Many fighters have broken onto the MMA scene with one or two big wins, claiming that they are the next big thing. Then they suffer a loss and are never able to rebound. It seems like that scenario happens all too often in MMA. On the other hand, though, there are those fighters out there that are the next big thing and after suffering a loss, they go back to the gym and get better and come back with a vengeance. Daniel Straus is one of those guys.

At the age of 30, Straus is no longer a young up-and-comer, but more of a guy who has proven himself over the years and is finally getting the respect that he deserves; a win over Patricio Freire at Bellator 132 will go a long way towards showing the world that he is one of the best featherweight fighters in the world.

Straus knows that he belongs with the best fighters in the world, but he believes that his confidence will be the difference in this fight. “I now know where I belong in this sport, I know where I belong in this division, I know that I am one of the best fighters in the world, and I am going to continue to prove it. I am not proving it to anybody particular but more to myself. I can’t tell you how much my confidence has grown with my teammates and my coaches and its help me become a new person and a better fighter,” Straus told in a recent interview.

Going into his rematch with Freire, Straus says that he isn’t changing anything. “I’m not worried about what he is going to do, I am worried about what I am going to do. I have to go out there and do my thing to win this fight.”

While he may not be changing anything going into this, make no mistake about it, Straus is all about business and he is out to prove a point. “I need to come in, show everyone that this is my ring, this is my cage and that belt belongs to me. I am going to go in there and not give him anything, I’m not going to give him an inch, I’m not going to give him a round, I’m not going to him a minute, and I am going to show him that this belongs to me and it belongs to me for a reason.”

For many fighters, saying that they believe they are the best in the world is nothing more than lip service, but for Straus he believes in his heart, in his soul, that he is the best in the world and he knows that having Bellator gold helps prove that fact. “Being champion is all that matters. That is the most important thing. I mean, with all due respect, I don’t care what you think or what anybody else thinks, having that title proves that I am one of the best fighters in the world and it proves it to me and that’s what matters. I can’t get caught up in what this person or that person says, I have to keep myself in check to win this fight.”

This is will be the second time that Straus has fought Freire and he knows that he cannot lose again. On Friday, January 16th, 2015, at Bellator 132, Daniel Straus plans on proving to the world, as well as himself, that he is one of the elite fighters in the world today.

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Josh Davis
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Josh Davis is the owner and President of The MMA Corner, LLC. He has been a fan of mixed martial arts since seeing UFC 1 in his hometown. In addition to his The MMA Corner responsibilities, Josh is the editor of Scrapp! Fight Magazine. Josh has also written for MMA Unleashed and MMA Sports magazines. Josh also manages some of Colorado's best up and coming fighters and is dedicated to the positive promotion of the sport.