A bantamweight championship rematch will headline Bellator 144, as Marcos Galvao defends vs. Eduardo Dantas.
Set for October 23 from the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut, the main card airs live on Spike TV.
Galvao (17-6-1) has won four straight since a loss to Dantas via knockout. He claimed the Bellator title with a submission win vs. joe Warren in March.
Dantas (17-4) is 3-2 over his last five after winning seven in a row. He suffered a 2014 decision loss to Warren and was knocked out in Brazil by Tyson Nam while still the Bellator champion.
“I was thoroughly impressed with Galvao’s kneebar at Bellator 135 to capture the belt,” Bellator MMA president Scott Coker said. “Seeing how much that title win meant to him, by taking it back home to Brazil and visiting his mother’s grave, is really what mixed martial arts is all about to me. But Dantas showcased his desire to reach the top too by his performance against Mike Richman.
“I have no idea who is going to come out of Connecticut with the win, but I do know that those in attendance at Mohegan Sun Arena and those tuning in on Spike will be treated to a top-flight world title bout.”
Below is the current lineup:
Bellator Bantamweight Championship
Marcos Galvao (c) vs. Eduardo Dantas
Heavyweight: Josh Diekmann vs. TBA
Ryan Quinn vs. TBA