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

Third Time’s a Charm? Michael Page vs. Fernando Gonzalez Booked for Bellator in November

  • 28 days ago
  • 11 views

After originally being slated for Bellator 151 and Bellator 158, Michael “Venom” Page has again been booked to fight Fernando Gonzalez, this time in November. read news >>

Former Champ Alexander Shlemenko Returns to Headline Bellator 162

  • 28 days ago
  • 6 views

Former middleweight champion Alexander Shlemenko and WWE Superstar Bobby Lashley return to action at Bellator 162 in October. read news >>

Georges St-Pierre Believes Rory MacDonald ‘Chose the Best Option’ by Signing with Bellator

  • 28 days ago
  • 69 views

Former UFC champion Georges St-Pierre believes his friend, Rory MacDonald, made the right move, signing with rival promotion Bellator MMA. read news >>

After Grisly Skull Fracture, Bellator Should Say No to Return of Cyborg Santos

  • 28 days ago
  • 38 views

In the MMA world Monday, the figure holding the scale between integrity and lucre looked less like a blindfolded woman and more like Scott Coker. The same day, Evangelista "Cyborg" Santos, a 38-year- read news >>

Bellator 160: Henderson vs. Pitbull Main Card Fight Highlights

  • 27 days ago
  • 46 views

Bellator's return to SoCal came with some amazing finishes by rising star AJ McKee and Georgi Karakhanyan, while Derek Anderson continued his win streak. read news >>

UFC Signs Former Bellator Lightweight Title Contender Marcin Held

  • 27 days ago
  • 11 views

On the heels of Bellator inking a deal with former UFC welterweight contender Rory MacDonald, the UFC has signed former Bellator tournament winner Marcin Held. read news >>

Moving from UFC to Bellator, Rory MacDonald Begins His Vision Quest

  • 27 days ago
  • 4 views

After 21 violent minutes, Rory MacDonald's arsenal was spent. Beyond his last breath, the Canadian contender had nothing left to give as he lay shattered on the Octagon canvas. Few people realized it read news >>

Benson Henderson Will Get His Second Bellator Title Shot in November

  • 26 days ago
  • 16 views

After failing to win the Bellator welterweight title, former UFC champion Benson Henderson will get his second crack at a Bellator belt in November. read news >>

Bellator Continues Global Expansion with Championship Fight in Israel

  • 19 days ago
  • 10 views

Bellator continues its global expansion under the leadership of company president Scott Coker with a November event in Israel. read news >>

UFC 203 Results: Fabricio Werdum Defeats Travis Browne in Controversial Fight | MMAWeekly.com

  • 16 days ago
  • 44 views

Former heavyweight champion Fabricio Werdum bounced back from losing the title in his last outing by defeating Travis Browne in the UFC 203 co-main event. read news >>