Eduardo Dantas’ Bellator bantamweight title wasn’t on the line, but the fighter still prevailed Friday night at Bellator 177.
After Leandro Higo missed weight by four pounds, the match was changed to a non-title fight three-round affair. Dantas scored the victory via split decision.
“It was tough to stay motivated for this fight once he missed weight. There was nothing to gain whether I beat him fast or slow. It wasn’t for the belt, it wasn’t going to change my ranking in Bellator,” Dantas said. “When [Darrion] Caldwell got injured, I asked Scott Coker to bring in tough bantamweights and they brought in a tough fighter, but you have to make weight. I train hard for several months, I don’t go out, I train. It’s the very minimum you can do. You have to make weight. Be a professional. I don’t think Caldwell is injured. I think he just doesn’t want to fight out of America. I am looking forward to getting my hands on him.”
Daniel Weichel defeated John Teixeira via split decision to likely position himself as the No. 1 contender to the featherweight title.
“‘Macapa’ is definitely a tough opponent. He was almost undefeated coming into this with only one loss and I took him as seriously as I can take an opponent. At this time I treat everyone I fight as if it’s a championship fight. I think he is one of the top featherweight opponents that I could face so I’m pretty happy that I was able to beat him,” Weichel said. “I have to give a big shout out to all of my friends and family that drove 17-18 hours from Frankfurt and Cologne to be here and support me. They’ve been there for me and believed in me since day one and it’s difficult for me to even put into words how much it means to have them in my corner. I have to thank Bellator for putting me on this card and giving them the opportunity to come and watch me fight.
“I’m hoping that Bellator brings me to Mohegan Sun next week and puts me cage side so I can see who I will get to beat up next when (Daniel) Straus and (Patricio) ‘Pitbull’ fight.”
Lena Ovchynnikova, Adam Borics and Brian Moore all picked up wins.
The card aired via tape-delay in the U.S. on Spike. Bellator Kickboxing 6 also went down from Budapest, Hungary and aired on Spike.
Eduardo Dantas def. Leandro Higo via split decision (30-27, 28-29, 30-27)
Daniel Weichel def. John Teixeira via split decision (29-28, 29-28, 28-29)
Lena Ovchynnikova def. Helen Harper via TKO (doctor’s stoppage) at 5:00 of Round 2
Adam Borics def. Anthony Taylor via submission (rear-naked choke) at 4:12 of Round 1
Brian Moore def. Michal Horejsi via TKO (strikes) at 3:57 of Round 2
Mate Kertesz def. Patrick Szombat via TKO (strikes) at 4:37 of Round 2