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Bellator bantamweight champ Eduardo Dantas suffers knockout loss in Brazil

This past Friday night, Marcos Galvao emerged as the last man standing in Bellator’s recent bantamweight tournament, earning both a good deal of cash and a title-shot as a result. However, the company’s 135-pound champion – Eduardo Dantas – didn’t fare nearly as well over the weekend while competing in Brazil as part of a Shooto card.

Dantas started out strong and appeared to have hurt opponent Tyson Nam before being knocked out cold by a perfectly-placed counter right. The finish came less than two minutes into their tilt, marking the first time Dantas had been stopped in a fight while also snapping an eight-fight winning streak for the 23-year old Brazilian.

Meanwhile, the victory was the 12-4 Nam’s fourth in a row and third by way of a first-frame finish during the run.

Bellator has allowed past champions like Hector Lombard and Eddie Alvarez to compete outside of the organization as a means of keeping them active. Dantas hadn’t fought since April and wasn’t expected to take to the cage again until November.


  • Dufresne says:

    I wonder if this loss will put a damper on Bellator loaning out their champs. I know they want to keep their champs active but losses like this and ones like when Christian M’Pumbu lost a non-title fight to Wiuff might hurt public opinion of their champs. But with their philosophy of only tournament winners getting title shots, I guess they have to do something to prevent their champs from only fighting once every 12-18 months.

  • This is one of the reasons I find the UFC’s decision to keep fighters exclusive intelligent. It truly taints a champions legitimate claim to being “the best in the world” to go somewhere else and get KO’d.

    Have non title fights in different weight classes in your own org….otherwise, sending your fighter elsewhere is a really dangerous option.


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