Marcos Galvao will defend his Bellator bantamweight title in a rematch with Eduardo Dantas this Friday night. Let’s analyze the MMA odds and cash a winner in this title tilt.
Dantas Looks to Reclaim Crown
Eduardo Dantas (17-4, 4 KO's, 6 Subs) choked out Zach Makovsky at Bellator 65 and in doing so laid claim to the Bellator bantamweight title. In an odd twist, Dantas was allowed to compete outside the Bellator organization in his next fight and under the banner (Shooto) in which he broke into the world of mixed martial arts. At Shooto Brazil 33: Fight for BOPE, he rocked his adversary Tyson Nam in the opening round but was reckless in his pursuit of his opponent and was subsequently leveled with a counter right hook that found its mark on Dantas's temple. It was a stunning turn of events that saw Dantas get finished for the first time in his career.
The loss did not affect his standing as the Bellator Bantamweight champion and Dantas got back on track with a devastating 2nd round KO of Marcos Galvao in February of 2013. He followed that up with a win via submission over Anthony Leone but subsequently lost a unanimous decision, and his 135 pound crown, to Joe Warren. Dantas rebounded in his last contest with a three round decision over Mike Richman in May which set up the title fight with the now reigning champ Marcos Galvao.
Galvao Just Keeping the Throne Warm?
The biggest victory of Marcos Galvao's (17-6, 4 KO's, 1 Sub) career occurred just three months ago at Bellator 135. If you decided to take a flier on an MMA odds underdog to unseat the champion Joe Warren then you were undoubtedly smiling from ear to ear when Galvao captured the first submission victory of his career when he caught Warren with a knee bar in the second round. It was the first professional MMA title in a career that has spanned nearly 13 years and rewarded all those who backed Galvao in their MMA picks with a return of roughly +155.
Marcos Galvao may have defeated the man – Joe Warren – who beat the man – Eduardo Dantas – but the fact of the matter is that Galvao was dusted in his previous fight with Dantas. Though the Bellator bantamweight strap will be fitted securely around Galvao's waist as the combatants enter the cage on Friday night, one can't help but think that the belt will not truly belong to Galvao unless he avenges his defeat from two years ago.
If you watched the first fight between these two 135 pound combatants, the difference in Dantas's precision guided laser beams was in stark contrast to the wild, flailing haymakers that defined Galvao's attempts to stop his talented opponent. Dantas is expert at getting in and out of danger while inflicting damage. Yet, Dantas was uncharacteristically reckless in his fight with Tyson Nam where he continued to work his knees into Nam's midsection but when Nam escaped his clinch, Dantas ran after him only to be greeted by a devastating counter right hook that put him flat on his back.
The challenger is six years younger and three inches taller than the champion while enjoying a more compact and precise striking game. Both fighters are equally as comfortable on the mat or standing up but this one should see Dantas taking back his title in much the same fashion as he did before when he flattened Galvao in the second round of their previous title clash. As of this writing there are no MMA odds on this matchup but do stay tuned as this one should be a dandy.
MMA Pick: Eduardo Dantas