Daniel Straus Tabbed Next Contender For Bellator Featherweight Title

No matter who exciting or action-packed the bout was, Bellator doesn’t offer fighters an immediate rematch – just ask Eddie Alvarez.

So, it isn’t really all-too-surprising that Patricio Freire will not be given a second meeting with Bellator featherweight champion Pat Curran despite turning in a thrilling five-round war Thursday night on the Spike TV debut.

Bjorn Rebney, Bellator’s CEO, confirmed during the post-fight press conference that Daniel Straus will be the next contender to Curran. No date has been made for the fight.

“At the end of the day, I think Daniel deserves his shot now without any type of delay,” Rebney said. “Not that many people talk about Straus, but I literally think he belongs in most peoples top seven or eight in the world. He’s a really talented fighter.”

Straus (21-4) captured the season six tournament title. He also made the season four finals, falling to Freire.

The season seven tournament has yet to crown a champion contender, as Rad Martinez and Shahbulat Shamhalaev face each other next month. Their meeting was delayed twice in 2012.

  • Retnan

    Good move but Freire should get the next shot without having to win the tourney if he wins a rebound fight.

    • DT

      This makes no sense. He got his shot and lost. Daniel won the most recent tourney, so it’s his shot for the belt now. Curran lost to Alvarez for the LHW title. He then won the FW tourney and got his shot vs. the FW belt upon winning it. Pitbull would have fought that fight vs. Warren but was hurt. It was then Pitbull’s turn this past Thursday, and he lost. Next in line is Straus, who WILL beat Curran.

      • Retnan

        I meant the next shot AFTER Straus get’s his shot.

        • DT

          I don’t think Bellator just does that. Even their most hyped
          fighters, i.e. King Mo, have to win tournaments to get shots at titles.
          Isn’t their motto, “titles are earned, not given?” Giving Pitbull
          another shot at the belt automatically would be quite contradictory
          then…. Although when Straus beats Curran, it wouldn’t be inappropriate
          to have a non-belt fight rematch of Curran vs. Pitbull.

          • Retnan

            They have a new rematch clause for title fights where guys can get the rematch without entering another tourney.

          • DT

            Well, def not the case with Pitbull as Bjorn expressed. Regardless, I think Straus (whose last 2 and only 2 losses in the past 3-4 years were to Pit and Pat) would beat either handidly.

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