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It was a question that was easy to answer years ago: Could a fighter be considered the best if they confined themselves to the Bellator cage? Of course not, because since the dawn of time the UFC has been where the best fighters go, and Bellator was where the rest went.

But time – and a mass exodus of high-level fighters who got sick of the Octagon’s restrictions on sponsorship money – have turned the world upside-down. Now, maybe Bellator could have some of the best in the world…

…Which now begs the question: Could Eduardo Dantas, Bellator’s bantamweight champ, ever be considered the best if he stays in just Bellator?

As per MMAJunkie:

“I’m nearing my goal – to be the best bantamweight in history,” Dantas (20-4 MMA 10-1 BMMA) told MMAjunkie in advance of his Spike-televised headliner against Caldwell at Bellator 184, which takes place Oct. 6 at WinStar World Casino and Resort in Thackerville, Okla. “I’ll chop down whoever is standing in front of me.”

“I only lost once in Bellator, and I got payback. So I’m not really 10-1. Since I returned the favor, I feel undefeated.”

“Whoever is on my way during my climb, I’ll beat them all,” he said. “I see myself as the best bantamweight in the world. I just need to beat all the top guys to prove it.

“I want for Bellator to hire them all, so everyone can see that I’m the best of the best.”