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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 »
Bellator has set the stage for their season 5 Bantamweight Tournament, and the best fighter will get a title shot against reigning champ -- Zach Makovsky.
Joe Warren will attempt to add another title to his trophy case, as he enters the season 5 of Bellator Bantamweight Tournament. Opposing him is the Olympic bronze medalist in wrestling, Alexis Vila. Also in the fight card is a bantamweight duel between Joe Soto and Eduardo Dantas. Ed West will face Luiz Nogueira, while Chase Beebe will lock horns contra Marcos Galvao as well.
The winner of the Bellator Bantamweight Tournament season 5 will have a shot to face current champ, Zach Makovsky. The said event will take action on September 24, and will air live at MTV2.
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After last Sunday's welterweight tourney, Bellator is gearing for its next season's bantamweight event.
After last Saturday’s welterweight match, Bellator officials confirmed that six fighters are now set for the next season’s eight-man bantamweight tournament. The promotion’s fifth season will feature Chase Beebe, Eduardo Dantas, Marcos Galvao, Luis Nogueira, Joe Warren and Ed West.
MMA fans can expect a number of interesting rematches during the event. Last April 16, Joe Warren emerged victorious over Marcos Galvao, while Luis Nogueria loss against Eduardo Dantas via armbar. Chase Beebe, on the other hand, was defeated by Joe Warren at DREAM’s 139-pound grand prix last March 2009.
No date for the bantamweight tournament has been officially announced, though MTV2 is expected to air the match starting September.View Article Source »
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