Daniel Straus remains a future contender for the Bellator featherweight championship, despite being arrested in March on several drug charges. Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney continues to stand by Straus, who denied the drugs were his.
The current legal situation for Straus is making it difficult to book him in the title fight against champ Pat Curran.
“It’s always a little bit chancy when you’re trying to book a major world title fight against a guy like Curran on a huge stage to have those restrictions there because you never know,” said Rebney on MMA Junkie Radio. “Somebody at the [District Attorney’s] office could conceptually say, ‘Hey, we’ve made a decision based on our right to make it that he can’t travel.’ But if we can get past that comfortably and the legal team feels it makes sense, then we’ll book him.”
Straus was initially charged with driving on a suspended license, possession of over 20 grams of cannabis, possession of ecstasy and possession of drug paraphernalia.
He won the Season 6 tournament and is 21-4. He last fought at October’s Bellator 78.