Sandro has been in this position before.
Just one win away from a shot at then-featherweight champion
Warren, Sandro fell victim to a Pat Curran
head kick in
Bellator’s Summer Series featherweight final last August. Less
than a year later, the Nova Uniao product is again just one victory
away from a title opportunity as he locks horns with Daniel
Straus at Caesars Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, N.J., on
Friday night. Curran, the current 145-pound king, awaits the winner
Bellator 68 matchup.
Sandro still hasn’t forgotten about his initial meeting with
Bellator’s reigning featherweight titlist.
Straus and winning this tournament will mean everything to me
because it means I get to have my revenge against Pat Curran,”
Sandro recently told Sherdog.com.
The 35-year-old Brazilian has won three straight bouts since the
defeat, besting Roberto
Vargas and Alexandre
Bezerra in the opening two rounds of the promotion’s Season 6
featherweight tournament. While Sandro was able to finish Vargas in
typical violent fashion, his split-decision verdict over “Popo” was
much less spectacular.
That said, the former featherweight King of Pancrase is
confident he can put Straus to sleep.
“I absolutely believe in my heart that I have the power to knock
Straus out. I just need to connect with the right shot,” Sandro
said. “Fans should expect a complete war in this fight.”
Sandro is known for his brutal uppercut and numbing knockout power,
but Straus has a different approach. A prototypical grinder, 12 of
the Ohioan’s 19 career victories have gone the distance. He stayed
true to form in his portion of the featherweight bracket, earning
three-round nods over Jeremy
Spoon and Mike Corey en
route to his showdown with Sandro. Though Straus has lost just once
in his last 16 appearances, Sandro is not in awe of the Team Vision