33-Year-Old Bellator Featherweight 25-8-0
October 6, 2017 Daniel Straus News
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Straus lost to Sanchez via submission (triangle choke) at 1:56 of Round 3 at Bellator 184 on Friday in Thackerville, Okla.
Straus came out as he always does. He closed the distance and worked for the takedown. This is usually his path to victory, but against Sanchez it proved to be his undoing. Sanchez had multiple answers for Straus on the ground. In the first round, Sanchez threatened with a tight kneebar. In the second round, he swept Straus, took the mount and nearly finished with punches from the mount. In the final round, Straus scored yet another takedown. Sanchez was once again ready. He locked in an opposite side triangle choke and finished the fight. Straus will need to go back to the drawing board after this one. This was his return fight after dropping the featherweight title to Patricio Freire earlier this year. He has now lost three of his last five fights.
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Fantasy AnalysisStraus fought tooth-and-nail to take the title from Pitbull in November of 2015, but didn't seem to have the same sense of urgency in this fight, as he spent most of Round 1 searching for a big left hand. The second frame saw the two men get involved in an early scramble, which allowed Pitbull to wrap the neck and use the cage to jump guard and close the show. This was the fourth bout between these two fighters, and while all praise goes to Pitbull for the performance, the quick finish seems like an unsatisfying end to the rivalry. Strauss falls to 24-7 in professional MMA as a result of the loss.
Fantasy AnalysisThe third time was the charm for Straus, who avenged two previous losses to Pitbull. Many people claimed that Straus wasn't worthy of a title shot, but he proved all the doubters wrong. It was a terrific, close fight, but one that Straus clearly deserved to win. The American Top Team product is now a two-time Bellator featherweight champion.
Fantasy AnalysisAn argument can certainly be made that Straus doesn't deserve another title shot at this point, but it's not like Bellator has any better options. Straus has already lost to Pitbull twice before, the second of which came this past January.
Fantasy AnalysisStraus looked very solid in a fight that he was expected to dominate (he was a -420 favorite). He landed several monster shots on the feet, racked up a couple takedowns and finished with the choke along the fence. Much like the earlier Michael Chandler bout, the point of this fight was to get Straus back on track and it did exactly that. The former Bellator featherweight champion is going to get a bigger fight and a better opponent his next time out.