Daniel Straus made his mixed martial arts debut in 2009. A wrestler at heart, the native Ohioan has a seemingly never-ending gas tank and sets a furious pace to overwhelm his opponents. Before transitioning to the big stage, Straus was the NAAFS Lightweight Champion. Straus entered the Season Four Featherweight Tournament after compiling a 15-3 record, making it to the finals before dropping a decision to Patricio "Pitbull" Freire.
Following an impressive tournament run, Straus was invited back to Bellator and entered the Season Six Featherweight Tournament. He handed Jeremy Spoon his first loss in the quarterfinals and torched Mike Corey in the semis, showing some vastly improved striking. Straus defeated two-time tournament finalist in Marlon Sandro at Bellator 68 to win the Season Six Featherweight Tournament Championship. While waiting for his title shot, he took a fight against Royce Gracie trained Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt Alvin Robinson at Bellator 78, winning by rear-naked choke in the second round.
Record: 21-4 (3 KOs, 5 subs)
Championships and Accolades
Season Six Featherweight Tournament Champion
Season Four Featherweight Tournament Finalist
NAAFS Lightweight Champion (Feb. 2010-present)