Bellator 95 PosterFeatherweight Daniel Straus earned his crack at a Bellator belt in standard fashion, taking out a trio of opponents in one of the company’s trademark tournaments. However, his path to the actual title-shot has been anything but normal, dealing with an extended break after champion Pat Curran suffered an injury in training and was forced to postpone another bout he’d been previously scheduled for.

Unfortunately, though Curran is now healthy, Straus can’t say the same and has pulled out of their April 4 fight at Bellator 95 due to a broken hand he sustained while preparing for the tilt.

MMAJunkie confirmed the withdrawal with sources close to the scrap.

The 21-4 Straus has come out with his hand raised the last five times he’s fought including a submission finish of Alvin Robinson last October in a non-tournament bout. It is unknown when he will return to action though given his injury it is likely Straus will spend at least a few months on the shelf.

While things were looking grim, it appears Season 7 featherweight tournament winner Shahbulat Shamhalev has stepped in to take Straus’ spot. The 12-1-1 Russian is fresh off a finish of Rad Martinez last week at Bellator 90.