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An ankle injury sidelined Eduardo Dantas for the rest of the year
Bellator’s reining bantamweight champion Eduardo Dantas has recently suffered an ankle injury that sidelined him for the rest of the year. The injury prompted the organization to move his scheduled title fight against Summer Series bantamweight tourney winner Rafael Silva to 2014.
The 24 year old Dantas won his bantamweight strap by choking out inaugural champion Zach Makovsky in Bellator 65 back in 2012. He defeated Marcos Galvao in his first title defense in Bellator 89 that was held on February 14, 2013. With Dantas sidelined for the rest of the year, the defense over Galvao ends up as his only fight in 2013.
His opponent, Rafael Silva, has racked up 13 straight victories since his third loss in February 2011. He made his promotional debut by submitting Rodrigo Lima in the bantamweight semi-finals of Bellator Summer Series last July. Silva has recently won the tourney with a unanimous decision win over Anthony Leone at Bellator 102.
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Cheick Kongo kicked off his Bellator career with a TKO win over Mark GOdbeer
Visala, California – Two UFC veterans has split their debuts in the latest event of Bellator that was held this Friday in Visalia Convention Center, Visalia California. Bellator 102 has featured a pair of heavyweight and middleweight semifinal bouts as well the bantamweight tournament finals.
The two UFC veterans, Cheick Kongo and Lavar Johnson were expected to blow out their opponents but only one of them earned a win in their promotional debut. Cheick Kongo (19-8-2) has won his Bellator debut by stopping Mark Godbeer (8 – 2) in the second round of their semifinal bout. After an uneventful first round, Kongo slipped a haymaker and moved around to his opponent’s back. He then delivered his patented vicious knees in the clinch when Godbeer attempted to reverse the position. The overmatched Englishman tried to cover but he later crumpled in the floor due to the strikes. Big John McCarthy stopped the fight at 2:04 mark of the round. The win advances Kongo into the finals where he will meet Vinicius Queiroz, the man who has just beaten his fellow UFC veteran Lavar Johnson.Read the rest of the article »
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