'Broken toy' Daniel Straus hoping for Bellator return by year's end after motorcycle accident

Daniel Straus is in the midst of his road to recovery from a debilitating motorcycle accident. He said he hopes to be well enough to fight again before the end of the year.

Straus (28-9 MMA, 11-5 BMMA) was involved in the crash in December, which left him with significant back damage, among other things. The process has been slow, but Straus claims he’s making notable progress in getting back to 100 percent.

Straus, who appeared on Tuesday’s edition of the “JRE MMA Show” podcast with host Joe Rogan, said it’s a situation that requires tremendous patience. And while he said rebuilding himself is a challenge, he wakes up ready to take it on each day.

“I’m a broken toy that’s dying to be fixed,” Straus said. “I can be fixed in any way. I’m relearning everything. It’s not like I can’t box, it’s not like I can’t wrestle. It’s like relearning. … Even now I’m trying to get the form right. It took me about three months (to learn to walk again). Everything is slowed down for me because of my spinal cord.”

Straus said in the immediate aftermath of the accident, doctors were pushing him to get a spinal surgery that would have almost certainly ended his athletic career. He didn’t want that, though, and opted to take the hard road of grueling rehabilitation with the hope he can eventually get back in the cage.

The 33-year-old last fought at Bellator 184 in October, where he suffered a third-round submission loss to Emmanuel Sanchez. His hope is to compete again before the end of 2018, which would mean fighting approximately 12 months after his accident. That timeline, initially, seemed absurd, Straus said.

“I really want to be in the cage by the end of this year,” Straus said. “I want to be fighting by the end of this year – and it’s not impossible.”

According to Straus, Bellator has handled his situation with the utmost care. He’s glad to have an organization that backs him, and that’s motivation to push even harder to get back in the Bellator cage.

“I can’t say nothing negative about them because they’ve always done everything they can to help me out in situations,” Straus said. “I’ve been with them for some time. Two-time world champ. They’ve always been fair to me. Obviously you always have problems here and there, but nothing major.”

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Source: USA Today – MMA Junkie

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