This is the live scoring for Daniel Straus vs. Nazareno Malegarie at Bellator 37. Malegarie is a perfect 19-0 in his MMA career. This is his first fight under the Bellator banner. Straus is 14-3 in MMA. He last fought Karen Darabedyan at Shark Fights 13, winning by unanimous decision. This is the second quarterfinal of the Bellator season four welterweight tournament.
Round 1 - Our referee for this contest is Jason Herzog. Leg kick from Straus allows him to get inside. Single leg leads to clinch work on the fence. Malegarie reverses. He trips Straus and immediately takes the back. Straus locks in the body triangle. Short punches to the head. Malegarie working for a rear-naked choke, but Straus is defending two-on-one. Straus explodes and ends up in guard. Malegarie locks up a guillotine in the scramble, but Straus is in side control. Straus staying patient, escapes, and slams Malegarie with a double leg. He has the back standing. They disengage. Straight left to the body from Straus. Nice one-two from Malegarie. Knees to the body from the Thai clinch for Malegarie. Another one-two from Malegarie as the round comes to a close.
SB Nation scores the round 10-9 for Nazareno Malegarie.
Round 2 - Straus opens with a leg kick, and a straight left knocks Malegarie down. Malegarie rolls and has a hold of Straus' leg. Straus defends, but Malegarie transitions into a heel hook. Scramble ends with Malegarie on top. Front headlock for Malegarie, who drops down for a guillotine. Straus pulls out, and settles in Malegarie's closed guard. Malegarie scrambles and gets back to his feet. Straus hits him with a strike on the way up. Leg kicks from Malegarie. Body shots now. Body kick from Straus at the halfway mark. Up against the fence now. Malegarie escapes and they disengage. Weak one-two from Malegarie. Straus hip toss from the clinch, but he can't maintain top position. Malegarie pressing Straus against the fence now. One minute left in the round. They trade punches. Straus goes down to a knee as he comes in. Looked like a slip.
SB Nation scores the round 10-9 for Daniel Straus.
Round 3 - Malegarie counters with a three punch combination to open. Straus lands a knee. Nice left hand from Straus in the middle of the cage. Straight left to the body from Straus. Malegarie grabs a single against the fence. He's got Straus down now. Malegarie passes into half-guard. He's looking to pass, but Straus is able to explode and sweep. They stand up and Straus lands punches in the transition. Straus stuffs a takedown, and he grabs a front headlock. Big left hook from Malegarie coming out of the clinch. Good one-two from Straus. Big knee to the body from Malegarie. Straus has him pressed up against the cage. Straus shoots and lands a double, but Straus can't maintain control. A minute left now, and this round is still close. Malegarie shoots a single, but Straus defends. They disengage. Straus shoots. Malegarie defendings, but eventually ends up on his back. Malegarie hops back to his feet. Straus unloads with strikes as the round comes to a close.
SB Nation scores the round 10-9 for Daniel Straus, and award him the bout 29-28.
Daniel Straus defeats Nazareno Malegarie by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28).