Speed was definitely the recipe for Eduardo Dantas (18-4) in this title fight against now former champ Marcos Galvao(17-7). From the onset he was whipping leg kicks back and forth to through off the timing following them up with quick one, two combos. Even after the second round the fight was all Dantas as he continued to pour on an impressive assault swelling up the eye of Galvao. Repeated combinations and level changes showed that his striking was on a different level and all Galvao could do was counter and try not to get get hit. In the fourth round Galvao went for a takedown early but was content with holding Dantas against the cage to slow him down. Once freed Eduardo went right back on the attack almost toying and taunting the former champion as he knew Marco had trouble seeing out of the shut eye. It really was an undesirable performance for Galvao who was unable to mount any offense from the start. Still it proves that Dantas is one of the best fighters in the world at 135 pounds. It was a dominant victory for the new and now two time champion Eduardo Dantas.
Chidi Njokuani(15-4) continues to flourish under the Bellator banner and gave an explosive performance this Friday night. He faces team Pitbull fighter Thiago Jambo Goncalves(18-5) and immediately made his presence felt with a stiff jab that put Jambo on the canvas. After a quick recovery Jambo went to the clinch to work his muay thai on the skinnier fighter. He failed to take Chidi down and ended the round tasting a kick to the outside of his calf. In the second round it was Jambo who landed the big shot early then continued to bring constant pressure to Chidi. Njokuani started to find his combinations once again towards the end of the round but may have not done enough to go two ahead. In the third it was all “Bang, Bang” as he once again dropped Jambo and followed with a knee to the body. He found the chin of the brazilian again and this time pounced on him with hammerfists for the finish. Chidi has been looking amazing and is set for his next big challenge.
Brandon Halsey(9-2) was all set to regain some momentum to recapture his title in this feature bout at Bellator 156. Unfortunately for him standing in his way was the dynamic and rangy John Salter (12-3). John found the head of Brandon early with a kick that caught the side of his face. Brandon was cut wide open but continued to press forward. The fight was halted as the doctors took a look at the wound but let the fight continue on. Slater drop Halsey and pounced on him with hammerfists but was muscled up by the larger wrestler. On his back John worked for a triangle and easily moved his legs in prime position to tap the bloody fighter. It was only a first round war but it was a performance by John we won’t forget soon. For Halsey it’s back to the drawing board.
The first fight for the main card of Bellator 156 was a grueling contest between Chris Honeycutt (8-1) and Mikkel Parlo (12-3). Parlo was early with the action landing a shot that stunned Honeycutt. Chris pressed forward looking for the clinch but Parlo was able to get away landing yet another shot to head. The second round should more of the same with both fighters willing to trade. Parlo seemed to still have a slight advantage on Chris who found a takedown after a missed spinning attack my Mikkel. He ended the round with a great combination that found the head of Parlo which could have stole him the round. The fight was anybody’s call heading into the third round but it was clear Parlo was starting to lose steam. This was Chris’s best round landing his jab over and over mixing in a few knees to the body of Parlo. He landed another takedown deep in the third round that more than sealed the deal for Honeycutt. He takes the close decision for the win.
The full results for Bellator 156 are listed ahead. Up next for Bellator is Bellator: Dynamite 2 live from the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Mo.
Eduardo Dantas def Marcos Galvão Unanimous Dec
Chidi Njokuani def Thiago Gonçalves KO/TKO, 2:39 R3
John Salter def Brandon Halsey Sub, 4:03 R1
Chris Honeycutt def Mikkel Parlo Unanimous Dec
Ben Reiter def AJ Matthews Unanimous Dec
Carrington Banks def CJ Keith Unanimous De