War Machine, 32, hasn't fought since losing to Ron Keslar via rear-naked choke at Bellator 104.
He had been riding a three-fight win streak up to that point, but Keslar did his part to snap his hot run.
War Machine will look to return to his winning ways with a welterweight tilt against Nah-Shon Burrell (11-3 MMA, 1-0 BMMA), in the opening round of the tournament.
“Daniel Straus and Pat Curran are two of the best featherweights on the planet and deserve every ounce and praise and recognition they receive,” Bellator Chairman and CEO Bjorn Rebney stated. “Our featherweight division continues to be the deepest and strongest featherweight division in MMA, and I’m very excited to have this title fight headline a huge night of fights on March 14 from The Horseshoe Hammond.”
Straus says he's well-prepared for battle.
“Whenever you fight, each win means something different and I know this one is incredibly important,” Straus said. “I want to continue to be a top notch fighter, and earn that respect I think I deserve. I know this is going to be a different fight than the last time. Each time we have fought, Pat and myself have been different fighters, and this will fight will be no different.”
Curran is equally excited to go to war.
“I’m just ready to get back into the cage and get another shot at Daniel,” Curran said. “He’s an unbelievable fighter, and I know I have to be better on March 14th. I had a few things going on in my life when we fought in November, but those things are behind me and I don’t like to make excuses. Daniel is going to be a different fighter when we fight again, and so am I. Hammond has been a great fight city for me, it’s where I won the belt for the first time, and it’s where I’m going to reclaim it.”
Also on the Bellator 112 card, “Fight Master” winner Joe Riggs (40-14 MMA, 1-1 BMMA) takes on Sam Oropeza (10-2 MMA, 2-1 BMMA).