Daniel StrausDaniel Straus won the Bellator Season 6 Featherweight Tournament to earn a title shot and rematch against Pat Curran, but had to withdraw from the fight due to broken hand. They were originally slated to meet in April, but the bout was pushed back to Saturday’s Bellator 106 fight card in Long Beach, Calif.

The two first fought in 2009, when Curran defeated Straus by knockout.

Straus took Curran down early, but Curran used the cage to stand. Strauss dictated the pace throughout the opening round.

Curran, known as a slow starter, increased his output in the second round. The round was closely contested with each having their moments in exchanges. Curran began to work Straus’ body as the round wore on.

Straus took the fight to the champion in the third frame, leaping in with a flying knee in the opening moments. He pressed Curran against the fence and tossed him to the canvas. Curran immediately got back to his feet, but was thrown to the ground again. In the scramble that ensued, Curran delivered an illegal knee that landed flush on the jaw of the downed Straus. Curran immediately recognized the infraction. Straus was evaluated by the ringside doctor and deemed able to continue.

A point was deducted from Curran for the foul and the fight restarted.

Straus closed the distance and secured a takedown when action resumed. Curran looked for a triangle choke, but Straus used the submission attempt to move to side control as the round ended.

Straus clinched and took Curran down early in the fourth round. Curran worked his way back to his feet only to be slammed to the canvas. Straus stayed on Curran. He gave him no space in his relentless wrestling attack. Straus delivered elbows and punches, opening up a cut on Curran’s scalp.

Straus turned it on in the final round, winning the striking exchanges. He landed a left hand that wobbled Curran. They battled for position along the cage for most of the round. As the bell sounded signifying the end of the fight, Straus had top position on the ground.

It looked like he did enough to take the title from Curran and the judges agreed. They scored it for Straus by unanimous decision. The scorecards read 49-45, 48-46 and 48-46.

“It’s good.  It’s a good feeling.  I worked really hard with my team at ATT (American Top Team),” said Straus after capturing the title.  ”Pat Curran is a tough dude.  I will see him again.  I will.  I know it.”

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

Ex-champ Daniel Straus vs. Henry Corrales completes Bellator 138 main-card lineup

  • 22 days ago
  • 0 views

A former Bellator MMA champion and a KOTC titleholder will meet in the final addition to next month’s Bellator 138 lineup.Filed under: Bellator, MMA Rumors, News read news >>

Former Champ Daniel Straus Rounds Out Bellator 138 Main Card

  • 22 days ago
  • 0 views

Former Bellator featherweight champion Daniel Straus begins his trek back to a world title when he meets undefeated former King of the Cage titlist Henry Corrales. read news >>

Daniel Straus vs. Henry Corrales added to loaded Bellator 138 in June

  • 22 days ago
  • 3 views

Another significant Bellator fighter will be competing in St. Louis. Former Bellator featherweight champion Daniel Straus will take on Henry Corrales at Bellator 138 on June 19 in Missouri, the organ read news >>

Bellator 138 fight card adds Daniel Straus vs Henry Corrales to 'Unfinished Business' line up

  • 21 days ago
  • 0 views

Former Featherweight champion Daniel Straus will look to get back to his winning ways inside Scottrade Center in St Louis, Mo., on June 19, 2015; however, he'll have to get past undefeated Henry Corr read news >>

UFC, Bellator fighters defeated at Copa Podio

  • 17 days ago
  • 44 views

RIO DE JANEIRO -- Mixed martial artists had a rough night at Copa Podio. Copa Podio, one of the top jiu-jitsu promotions in Brazil, featured a one-night heavyweight grand prix Saturday night in Rio d read news >>

Bellator inks multi-fight deal with UFC lightweight veteran Melvin Guillard

  • 23 days ago
  • 1 views

Melvin Guillard is headed (back) to Spike TV. The hard-hitting "Young Assassin," who made a brief (and turbulent) pit stop in World Series of Fighting (WSOF) in 2014, has inked a multi-fight, multi-y read news >>

Veteran slugger Melvin Guillard signs with Bellator

  • 23 days ago
  • 2 views

Veteran lightweight slugger Melvin Guillard, who’s recently competed for the UFC and WSOF, has signed with Bellator MMA.Filed under: Bellator, Featured, News, WSOF read news >>

Following win over Pacquiao, Floyd Mayweather says he'll fight one last time in September

  • 24 days ago
  • 11 views

Following a comfortable unanimous decision win over Manny Pacquiao on Saturday night in Las Vegas, Floyd Mayweather told Showtime's Jim Gray he'll fight one more time in September. The immediate ques read news >>

Bellator signs K-1 World GP champion Ewerton Teixeira

  • 24 days ago
  • 9 views

Bellator has added a Brazilian heavyweight to its roster. Ewerton Teixeira, Winner of the K-1 World GP in 2008 and world champion in kyokushin, has signed a deal with Bellator, sources close to the s read news >>