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Bellator 128: Dantas vs Warren preview

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Joe Warren and Eduardo Dantas will look to settle their issues in a champion vs. (interim) champion bout and Michael Page looks to continue to look like a potential superstar at Bellator 128.

Tonight sees yet another Bellator event on Spike TV as the promotion holds their 128th card, held at the Winstar World Casino in Thackerville, Oklahoma, headlined by a clash of Bellator bantamweight champs.

Joe Warren will look to upgrade his 135 pound title from interim to full status when he takes on "regular" champion Eduardo Dantas in the night's main event.

The two were previously scheduled to clash at Bellator 118, but a head injury forced Dantas out of the bout and led to Warren taking a decision over replacement Rafael Silva for the interim crown. Warren was aggressive in his calling out of Dantas for pulling out, tweeting, "You can run but you can't hide @DuduDantasMMA your a PUSSY! I would be passing out also if I knew I had to fight the BaddestMan!"

The animus has grown in the five months since and now Dantas says that it's time for Warren to give the belt back.

Were it not for a shocking knockout loss to Tyson Nam last August, Dantas would have considerable hype as the kind of "could compete for a UFC title" fighter that so often emerges from Bellator's championship ranks. Warren, meanwhile, has rattled off four straight wins following being knocked out in back-to-back fights, but the level of competition for his comeback has hardly been against fighters of Dantas' caliber.

Dantas is currently sitting as a better than -500 favorite for the title bout.

In the evening's co-main event, UFC vet Nah-Shon Burrell takes on arguably Bellator's most exciting fighter, Michael Page.

Page is a flashy striker who generates serious power, for proof, here are some examples of how fighters react to being caught by a Page punch (both gifs via Zombie Prophet):

Now 6-0 with all six wins coming by way of stoppage, Page takes on Burrell, who is no stranger to fights on a big stage.

Burrell went 3-1 in Strikeforce, 1-1 in the UFC and is currently 1-1 in Bellator. But, he has been stopped twice by strikes since 2012. That could play into why Page will be more than a -400 favorite when the two enter the cage tonight.

Rounding out the televised card is a middleweight bout between Bubba McDaniel and Emiliano Sordi and a lightweight bout between Alexander Sarnavskiy and Dakota Cochrane.

Want more details on tonight's card? Check out Zane Simon's MMA Vivisection of the event: