MMAjunkie: Ex-champ Daniel Straus returns at Bellator 219; Saad Awad vs. Brandon Girtz set as headliner


A little more than one year after a motorcycle that left doctors questioning whether he’d be able to walk again, let alone fight, ex-champ Daniel Straus has a date for his return to the Bellator cage.

Straus (28-9 MMA, 11-5 BMMA) will meet Shane Kruchten (12-4 MMA, 0-1 BMMA) in the 155-pound co-main event of Bellator 219, as announced by Bellator president Scott Coker on Twitter this Friday. The event, which takes place March 29 at Pechanga Resort Casino in Temecula, will be headlined by Saad Awad (23-10 MMA, 11-7 BMMA) and Brandon Girtz (15-8 MMA, 7-6 BMMA), also at lightweight.

Awad vs. Girtz will fill in for the original headliner, between ex-title-challenger Lorenz Larkin and former welterweight champion Andrey Koreshkov. Larkin announced his withdrawal from the bout late on Thursday following Continue reading >>>


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