Eduardo Dantas looks to reclaim belt
Dantas was thought to be the next big thing to come out of Nova Uniao. He signed with Bellator in 2011 already holding wins over solid veterans Luis Alberto Nogeuira and Shinichi Kojima. In the promotion, he has gone 7-2 with signature wins over former champion Zach Makovsky, Olympic medalist Alexis Villa and current UFC number-one contender Wilson Reis. A pair of upset losses to Tyson Nam and Joe Warren have somewhat cooled off Dantas’ hot prospect status, but he is still a fighter who will be in the bantamweight top ten for years to come.
In the main event of Bellator 156, Dantas challenges former teammate Galvao for the belt. Galvao defeated Joe Warren for the title last year. This will be his first title defense. “Loro” has always been a solid top-position grappler, but his chin has held him back. When the the Zuffa-controlled WEC started sponsoring bantamweight in 2007, the promotion quickly signed Galvao. He had earned top-ten status through his accomplishments in Shooto. However, in two fights for the promotion, he was badly knocked out by both Brian Bowles and Damacio Page.
In their first match, Dantas scored a second-round knockout. He has only four knockout victories in 21 total fights. However, if he can keep the fight standing, he should be able to put Galvao away again.
A step up in competition becomes a tune up
Chidi Njokuani was set to face former Bellator welterweight champion Douglas Lima. That would have been a tough fight for the 27-year-old striker. However, now Njokuani faces Thiago Jambo, who, rankings wise, is not on this level yet.
Chidi Njokuani vs. Thiago Jambo Fight Matrix Ranking Points
Brandon Halsey 2.0
Bellator is probably hoping that Halsey can get it back together and restore order in the middleweight division. Outside of Halsey, the only other fighters in the Fight Matrix top 50 are champion Rafael Carvalho, Kendall Grove and Melvin Manhoef. Does anyone remember the Carvalho-Manhoef title fight?
Wrestling Flashback: Chris Honeycutt
Like a lot of Bellator’s up and coming talent, Honeycutt was a really good college wrestler. He was the kind of guy who would pin national champions in 32 seconds in all star matches.
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