Featherweight Champ Daniel Straus Doesn’t Feel Like He Has Bellator’s Respect
Bellator featherweight champion Daniel Straus has been slated to defend his title against Pat Curran, the man he last defeated at Bellator 106 to earn the 145-lb. belt. For Straus, that fight assignment illustrates Bellator’s lack of respect for him as a fighter.
By Christopher Murphy @MurphMMA
At Bellator 106 this past November, the Bellator featherweight championship changed hands from Pat Curran to Daniel Straus. But according to Straus, he feels like the promotion has yet to show him the respect that they did the previous champion.
Following the news of his first title defense coming against Curran in an immediate rematch and the pair’s third fight together, Straus expressed his frustration on Facebook, questioning Bellator’s choice of opponent and location for the fight.
“My perception is that Bellator wants him as a champ so bad not only does he get [an] immediate rematch but gets it in his hometown dam near,” the post read. “Any thoughts?”
Indeed, Bellator has set the fight for Bellator 112 which will take place in Curran’s home state of Illinois.
“To fight a guy, beat a guy, and have me turn around and fight the guy again and not go through the tournament, that’s bullshit,” Straus said in a recent interview with MMAjunkie. “Even if he does get through a tournament, to fight him in damn near his hometown, like, what the fuck is that? It just makes me want to fight harder.”
Though the fight will be the third bout between Straus and Curran – with both fighters holding a win – Straus feels that the rubber match is a clear indication of Bellator’s favoritism toward Curran and disrespect for himself.
“I don’t feel like I have the people’s respect, and I don’t feel like I have Bellator’s respect. I’ve done quite well in this sport. [I have a record of] 22-4. You can’t say I’m fighting bums. You can’t say I’m a guy that takes guys down and humps them. I’m not going to deny it that I’m not a walk-in knockout artist. That’s not me. But I do fight a good fight, and I just want to be respected for that. I’m out here trying to capture everybody’s respect.”
And with Bellator’s choice, Straus doesn’t feel like Bellator is giving him that respect.
“No one wants to say anything bad [about Bellator],” Straus explained. “We want to do our job. Our job is to come out here and fight. Now, if you lay down a fucking path that we need to follow, and we’re following that path and we’re doing what we’re supposed to, you need to do the same.
“I don’t understand it. If I lose, I guarantee you I must go back through a tournament. But it is what it is, and it’s only going to help me win.”