Bellator 178 Recap: Pitbull Claims Featherweight Title in Fourth Encounter

Bellator 178 was a night of intense MMA action that saw Patricio “Pitbull” Freire and Daniel Straus clash for the fourth time in their careers. The event, which took place on April 21, 2017, at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut, featured a stacked card with a mix of knockouts, submissions, and hard-fought decisions.

Main Event: Straus vs. Pitbull 4

The main event was the highlight of the evening, with Patricio “Pitbull” Freire capturing the Bellator featherweight title from Daniel Straus with a swift guillotine choke just 37 seconds into the second round. This victory marked Pitbull’s third win over Straus and solidified his position as one of the top fighters in the division.

Co-Main Event: Macfarlane vs. Middleton

In the co-main event, Ilima-Lei Macfarlane continued her rise in the flyweight division with a first-round armbar submission victory over Jessica Middleton. Macfarlane’s performance was a testament to her grappling prowess and her potential as a future title contender.

Other Notable Fights

The card also featured impressive performances from Saad Awad, who secured a unanimous decision win over Ryan Quinn, and A.J. McKee, who delivered a stunning knockout against Dominic Mazzotta in the first round. The undercard saw a mix of knockouts and submissions, with fighters like Ed Ruth and Tyrell Fortune showcasing their skills and making statements in their respective divisions.

Event Overview

Bellator 178 was a memorable event that delivered excitement and showcased the depth of talent within Bellator MMA. With a mix of veterans and rising stars, the event provided fans with a glimpse into the future of the promotion and set the stage for intriguing matchups down the line. The night was a clear indication that Bellator continues to be a home for high-level mixed martial arts competition.


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