yet this is the first time Strauss has been in the news since being champ. Rebney hasnt even bothered to promote the division, and the up and coming talent that his FW division possesses. I would love to see some of those FW come over to UFC and help bring more depth to an already exciting division.

    Would not be shocked if King Mo's next fight is a #1 contender fight against Newton, even though he had 2 awful performances versus him.
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