Daniel Straus (24-6) won the Bellator Featherweight title after defeating Patrico Freire by unanimous decision at Bellator 145 in November of 2015. However, the two-time champion fractured his left hand in the first round of the fight and needed to have surgery, which put him out of action for the last several months.
The surgery was performed in March and required a titanium plate and six screws to be inserted into his hand in order to repair it. The Cincinnati, Ohio native posted videos and pictures of the surgery online afterward.
Straus, 32, announced on his Instagram account Friday (September 30, 2016) that he was medically cleared to return to action.
The Champ is BACK!!!! Today I was cleared to return back to the @bellatormma cage. Although it’s been a long road with many bumps in it, this journey is not done yet. I gotta thank the good Lord for keeping me in his hands, my fans and family for continuing to show me love and support. And lastly a big THANK YOU to @bellatormma and its staff for holding me down. To the rest of the 45 division… Play times over
A photo posted by Daniel Straus (@danielstraus) on Sep 30, 2016 at 10:31am PDT
The Bellator Featherweight champion is now 11-3 with the promotion and has won two fights in a row. He won the Featherweight belt for the first time by defeating Pat Curran at Bellator 106 by unanimous decision, but lost it in a rematch at Bellator 112 after getting submitted by rear-naked choke in the fifth round. It would take him two more tries to win it back as he lost to then-champion Freire at Bellator 132 by rear-naked choke, before defeating Freire at Bellator 145 to ….View full article
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