The latest 145-pound fighter added to Bellator Fighting Championships’ will enter this season’s featherweight tournament with a pair of distinct advantages over the bulk of his competition. Daniel Straus, named to the field on Friday in a press release to media, has won thirteen of his last fourteen fights and ten in a row…as an undersized lightweight. Beyond the planned drop in division and related size benefit, Straus has also maintained an extremely active schedule since turning pro two years ago with seventeen fights under his belt, including six last year, so the frequency of fighting once a month is a concept the Cincinnati native is 100% comfortable with.
“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,” said Straus of the tournament format.
As far as his goal, though the $100,000 paycheck and title-shot are certainly appealing, Straus also explained he isn’t looking too far ahead.
“My focus isn’t on (featherweight champ) Joe Warren right now. 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 Warren, but getting to Warren.”
Straus is 14-3 in his career and may be familiar to Bellator fans due to his decision win over Chad Hinton at Bellator 23 this past June. The 26-year old joins 145-pound peers Eric Larkin, Kenny Foster, Georgi Karakhanyan, and Zac George in the tournament. Bellator Season 4 is set to air live on MTV2 starting in early March.