Eduardo Dantas is back to defend his belt. | Photo: Keith Mills/Sherdog.com
Bellator MMA bantamweight champion Eduardo Dantas will make his long-awaited title defense against interim champ Joe Warren next month.
The promotion Monday announced the title unification matchup, which is set to headline Bellator 128 at WinStar World Casino in Thackerville, Okla., on Oct. 10.
Dantas and Warren were previously scheduled to meet at Bellator 118 in May, but Dantas was forced to withdraw from the bout after suffering a head injury in training. Instead, Warren faced fellow tournament winner Rafael Silva and became the company’s interim titlist with a five-round unanimous decision.
Dantas, 25, has twice defended his belt, punching out former teammate Marcos Galvao in February 2013 and submitting Anthony Leone in March of this year. The Nova Uniao product has never lost inside the Bellator cage, though he suffered a stunning upset knockout against Tyson Nam in an August 2012 fight under the Shooto Brazil banner.
Warren, 37, will enter the bout on a four-fight winning streak, with victories against Silva, Travis Marx, Nick Kirk and Owen Evinger in the past 24 months. The Greco-Roman wrestling specialist and self-proclaimed “Baddest Man on the Planet” holds a 9-2 record with Bellator.
Also confirmed for the show’s main card was a welterweight tilt between British prospect Michael Page and ex-Strikeforce talent Nah-Shon Burrell, a lightweight matchup pitting Russian “Tiger” Alexander Sarnavskiy against 50-fight vet John Gunderson, and a middleweight attraction between Jackson-Wink MMA product Bubba McDaniel and Argentinian Emiliano Sordi.