It appears that a number of fighters are beginning to grow tired of the recent scheduling by Bellator. In the past, Bellator has prided itself as a promotion “where title shots are earned, not given,” but they continue to pass over tournament winners in order to schedule immediate rematches in their title fights.
Patricio “Pitbull” Freire recentls spoke out saying that the decision for Bellator to schedule Daniel Straus vs. Pat Curran III at Bellator 112 was “complete bullsh–,” and now Straus also seems to be unhappy with the match up.
Straus feels that he is still fighting for the respect of the organization he is fighting for, after learning that he will fight a man who did not need to go through the tournament. Not only that, but Straus doesn’t seem pleased that the fight will be so close to Curran’s backyard.
“No one wants to say anything bad,” he said, via MMAjunkie.com. “We want to do our job. Our job is to come out here and fight. Now, if you lay down a f–king path that we need to follow, and we’re following that path and we’re doing what we’re supposed to, you need to do the same.
“To fight a guy, beat a guy, and have me turn around and fight the guy again and not go through the tournament, that’s bulls–t. Even if he does get through a tournament, to fight him in damn near his hometown, like, what the f–k is that? It just makes me want to fight harder.”
By fighting harder and making another statement with his performance, Straus is hoping to finally earn the respect that he deserves.
“I don’t feel like I have the people’s respect, and I don’t feel like I have Bellator’s respect,” Straus said. “I’ve done quite well in this sport. (I have a record of) 22-4. You can’t say I’m fighting bums. You can’t say I’m a guy that takes guys down and humps them. I’m not going to deny it that I’m not a walk-in knockout artist. That’s not me. But I do fight a good fight, and I just want to be respected for that. I’m out here trying to capture everybody’s respect.”
If the current trend continues, it will be interesting to see how Bellator handles their matchmaking in the future.
They have plenty of tournament winners waiting for the title shots that they earned and they certainly cannot be happy that they continue getting passed over. Could this be something that turns fighters away from signing with Bellator in the future? We will have to wait and see.