Makovsky knows he’s in for a challenge Friday when he defends
his Bellator bantamweight title against Eduardo
“I think he’s a very talented kid from a phenomenal team,” Makovsky
told the Sherdog
Radio Network’s “Beatdown” show. “I think he’s very well
rounded. I don’t think he does anything too tricky or too fancy,
but he’s very good at what he does. He likes to move forward, throw
good punches. He throws hard kicks and knees a lot. He’s a black
Nova Uniao, so he’s obviously very talented on the ground.”
Dantas earned the shot by winning the bantamweight tournament in
Bellator’s fifth season. In the opening round, he knocked out
Reis -- one of only two men to have beaten Makovsky. It was an
impressive finish, too, with Dantas landing a flying knee and
finishing off Reis with punches.
“He’s landed a lot of good knees throughout the whole tournament,
throughout his whole career from what I’ve seen,” Makovsky said.
“He knocked Wilson Reis
out with one. It’s definitely something I’m going to be careful of.
It’s just about getting him to react the way you want and then
shooting on that. Obviously there’s always a chance you can get
hit. I’m going to try to avoid that.”
After beating Reis, Dantas edged Ed West on a
split decision in the tournament semifinals. Makovsky paid
particular attention to that matchup -- he's fought West himself
and also trained with him after the Dantas fight.
“I think this fight with [Dantas] is similar to a fight with
he said. “Not that they have the same style on the ground or
standing, but Ed West is also a
good striker and good on the ground, like Dantas. I actually made a
trip out to Arizona to train with Ed in February and got some good
training with him and some background. He fought Dantas already.
He’s like the same exact height and body type. It was good to work
with Ed a little bit and get some inside information.”
Dantas won another decision in the tournament finals, outpointing
Vila. Meanwhile Makovsky has been victorious in two non-title
bouts. He’ll be putting his belt on the line for the first time
Friday, and that’s the way Makovsky prefers to compete -- with the
title up for grabs -- even if he’s fighting someone like Dantas who
has the skills to take it.
“I think I have a good style to match up with him,” Makovsky said.
“I think I’ll be able to control the wrestling aspect. I’ll be able
to take him down when I want. He’s probably going to -- as soon as
we get to the ground -- try to escape back to his feet. It might be
kind of a battle of if I can control him on the ground or not. But
there’s no easy road. He’s really good standing and he’s really
good on the ground. Wherever it ends up, it’s going to be a
difficult fight. I think I can put everything together and
transition from one thing to the next, and hopefully that will be
Listen to the full
interview (beginning at 53:45).