Broken Hand Knocks Daniel Straus Out of Bellator 95 Title Fight with Pat Curran
has suffered a broken hand in training and will be
unable to rematch featherweight champion Pat Curran
Sources close to the situation confirmed the development with
Sherdog.com on Tuesday. It is currently unknown if Curran will
still compete at the April 4 event, which takes place at Revel in
Atlantic City, N.J. MMAJunkie.com first reported Straus’ injury.
Curran and Straus first met in 2009 under the Xtreme Fighting
Organization banner, with Curran snatching a second-round knockout.
Since that defeat, Straus has won 17 of his last 18 fights. The
28-year-old earned his shot at Bellator’s featherweight title by
winning the promotion’s Season 6 tournament last spring, taking
decisions from Jeremy
Spoon, Mike Corey
Sandro. Known for his grinding style and superior fitness, the
Ohioan was last seen on Oct. 26, when he finished UFC veteran
Robinson with a rear-naked choke at Bellator 78.
Three years younger than Straus, Curran defended his featherweight
title for the first time against Season 4 tournament winner
Freire on Jan. 17, earning a split decision while
simultaneously setting a promotional ratings record at Bellator 85.
The victory marked the fifth straight triumph for Curran since
dropping to the featherweight division, where he won the 2011
Summer Series and then captured the 145-pound title by knocking out
Warren nearly one year ago.
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