The first Bellator title fight of the year takes place this Friday night, as Marcos Galvao defends his bantamweight belt against Eduardo Dantas at Bellator 150.
Galvao and Dantas have previously squared off, and this bout was originally planned for Bellator 144. An injury to Dantas, though, scrapped the contest until this week.
If you have yet to see Galvao, a 33-year-old from Brazil who is 17-6-1 in his career, compete, you are in for a treat – and not the kind that happened last week.
Outside of a 2013 loss to his current challenger, Galvao is unbeaten in seven other bouts. That includes wins over Joe Warren, Luis Nogueira, Travis Marx and Ed West. He’s finished four of his last seven wins and owns five finishes in all.
Galvao has also proven that he is a student of the game. After losing to Warren in 2011 via decision, he returned last year with a vengeance, locking up a nasty knee-bar to get the win.
Dantas (17-4) is six years the junior of the reigning titleholder, but might have an even more impressive resume to speak of.
Inside the Bellator cage, he is 7-1, falling only to Warren for the title in 2014 via decision. He’s bested the likes of ONE Championship rising star Anthony Leone, Zach Makovsky, Alexis Vila, Wilson Reis and of course, Galvao.
And when Bellator wasn’t able to get him a fight, Dantas went and found one in Brazil. He lost to Tyson Nam via knockout in 2012, but that shows his willingness and fighting spirit.
The card also features an intriguing contest in the female flyweight division, as Lena Ovchynnikova takes on Rebecca Ruth in the main card opener. Ovchynnikova, a 28-year-old from the Ukraine, is 10-3 in MMA with eight submission wins, along with 12 career kickboxing victories.
She once fought UFC contender Joanne Calderwood in India for Super Fight League, falling via decision.