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.
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