Straus has won 13 of his last 14 fights (Photo courtesy of Bellator).
Featherweight Riding a 10-Fight Winning Streak
Bellator Fighting Championships has added Daniel Straus (14-3) to its upcoming featherweight tournament, with the Cincinnati native looking to get a shot at reigning champion Joe Warren. Straus has spent the majority of his professional Mixed Martial Arts career in the Xtreme Fighting Organization (XFO), and he was successful in his Bellator debut last year by taking a decision victory over Chad Hinton at Bellator 23.
“Daniel was very impressive at Bellator 23 as a lightweight, and he’s riding a great 10-fight win streak, including some very solid wins,” Bellator Chairman and CEO Bjorn Rebney stated. “I’m excited to see what he can do at 145.”
In addition to his current 10-fight winning streak, Straus 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. Straus has been very busy since becoming a professional Mixed Martial Artist less than two years ago, already accumulating 17 matches on his resume.
“I like to fight at least once a month, so this tournament format is perfect for me,” Straus remarked. “If I'm not banged up or hurt, I like to keep training and turn around and get my next fight in. I like to stay as active as possible. I never like to slow down.”
While a championship fight is on the line in this competition, Straus is careful to keep his eyes only on the man in front of him.
“My focus isn't on Joe Warren right now,” Straus said. “My focus is on the first person I fight and putting a beating on him, and then it will be the second guy I fight and putting a beating on him. My biggest test isn't going to be Joe Warren, but getting to Joe Warren.”
Straus is now the fifth confirmed participant in the Bellator Featherweight Tournament, joining Georgi Karakhanyan, Kenny Foster, Eric Larkin and Zac George.