Jeremy Spoon Embraces Bump in Competition Ahead of Bellator 60 Showdown with Straus


  • Share on Tumblr
  • submit to reddit

With two titles and an unblemished record in 12 professional fights, Jeremy Spoon has already established himself as a person of interest on the mixed martial arts scene.

Now it’s time for the Tuttle, Okla., native to turn things up a notch. On Friday, Spoon will square off with Daniel Straus as part of Bellator’s Season 6 featherweight tournament at The Venue at Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, Ind.

Daniel Straus is definitely the toughest dude I've ever fought,” Spoon said. “That's exactly why I came to Bellator, though -- to fight guys like Daniel Straus. I just want to prove to everyone that I belong in Bellator and that I deserve to be considered one of the best featherweight fighters in the world.”

A finalist in Bellator’s Season 4 featherweight tourney, Straus has triumphed over Chad Hinton, Nazareno Malegarie and Kenny Foster during his time with the Chicago-based promotion. Patricio Freire handed him the only loss in his last 14 fights in the 145-pound final last May.

Three other 145-pound quarterfinal bouts will take place at Bellator 60: Ronnie Mann-Mike Corey, Marlon Sandro-Roberto Vargas and Alexandre Bezerra-Genair da Silva. The tournament champion will eventually receive a title shot against the winner of Friday’s featherweight title clash between Joe Warren and Pat Curran.

A former Bricktown Brawl and King of the Cage titleholder, Spoon recently boosted his stock with five-round triumphs in each promotion, earning a split decision against Donald Sanchez in August and a unanimous nod over Ramiro Hernandez in June. The Apex Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu export then fought his way into Bellator’s Season 6 featherweight bracket by beating Adam Schindler via unanimous decision this past October at Bellator 56.

Spoon avoided the judges in each of his first nine professional fights, winning eight of those contests by submission. As the competition has improved, his fights have gotten longer, with each of his last three bouts going the distance. The former Oklahoma state high school wrestling champion expects more of the same against Straus.

“It would be lovely if I could finish Daniel, but since he's bigger than me, he's going to be harder to finish, especially considering the caliber of fighter that he is,” Spoon said. “Someone that's as big as he is and as good as he is will be hard to finish, so I'm just going to go out there and fight as hard as I can. I’m going to make sure I'm pushing the pace the whole time.”

Spoon expects to rely on his “speed, quickness and technique” to defeat his larger adversary. “Spooner” believes that a victory over Straus -- given the Ohioan’s previous tournament experience -- would be a significant feather in his cap.

“I think Daniel is possibly one of the favorites to win the whole tournament, so if I put on a good showing and get the win, everyone's going to know that they have to watch out for me,” said Spoon. “I want to win this fight convincingly so nobody ever overlooks me in the future.”

view original article >>

Related News

  • 22 days ago
  • 47 views

Before it was purchased by UFC parent Zuffa, Strikeforce was portrayed as a legitimate threat to the UFC’s dominance. But with Scott Coker now in charge of Bellator MMA, is that promotion now in the same position?Filed under: Bellator, News, UFC more

  • 15 days ago
  • 36 views

If you thought Bellator MMA was just going to roll over on Sept. 5, you better think again.
Bellator MMA is not going down without a fight.
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) scheduled its upcoming UFC Fight Night 50 mixed martial arts (MMA) event on FOX Sports 1 from the Foxwoods Resort & Casino in Ledyard, Conn., the same night Spike TV airs its Bellator 123 fight card at Mohegan Sun Resort & Casino in Uncasville.
And both promotions are bringing their A game for the Friday night face off.
T more

  • 15 days ago
  • 24 views

Bellator MMA is going all-in for its head-to-head showdown with the Ultimate Fighting Championship on Sept. 5. more

  • 11 days ago
  • 97 views

A look at the July 26th showdown between Robbie Lawler and Matt Brown, along with the rest of a stacked UFC on Fox 12 card in San Jose, CA.
The UFC's July offerings have been nothing short of spectacular, and it's only fitting that Robbie Lawler and Matt Brown cap off this wildly entertaining month of MMA. UFC on Fox 12's main event will produce the next welterweight title challenger, which no one could've predicted even at the beginning of 2013.
Beneath the headliner is a co-main event between more

  • 10 days ago
  • 119 views

Matt Brown once authored a 12-11 record as a professional mixed martial artist, leaving many questioning whether or not The Immortal had a place among the sport’s elite. He’s since capped off a seven-fight winning streak and thrust himself into the title conversation, silencing most of his doubters. “Cincinnati, Ohio, who do you want to see fight for the title next?” Brown asked the fans in attendance after his comeback performance against Erick Silva at UFC Fight Night in May. Though few men in more

  • 10 days ago
  • 37 views

Ahead of Saturday’s UFC on FOX 12 headliner, go inside Matt Brown’s fight camp and learn why Post-it notes have been one of his tools.Filed under: Featured Videos, News, UFC, Videos more

  • 7 days ago
  • 56 views

SAN JOSE – Ahead of Saturday’s UFC on FOX 12 event at San Jose’s SAP Center and a heavily anticipated headliner, MMAjunkie lead staff reporter John Morgan takes you inside the card.Filed under: Featured Videos, News, UFC, Videos more

  • 7 days ago
  • 14 views

Bellator MMA welterweight Adam McDonough has managed to keep his flawless record intact through 11 professional fights, but that could change when he meets Andrey Koreshkov on Friday.Filed under: Bellator, News more

  • 6 days ago
  • 21 views

Kid Nate and Eugene S. Robinson of BloodyElbow.com look ahead to UFC on Fox 12 featuring Robbie Lawler vs. Matt Brown in the infamous and patented Care/Don't Care Preview. more