Dantas-Richman, Zwicker-Al-Hassan, Gonzalez-Millender Set for Bellator 137 Main Card

By Tristen Critchfield Mar 31, 2015
Eduardo Dantas will return to action at Bellator 137. | Keith Mills/Sherdog.com

The Bellator 137 main card is complete with the addition of three new bouts, including a rebooked bantamweight showdown between Eduardo Dantas and Mike Richman.

In addition, Virgil Zwicker will meet Razak Al-Hassan in a light heavyweight affair, while Fernando Gonzalez will face Curtis Millender at welterweight at the May 15 event. Bellator officials revealed the bouts to Sherdog.com on Tuesday.

Bellator 137 takes place at Pechanga Resort and Casino in Temecula, Calif., and is headlined by a middleweight title bout between Brandon Halsey and Kendall Grove. The evening’s main card airs on Spike TV.

Dantas and Richman were originally supposed to lock horns at Bellator 135, but Richman was forced to withdraw from the bout due to injury.

“I’m pumped that we were able to reschedule the Dantas-Richman fight so quickly,” Bellator President Scott Coker said in a release. “Last Friday, Bellator [135] saw two amazing bantamweight contests that produced a new champion and a ‘Fight of the Year’ candidate. Both Dantas and Richman are extremely exciting fighters who are undeniable standouts in a bantamweight division with a lot of depth.”

Dantas has not competed since dropping the bantamweight strap to Joe Warren at Bellator 128. The Nova Uniao product is 6-1 in the promotion overall. Richman, meanwhile, has won two straight fights via first-round knockout, stopping Ed West in 2:44 at Bellator 126 before dispatching Nam Phan in 46 seconds at Bellator 131 on Nov. `15.

The 32-year-old Zwicker is 2-1-1 under the Bellator banner, including a split-decision triumph over Houston Alexander in their rematch at Bellator 132. A two-time UFC veteran, Al-Hassan will make his promotional debut after more than a two-year layoff from MMA.

Gonzalez has had an improbable run with Bellator, posting triumphs over Karl Amoussou, Karo Parisyan and Marius Zaromskis in his first three appearances. Millender suffered his first loss in eight pro outings at Bellator 134, tapping to a Brennan Ward rear-naked choke 1:34 into round one on Feb. 27.


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