While the Team Vision product made it all the way to the finals of
Bellator Fighting Championships’s Season 4 featherweight
tournament in 2011 before falling to Patricio
Freire, he does not obsess over what might have been. In his
view, it’s better to keep moving forward.
“I don’t think about my fight with Patricio ‘Pitbull’ in the
Bellator featherweight finals. That’s water under the bridge to
me,” Straus recently told Sherdog.com. “I lost that fight, but now
I have to do whatever I need to do to win this tournament. I’m not
about dwelling on the past. I’m about going out there and getting
Straus now faces Mike Corey in
the second 145-pound semifinal on Friday night at the Boardwalk
Hall in Atlantic City, N.J. The winner of their
Bellator 65 contest advances to the featherweight finals to
Sandro, who defeated Alexandre
Bezerra one week ago.
Unbeaten in his last seven bouts, Corey survived a first-round
knockdown to earn a hard-fought decision victory over Englishman
Mann in his quarterfinal appearance at
Bellator 60. Meanwhile, Straus took a workmanlike unanimous
verdict over Jeremy
Spoon on the same card.
Straus has been on a roll as of late, winning 14 of his past 15
fights. Though the 27-year-old Cincinnati native has gone the
distance in 11 of his 18 career triumphs, he is constantly looking
to improve his finishing ability.
“I’ve been working really hard on my striking lately, as well as
continuing to focus on my cardio and my wrestling,” Straus said.
“Just because I don’t knock a lot of my opponents out, that
definitely doesn’t mean that it can’t be done. I feel like I have a
lot of tricks left that the fans and my opponents haven’t seen yet,
and I’m looking forward to continually going out there and showing
Straus, who used solid takedown defense to keep the majority of his
fight with Spoon upright, believes his encounter with Corey will
likely be won on the feet, as well.
“I think this fight could turn into a really good standup war. We
could end up nullifying each other’s wrestling, and that could lead
to a really exciting fight for the fans,” he said.
Even if he advances past Corey to face Sandro in the tournament
finals, Straus knows his job isn’t complete.
“Second best isn’t going to cut it this time,” Straus said. “I’m
not coming into this fight with Mike Corey
thinking about what happened last year. I’m coming into this fight
thinking about what’s about to happen right now, so that’s what I’m