Bellator Fighting Championships announced the signing of fast-rising featherweight star Daniel Straus (14-3) on Thursday. The Cincinnati Team Vision fighter will compete in Bellator’s season four 145 lb. tournament for a chance to face current featherweight champ Joe Warren.
Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney commented,
“We’re very happy to add another talented featherweight to what should be a great Season four tournament. Daniel has already fought, and beaten some great fighters in our sport and will be someone to watch throughout the tournament.”
Straus turned pro in February 2009 and already has 17 fights under his belt. Eleven of those bouts took place within his first ten months as a pro.
Straus is currently riding a 10-fight win streak, with notable victories over such fighters as Karen Darebedyan at Shark Fights 13 in September and Chad Hinton at Bellator 23 in June. Both wins were via unanimous decision.
Straus’s last loss took place in his seventh pro fight and came against current Bellator lightweight star Pat Curran in April of last year. Since then Straus has looked practically unstoppable, even if half of his wins have been fights that went the distance (all unanimous decisions).
The rising featherweight prospect commented on signing with Bellator and talked about the high number of decisions on his record:
“I’ve never been a guy that wants to be a world champion or the biggest star in the game. I just want to fight some of the top guys in the sport, and Bellator provides that. I’ve never been a part of a tournament like this, and when Bellator called, I jumped at the opportunity.”
“I honestly feel like my biggest strength is my heart. Everyone has seen I have a lot of decisions on my record, but I just like going the full 15 minutes. If I’m going to go to battle, let’s really go to battle.”