Daniel Straus considers himself an ultimate grinder, and that style was on full display at Bellator 106 against defending featherweight champion Pat Curran.
Straus was able to gain a measure of revenge for a previous loss to Curran back in 2009 as he claimed the 145-pound title in Long Beach, California via a unanimous decision. Straus scored well with his left hand at times during the bout, but it was his relentless work ethic in the takedown department that helped to negate Curran’s offense. The judges scored the fight 49-45, 48-46, 48-46 all in favor of Straus.
One of the key moments in the fight took place in round three after the two fighters had seemingly split the first two rounds. The champion was deducted a point for an illegal knee to a downed opponent. Curran landed a strike to Straus’s head while he still had a knee on the canvas. Straus was given the necessary time to recover and was able to finish the round strong after being temporarily dazed.
Straus dominated the championship rounds, opening up a cut in Curran’s scalp in round four with some solid ground and pound. In the final round, it was more of the same for Straus as he used his tenacity to prevent Curran from getting on track. Straus landed the best shot in the fifth round when he appeared to stun Curran with a left hand. Straus has now recorded five consecutive victories inside the Bellator cage and is 8-1 overall with the promotion. It was his 22nd career triumph.
Curran was simply worn down by Straus in being handed his first loss in the featherweight ranks with Bellator. He had originally won the title from Joe Warren and had made successful defenses against Patricio Freire and Shahbulat Shamhalaev until the setback. Curran falls to 19-5.
Rick LaFitte is an MMA Writer for Rant Sports