Former Bellator Featherweight Champion, Daniel Straus, is on a quest to recapture his title. His latest hurdle on that quest comes in the form of prospect and promotional newcomer, Henry Corrales, who Straus will face at Bellator 138, June 19 at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Mo.
Straus is no stranger to obstacles in his career. During his early Bellator run, he lost to Patricio “Pitbull” Freire in the finals of Season Four featherweight tournament. He later won the Season Six tournament and captured the title from Pat Curran in November 2013 – avenging an earlier career loss. He dropped the title four months later. In his last fight, he lost to Freire in a fight where he injured his knee.
Since then Straus has recovered from the injury and is ready to return to the cage.
“It’s rough, any time you get injured you train a little differently,” Straus said in an interview with MMA Latest News. “I went to rehab my knee and it started getting stronger. I’m ready to get back to work.”
Corrales sports a 12-0 record with half of his wins coming by submission. In the last couple of years, Corrales has made a name for himself in King of the Cage, winning the promotion’s bantamweight title (KOTC’s 145-pound championship) with three successful title defenses.
Although KOTC isn’t as big as a promotion like Bellator, Straus isn’t taking Corrales lightly.
“We all have to start somewhere,” Straus said. “I started in smaller promotions and smashed a bunch of guys. You can’t count this guy out, he’s got a winning record after all but when we step into the cage, we’re both 0-0.”
Straus said he doesn’t mind if Corrales takes the fight to the ground. Corrales has a strong Brazilian jiu-jitsu game while Straus is a Division I wrestler. Although Straus is looking to get back into the title hunt, he’s not going to demand a championship bout if he beats Corrales. He’s also not making sure he overlooks his opponent.
“I’m not here to jump in front of anybody,” Straus said. “If I have to fight five more times, so be it. I’m looking at it one goal at a time.”