Dantas knocks out Galvao in the second
Bellator 89 is in the books, and Eduardo Dantas walked away with the bantamweight belt around his waist.
Dantas met Marcos Galvao in the main event of the evening in Charlotte and earned the victory in impressive fashion. After losing his last fight, a non-title fight outside of Bellator, he stopped Galvao with strikes just past the midpoint of the second round to secure the knockout.
To add to the drama, the two were friends before the fight, though the status of that relationship is questionable after last night.
Also on the card, four opening round bouts took place in the middleweight tournament, including three of which took place on the Spike TV broadcast.
In the preliminary card tournament bout, Sultan Aliev defeated Mikkel Parlo via unanimous decision, while Dan Cramer and Brett Cooper advanced with wins over Brian Rogers and Norman Paraisy, respectively.
The lone tournament fight to not go to decision was Doug Marshall's vicious knockout over Andreas Spang.
Check out all the results from Bellator 89 below:
Eduardo Dantas def. Marcos Galvao via knockout at 3:03 of Round 2
Dan Cramer def. Brian Rogers via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 29-28)
Brett Cooper def. Norman Paraisy via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Doug Marshall def. Andreas Spang via knockout at 3:03 of Round 1
David Mejia def. Mont McMullens via technical knockout at 4:15 of Round 1
Aaron Johnson def. Brennan Ward via submission (armbar) at 0:15 of Round 1
Sultan Aliev def. Mikkel Parlo via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Joe Pacheco def. Kyle Bolt via technical knockout at 4:02 of Round 2
Johnny Buck def. Chris Mierzwiak via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Mike Maldonado def. Tim Goodwin via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 30-27)