American Top Team has one more champion roaming inside its gym, and his name is Daniel Straus.
The Cincinnati native regained the Bellator featherweight title Friday at Bellator 145 inside the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, when he defeated reigning titleholder Patricio “Pitbull” Freire in a five-round unanimous decision. Straus wasn’t the only American Top Team fighter to walk away with a world title — his teammate, “Ill” Will Brooks managed to grind his way to victory, defending his Bellator lightweight championship against Marcin Held in the process.
Watching his teammate win the title was one thing for Brooks; but watching him defeat a fighter he’s had personal differences with? Well, it really doesn’t get much better than that.
The lightweight champion took to Twitter to congratulate his teammate and mock the fallen champion:
“Two belts, one night! What’s up, boy? I told y’all, all people who do negative things — it comes back to them.”
— Will Brooks (@illwillbrooks86) November 7, 2015
Brooks and Freire have shared a feud for some time, culminating in an alleged scuffle that took place days before the two were scheduled to defend their titles in Bellator 145’s co-main and main event, respectively. According to Brooks, Patricio Freire and his brother, Patricky Freire, “jumped” him while he was on the phone with his mom. Patricio Freire, meanwhile, claims Brooks was the one who initiated the altercation by confronting his younger brother.
Video surveillance is said to have recorded the brawl on camera, but it has not been made clear what actually occurred.