Bellator 156: Galvao vs Dantas 2
By Edward Carbajal
The main event for Bellator 156 has been a long time coming with a lot behind the belt that is on the line connecting the two fighters. Marcos Galvao and Eduardo Dantas fought at Bellator 89 and Dantas was the victor beating Galvao in round two by way of knock out. To avenge the loss would be something for Galvao on top of defending the title. For Dantas, this would mean winning back the bantamweight title he lost to Joe Warren back in October of 2014.
These men have been circling each other for quite some time. Dantas was the favorite when he lost the title to Warren and it seemed like a long road back to a title shot. Galvao and Dantas were supposed to fight at Bellator 150 but the champion was forced to withdraw when he fell ill. The match could be close considering the two have already faced each other and the champ was able to submit the man that out worked the younger former champ.
However, the submission that won Galvao his title is the only one on his record. Most of his wins come by decision and if he can avoid the onslaught of Dantas he could pull off another win. To try and engage Dantas in a submission battle would be a mistake as his ground game seems on par, if not better than Galvao’s. Fighting is often compared to a game of chess and these two men will certainly have to outsmart each other to win at Bellator 156. The fight could be a fight of the year candidate, if no one gets finished. Galvao would be wise to use the blueprint Joe Warren put out to beat Dantas.
Hard fight to call but should be fun to watch and it airs LIVE and FREE on SPIKE at 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT Friday June 17, check out the complete card info below:
Complete “Bellator 156: Galvao vs. Dantas 2” Card on SPIKE TV:
Bellator MMA Bantamweight Title Bout: Marcos Galvao (17-6-1) vs. Eduardo Dantas (17-4)
Chidi Njokuani (14-4) vs. Thiago Jambo Goncalves (18-4)
Brandon Halsey (9-1) vs. John Salter (11-3)
Chris Honeycutt (7-1) vs. Mikkel Parlo (13-2)
A.J. Matthews (8-4) vs. Ben Reiter (16-1)
Jermaine McDermott (2-0) vs. Blake Watkins (5-0)
Paul Ruiz (6-4) vs. Christian Navarro (5-0)
Javy Ayala (8-5) vs. Roy Boughton (14-7)
Nick Bustamante (5-1) vs. Antoine Smith (3-5)
C.J. Keith (8-3) vs. Carrington Banks (4-0)
Justin Smitley (10-7) vs. TBD
John Paul Elias (3-0) vs. Jose Cabesas (5-8)
Chris Lewis (0-0) vs. Gil Medina (1-0)
Luis Jauregui (3-2) vs. Ryan Tobar (3-2)
Edward Carbajal is a contributing writer for MMA at Page2sports.com and Frontproof Media. You can follow Edward on Twitter @Carbazel or at his website TheBlogBoardJungle.com. Check out his podcast on Spreaker.