Straus comes into Bellator with a 13-1 record in his past 14 fights (Photo courtesy of Bellator).
Featherweight Riding a 10-Fight Winning Streak
Bellator Fighting Championships has added featherweight Daniel Straus (14-3) to its roster, and the Cincinnati native will enter the Season 3 Tournament for a crack at Bellator Featherweight Champion Joe Warren. Straus has spent the majority of his professional Mixed Martial Arts career in the Xtreme Fighting Organization (XFO), but he did compete with Bellator earlier this year when he scored a decision victory over Chad Hinton at Bellator 23.
“We’re very happy to add another talented featherweight to what should be a great Season 4 Tournament,” Bellator Chairman and CEO Bjorn Rebney stated. “Daniel has already fought and beaten some great fighters in our sport and will be someone to watch throughout the tournament.”
Straus is currently riding a 10-fight winning streak, and he has also won 13 of his last 14 matches after beginning his career with a 1-2 record. His last defeat came at the hands of Bellator Season 2 Lightweight Tournament winner Pat Curran at XFO 29, suffering a second round knockout in April of 2009.
“I’ve never been a guy that wants to be a world champion or the biggest star in the game,” Straus said. “I just want to fight some of the top guys in the sport, and Bellator provides that. I’ve never been a part of a tournament like this, and when Bellator called, I jumped at the opportunity.”
Straus will bring a dangerous skill set to the Bellator cage, but he feels his most overwhelming characteristic is something that cannot be taught in the gym.
“I honestly feel like my biggest strength is my heart,” Straus remarked. “Everyone has seen I have a lot of decisions on my record, but I just like going the full 15 minutes. If I’m going to go to battle, let’s really go to battle.”
Bellator completed its third season this past Thursday, and its fourth season is currently slated to get underway in February. Tournaments in the featherweight, lightweight, welterweight and middleweight classes are expected to be conducted when the promotion returns to action.