Pat Curran was looking to prove tonight that he is one of the best featherweights in the world, against Daniel Straus. Tonight both Straus and Curran went to war, but Straus proved to be too much for Curran both on the feet and on the ground. He ended up winning a unanimous decision, becoming the new Bellator featherweight champion.
A pivotal point in this fight was when Curran landed an illegal knee to Straus, who seemed out of it. A point was deducted, but Straus seemed fine. Time and time again he would take Curran down, landing some good shots from the top. It’s quite a turning point for Straus, who will be looking to defend his belt and start building a legacy of his own under the Bellator banner.
Many thought this would be a relatively easy fight for Curran, but this wasn’t the case at all. The forward pressure and body kicks kept Curran at bay, and the ground game was the deciding factor in the fight. Now, Straus brings his record to an impressive 22-4. He is now on a six-fight winning streak, which is a testament to the type of skills that Straus has.
Training out of American Top Team, Straus has been able to show marketed improvements in his ground game, and he’s going to be a force to be reckoned with in the featherweight division. It’s his biggest win to date, allowing him to seize his first ever title in his fighting career. Congrats to Daniel Straus.