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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