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Bellator 145 Results: Straus Stuns Freire

Bellator 145: Vengeance takes place Friday, Nov. 6 at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Missouri. Labeled one of Bellator’s signature tentpole events, Friday night is scheduled to host two title fights, both of which were capable of headlining a card all on their own.

First up in the co-main event is a lightweight title matchup featuring reigning champion Will Brooks, who looks to defend his 155-pound title for the third time when he faces off against Polish submission artist Marcin Held. Headlining the card is a trilogy bout between Bellator featherweight champion Patricio “Pitbull” Freire, who squares off against Daniel Straus for the second time in 2015.

Also on the card is former Bellator lightweight champion “Iron” Mike Chandler, former title contender David Rickels and ex-WWE Superstar Bobby Lashley.

Results for the card will be updated below, with play-by-play action to begin once the main card kicks off:

Preliminary Card (Spike.com; 6:45 p.m. ET)

  • Chel Erwin-Davis def. Adam Cella via TKO (Round 3, 0:35)
  • Garrett Gross def. Jeff Crotty via unanimous decision (30-27 x 3)
  • Kyle Kurtz def. Steven Mann via submission (Round 1, 2:59)
  • Kain Royer def. Clay Mitchell via submission (Round 1, 3:41)
  • Adam Meredith def. Jordan Dowdy via submission (Round 1, 1:54)
  • Scott Ettling vs. Garrett Mueller
  • Brandon Lowe vs. Rashard Lovelace
  • Augusto Sakai def. Alex Huddleston via unanimous decision (29-28 x 3)

Main Card (Spike TV; 9 p.m. ET)

Emmanuel Sanchez vs. Justin Lawrence

Round 1: Both men open up, freely throwing high kicks. Sanchez seemed to dictate the action by moving forward, but Lawrence did a solid job of countering with jabs and straight rights. Sanchez managed to tie Lawrence up toward the end of the round, landing some glancing knees to the thighs from a clinch against the cage.

Round 2: Lawrence opens up with a wide karate stance before moving toward a traditional Muay Thai posture. Sanchez once again moved forward while Lawrence countered on and on. Sanchez quickly found himself with cuts over both of his eyes, something that comes from reported scar tissue he’s developed from previous action. The fight’s pace slowed immensely after Sanchez grabbed ahold of his opponent, but referee “Big” John McCarthy broke it up and forced them to continue striking. Sanchez landed a massive headkick toward the end of the round that staggered Lawrence, but didn’t have enough time to capitalize before the round came to an end.

Round 3: Sanchez grabs hold of his opponent once more and pushes him up against the cage before bringing him down to the canvas for a moment. Lawrence managed to scramble his way into  Sanchez’s closed guard. Despite being on the bottom, Sanchez offered up more offense, landing glancing elbows to his opponent’s head. A difficult round for judges to score, to say the least.


Result: Emmanuel Sanchez def. Justin Lawrence via split decision (29-28 x 2, 28-29)

Bobby Lashley vs. James Thompson

Round 1: Lashley opened the bout by shooting from a single leg takedown from several feet away, securing the ground position to land some pretty heavy blows from Thompson’s back. Thompson had no answer, prompting the referee to call it quits earlier than he would’ve liked.

Result: Lashley def. Thompson via TKO (Round 1, 0:54)

Michael Chandler vs. David Rickels

Round 1: Both men ran across the cage to meet each other in the center. Chandler quickly grabbed hold of Rickels and brought him to the canvas, landing some decent shots from the guard. Rickels couldn’t offer much to contend with Chandler’s top control, but the former champion wasn’t doing much damage from top either. Rickels eventually pushed off and found himself on the feet once more. The stand-up department didn’t offer much of a difference for a stagnated Rickels, though, proving himself to be the far slower man in the contest. Chandler landed another takedown with about a minute to go, likely securing the round for himself.

Round 2: Chandler maintained his speed and grappling advantage, landing a blistering leg kick early on before taking Rickels down to the canvas again. Rickels started having some success on the feet, but one huge right hand from Chandler changed everything. Chandler followed up with some heavy ground-and-pound, forcing the referee to save Rickels from taking on any more damage.

Result: Chandler def. Rickels via TKO (Round 2, 3:05)

Will Brooks vs. Marcin Held

Round 1: Held marched across the cage and grabbed hold of Brooks before bringing him down to the ground. A calm look on his face as Held quietly worked for a submission of some sort, Brooks kept his cool while he was in all sorts of danger. With at least one of his legs clamped at all times, Brooks couldn’t do much to get back to his feet. Brooks managed to transition to top position before Held attempted an armbar that turned into a kneebar attempt. Held looked to be very close to securing a kneebar submission, but Brooks slipped out.

Round 2: Brooks marched across the cage and secured a takedown, which was peculiar considering how much danger he was in for various portions of the opening round. Held quickly started shooting for submission attempts, but it was nothing Brooks couldn’t shake off with relative ease. Brooks transitioned into full mount before attempting an arm triangle. He struggled to get his second leg out to extend the submission, allowing Held to escape.

Round 3: Held shot for a takedown and missed. Brooks followed him to the mat, though, landing some glancing shots from the closed guard. Held scrambled in and out of submission attempts, but never really put Brooks into any sort of danger. Brooks started throwing punches from the top, likely scoring loads of points in the judges’ eyes.

Round 4: The champion throws a high kick and the challenger counters with a leglock attempt from the feet. Held nearly secured a converted heel hook in the opening seconds of the round, but Brooks once again escaped. The next two minutes would feature much of the same from the previous two rounds. Brooks retained top control and kept busy with glancing ground-and-pound.

Round 5: Brooks shoots for another takedown and controls Held from the top position. “Big” John saw enough of the inactive grappling, forcing the fighters to stand up. Unfortunately for the tired fans in St. Louis, Brooks and Held grappled their way back to the mat.

Result: Brooks def. Held via unanimous decision (49-46 x 3)

Patricio Freire vs. Daniel Straus

Round 1: The opening round was relatively slow in comparison to their previous bouts. Straus did a solid job of keeping Pitbull at a distance, narrowly missing with a flying knee toward the end of the round. A very inactive first round, this was easily a nightmare for any one of the three judges.

Round 2: Straus attempted a takedown early Round 2, but Pitbull shrugged it off. Once back to the feet, a heavy straight left punch dropped Pitbull to the canvas. The fight looked seconds away from being called, but the champion survived with submission attempts that allowed him to clear his head.

Round 3: Straus entered the third round with about as much confidence as an impressive knockdown can give a title challenger. He was light on his feet, teeing off against the champion who didn’t seem to be in the right state of mind. Straus consistently found a home for his left hand, never giving the champion much of an opportunity to regain his composure.

Round 4: Straus looked as comfortable as ever in the fourth round, picking the champion apart from the outside. Pitbull, ever dangerous, would not go down and often found himself unleashing more than he had in previous rounds. Straus noticeably started favoring his left hand,  likely hurting it during the round.

Round 5: Pitbull likely needed the finish in Round 5 to retain his title. Given his history, it wasn’t completely out of the realm of possibility. He managed to grab hold of Straus’ back, sinking both hooks in and looking like every part of a resilient champion before Straus shrugged him off. Pitbull was swinging for the fences, desperately looking for a way to retain his title.

Result: Straus def. Freire via unanimous decision (49-46, 48-47 x 2)





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