July 27, 1984
Cincinnati, Ohio, United States
|Height||5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)|
|Weight||145 lb (66 kg; 10.4 st)|
|Reach||67.0 in (170 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Cincinnati, Ohio, United States|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Notable school(s)||Sycamore High School|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Daniel Straus (born July 27, 1984), formerly known as Daniel Mason-Straus, is an American professional mixed martial artist currently competing in the Featherweight for Bellator Fighting Championships, where he is the former Bellator Featherweight Champion. He was the winner of Bellator Fighting Championships: Season Six Featherweight Tournament and the runner-up of Bellator Fighting Championships: Season Four Featherweight Tournament.
Straus was born in Cincinnati, Ohio and grew up in the nearby suburb of Sycamore Township. He came from a troubled household and by the time he was a junior in high school he was living on his own, while supporting himself which included involvement in criminal activities. Straus was a highly successful (and highly controversial) high school wrestler at Sycamore High School. As a freshman in the (112 lbs.) weight class, he was an alternate for the state tournament and in his sophomore season he went 2-2 in the state tournament. In his junior season, Daniel finished 3rd in the state in Division I (135 lbs.) and in his senior year, he was ruled academically ineligible and missed the second half of the season (including the state tournament). However, he was given a wild card berth into the NHSCA Senior Nationals (high school senior national championship) and won the tournament. He is considered by some in the Ohio wrestling media to be one of the best Ohio wrestlers of the decade (2001–2010) and one of the greatest Ohio high school wrestlers to never win a state title. In addition to wrestling, Straus also played soccer and ran for the track and field team in high school. After graduating, he moved to Florida and worked in maintenance, but was arrested on robbery charges and was incarcerated from 2004-2007.
Mixed martial arts career
Straus returned to Cincinnati after he was released from prison and was introduced to mixed martial arts by a friend who was a former high school wrestling opponent. He invited Straus to come train with him at Team Vision and Straus made his professional debut in February 2009.
Bellator Fighting Championships
Straus made his Bellator debut on June 24, 2010 at Bellator 23 where he defeated Chad Hinton via unanimous decision.
In January 2011, Bellator announced that Straus would be a part of the Bellator Season Four Featherweight Tournament. In the quarterfinals, Straus fought Nazareno Malegarie. Straus defeated Malegarie via unanimous decision to move on to the semifinals and give Malegarie the first loss of his career. The fight won Fight of the Night honors.
At Bellator 41, Straus competed in the semifinals of the season Four Tournament against Kenny Foster. Straus controlled the fight for the first two rounds before he finished Foster via guillotine choke and moved on to the finals of the tournament. Straus met Patricio Freire in the Season Four Tournament Finals at Bellator 45. He lost the fight via unanimous decision.
Straus returned in the Bellator Season Six Featherweight Tournament that started on March 9, 2012. He defeated Jeremy Spoon via unanimous decision in the opening round at Bellator 60. In the semifinal round, Straus faced Mike Corey at Bellator 65 and again won by unanimous decision. In the finals, Straus faced Marlon Sandro at Bellator 68 and won via unanimous decision. This win earned him a title shot and rematch against Featherweight Champion Pat Curran, who had previous beaten Straus in 2009.
Straus was scheduled to face Pat Curran on April 4, 2013 for the Featherweight Title at Bellator 95. However, on February 26, it was announced that Straus had broken his hand and had to pull out of the fight.
The featherweight title fight between Curran and Straus took place on November 2, 2013 at Bellator 106. Straus won the fight by unanimous decision to become the new Bellator Featherweight Champion.
Straus is scheduled to face former champ Pat Curran for the third time at Bellator 112 on March 14, 2014. Straus publicly expressed his displeasure in having to face Curran again so soon after beating him, going so far as to say he believes Bellator wants Curran as champion. However, he also stated it is his job to fight and he welcomed the bout. At the weigh ins for Bellator 112, Straus had to cut his hair to make weight. He lost the bout via rear naked choke in the fifth round.
Straus has a daughter named Makayla.
On March 1, 2013 Straus was arrested in Fort Lauderdale, Florida after his vehicle was pulled over. He faced charges of driving with a suspended license, possession of more than 20 grams of marijuana, more than three grams of synthetic cannabis, possession of drug paraphernalia, and possession of MDMA.
Championships and accomplishments
Mixed Martial Arts
- Bellator Fighting Championships
- North American Allied Fight Series
- NAAFS Pro Series Lightweight Championship (One time)
- NAAFS Interim Pro Series Lightweight Championship (One time)
- National High School Coaches Association
- NHSCA Senior High School National Championship (2003)
- NHSCA Senior All-American (2003)
- Ohio High School Athletic Association
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|27 matches||22 wins||5 losses|
|Loss||22–5||Pat Curran||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Bellator 112||March 14, 2014||5||4:46||Hammond, Indiana, United States||Lost the Bellator Featherweight Championship|
|Win||22–4||Pat Curran||Decision (unanimous)||Bellator 106||November 2, 2013||5||5:00||Long Beach, California, United States||Won the Bellator Featherweight Championship|
|Win||21–4||Alvin Robinson||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Bellator 78||October 26, 2012||2||4:51||Dayton, Ohio, United States|
|Win||20–4||Marlon Sandro||Decision (unanimous)||Bellator 68||May 11, 2012||3||5:00||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States||Bellator Season Six Featherweight Tournament Final|
|Win||19–4||Mike Corey||Decision (unanimous)||Bellator 65||April 13, 2012||3||5:00||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States||Bellator Season Six Featherweight Tournament Semifinal|
|Win||18–4||Jeremy Spoon||Decision (unanimous)||Bellator 60||March 9, 2012||3||5:00||Hammond, Indiana, United States||Bellator Season Six Featherweight Tournament Quarterfinal|
|Win||17–4||Jason Dent||Decision (unanimous)||NAAFS: Caged Fury 15||October 15, 2011||5||5:00||Cleveland, Ohio, United States||Won and unified NAAFS Pro Series Lightweight Championship|
|Loss||16–4||Patricio Freire||Decision (unanimous)||Bellator 45||May 21, 2011||3||5:00||Lake Charles, Louisiana, United States||Bellator Season Four Featherweight Tournament Final|
|Win||16–3||Kenny Foster||Submission (guillotine choke)||Bellator 41||April 16, 2011||3||3:48||Yuma, Arizona, United States||Bellator Season Four Featherweight Tournament Semifinal|
|Win||15–3||Nazareno Malegarie||Decision (unanimous)||Bellator 37||March 19, 2011||3||5:00||Concho, Oklahoma, United States||Bellator Season Four Featherweight Tournament Quarterfinal|
|Win||14–3||Karen Darabedyan||Decision (unanimous)||Shark Fights 13: Jardine vs. Prangley||September 11, 2010||3||5:00||Amarillo, Texas, United States|
|Win||13–3||Joe Pearson||Submission (punches)||XFO 36: Outdoor War 6||August 14, 2010||2||4:04||Island Lake, Illinois, United States|
|Win||12–3||Chad Hinton||Decision (unanimous)||Bellator 23||June 24, 2010||3||5:00||Louisville, Kentucky, United States|
|Win||11–3||Travis Perzynski||Decision (unanimous)||ICE: International Combat Events 45||March 13, 2010||3||5:00||Forest Park, Ohio, United States|
|Win||10–3||Frank Caraballo||Submission (punches)||NAAFS: Caged Fury 9||February 20, 2010||5||3:57||Cleveland, Ohio, United States||Won NAAFS Interim Pro Series Lightweight Championship|
|Win||9–3||Gideon Ray||Decision (unanimous)||XFO 33||January 23, 2010||3||5:00||Chicago, Illinois, United States|
|Win||8–3||Joe Heiland||Decision (unanimous)||NAAFS: Night of Champions 2009||December 5, 2009||3||5:00||Akron, Ohio, United States|
|Win||7–3||Patrick Ferm||Submission (punches)||XFO 32||October 10, 2009||1||1:50||New Munster, Wisconsin, United States|
|Win||6–3||Tim Troxell||TKO (elbows and punches)||Xtreme Caged Combat: Cops vs. Cons||October 3, 2009||1||3:51||Reading, Pennsylvania, United States|
|Win||5–3||Mitch Lyons||TKO (punches)||Indiana Xtreme Fighting 1: Wildcard||June 26, 2009||3||2:13||Rising Sun, Indiana, United States|
|Loss||4–3||Pat Curran||KO (punches)||XFO 29||April 17, 2009||2||1:31||Lakemoor, Illinois, United States|
|Win||4–2||Mike Baskis||Decision (unanimous)||ICF: Breakout||April 11, 2009||3||5:00||Cincinnati, Ohio, United States|
|Win||3–2||Lester Caslow||Decision (split)||Extreme Challenge: Mayhem at the Marina||March 28, 2009||3||5:00||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States|
|Win||2–2||Tim Cook||TKO (punches)||ICF: Turfwar||March 14, 2009||2||0:11||Florence, Kentucky, United States|
|Loss||1–2||Scott Bickerstaff||TKO (punches)||MMA Big Show: Retribution||March 7, 2009||1||N/A||Switzerland County, Indiana, United States|
|Win||1–1||David Silva||Decision (unanimous)||XFO 28||February 27, 2009||3||5:00||Lakemoor, Illinois, United States|
|Loss||0–1||Jay Ellis||Submission (rear-naked choke)||XFO: New Blood||February 7, 2009||2||2:46||New Munster, Wisconsin, United States|
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- "Broken hand cancels Daniel Straus' title fight with Pat Curran at Bellator 95". mmajunkie.com. 2013-02-26.
- Dave Reid (2013-08-27). "Bellator’s Nov 2nd PPV Gets 3rd Title Fight With Pat Curran vs Daniel Straus". mmainsider.net. Retrieved August 27, 2013.
- Dann Stupp. "Daniel Straus vs. Pat Curran III headlines Bellator 112, War Machine returns". MMAjunkie.com. Retrieved 2014-01-14.
- "Patricio Freire on Bellator passing him over: Where the title shots are earned, not given' is pure bulls--t'". Bloodyelbow.com. January 13, 2014. Retrieved January 14, 2014.
- Jason Nawara (March 14, 2014). "Daniel Straus cuts his hair to make weight". mmanuts.com. Retrieved March 14, 2014.