Eduardo Dantas (Keith Mills/Sherdog)

Bellator 156 Results: Dantas Tops Galvao Again, Regains Bantamweight Title

On Friday, June 17, Bellator MMA hosted its 156th event from the Save Mart Center in Fresno, Calif.

In the night’s main event, bantamweight champion Marcos Galvao rematched former training partner Eduardo Dantas. The pair met previously at Bellator 89 in 2013, with Dantas earning a second-round knockout of his countryman. Dantas would lose the title to Joe Warren in late 2014, which allowed Galvao to once again challenge for gold. He submitted Warren via kneebar to set up the rematch with Dantas. The pair were originally expected to meet at Bellator 150 earlier this year, but the fight was scrapped at the last minute due to illness.

The event kicked off Friday at 8 p.m. ET with a live preliminary card stream, while the four-fight main card followed at 9 p.m. ET live on Spike.


Eduardo Dantas def. Marcos Galvao by unanimous decision (50-45, 50-44, 50-43) – for bantamweight title
Chidi Njokuani def. Thiago Goncalves by knockout (strikes). Round 3, 2:39
John Salter def. Brandon Halsey by submission (triangle choke). Round 1, 4:03
Chris Honeycutt def. Mikkel Parlo by unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
Ben Reiter def. A.J. Matthews by unanimous decision (30-26 x 3)
Carrington Banks def. C.J. Keith by unanimous decision (30-25, 30-26, 30-26)
Jermaine McDermott def. Blake Watkins by TKO (strikes). Round 1, 0:20
Paul Ruiz def. Christian Buron-Navarro by split decision (30-27, 28-29, 30-27)
Javy Ayala def. Roy Boughton by TKO (strikes). Round 1, 3:02
Nick Bustamante def. Antoine Smith by majority decision (28-28, 29-27, 29-27)
Jose Cabezas def. John Paul Elias by knockout (strikes). Round 1, 0:25
Chris Lewis def. Myron Smith by TKO (strikes). Round 1, 4:48
Luis Jauregui def. Ryan Tobar by unanimous decision (30-27 x3)