Bellator Featherweight Daniel Straus Arrested in Florida on Numerous Charges

Damon MartinContributor IMarch 2, 2013

Daniel Mason-Straus from Broward County Sheriff's Dept.
Daniel Mason-Straus from Broward County Sheriff's Dept.

Bellator featherweight title contender Daniel Straus is currently in lock-up after being arrested on several charges overnight in Broward County, Fla.

According to an arrest report from the Broward County Sheriff's department, Straus (real name Daniel Mason-Straus) was arrested in conjunction with four separate charges on March 1 and is currently being held awaiting $2,200 bail.

The arrest took place by Fort Lauderdale police, and he's currently being held in North Broward County, Fla.

Straus' arrest charges include driving with a suspended license, possession of cannabis over 20 grams, possession of drug paraphernalia or use and possession of MDMA (ecstasy).

The four charges combined come with a total of a $2,200 bail or bond amount. The highest charges on his count are for possession of cannabis and possession of MDMA, which both come with a $1,000 bail amount set.

Straus was recently forced out of his scheduled Bellator featherweight title fight against champion Pat Curran because of a broken hand suffered in training. Straus is an Ohio native but routinely spends much of his training camp in Florida working with American Top Team.

When he was forced out of his fight against Curran, Straus was replaced by recent featherweight tournament winner Shahbulat Shamhalaev, who now fights for the championship in early April at Bellator 95.

In his fight career, Straus had been on a roll ever since losing to Patricio "Pitbull" Freire in 2011. Straus won five fights in a row to not only win the Bellator featherweight tournament but also picked up a victory over former UFC featherweight Alvin Robinson, while at the time awaiting his shot at the 145-pound belt.

While none of Straus' charges come with serious jail time attached to them, the arrest is obviously not good, especially just days after he was forced out of his scheduled bout for Bellator.

As of noon ET, Straus remained in custody in Broward County lock-up.


Damon Martin is a Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report