Former Champion Splits From Bellator, Wants UFC Contract

A former bantamweight champion has wrapped up his time with Bellator.

Eduardo Dantas is a former two-time Bellator Bantamweight Champion. Dantas has beaten the likes of Joe Warren, Wilson Reis, and Leandro Higo. While “DuDu” has made a name for himself under the Bellator banner, he’s looking to move on.

During an interview with, Dantas said that he didn’t want to be locked in a Bellator contract for another couple of years.

“I fought in June and planned on fighting again in November or December. But I had a trip coming up, and then the coronavirus pandemic started, and that’s when I realized my contract was already over. If I were to re-sign with them, it would be for two more years.”

Dantas went on to say that he’s hoping to sign with the UFC.

“There’s only one path, one thing that will make my heart pump harder and get me out of bed to work harder than ever, to use all my experience and my youth, and that’s the UFC,” Dantas said. “That’s the only path, the place where I would desire the most.”

Dantas has seen better days inside the cage. He’s gone 1-3 in his last four outings. Dantas has a pro MMA record of 21-7. He’s earned six of those victories by submission and four by way of knockout or TKO. In his last fight, Dantas was knocked out by Juan Archuleta in the second stanza.

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