Bellator's Daniel Straus arrested

Updated: March 2, 2013, 9:06 PM ET
By Franklin McNeil | ESPN.com

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 ESPN.com 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."

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