EXCLUSIVE | Bellator Featherweight Contender Daniel Straus Joins BJPenn.com’s Fist-Ta-Cuff Radio
This week BJPenn.com’s Fist-Ta-Cuff Radio invited Bellator Season 6 featherweight tournament winner and title contender Daniel Straus onto the show. Straus, who is riding a 5 fight winning streak, is currently mending a broken hand but is looking to return to title contending form this summer. Here are some of the highlights from Straus’s interview with our boys over at Fist-Ta-Cuff Radio.
Straus on his hand injury, having to sit out after earning his Bellator title shot, and fighting for the title when he returns:
“That’s the plan with the injury. It set me back a little bit but the hand is all good and hopefully I get to fight soon. We’re looking somewhere soon, you know, get back in that cage and just do what I love to do and do what I know how to do.”
“It’s super frustrating when you can’t fight. Its super frustrating when you see, like, I should be at this fight. This is the date I should be fighting. You know, like, I should be in the cage right now-type deal. So it’s like, when fighters get hurt or when things happen to fighters, when fights get cancelled, or you know, everything is going on around you but you’re not moving it’s always depressing. Not really depressing, just frustrating, like you said. It depends on how you react to it. Some people, you know, I’m just motivated. For me, I just see all this going on around and it makes me feel like I’ve been forgot about so it just makes me more hungry to come here and make people remember who I am.”
“It’s frustrating but you just have to use it in the right way.”
On coming off an injury and trying to stay sharp and hungry for the title:
“Like I said, it just about putting your focus in the right area. It’s not like I’ve just been sitting on the sidelines not doing anything. I’d be a fool to do that. I’ve kept my eye on the whole situation with the guys coming up, Pat Curran fighting, still always studying tape, so my body is still ready to fight so coming off the injury it’s not like I’ve been sitting on the sidelines just completely…I feel like I come off an injury a lot better that a lot of people think I do. When people see me fight they’re not gonna believe I came back from an injury. They’re going to be like, ‘yo, this kid is has been doing something.’”
On being forgotten so quickly and not getting respect and credit he’s earned:
“Again, like I said, that’s just something that motivates me. I like to look at it as these guys are not thinking about me, forget about me…that’s cool. In my book, I know I’m one of the best fighters out there. I know that. I know that in my heart and no one can tell me different. So, it’s like, I’m not upset with anybody that doesn’t want to do interviews with me or doesn’t want to talk about me. It doesn’t hurt my feelings when I’m not mentioned up there with the other guys. It doesn’t bother me when they mention, ‘oh, this is the best opponent for this guy,’ it doesn’t bother me because you know, that’s what got me here now. You know what I mean? People overlooking me. That’s what got me to the position I’m at. You know, so, for me I just use it as a motivating factor. I can’t look at it any other way.”
On fighting through adversity heading into each fight:
“Each fight there is something going on in my life. And the only way I can bounce back from that is by training harder or fighting harder or putting my focus into something elsewhere.”
On improving striking to accompany his great wrestling:
“I’ve found a lot of love for thai, you know, muay thai, so I tried to jump into that and learn as much as I could as far as muay thai and then my boxing coach back home is doing great with me, so just knowing that I have wrestling, that was always one of my things, people knew me as a wrestler and they thought I was going to come in and just wrestle you down and beat you but when I come in and use good strand-up it changes the game plan because I can then I can always use my wrestling as my number two instead of my number one.”
On Bellator moving to SPIKE TV:
“They’re doing well with putting on good fights. They’re doing really well with the whole structure of Bellator. The whole Road to Championship, you know, the new features and stuff like that, I like it.”
“I think it’s going to continue to progress.”
On being a “REAL FIGHTER” and a real person:
“I’m not going to sit here and be one of these guys putting on a fake, hyped-up beef because I feel like my fights are going to sell themselves. You’re going to like me regardless and if you don’t ,oh well. I aint trippin. I’m still going to be fighting.”
“All I want everyone to know is that you all are listening to the next Bellator World Champ. Flat out. I just want to thanks all my friends, family, fans, anyone that has every supported me, believes in me…anyone that has ever doubted me, whatever. I just want to thank you all. All the blessings, all the prayers I’ve received, all the well wished I’ve got. Thank you all. I want to thank Bellator and thank you guys for having me on. And you guys just look out for me soon. This summer I’m thinking we’re trying to get a fight in so look for me to have that strap real soon.”
You can follow Daniel Straus on Twitter @DanielStraus
To listen to the entire interview with Daniel check out this week’s episode of Fist-Ta-Cuff Radio here.
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