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Dantas, Warren Set to Battle for Bantamweight Title

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Bellator’s bantamweights Eduardo Dantas and Joe Warren will finally be able to settle the title score on October 10th in Bellator 128. Originally scheduled to fight in May, Dantas was forced out of the matchup because of a head injury. Bantamweight challenger Joe Warren defeated Rafael Silva in Dantas’ place for the interim world title and has been itching to solidify his title ever since.

Joe Warren

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“This boy has been running his mouth and talking shit on social media for months,” Warren said. “He’s made this fight very personal for me and my family. My plan is to beat the Portuguese out of him, put him to sleep and have him dreaming in English! He backed out of the last fight a week before. I am the Bellator World Champion. The belt is on my waist. If he wants it back he can try to come get it! October 10th The Baddest Man will break another Brazilian in the Bellator cage. I’m an unstoppable force and the Baddest Man On The Planet is on a Mission!”

Joe “The Baddest Man on the Planet” Warren has made an excellent career for himself in the Bellator arena, going 9-2 under the organization. Since his move down from featherweight, Warren has racked up four consecutive wins to earn the interim bantamweight title. It will be interesting to see Warren’s wrestling experience as a former NCAA division I All-American against Dantas’ ground game. Dantas’ has a strong submission game that he has to be careful of, but it could be his best advantage when looking to take an edge in this fight.

Eduardo “Dudu” Dantas

(Photo Courtesy of Bellator.com)
(Photo Courtesy of Bellator.com)

“There isn’t a bigger loud mouth than Joe Warren,” Dantas said. “He can talk all he wants, I’m going to rip his head off anyway. I think about the fight 24 hours a day, I want to show the world what a lie he is, and how he is a fraud.” Currently ranked the #5 Bantamweight in the world, “Dudu” has successfully defended his Bantamweight Title twice against Marcos Galvão and Anthony Leone. The only thing sure about the Shooto veteran is that he can attack with a very versatile game, boasting 6 submission victories, 4 via knockout, and 6 by decision. Dantas has had a great measure of success in the move down from featherweight as well, winning all six of his Bellator bouts. Warren’s strength as a wrestler has to be taken into account, but nothing is stopping Dudu from seizing the right opportunity for submission victory on the ground.

Tune into Spike at 9/8C to for the main card action of Bellator 128. Order your tickets here to see the title fight live from WinStar World Casino and Resort in Thackerville, OK.

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Kurt Tellez
Kurt Tellez is a Southern California-based writer and musician. He first developed a passion for writing and literature in high school that carried through to the completion of a B.A. in English from Cal State Fullerton in 2013. Inspired by Joseph Conrad, Emily Dickinson, Alan Moore and Hunter S. Thompson, he has pursued a career in writing through contributions to online magazine publications, blogging, and social media management. His musical studies began at thirteen, and has since played in garage bands, concert bands and jazz bands everywhere from Honolulu to The Matthew Street Beatles Festival in Liverpool. Kurt has followed MMA since becoming an avid listener of the Joe Rogan Experience Podcast. Inspired by Eddie Bravo's appearances on the show, he became a member of Tenth Planet Jiu-Jitsu in 2014.