Daniel StrausIt was an event all about revenge last night last night (Friday, November 6, 2015) for Bellator 145, which featured three rematches on the main card including the main event trilogy featherweight title bout between champion Patricio Pitbull and challenger Daniel Straus. Overall, on the night four betting favorites were victorious while one underdog picked up wins based on 5Dimes Sportsbook‘s closing odds. Bellator 145 Favorites That Won In the main event of the evening, Daniel Straus and Patritio Pitbull had their best fight yet in their trilogy bout for Pitbull’s Bellator featherweight title. Straus used his range well and nearly finished the fight in the second round after dropping him with a 1-1-2 combo but couldn’t put the champion away. Straus looked strong until about seven minutes to go in the contest when he started to lose some steam and allowed Pitbull to land flurries along the fence. Straus also gave up his back to Pitbull in the fifth but was able to avoid any submissions attempts, holding on to win a unanimous decision and become a two-time champ. In the end, Straus emerged victorious as a -165  (Bet $165 to win $100) favorite while Pitbull lost  his title as a +155 (Bet $100 to win $155) underdog. In the co-main event of the evening, Bellator lightweight champion Will Brooks survived a rough first round to go on and win a one-sided decision against Marcin Held. Brooks was taken down and put in some precarious leg lock positions, actually popping his knee at one point, but he didn’t tap out. Held slowed down considerably after the first frame and Brooks, unable to utilize his footwork due to his injured knee, chose to take Held down and work him over with punches for the remaining four rounds, ultimately winning 49-46 on nearly everyone’s scorecards. Brooks held serve as a -255 betting favorite while Held lost at +235. In a lightweight battle, Michael Chandler held serve in his rematch against David Rickels. Chandler controlled the first round with his wrestling and ground strikes, and just when it seemed like Rickels was gaining some momentum, Chandler clocked him with a heavy right hand that Rickels never recovered from, resulting in a second round TKO via punches on the canvas. Chandler looked strong as a massive -1300 favorite while Rickels was a +1050 dog. In a one-sided heavyweight battle, Bobby Lashley earned his revenge against James Thompson with a thrashing that lasted less than a minute. Lashley exploded for a takedown right away which seemed to injure Thompson’s knee, and Thompson was unable to get up or defend against Lashley’s torrent of ground and pound before the ref intervened. Lashley came through as a -375 betting favorite while Thompson stood no chance as a +335 underdog. Bellator 145 Underdogs that Won In a featherweight bout, Emmanuel Sanchez and Justin Lawrence battled for three very competitive rounds. Both men had their moments and fans, media and the judges were split when it came time to decide the winner. In the end, two of the judges sided with Sanchez to earn him a split decision victory. Sanchez came through as a +225 underdog while Lawrence was defeated as a -255 betting favorite.


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