Daniel Straus, a former two-time Bellator featherweight champion, was involved in a near-fatal motorcycle accident this past weekend.
Straus, who last fought in October when he was submitted by Emmanuel Sanchez, took to Twitter to confirm the accident.
“On early Sunday morning, I was involved in a motorcycle accident,” Straus wrote. “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 MMA (@BellatorMMA) December 22, 2017
Straus is 25-8 overall, but is just 3-4 over his last seven fights. That includes a 2015 decision win over Patricio “Pitbull” Freire for the title. He dropped the belt last April via second round submission to Freire.
Bellator president Scott Coker addressed the matter on Twitter, calling Straus “one of the toughest fighters I’ve ever see.”
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