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By Mike Johnson on 4/19/2017 1:19 PM


LOS ANGELES – Bellator MMA returns to Uncasville, Conn., with a featherweight world title clash pitting current division champion Daniel Straus (24-6) and former belt-holder Patricio “Pitbull”(25-4) in the fourth chapter of their historic rivalry at Bellator 178: Straus vs. ‘Pitbull’ 4 on Friday, April 21 at Mohegan Sun Arena.

The Spike-televised portion of the event also features a battle of undefeated flyweight prospects Ilima-Lei Macfarlane (5-0) and Jessica Middleton (2-0) will serve as the evening’s co-main event LIVE and FREE on Spike, as well as Saad Awad (19-9) taking on Ryan Quinn (13-6) and A.J. McKee (7-0) welcoming Dominic Mazzotta (12-1) to the promotional fray.

Tickets for this event are available at the Mohegan Sun Arena Box Office, as well as Ticketmaster and Bellator 178: Straus vs. ‘Pitbull’ 4 airs on Friday, April 21 at 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT on Spike, with preliminary action beginning at 7 p.m. ET/6 p.m. CT on

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Complete Bellator 178: Straus vs. ‘Pitbull’ 4 Main Card:

Featherweight World Title Main Event: Daniel Straus (24-6) vs. Patricio Freire (25-4)

Flyweight Co-Main Event: Ilima-Lei Macfarlane (5-0) vs. Jessica Middleton (2-0)

Lightweight Feature Bout: Saad Awad (19-9) vs. Ryan Quinn (13-6)

Featherweight Feature Bout: A.J. McKee (7-0) vs. Dominic Mazzotta (12-1) Preliminary Card:

Welterweight Preliminary Bout: Nick Alley (1-0) vs. Kastroit Xhema (Debut)

Featherweight Preliminary Bout: Don Shainis (1-1) vs. Max Kelleher (1-3)

Bantamweight Preliminary Bout: Regivaldo Carvalho (3-2) vs. Jason Perrin (3-2)

Welterweight Preliminary Bout: Kemran Lachinov (2-2) vs. Sam Watford (2-1)

Flyweight Preliminary Bout: John Lopez (8-3) vs. Remo Cardarelli (6-5)

Featherweight Preliminary Bout: Chris Foster (10-5) vs. Shane Manley (3-2)

Featherweight Preliminary Bout: Thomas English (6-7) vs. Blair Tugman (9-6)

Catchweight Preliminary Bout: Jordan Young (6-0) vs. Tim Caron (6-0)

Welterweight Preliminary Bout: Ed Ruth (2-0) vs. David Mundell (6-2)

Heavyweight Preliminary Bout: Tyrell Fortune (2-0) vs. Branko Busick (Debut)

Flyweight Preliminary Bout: Billy Giovanella (9-5) vs. Joshua Ricci (3-0)


About Bellator:

Bellator is a leading mixed martial arts and kickboxing organization featuring many of the best fighters in the world. Under the direction of veteran fight promoter Scott Coker, Bellator is available to nearly 500 million homes worldwide in over 140 countries. In the United States, Bellator can be seen on Spike, the combat sports television leader. Bellator is comprised of an executive team that includes top industry professionals in television production, live event orchestration, fighter development/relations, venue procurement, sponsorship creation/development, international licensing, marketing, advertising, publicity and commission relations.  Bellator is based in Hollywood, Calif. and owned by entertainment giant Viacom, home to the world's premier entertainment brands that connect with audiences through compelling content across television, motion picture, online and mobile platforms.

About Spike:

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