There are no more hurdles for Daniel
Straus to clear in the Bellator Fighting Championships Season 6
The relentless Straus outworked former Sengoku champion Marlon
Sandro in capturing a unanimous decision in the tournament
Bellator 68 on Friday at Caesars Hotel and Casino in Atlantic
City, N.J. All three cageside judges sided with Straus (20-4, 6-1
Bellator): 29-28, 30-27 and 30-27. The 27-year-old Cincinnati
native has won 16 times in his past 17 appearances.
Victimized by an incidental but nevertheless savage low blow inside
the first minute of the fight, Sandro (22-4, 5-2 Bellator) never
got in gear, as the vicious one-punch power for which he has become
known was nowhere to be found.
Straus controlled the Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt in the clinch
and put him on the defensive with a consistent right jab and steady
diet of straight left hands. He also scored with takedowns in the
first and third rounds. Perhaps sensing Straus already had two
rounds in the bank, Sandro threatened with a standing arm-triangle
choke midway through the final frame. Straus calmly freed himself
and proceeded to erase much of the Nova Uniao representative’s good
work in the closing seconds, when he delivered a powerful slam,
moved to his back with hooks in and fished for a rear-naked choke
until the horn sounded.
“I’m going to keep improving,” said Straus, who will next face
either Pat Curran or
Freire for the Bellator featherweight championship. “I have got
to get better. That wasn’t the best fight in the world.”
Galvao Ousts Marx, Moves into Bantamweight Final
Two-time Brazilian jiu-jitsu world champion
Galvao punched his ticket to the Bellator Season 6 bantamweight
tournament final with a unanimous decision over hard-nosed Jackson’s
Mixed Martial Arts representative Travis Marx.
All three judges scored it the same: 29-28 for Galvao (11-5-1, 3-2
Galvao decisioned Marx.
Galvao was the busier man for much of the encounter, forcing his
opponent backward with heavy inside leg kicks, power punches and
close-quarters knees. More importantly, he shut down all but one of
Marx’s takedown attempts, frustrating the three-time state high
school wrestling champion. Marx (19-3-1, 1-1 Bellator) made his
move in round two, as he did some nice work in the clinch and
tagged the Nova Uniao export with lead left hands. However, his
momentum was short-lived, as Galvao bounced back and righted
himself over the final five minutes.
The 30-year-old Galvao will tackle the winner of the forthcoming
Alberto Nogueira matchup for the Season 6 tournament
Held Heel Hook Submits Kennington
Polish prodigy Marcin Held
Kennington with a first-round heel hook in a lightweight
showcase. Kennington (6-3, 0-1 Bellator) succumbed to the hold 2:08
into round one, his promotional debut spoiled.
Held tapped out Kennington.
Kennington delivered the first significant offense of the fight
less than 30 seconds after it began, as he dropped the 20-year-old
Pole with a short right hand. Held (13-2, 2-1 Bellator) recovered
and forced his opponent out of his guard and back to his feet with
an omaplata attempt. Then, Held did what he does best. He crashed
hard for a takedown, pulled guard and latched onto Kennington’s
leg. Before he knew it, Kennington wanted out.
Zaromskis Scores Controversial Stoppage
welterweight champion Marius
Zaromskis stopped well-traveled journeyman Waachiim
Spiritwolf on a vertical cut between the bridge of his nose and
his right eyebrow two rounds into their featured matchup. The
cageside physician advised referee Dan Miragliotta to halt the bout
while the fighters were on their stools between the second and
A cut ended Spiritwolf's night.
Spiritwolf (9-9-1 [1 NC], 1-1 Bellator), who failed to make weight
for the match, employed a clinch-heavy attack early. Zaromskis
opened a first cut with an unorthodox inverted standing elbow in
the first round. In the second, Spiritwolf had the Lithuanian in
serious trouble, as he cracked him with a vicious right uppercut
that had him stumbling away from contact. More blows drove
Zaromskis to the ground, where he recovered in full guard and
started firing elbows from the bottom, one of which seemed to open
the fight-ending cut.
Moments later, the doctor brought the fight to an anti-climactic
“I ain’t done fighting,” a visibly agitated Spiritwolf said. “I
want to throw down. I want to get down.”
Carlo-Clauss Edges Kirwan on Points
Carlo-Clauss recorded his second consecutive victory, as he
took a split decision from Jacob
Kirwan in a hotly contested undercard bout at 155 pounds. All
three judges scored it 29-28, two of them for Carlo-Clauss (9-6,
Carlo-Clauss bested Kirwan.
Carlo-Clauss was the aggressor for much of the match. The
Team Bombsquad member sprawled effectively, delivered some
healthy leg kicks, landed in combination with his punches and
largely dodged the counter-heavy attack from his foe. Kirwan (9-5,
1-2 Bellator) did his best work in round two, as he took
Carlo-Clauss’ back when he lost his balance on an attempted
Nsang Comeback Stuns Martinez
rookie Aung La
Nsang made the most of his platform, as he stopped Jesus
Martinez on first-round punches in a preliminary catchweight
tilt. Martinez (6-3, 0-2 Bellator) met his end less than a minute
into round one -- 36 seconds to be exact.
La Nsang shocked Martinez.
Martinez floored his adversary with a looping right hand at the
start of the fight, only to watch him rise to his feet with a
renewed sense of urgency and purpose. Nsang (10-7, 1-0 Bellator)
leveled the 32-year-old Philadelphian with a punch of his own,
trailed him to the mat and finished it there with follow-up ground
Leone Edges Ledesma on Scorecards
World Extreme Cagefighting veteran Anthony
Leone posted his third win in four appearances, as he captured
a split verdict from Claudio
Ledesma in an undercard duel at 135 pounds. Two of the three
cageside judges scored it a clean sweep for Leone (11-5, 1-2
Bellator) by identical 30-27 counts; a third cast a dissenting
29-28 vote in favor of Ledesma (6-3, 1-1 Bellator).
Leone outpointed Ledesma.
A Team Bombsquad representative, Leone spent much of the 15-minute
encounter stifling his foe in the clinch. In the second round, he
moved into top position when an overzealous Ledesma took his back
from too high a position and slid off. From there, Leone worked in
open guard and later threatened with an arm-triangle choke. He
punctuated his victory in round three, as he struck for a takedown
and stayed active with his ground-and-pound.
Ambang Outpoints Aruban Milliard
Low kicks, an occasional flurry of punches and
airtight takedown defense carried Francois
Ambang to a split decision over Aruban import Gregory
Milliard in a preliminary middleweight matchup. All three
judges scored it 29-28, two of them in favor of Ambang (2-3, 1-0
Ambang edged Milliard.
Outside of the Ambang leg attacks, there was very little offense of
note from either man. Milliard (2-3, 1-1 Bellator) has lost three
of his last four fights.