Bellator may get criticism at times for their tournament format where contendership is concerned but there’s no question things worked out right in the case of Eduardo Dantas. The Brazilian youngster ran through a gauntlet of greats during Season 5 including Wilson Reis, Ed West, and Alexis Vila to prove he was the future of the bantamweight division.
This weekend Dantas continued in the same vein, picking apart apt adversary (and 135-pound champion) Zach Makovsky in their headlining bout at Bellator 65. The end came a little more than midway through the second round after Dantas locked Makovsky into an Arm-Triangle Choke and turned out his lights for the Technical Submission. The title-winning performance was Dantas’ seventh straight victory.
The card also featured tournament action with bantamweights Luis Nogueira and Marcos Galvao moving on to the semifinal round of their field, as well as Daniel Straus solidifying a spot against Marlon Sandro in the Season 6 featherweight final.
Here is a full rundown of Bellator 65 results followed by a clip of highlights from the show:
Duane Bastress def. Plinio Cruz via TKO Round 2 (Strikes)
Will Martinez Jr. def. Terrell Hobbs via Submission Round 1 (Rear-Naked Choke)
Kenny Foster def. Jay Haas Submission Round 1 (Guillotine Choke)
E.J. Brooks def. Mikhail Malyutin via Unanimous Decision
Lyman Good def. LeVon Maynard via TKO Round 1 (Strikes)
Scott Heckman def. Lester Caslow via Submission Round 1 (Rear-Naked Choke)
Kris McCray def. Ailton Barbosa via Split Decision
Marcos Galvao def. Ed West via Unanimous Decision
Luis Alberto Nogueiradef. Alexis Vila via Unanimous Decision
Daniel Straus def. Mike Corey via Unanimous Decision
Eduardo Dantas def. Zach Makovsky via Technical Submission Round 2 (Arm-Triangle Choke)
MMATraining Take: Dantas is one of the brightest stars on Bellator’s roster. At his age he should only get better and better, a frightening prospect for bantamweights out there, and I can definitely see him joining teammate Jose Aldo in the UFC one day, winning a belt as well.