Daniel Straus has held Bellator gold more than once, and may one day wear that belt again. He also fights tonight at Bellator 184, opposite Emmanuel Sanchez, and because Straus trains in Florida, he had to deal with a pesky hurricane named Irma during his training camp.
As per MMAFighting:
Though Straus prefers to keep his training diverse and spread out among several gyms, much of his time is spent working with coach Henri Hooft at the Hard Knocks 365 facility in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. That meant Straus happened to be in Florida when Hurricane Irma struck the state this past September.
Suffice to say, it was a less than ideal scenario for an athlete who was supposed to be peaking physically and mentally for an upcoming fight.
“I stayed through the whole thing and it was miserable,” said Straus. “It took three weeks away from my training camp. I didn’t have power for a week and a half. It really did f**k us up. It f**ked us up bad. But I can’t allow that to f**k with the fight and the more people mention it, the more it plays in my head, but before that I didn’t even think about it at all. I’m just doing my thing, man.
“Hurricane Irma, it happened. It hit. We’re past it. You’ve got to keep moving forward. It sucks that it was so close to the fight, but that’s just God’s way of making it a little easier for (Sanchez). Take me out of the game a little bit, let him get a little bit comfortable, and then let’s see where the fight goes because either way I’m coming to tear somebody’s face off.”