Bantamweight Champion Eduardo Dantas, Paul Daley Out of Bellator 79 Appearances


  • Share on Tumblr
  • submit to reddit

Eduardo Dantas will not defend his bantamweight championship against Marcos Galvao as expected at Bellator 79.

Promotion officials removed both Dantas and welterweight Paul Daley from the card on Thursday, and Sherdog.com confirmed the changes with a source close to the organization, who revealed that Dantas’ doctor has barred “Dudu” from contact as a precaution following his August knockout loss to Tyson Nam in Brazil. The champion has been allowed to train but not spar, Sherdog’s source stated. Galvao’s title shot must now be rescheduled, though it is currently unknown when the Season 6 tournament winner will receive that opportunity.

Meanwhile, Daley was pulled from the bill due to visa issues. Stepping up in the Brit’s stead will now be Canadian welterweight Ryan Ford, who kicks off the evening’s MTV2-broadcast against Kyle Baker. Bellator 79 takes place Nov. 2 at Casino Rama in Rama, Ontario.

Three more fights will be featured on the MTV2 telecast, which is now topped by a heavyweight tournament semifinal pitting Thiago Santos against Richard Hale. Also featured will be a featherweight semifinal showcasing Mike Richman and Shahbulat Shamhalaev, as well as an appearance from former welterweight title challenger Douglas Lima, who returns to action for the first time since April to take on Kobe Ortiz.

Prior to the show’s main card, six preliminary fights will stream live on Spike.com: Kevin Asplund vs. Alexei Kudin, Christ Franck vs. Marcus “Lelo” Aurelio, Vladimir Starcencov vs. Vitaly Minakov, Josh Pulsifer vs. Magomedrasul Khasbulaev, Jonny Carson vs. Guillaume DeLorenzi and Ed Carpenter vs. Josh Appelt.

view original article >>

Related News

  • 7 days ago
  • 17 views

Hard-hitting British welterweight Paul Daley has rejoined the ranks of Bellator MMA. more

  • 6 days ago
  • 31 views

The Scott Coker affect is in full effect. "No" UFC? No problem. After competing overseas for the last two years, Paul Daley will make his way back stateside later this year, as "Semtex" announced on "The MMA Hour" earlier today (July 21, 2014) that he has inked a deal with Bellator MMA. And it's all thanks to newly-appointed president of the Viacom-owned mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion, Scott Coker; a guy Daley knows very well, having competed for him four times before during his time as head more

  • 5 days ago
  • 13 views

RIO DE JANEIRO -- There can only be one Bellator bantamweight champion. Eduardo Dantas and Joe Warren, Bellator champion and interim champion, respectively, will square off for the undisputed 135-pound title in September, Dantas’ coach and manager Andre Pederneiras said during a media day at Nova Uniao on Wednesday. "September," Pederneiras said when asked when Dantas will fight again. "He has a fight scheduled, but I don’t have the exact date of the fight." Dantas (16-3) defended his title for more

  • 23 days ago
  • 49 views

UFC Women's Bantamweight Champion Ronda Rousey looks to defend her title for the 4th consecutive time against Alexis Davis for UFC 175. Is Davis the proverbial lamb headed toward the slaughter, or something more? Ronda Rousey vs. Alexis Davis Women's Bantamweight Wait...I thought Ronda Rousey was fighting Floyd Mayweather? That seems to be the angle the UFC would love to go in. Well I'm sure a black man fighting a white woman would do big business for the Earth, and potentially beyond, I'm not s more

  • 20 days ago
  • 41 views

Bellator tried to sign Jungle Fight bantamweight champion Jonas Bilharinho, but the undefeated prospect wasn’t interested in the offer. Sources close to the situation told MMAFighting.com that "Speed", who became the 135-pound champion in March with a split decision victory over previously unbeaten Mario Israel (9-1), decided to decline the offer and wait for an opportunity in the UFC. "That’s right," Bilharinho confirmed to MMAFighting.com. "I declined (the offer) for two reasons. I have a figh more

  • 12 days ago
  • 55 views

Video: Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Women's Bantamweight Champion Ronda Rousey believes she can become a female version of WWE superstar-turned-Hollywood actor "The Rock," following her run in mixed martial arts (MMA). more

  • 7 days ago
  • 13 views

Paul Daley has returned to the Bellator fold. The British slugger announced his decision to ink a deal with his former home on Monday's edition of The MMA Hour. Daley fought once under the Bellator banner in July 2012, knocking out Rudy Bears via first-round TKO. He was then selected in a fan vote to compete in the first ever Bellator match to be televised on Spike TV, however an injury ultimately forced his opponent, War Machine, out of the contest, and the bout was scrapped. Bellator unconditi more

  • 7 days ago
  • 6 views

Bellator MMA has added some proven knockout power to its welterweight and middleweight divisions.Filed under: Bellator, News more

  • 7 days ago
  • 11 views

The shift from Bjorn Rebney to Scott Coker running the show at Bellator MMA is quickly beginning to bear fruit, as the promotion has signed Paul Daley and Melvin Manhoef. more