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Saturday, March 2, 2013
Bellator's Daniel Straus arrested

By Franklin McNeil

Police arrested Bellator featherweight Daniel Straus in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., on Friday.

According to the Broward County Sheriff's Office, Straus, whose legal name is Daniel Mason-Straus, faces charges of driving with a suspended license, being in possession of more than 20 grams of cannabis (marijuana), more than 3 grams of synthetic cannabis, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of the drug MDMA (ecstasy).

Straus is being held at the North Broward Bureau, a minimum-to-medium security facility in Pompano Beach. It is not yet known when he will appear in court to be formally charged.

The 28-year-old has a professional mixed martial arts record of 21-4. He won the Bellator Season 6 Featherweight Tournament in May 2012, and was slated to face champion Pat Curran on April 4 in Atlantic City, N.J. But a broken left hand suffered during a training session forced Straus to pull out of the bout last week.

Curran now will defend his title against Shahbulat Shamhalaev, the Season 7 tournament winner.

Straus, who says he's the product of a troubled household, is no stranger to the criminal justice system. He is a former inmate at Noble Correctional Institution in Caldwell, Ohio.

A native of Cincinnati, Straus grew up in Fields Ertel, Ohio.

"By the time I was a junior in high school, I was living on my own, living with other people," Straus told in October. "I was in and out of school, doing whatever I wanted to do.

"I got arrested on robbery charges and ended up going to prison for three years - from 2004 to 2007. You learn a lot when you're locked up. Trust me.

"So, when I came home it was like, 'What are you going to do with your life?' It wasn't like I had a college education. It wasn't like I had a GED. I didn't have plenty of opportunities waiting for me."