**Update: Three out of the Eight tournament fighters have withdrawn from their bouts. Article on the new tournament bracket HERE**
Bellator MMA has kicked off their Season 10 tournaments with Bellator 110 last Friday night. The Featherweight tournament started and by the end of the night the Featherweight Semi-Final match-ups were already made including one Binns Management client, 215MMA's own Will Martinez (article on Will Martinez advancing and his next opponent HERE). On March 14th, Bellator MMA 112: Straus vs. Curran 3 will be the start of the Season 10 Welterweight tournament. With names like former UFC fighter Nah-Shon Burrell , TUF 6 contestant War Machine, and former UFC Welterweight and first ever Fight Master: Bellator MMA winner Joe "Diesel" Riggs. Add one more name to that list of stars with 215MMA's and another Binns Management client, Sam "Sammy O" Oropeza.
Bellator MMA President Bjorn Rebney spoke at the Bellator MMA 110 Post-Fight Press Conference about Binns Management CEO Jimmy Binns Jr. bringing him Will Martinez and letting him know what Martinez was capable of doing. Sam Oropeza is another one of Binns Management clients who has an extremely bright future. Oropeza trains with top notch coaches including Balance MMA's Phil & Ricardo Migliarese, Dewey Cooper, and Robert Navone. Oropeza has fought for many big named promotions including Matrix Fights, Strikeforce, and of course Bellator MMA. "Sammy O" is currently on a 5-fight win streak, with 2 victories coming inside the Bellator cage and all of the 5 fights not making it past the second round. Oropeza is scheduled to take on his toughest challenge yet, with former UFC veteran Joe "Diesel" Riggs. Riggs recently came off defeating Mike Bronzoulis in the Fight Master: Bellator MMA Finals at Bellator MMA 106: Alvarez vs. Chandler 2. The Oropeza vs. Riggs Welterweight tournament bout will be aired live on Spike TV.
The main event for this stacked Bellator MMA card is a highly anticipated rematch between former Bellator MMA Lightweight contender and former Bellator MMA Featherweight Champion Pat Curran and the newly crowned Bellator MMA Featherweight Champ Daniel Straus. Straus has won 18 out of his last 19 after losing to Curran in their first match up. Straus avenged that loss defeating Curran in their rematch via impressive Unanimous Decision at Bellator MMA 106. This main event will be the rubber match to determine who the number one Featherweight in Bellator MMA is (with Patricio "Pitbull" Freire waiting in the wings).
The following is the entire scheduled Bellator MMA 112 fight card (card is subject to change) :
Bellator MMA Featherweight Title bout: ( C ) Daniel Straus vs. Pat Curran
Sam Oropeza vs. Joe Riggs
Jesse Jaurez vs. Andrey Koreshkov
Nah-Shon Burrell vs. War Machine
Adam McDonough vs. Mark Scanlon
Paul Bradley vs. Nathan Coy
A.J. Matthews vs. Belal Muhammad
Diego Marlon vs. Rob Menigoz
Darrion Caldwell vs. Lance Surma
Derek Loffer vs. Bobby Reardanz
Jason Guida vs. Anthony Gomez
Erick Correa vs. Daniel James
Bellator MMA 112: Straus vs. Curran 3 will take place on March 14th. The event will be at the Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, IN. The main card will start live on Spike TV at 9 PM ET.
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