Daniel Straus has been an elite Bellator fighter for a while, and he’s worn gold as champ, but sometimes his body moves faster than his brain, and that has gotten him into trouble with grappling experts.

And at Bellator 184, it got him into trouble with Emmanuel Sanchez.

A tenacious wrestler, Straus got Sanchez down early in the first, but was soon fending off a heelhook attempt. He escaped, and rained down elbows while maneuvering around from side-control to north-south. At this point, Straus was large and in charge… until Sanchez reversed, took his back, and threatened with a choke. Straus made it to the bell, but that glaring hole in his game was suddenly evident.

When they hit the ground in Round 2, Straus again gets outmaneuvered and winds up on the bottom, with Sanchez firmly in mount and dropping hell from above. The former champ hangs on by a thread, and makes it to the end of the round, but the windows made by his mistakes are only getting bigger, and when Round 3 rolls around, it is ultimately a triangle choke by Sanchez that seals the deal.


Results: Emmanuel Sanchez def. Daniel Straus via Submission (Triangle Choke) at 1:56, R3