Bellator 166 Results: Eduardo Dantas vs. Joe Warren 2; Dantas Earns Majority Decision Against Warren
Bellator 166 was the first of two Bellator events this weekend from the WinStar World Casino and Resort in Thackerville, Oklahoma.
The Spike TV MMA action Friday evening was headlined by a bantamweight’s rematch, Eduardo Dantas (18-4) and Joe Warren (14-5).
Featherweights, A.J. McKee (5-0) and Ray Wood (7-2), were scheduled for the co-main event. Prelims began at 7 p.m. EST and the main card started at 9 p.m. EST, which aired on Spike TV.
The main card wass built by four bouts. A 195-pound catchweight fight between Chris Honeycutt (8-1) and Ben Reiter (17-1-1), a bantamweight battle between former Bellator champion, Marcos Galvao (17-1-1), of Long Island MMA, and L.C. Davis (23-7), of American Jiu-Jitsu Academy.
The co-main event wass a featherweight fight between undefeated A.J. McKee (5-0) and Ray Wood (8-2). Plus the headliner, for the bantamweight championship, “Dantas vs. Warren 2”.
The main event wass a rematch between Champion, Eduardo Dantas (18-4) and former Bellator champion, Joe Warren (14-5). The first time they fought was back in October of 2014. Warren labored a 5-round, 47-46 unanimous decision to win the bantamweight title against Dantas. Dantas plans to defend his bantamweight title, seek revenge for his loss to Warren and send “The Badest Man on the Planet” into retirement.
Bellator 166 results include:
MAIN CARD (Spike, 9 p.m. ET)
135- Champ Eduardo Dantas def. Joe Warren – via Majority Decision, (47-47, 49-44, 48-46).
After what appeared to be a dominating performance by Eduardo Dantas, the judges scored it as a majority decision in favor of the champion. Watching the bout, Dantas picked Warren apart for the first four rounds of the fight. Warren’s best round might have been the fifth round, especially after Referee Big John dedicted a point from the champion after kicking Warren in the groin for the second time.
Dantas successfully defends his bantamweight title. Tomorrow nights main event winner could very well be the next opponent for Dantas.
145- A.J. McKee def. Ray Wood – via Unanimous Decision, 29-27, 30-25, 30-27.
Kicks! Kicks! Kicks! Each fighter came out using lots of kicks in the opening moments of the first round, until McKee’s takedown. Ray wood caught McKee with a nasty flying knee. Wood tried to lock up a choke, but shortly after McKee escaped. Wood launched a flying knee again and was caught in mid-air and taken down to the canvas. McKee controlled the final seconds from the top position with Wood’s back to the fence.
The second round opened with more kicks, as each fighter ripped body shots across one another. McKee snagged a takedown and controlled Wood against the fence, working his ground-and-pound. After taking Wood’s back, McKee worked in solid fists to his foe’s face. McKee worked body-face-body of Wood, as he tried to sink in a Rear-naked choke, which didn’t occur before the end of the round.
Another takedown by McKee, to start the third round. McKee worked from the top, delivering numerous strikes to Wood. McKee kept advancing to multiple positions while on top, and continually landed elbows, fists, and knees. McKee returned Wood back to the canvas with a suplex and dominated Wood in the majority of the final round.
McKee improves to 6-0.
135- Marcos Galvao def. L.C. Davis – via Split Decision, 29-28, 29-28, 28-29.
Galvao’s combinations and takedowns in the first two rounds slowed L.C. Davis down. The pressure while on top of Davis made it difficult for him to rise to his feet. Both fighters showed signs of fatigue at the end of the second round. The third round was full of failed takedown attempts by Galvao, but Davis struggled to land an sort of significant strikes.
195-pound catchweight- Chris Honeycutt def. Ben Reiter – via Unanimous Decision, 30-26, 30-25, 30-25.
Chris Honeycutt controlled Reiter for three rounds. Honeycutt proved to be the more dominate wrestler. The former Edinboro national runner-up scored a 10-8 rounds in five of the nine rounds judged (three judges – three rounds scored by each judge).
PRELIMINARY CARD (MyMMANews.com, 7 p.m. ET)
210-pound catchweight- Kinny Spotwood def. John King – Unanimous Decision, 30-27, 30-27, 29-28.
164-pound catchweight- Derrick Adkins def. Chris Jones – via Submission (D’arce Choke), in Round 2, at 4:09.
155- Treston Thomison def. Dawand Pickney – via Submission (Arm Bar), in Round 1, at 0:51.
185- Gregory Babene def. Emiliano Sordi – via Submission (Guillotine), in Round 1, at 3:11.
Watch the first bout between Dantas & Warren:
Kyle Carroll is a Long Island, N.Y. native and avid MMA and amateur wrestling fan. He has been a part of the wrestling community for nearly 20 years. Carroll has six years of experience coaching high school wrestling. His father coached high school wrestling over 35 years, passing on his strong knowledge. Carroll has been reporting MMA news since January 2011. The former wrestler’s coverage includes the 2012 U.S. Olympic Wrestling Team Trials, 2013 & 2016 NCAA D1 Wrestling Championship, and numerous MMA events (Bellator MMA, King of the Cage, North American Fighting Championship, and Glory).