Patricio “Pitbull” Freire once again reigns supreme in the Bellator featherweight division.
Freire submitted Daniel Straus Friday night in the main event of Bellator 178 to win the title. The event took place from the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut, with the main card airing live on Spike.
The Brazilian locked up a tight guillotine choke early in the second round, improving to 3-1 all-time vs. Straus.
In the co-main event, Ilima Macfarlane submitted Jessica Middleton with an armbar, while top prospect A.J. McKee kicked off the televised action with a head-kick knockout vs. Dominic Mazzotta.
Complete results are below:
Patricio “Pitbull” Freire def. Daniel Straus via submission (guillotine choke) at :37 of Round 2 to win the Bellator featherweight title
Ilima Macfarlane def. Jessica Middleton via submission (armbar) at 2:15 of Round 1
Saad Awad def. Ryan Quinn via unanimous decision
A.J. McKee def. Dominic Mazzotta via KO (head kick) at 1:15 of Round 1
Remo Cardarelli def. John Lopez via unanimous decision
Kastriot Xhema def. Nick Alley via KO (strikes) at 3:19 of Round 1
Blair Tugman def. Tom English via submission (rear-naked choke) at 4:54 of Round 3
Jordan Young def. Tim Caron via submission (D’arce choke) at 3:55 of Round 1
Ed Ruth def. David Mundell via TKO (strikes) at 3:13 of Round 2
Tyrell Fortune def. Branko Busick via unanimous decision
Chris Foster def. Shane Manley via split decision
Don Shainis def. Mak Kelleher via unanimous decision
Reginvaldo Carvahlo def. Jay Perrin via submission (guillotine choke)
Kemran Lachinov def. Sam Watford via split decision