Bellator 128: Eduardo Dantas Defends Against Joe Warren

This Friday, October 10th in Thackerville, Oklahoma, Bellator 128 will feature a Bantamweight World Title Fight.  Bantamweight Champion Eduardo Dantas (16-3) will attempt to defend his belt for the third time against former Bellator Featherweight World Champion Joe Warren(11-3).  Michael “Venom” Page (6-0) returns to the Bellator MMA cage against UFC Veteran Nah-shon Burrell (11-4).  TUF 17 veteran Bubba McDaniel (22-8) faces the Argentinian Emiliano Sordi (12-4).  Alexander “Tiger” Sarnavskiy (28-2) returns to Bellator on short notice to battle TUF veteran Dakota Cochrane (17-6).  The preliminary fight will be streamed live on spike.com at 7am EDT and the main card will air on Spike TV in the United States at 9pm EDT or you can check your local listings for broadcast details in your country.

 

 

“The baddest man on the planet” Joe Warren will look to unify the belt with Dantas, as he won the Interim Bantamweight Title against Rafael Silva at Bellator 118 in May.  Eduardo Dantas trains with Nova Uniao and has never lost under the Bellator banner (6-0).  Eduardo Dantas has finished 10 of his 16 wins and after a few injuries and a delay in the bout, he is ready to meet Joe Warren for the Bellator Bantamweight World Title. Eduardo Dantas would run through the Bantamweight Tournament and get the title shot at the Bellator BW Champion, Zack Makovsky, putting him to sleep with an arm triangle choke in the 2nd round.  Eduardo Dantas would fight outside of the Bellator banner against heavy underdog Tyson Nam.  Nam was able to catch Dantas in his tracks and finish the Bellator Champ in the first round in one of the biggest upsets of 2012.  Eduardo Dantas was triumphant in his return title defense against Nova Uniao teammate Marcos Galvao.  Dantas most recently defended his title at Bellator 111 in March of this year.

Joe Warren won gold at the 2006 Greco-Roman World Championships and was a heavy favorite to make the 2008 Olympics before making his MMA debut. Joe Warren won Bellator’s Featherweight Tournament after starting his Bellator with 3 straight wins capped off by a come from behind split decision over the current Bellator Featherweight Champ, Patricio “Pitbull” (22-2).  Joe Warren would come from behind yet again to finish former UFC title challenger and Bellator Featherweight Champion, Joe Soto (15-3), in the second round with a huge knockout, winning the Bellator Featherweight World Title.  Joe Warren would go on to lose in his first attempt to enter the Bellator Bantamweight Tournament, getting knocked out by Alexis Vila in less than a minute.  Then Warren would lose his Featherweight Title at the hands of Pat Curran after a devastating first round knockout.  Warren made the drop to Bantamweight permanent and would go on to win his next four, including the Bantamweight Tournament and Interim Title.

This fight has had it’s share of bad blood leading into the fight, including a “violent focus” from Warren after Eduardo Dantas was able to defend his title at Bellator 118 due to an injury.  Warren has been focused on keeping the fight on the feet and finishing with his knees and punches while Dantas will look to land his kicks, knees and punches from the ouside.  Warren will have the wrestling advantage, but Dantas is a finisher if the fight hits the mat.

 

 

“MVP” Michael Page makes his return to the Bellator cage after two first round knockouts.  Michael Page made a succesful Bellator debut in 2013 with a 10 second knockout of Ryan Sanders.  Page would go on to win a fight in the Super Fight League and come back for Bellator’s PPV event, where he defeated Rick Rainey with a right hand in the first round.  Page brings an unorthodox striking style to the cage and is truly one of the most unique martial artists today.  Page will be fighting UFC veteran and boxing centric MMA fighter Nah-shon Burrell (11-4).  Burrell went 1-1 in the UFC, winning a striking affair with Yuri Villefort, but would lose his next fight against Stephen Thompson.  Burrell would win once on the regional scene before making his Bellator debut against Jesus Martinez.  Burrell was able to get the win at Bellator 108, but would lose to “Tiger” Sarnavskiy in the quarterfinals of the Bellator Welterweight tournament.  Burrell will more than likely engage Page on the feet, will he be the first man to defeat MVP?

 

 

Bellator 128

  • Eduardo Dantas vs Joe Warren – Bantamweight Title Unification Bout
  • Michael Page vs Nah-shon Burrell
  • Bubba McDaniel vs Emiliano Sordi
  • Alexander Sarnavskiy vs Dakota Cochrane
  • JC Cottrell vs Jonathan Gary
  • William Florentino vs Cortez Coleman
  • Treston Thomison vs Cody Walker
  • Johnathan Martinez vs Branden Seyler
  • Danny Sykora vs Jason Sampson
  • Emmanuel Sanchez vs Stephen Banaszak
  • Andreas Michailidis vs Jason Butcher
  • John Teixeira vs Scott Cleve

 

 

 

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