Bellator Inks Nova Uniao Prospect 'Dudu' Dantas

By Gleidson Venga Apr 5, 2011
Bantamweight Eduardo Dantas is bound for the Bellator cage. | Taro Irei/

Bellator's bantamweight division is receiving one of Brazil's finest prospects. confirmed Tuesday that the fledgling promotion has signed budding Brazilian bantamweight star Eduardo "Dudu" Dantas. The current Shooto South American 132-pound champion, Dantas joins his Nova Uniao teammate Marlon Sandro who signed with the promotion in February.

"We are very happy about this news. It's more proof of the good talent developed at Nova Uniao," Dantas' trainer and Nova Uniao leader Andre Pederneiras told "I hope he can achieve glory and become the new Bellator champion."

The 24-year-old Dantas sports a 10-2 mark in MMA, and holds wins over former Shooto world champion Shinichi "B.J." Kojima and one of Brazil's top bantamweights, Luiz Alberto "Betao" Nogueira. His last loss came in July 2009 against former Shooto world champion Masakatsu Ueda.

There are no firm plans for Bellator's future fifth season, however, it is likely that Dantas will be used in a bantamweight tournament bracket to determine a challenger for champion Zach Makovsky.
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