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Eduardo Dantas Looks to Battle Back up Bantamweight Ladder

(Eduardo Dantas, photo Courtesy of Bellator.com)

Eduardo Dantas (16-4) is one of the greatest young talents in the Bellator roster. After capturing the bantamweight title and making two successful title defenses, he lost the title to Joe Warren in a 5 round battle. Now looking to climb his way back to the title dance, Eduardo Dantas faces top bantamweight Mike Richman. With the assistance of a translator, we ask the Brazilian talent what it will take to be successful in this matchup.

(Eduardo Dantas spinning backfists Joe Warren)

SF: You began martial arts training and professional competition at a very early age. Have you ever wanted to do anything else professionally?

Dantas: I am happy doing what I’m doing, I love it. However, in the future, I would like to get into administration.

SF: Now that Spike is working with Glory and Premier Boxing Champions, have you ever considered competing in either?

Dantas: I intend to fight in kickboxing and professional jiujitsu.

SF: Would you have any interest in a promotion like Metamoris?

Dantas: I have intention to compete in submission grappling matches, so yes.

SF: What do you think Mike Richman’s greatest strengths and weaknesses are?

Dantas: He is very good in boxing and his form is good. I think he knows boxing well but isn’t good on the floor. I think that will work best for me.


SF: What is the most difficult part about being a fighter that most fans aren’t aware of?

Dantas: Here in Brazil, the hardest part is the sponsorship, it’s very difficult to achieve that. It’s difficult to get the money we need to achieve everything.

SF: If you could compete anywhere in the world where would it be and why?

Dantas: I would like to fight in Las Vegas because that’s the place where everything happens. I want to be a part of it.

SF: Anything else you’d like to include?

Dantas: I trained a lot for this fight, I’m more complete. You’re going to see a new Dantas.

See Dantas vs. Richman at Bellator 137 on Spike TV at 9/8C.

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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.