Straus: I’m still searching for Bellator’s respect


Despite a 22-4 professional MMA record and a decisive decision win over former champion Pat Curran, Daniel Straus still believes the promotion he works for doesn't respect him:

“No one wants to say anything bad,” he said. “We want to do our job. Our job is to come out here and fight. Now, if you lay down a f–king 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.

“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 bulls–t. Even if he does get through a tournament, to fight him in damn near his hometown, like, what the f–k is that? It just makes me want to fight harder.”

“I don’t feel like I have the people’s respect, and I don’t feel like I have Bellator’s respect,” Straus said. “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.”

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KingofBJJ site profile image  

1/15/14 7:43 PM by KingofBJJ

No it is not a rubber match.  A rubber match is within a reasonable amount of time of each other.   The first time they fought was almost 5 years ago.

BKViper site profile image  

1/15/14 2:34 PM by BKViper

Well, it is a rubber match with each having 1 win, so it is typical to end a trilogy with a decisive winner.So unless there is a draw or a highly controversial decision, Id say a 4th fight is very unlikely no matter who wins.

epwar site profile image  

1/15/14 2:19 PM by epwar

Have a sneaking suspicion that if Curran wins via decision that we won't see Straus get an instant rematch.

Joshua King site profile image  

1/15/14 2:09 PM by Joshua King

That's about par for the course for cops here in Florida.

BKViper site profile image  

1/15/14 1:51 PM by BKViper

I've been a fan of Bellator since it started and I think they've put on some great fight over the years.That said, I agree with Strauss, this is some bullshit. It wasn't a close decision and this goes against the whole tournament (title shots are earned not given) moniker that they go by.

YHTOMIT2001 site profile image  

1/15/14 1:15 PM by YHTOMIT2001

This. No point in being signed with an organization that isn't providing opportunities for you to fight.

HeHitsMeBecauseHeLovesMe site profile image  

1/15/14 1:08 PM by HeHitsMeBecauseHeLovesMe

I think he was actually with a person that got busted, and the charges against him were dropped. I THINK.

Joshua King site profile image  

1/15/14 1:00 PM by Joshua King

And didn't Strauss get hemmed up in Florida with weed, blow, and extacy? He was lucky to keep his job IMO. I have no concern for what recreational drugs a person uses but that is the way of the world ( to lose ones job due to a felonious arrest)

Joshua King site profile image  

1/15/14 12:57 PM by Joshua King

You calling the poster boy an easy fight? lol

HeHitsMeBecauseHeLovesMe site profile image  

1/15/14 12:42 PM by HeHitsMeBecauseHeLovesMe

Hey takes guys down and hump them in EVERY fight. That's exactly how he won the title.


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