Bellator MMA featherweight champion Daniel Straus has been cleared to compete again after being sidelined for much of 2016 due to a broken left hand.
The California-based promotion announced the news on Friday. An opponent and a date for Straus’ next title defense (live odds) were not given.
Straus became a two-time featherweight champion when he took a five-round verdict over Patricio Freire at Bellator 145 last November. After the bout, Straus revealed that he broke his hand in the first round of the bout against “Pitbull.”
“I’m being told this is one of the worst breaks some doctors have ever seen,” he wrote on Instagram.
Straus later posted pictures and video of the operation, which saw a titanium plate with six screws inserted in his left hand.
The 32-year-old Cincinnati native initially captured the featherweight title with a decision victory over Pat Curran at Bellator 106. However, he gave the strap right back to Curran in a rematch at Bellator 112. Straus is 10-3 during his tenure with the promotion, which began in 2010.