Eduardo Dantas used his speed and punching powers to overwhelm compatriot Marcos Galvao to reclaim his bantamweight title at Bellator 156 at the SaveMart Center, Fresno, California and it was also a sweet victory for Dantas as he takes a 2-0 tally in their rematch.
When Dantas and Galvao first met at Bellator 89, Dantas managed to knock out Galvao in the 3:01 mark of the second round to retain his title. But in their latest meeting, Dantas found it hard to send his friend back into the canvass and had to work his way out of it. His performance earned the judges call to take a win via unanimous decision (50-45, 50-44, 50-43). It was a close call but still a win for Dantas was enough to reclaim his title as well.
Both fighters earned the ire of fight fans after their tentative action in the first round, but as soon as Dantas found his bearing he put on a show with his spinning punches and combinations that had Galvao into a boxing clinic. Galvao tried to counter Dantas’ attacks but could not keep up with the speed that Dantas unleashed round after round.
— Sherdog.com (@sherdogdotcom) June 18, 2016
It was in round three that Dantas would have wanted the fight to stop as Galvao’s face was swelling and bleeding but the gladiator that he is, Galvao fought till the end and showed the heart of a champion as he gallantly exchanged blows with the presumptive winner and new champion. Galvao even tried to take the fight to the ground by Dantas’ awesome defense prevailed and the judges could not help but notice that which earned him eventually the win.
With the win, Dantas now sports an 18 winning record that goes with four losses while Galvao suffers his seventh setback while sporting a 17 win record.
In the other main cards, Chidi Njokuani won over Thiago Jambo via knockout in the 2:39 mark of the third round in the welterweight division as John Salter beat Brandon Halsey via triangle submission at 4:03 of the first round of their middleweight contest while Chris Honeycutt defeated Mikkel Parlo via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27) of their middleweight action.
Eduardo Dantas becomes the 5th fighter in Bellator history to be a two-time champion (Eddie Alvarez, Joe Warren, Pat Curran & Daniel Straus)
— Jason Floyd (@Jason_Floyd) June 18, 2016
With Dantas reclaiming his title, he has just one more thing to do and that is to settle a score with Joe Warren, who beat him at Bellator 128 wherein he lost his title.
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