Bellator Fighting Championships will return to Canada on Nov. 2 to
Bellator 79 at Casino Rama in Rama, Ontario.
Promotion officials announced the news Tuesday, also revealing that
bantamweight champion Eduardo
Dantas, Paul Daley and
Ford will compete at the event. Opponents for the trio were not
announced, but all three fighters are expected to appear on the
main card, which will be broadcast on MTV2 and Epix.
Dantas, 23, has not lost in over three years. The Nova Uniao
product has been perfect in his four fights with Bellator, topping
West and Alexis Vila
to capture the Season 5 bantamweight tournament crown before
challenging reigning 135-pound pacesetter Zach
Makovsky at Bellator 65 this past April. “Dudu” made the most
of his opportunity, choking out “Fun Size” with an arm-triangle in
the second round to become Bellator’s new bantamweight titlist.
Before he returns to Bellator, Dantas will square off with
Oregonian Tyson Nam at
Shooto Brazil 33 on Aug. 25 in Rio de Janeiro.
Daley has won three of his last four fights, closing out 2011 with
back-to-back victories over Jordan Radev
and fellow UFC vet Luigi
Fioravanti before dropping a split decision to ex-Pride
Fighting Championships talent Kazuo Misaki
on March 3. That contest would serve as Daley’s last appearance in
the Strikeforce cage, as “Semtex” requested and received his
release from the promotion following the defeat. However, the
29-year-old Brit rebounded with a victory in his most recent
outing, knocking out Rudy Bears in
his July 20 Bellator debut.
Ford, 30, also impressed in his lone Bellator appearance, finishing
Season 5 tournament semifinalist Luis Santos
on May 4 at Bellator 67. The Canadian has won six of his last
seven, besting former UFC talents Pete Spratt
Parisyan in that span. The Canadian has stopped 17 of his 18
career victims and has never been knocked out in five years as a