Dantas Dominates Bantamweight Title Bout

In their previous meeting, where the two clashed in a bantamweight title unification match, the bout was all Joe Warren, the then-interim champion who defeated Eduardo Dantas to win and unify the undisputed title.

This time around things were a lot different. Dantas put on a masterful performance to defeat Joe Warren. While it was a majority decision, the theme around the post-fight was that the numbers didn’t tell the full story.

The first round saw Warren land just three of his 18 shots, while Dantas effectively used his jab to pound away at Warren’s face. That pretty much continued into the next round, but Dantas also added in some leg kicks, and it was clear the challenger’s leg was greatly affected by the shots. Round three saw Warren get behind Dantas and it appeared that Warren attempted to take his back, but he was unsuccessful. Warren ended up not scoring one takedown for the whole fight.

The story pretty much was the same through the fourth and fifth rounds. On the final tallies, Warren ended up landing just 21 percent of his strikes, and he threw about noticeably less in total than Dantas. Dantas, however, was docked a point in round five for two accidental kicks to the cup of Warren.

Bellator 166 main card (Spike, 9 p.m. ET)
Bellator bantamweight championship: (c) Eduardo Dantas def. Joe Warren via majority decision (47-47, 49-44, 48-46)
A.J. McKee def. Ray Wood (29-27, 30-25, 30-27)
Marcos Galvao def. LC Davis via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)
Chris Honeycutt def. Ben Reiter via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-25, 30-25)

Bellator 166 Preliminary Card (Bellator.com, 7:15 p.m. ET)
Gregory Babene def. Emeiliano Sordi via submission (guillotine) (R1, 3:11)
Treston Thomison def. Dawond Pickney via submission (armbar) (R1, 0:51)
Derrick Adkins def. Chris Jones via submission (D’arce choke) (R2, 4:09)
Kinny Spotwood def. John King via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)

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