Bellator Returns to Atlantic City on Friday

Bellator 65 Features Bantamweight Title Defense by Zach Makovsky in Main Event

Bellator Fighting Championships has made Atlantic City a regular stop on its seasonal MMA tours, and the promotion will hit Boardwalk Hall this Friday amid its sixth season of operation. Featured in the main event will be a title defense by Bellator Bantamweight Champion Zach Makovsky (14-2), who will meet Season 5 Tournament Winner Eduardo Dantas (13-2).

“Our bantamweight division has been electrifying and has provided some of the best Bellator moments,” Bellator Chairman & CEO Bjorn Rebney said. “Zach and Eduardo are two of the greatest bantamweights in MMA today, so this should be a really spectacular fight. We always have a packed house whenever we head out to Atlantic City, and I expect nothing less on April 13.”

Makovsky is currently riding an eight-fight winning streak, and he is undefeated in six outings under the Bellator banner. He made his debut for the promotion in June of 2010 by submitting Eric Luke with a second round kimura, notching his spot in the first-ever Bellator Bantamweight Tournament the following season. After unanimous decision victories over Nick Mamalis and Bryan Goldsby in the opening rounds of the competition, the Philadelphia native emerged the winner in the ensuing final by securing a unanimous decision of Ed West, becoming the first bantamweight titleholder in promotion history. He has since defeated Chad Robichaux and Ryan Roberts in non-title bouts.

“I want to dominate everyone I compete against, but at the same time, I don’t feel like I have to make any kind of statement,” Makovsky stated. “I just want to continue getting better and do the best I can every time I enter the cage. I don’t pay attention to the rankings because I feel like that's going to put extra pressure on me. I just look forward to defending my belt on April 13.”

Known for his superior striking skills, Dantas enters this match-up with 12 wins in his last 13 fights, and the two blemishes on his professional record came somewhat controversially (one a decision that included a point deduction and another via disqualification due to soccer kicks). The 23-year-old Brazilian secured this championship bout with Makovsky after claiming three solid wins in the Bellator Season 5 Bantamweight Tournament, knocking out Wilson Reis before taking decisions over Ed West (split) in the semis and Alexis Villa in the finals.

“I’m here at Bellator to win the Bantamweight Championship,” Dantas confirmed. “I plan to not only win the title, but to keep it for many years to come.”

Also included on the card this Friday night is a featherweight semifinal between Mike Corey (12-2) and Daniel Straus (18-4), as well as bantamweight quarterfinal pairings that feature Ed West (17-6) against Marcos Galvao (10-5-1) and Alexis Vila (11-1) opposite Luis Nogueira (12-2). Additionally on tap is a welterweight tournament qualifier between Lyman Good (11-2) and Levon Maynard (12-8).

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