Former Bellator MMA featherweight champion Daniel Straus (23-6) begins his trek back to a world title when he meets undefeated promotional newcomer and former King of the Cage titlist Henry Corrales (12-0) at June’s blockbuster “Bellator 138: Unfinished Business” event.
The contest serves as the fifth and final Spike TV-broadcast main card match-up of the star-studded fight card.
Featuring one of the highly anticipated grudge match between Kimbo Slice and Ken Shamrock, Bellator 138 takes place Friday, June 19, at St. Louis’ Scottrade Center and airs live on Spike TV.
Tickets for “Bellator MMA: Unfinished Business,” which start at just $30, are currently on sale at Ticketmaster.com.
With the night’s featured bouts now complete, additional preliminary contests will be announced shortly.
A consensus pick as one the best 145-pounders on the planet, Straus is anxious to rebound from a disappointing January loss to current Bellator featherweight champion Patricio “Pitbull” Freire. A member of American Top Team, Straus was ahead early in the fight and appeared to be on his way to reclaiming the belt he lost in 2014 before suffering a knee injury that limited his capabilities and eventually led to his late submission with 11 seconds left in the fourth round.
Now fully recovered, Straus plans on working his way back to a title bout as quickly as possible, and a victory on a high-profile card like Bellator 138 would certainly help him stake his claim as the division’s No. 1 contender.
Fighting professionally since 2011, Corrales began his career primarily as a Brazilian jiu-jitsu stylist, as witnessed by his five consecutive submission wins to begin his career. However, he’s since worked diligently to improve his striking game, and of his past six victories, four have come by way of knockout. Corrales boasts an unblemished professional mark through the first 12 contests of his MMA tenure, including recent wins over big-show veterans Jerod Spoon and Seth Dikun.
Bellator 138: Unfinished Business
Friday, June 19, Scottrade Center, St. Louis, Mo.
Heavyweight Main Event: Kimbo Slice (4-2) vs. Ken Shamrock (28-15-2)
Featherweight Title Fight: Champ Patricio Pitbull (23-2) vs. Daniel Weichel (35-8)
Featured Heavyweight Fight: Bobby Lashley (12-2) vs. James Thompson (20-14)
Featured Featherweight Fight: Daniel Straus (23-6) vs. Henry Corrales (12-0)
Featured Lightweight Fight: Michael Chandler (12-3) vs. Derek Campos (15-4)
Welterweight Prelim Fight: Justin Guthrie (17-8) vs. Steven Mann (10-1)
Strawweight Prelim Fight: Miles McDonald (0-1) vs. Dan O’Connor (5-4)
Lightweight Prelim Fight: Malcolm Smith (4-4) vs. Luke Nelson (2-1)
Featherweight Prelim Fight: Kain Royer (1-1) vs. Enrique Watson (1-0)