Pat Curran‘s reign as the Bellator featherweight champion ended on Saturday when he dropped a unanimous decision to Daniel Straus. Though the point deduction didn’t seem to affect the outcome on the score cards, it did affect the outcome of the fight.
Prior to the third-round accidental knee to a downed Strauss, Curran was taking care of Straus using his patented counter-striking. Curran won the first two rounds and was winning the third round before the knee took place. After that happened, the fight took a turn for the worse for Curran.
Straus took control of the fight in the third round using his ground and pound. After Straus won the third round, Curran found himself in an unfavorable situation. Going into the fourth round, Curran had to know the score was tied at 28-28. That meant that Curran could not take a chance at losing a round. He needed to attack.
Pressuring and attacking first is something Curran is not used to doing. Curran looked lost in the fourth and fifth round and Straus took the fight to him. The match was pretty much set in stone after Straus won the fourth round.
Had Curran not committed the illegal move, he would have won the third round and probably the fight. Now Curran has to work his way back to a title shot if he decides to stay at featherweight. If he does stick with the weight class, he will meet Straus again for the title at some point.