23-year old Brazilian Eduardo Dantas became the newest Bellator champion on Friday night with a career-defining performance, choking former title-holder Zach Makovsky unconscious in the second round of their headlining tilt at Bellator 65. The performance improved Dantas’ overall record to 14-2 and snapped Makovsky’s an eight-fight winning streak.
Also on tap pat the event, 135-pounders Marcos Galvao and Luis Nogueira advanced to the semifinal round of the organization’s ongoing bantamweight tournament with decision victories over Ed West and Alexis Vila respectively. Daniel Straus also moved on to the Season 6 featherweight final by outpointing Mike Corey. As a result he will face Marlon Sandro later this season for an opportunity to win Pat Curran’s divisional strap.
Here is a complete rundown of Bellator 65 winners/losers followed by highlights from the evening’s action:
Duane Bastress def. Plinio Cruz via TKO Round 2 (Strikes)
Will Martinez Jr. def. Terrell Hobbs via Submission Round 1 (Rear-Naked Choke)
Kenny Foster def. Jay Haas Submission Round 1 (Guillotine Choke)
E.J. Brooks def. Mikhail Malyutin via Unanimous Decision
Lyman Good def. LeVon Maynard via TKO Round 1 (Strikes)
Scott Heckman def. Lester Caslow via Submission Round 1 (Rear-Naked Choke)
Kris McCray def. Ailton Barbosa via Split Decision
Marcos Galvao def. Ed West via Unanimous Decision
Luis Alberto Nogueiradef. Alexis Vila via Unanimous Decision
Daniel Straus def. Mike Corey via Unanimous Decision
Eduardo Dantas def. Zach Makovsky via Technical Submission Round 2 (Arm-Triangle Choke)