Bellator crowned their latest tournament winner last night at Bellator 68 with Daniel Straus emerging from the featherweight field to earn a title-shot and nice lump of cash. To do so Straus had to beat Marlon Sandro, one of the most dangerous 145ers in the sport and a favorite to emerge the evening’s winner. Straus’ success came after avoiding a handful of submission attempts while grinding the Brazilian down over the fifteen-minute fight.

“I’m going to keep improving, I’m going to get better,” said Straus after the fight. “I have to go back to the drawing board and prepare for my title-shot.”

Straus improved his overall record to 20-4 with the victory with wins in sixteen of his last seventeen bouts.

Also scheduled for action at the event, bantamweight semifinalists Marcos Galvao and Travis Marx mixed it up with Galvao coming out on top. As a result Galvao will face the winner of Luis Nogueira-Hiroshi Nakamura for a crack at Eduardo Dantas’ championship.

A full rundown of results can be found below followed by highlights from the show:

Fracois Ambang def. Gregory Milliard via Split Decision
Anthony Leone def. Claudio Ledesma via Split Decision
Aung La Nsang def. Jesus Martinez via TKO Round 1 (Strikes)
Don Carlo-Clauss def. Jacob Kirwan via Split Decision
Marcin Held def. Derrick Kennington via Submission Round 1 (Heel Hook)
Marius Zaromskis def. Waachim Spiritwolf via TKO Round 2 (Doctor’s Stoppage)
Marcos Galvao def. Travis Marx via Unanimous Decision
Daniel Straus def. Marlon Sando via Unanimous Decision


MMATraining Take: It wasn’t the most memorable Bellator card but it was entertaining nonetheless. Straus has secretly crept up as one of the featherweight division’s rising stars. Sixteen of seventeen is no joke.