At Bellator 112 this past Friday, Pat Curran regained his Bellator Featherweight world championship, submitting Daniel Straus late in the 5th round to win an incredible fight. The big question on everyone's mind right after the fight ended: would Straus get a rematch? At the post-fight press conference, Bjorn Rebney addressed this question, clearing up the immediate future of the Featherweight title picture.
Daniel Straus will not get the immediate rematch. Instead, the next title fight will be champion Pat Curran defending against Season 9 tournament winner Patricio Pitbull Freire. The winner of that fight will then defend the belt against former champion Straus.
There's a lot to unpack in this announcement. First off, Pitbull vs. Curran is an incredibly exciting fight, and the fight that should happen. The two men had a terrific battle in 2013 to kick off the Bellator era on Spike, with Curran taking a close split decision. Pitbull has gone undefeated since, including winning the season 9 tournament. He's also been very vocal about his frustration over Curran getting an immediate rematch with Straus.
For his part, Straus will not get that same immediate rematch Curran was given, but he will not need to re-enter the tournament field either. He'll sit on the sidelines and wait for the Curran vs. Pitbull winner. Given the damage Curran took to his eye at Bellator 112, that may be a bit of a wait.
No timeline is yet set for Curran vs. Pitbull, though Rebney did confirm to Bloody Elbow that it was very unlikely they would turn the fight around in time for the upcoming PPV.
Left out in the cold in all of this is Magomedrasul Khasbulaev. Frodo won the season 8 tournament, so should be next in line for a title shot. However, visa issues have kept him out of the country. As of right now, he is still unable to compete in either Canada or the US, prompting Bellator to move past him for now.