Daniel Straus Says He Doesn't Want to Go the Distance Against Pat Curran
Posted by Jeremy Thomas on 10.28.2013
He wants to finish the fight...
Daniel Straus recently spoke with MMAjunkie about his fight with Pat Curran at Bellator 106. Check out the highlights:
On trying to finish the fight quickly: "If it comes to where I'm beating him up, and I'm beating him up and can't finish him, yeah, I'm going to punish him all five rounds. But him being a titleholder, that changes the story a little bit. I've got to get in there and get the job done."
On his year-long layoff: "It's definitely going to be challenging, but I'm blessed with an opportunity that a lot of guys haven't been blessed with. So being off a year, I'm just not going to let it affect me. Obviously, ring rust is a problem, but you've got to just get in there and get it done."
On wanting a finish: "You can't really leave it to the judges' hands with a title fight, as we saw with the (Jon) Jones and (Alexander) Gustafsson fight. You've got to really get in there and take it to a guy and put him out. You've got to knock him out, submit him, and leave no doubt."
On Curran winning their first fight four years ago: "I can't go back and watch that fight and say, 'This is how I'm going to beat him.' And he can't go to that same fight and say, 'This is how I'm going to beat him.' We're two totally different fighters, and we've grown tremendously since that fight. I learned a lot from that fight. I respect Pat. But we're two different guys now. It's going to be like the first time we meet again...I'm not going to get in there and sit around and see what he's thinking," Straus said. "I've just got to start banging right away. I can be out two years, and if I still have the heart and I'm hungry, I'm going to go out there and get that belt, regardless."