Former Bellator champion Daniel Straus was injured in a serious motorcycle accident last weekend and is recovering at a Florida hospital.
The crash happened in Miami-Dade County on Sunday morning, MMA Fighting confirmed Friday with a Florida Highway Patrol spokesperson. Few details are known about what happened. The crash report has not yet been released, the spokesperson said.
Jeremy Botter of Bleacher Report was the first to report the news. Straus’ manager Matt Aptaker of JanusSports told Bleacher Report that “it’s just too early to tell” about the extent of Straus’ injuries. Aptaker said Straus does not remember the sequence of events that led to the accident. Straus is awake, able to speak and has full movement of his limbs, Aptaker told Bleacher Report.
Straus released a statement Thursday through Bellator:
On early Sunday morning, I was involved in a motorcycle accident. I’m currently recovering and will hopefully be returning to the Bellator cage sometime soon. I appreciate all the well wishes and ask that people respect my family’s privacy during this difficult time.
Bellator president Scott Coker took to Twitter on Friday to wish Straus well.
Wishing @DanielStraus the very best at this time. One of the toughest fighters I’ve ever seen, we’re all thinking about him during his recovery.— Scott Coker (@ScottCoker) December 22, 2017
Straus, 33, is a two-time Bellator featherweight champion and one of the most successful 145-pound fighters in promotion history. The Ohio native, who lives and trains in South Florida, last fought in October, a third-round submission loss to Emmanuel Sanchez at Bellator 184. Straus (25-8) is one of the longest tenured Bellator fighters, having been with the organization since 2011. He owns wins over the likes of Patricio Freire, Pat Curran and Marlon Sandro.