Daniel Straus Explains His Rough Weight Cut Before Bellator 112, His Respect for Pat Curran, and More
Posted by Jeffrey Harris on 03.16.2014
Straus nearly missed weight for the fight...
Former Bellator featherweight champion Daniel Straus talked about his loss to Pat Curran at Bellator 112 following the fight. Straus and Curran were tied on the scorecards going into the fifth round. Curran pulled off a choke with only seconds to go in the final round to secure the submission and to regain the title. Straus discussed the fight, his respect for Curran, and almost missing weight for the bout after the event. Below are some highlights.
Straus on his emotions after the fight and his love for Pat Curran: "When it comes to this sport, I give it everything I have. Everything. I come up here, and I have physically nothing left to give. I take nothing away from any of my opponents. … I love Pat. He's like a brother to me. And if you can't see the emotion inside the ring, I don't know what you were watching."
Straus on how he missed weight on his first attempt before eventually making weight later: "I've never missed weight on the first try. Never. Ever. (Thursday), I just did not have it. If my body didn't have it, I had to give everything else that I could – and that was my hair. I don't care about my hair. I don't care about how I look. I care about getting in this ring and fighting for what I need to fight for. If I have to cut off every ounce of hair, (or) toes, fingers, arms, whatever I've got to do, I owe it to (Bellator), I owe it to myself, I owe it to my coaches and my teammates to get in here and fight."
Straus on his difficulty cutting weight this time: "It was rough, but I've never had that problem ever. I was stuck at (a half-pound) for three hours. I blacked out three times. Not healthy. But I would do whatever I have to do to get in this ring and fight. It's just the spirit that I have. It's just the heart that I have. This is my job, and I'll do what I've got to do."
Straus on coming back after this loss: "If you don't think that I'm going to come back harder, you're a fool. If you think I'm still not looking at Pat Curran, you're a fool."