Join us tonight on Bloody Elbow for live results, streaming video of the preliminary card and detailed play-by-play as Bellator 156: Galvao vs. Dantas goes off from The Save Mart Center in Fresno, CA.
In the sequel to February 2013's "teacher vs. student" match, bantamweight champ Marcos "Loro" Galvao defends the strap against electric talent and former pupil Eduardo "Dudu" Dantas. Dantas, who submitted Zach Makovsky in April of 2012 to become Bellator's alpha-bantamweight, defeated Galvao via strikes in his first successful title defense. The belt would later change hands when wrestler Joe Warren defeated Dantas by decision at Bellator 128 in 2014, and again after Galvao kneebarred Warren at Bellator 135 in March 2015.
Also on the main card: former middleweight champ Brandon Halsey takes on John Salter, fluid striker Chidi Njokuani draws Thiago Jambo and Danish prospect Mikkel Parlo squares off with D1 All-American Chris Honeycutt. The preliminary card will stream live and free on Bloody Elbow.
(Spike TV, 9 p.m. ET)
R1: Dantas lands a quick outside low kick. Inside low kick now from Dantas. Galvao answers with an outside low kick. Dantas glances with a left. Hard outside low kick from Galvao. Short jab lands for Dantas followed by a glancing front kick to the body. The distinctly complacent Galvao is late to counter Dantas' low kick.
Dantas lands a front kick to the body and Galvao is unable to trap the kick. Another outside low kick from Dantas, who's flaunting a serious speed advantage. Boos ring out with 30 seconds left. 10-9 Dantas.
R2: Galvao tries to step inside a kick, glancing with a clubbing right hand. Dantas flicks a jab and then goes downstairs with a right cross. Galvao walks into a short right hand. Right cross is there for Dantas, then another to the body. This time the boos starts to echo at the three-minute mark. Galvao lands an outside low kick, then one inside. Dantas snaps his head back with a clean right, then follows with a long left that scores.
Now it's a lead left hook from Dantas as Galvao's uncharacteristically flat performance continues. Galvao merely waiting on Dantas and looking for counters but the speed disparity is too vast. Front kick to the body from Dantas, then an outside low kick. 10-9 Dantas.
R3: Galvao comes out a bit busier but Dantas dodges the combos and denies a takedown attempt. Hard outside low kick lands for Dantas. The crowd again voices their displeasure at the monotone pace. Galvao's right eye is swollen and on the verge of closing up as Dantas proceeds to bounce jabs and left hooks off of it. Clean left hook from Dantas.
Dantas pounces with a one-two and a left hook, steadily growing in confidence. Another left hook careens into Galvao's right eye. Now a spinning kick to the body from Dantas. Galvao manages a short counter knee but Dantas marches back into range and keep chipping away. Right cross lands for Dantas. 10-8 Dantas.
R4: Galvao shoots a double leg but Dantas sits back on the fence to stay upright. Galvao keeps him on the cage but Dantas easily circles off and separates. Lead left hook is there for Dantas. Galvao shoots a single and uses it to put Dantas on the cage, and he keeps him there while mounting no effective offense. The ref separates them at the halfway mark.
Dantas plunges a right to the body, then glances with a right body kick. Switch left hook scores for Dantas. Spin kick to the body from Dantas, who then buries consecutive right hands to the body of Galvao. Galvao is now mostly backpedaling and dodging or eating strikes, barely throwing any of his own. 10-8 Dantas.
R5: Galvao telegraphs a double leg and uses it to push Dantas against the fence. Dantas circles off and lands two knees to the body but gets denied on an outside trip attempt. Galvao lands a knee to the body, then jumps guard successfully, though Dantas backs out and stands up to reset standing. Glancing front kick to the body from Dantas.
More boos at the midway point, which somehow incites more patience and feinting from both fighters. Glancing outside low kick for Dantas. Galvao lands a clubbing left hook. Dantas ducks under a punch and puts Galvao on the fence with 30 seconds left. 10-9 Dantas. I have it 50-43 Dantas.
- Eduardo Dantas defeats Marcos Galvao by unanimous decision (50-45, 50-44, 50-43)
Thiago Jambo vs. Chidi Njokuani
R1: Njokuani wallops Jambo with a step-in jab and it buckles his legs. Inside low kick to the upper thigh from Njokuani. Jambo ducks under a left hook and finishes a double, though Njokuani bounces off the canvas, still locked in Jambo's grasp. Njokuani arm-drags his way off the cage and separates. Inside low kick is there for Jambo.
Heavy inside low kick from Jambo before initiating another clinch. Njokuani circles off the fence briefly but Jambo reverses him back onto it. Jambo persists with a double leg that isn't there until Njokuani is able to separate. Front-leg stomp kick to the knee from Njokuani before Jambo clinches up again. Ineffective clinch control from Jambo. Njokuani gets wrist control and lands a short knee to the body. 10-9 Njokuani.
R2: Njokuani opens with a glancing one-two. Jambo answers with a heavy right hand before putting Njokuani on the fence. Njokuani circles off and denies a hip throw. Jambo accidentally catches Njokuani low and we pause while he recovers. Another front-leg stomp kick to the knee from Njokuani. Jambo lands an inside low kick that Njokuani thought might've landed low again, but they're urged on by the ref.
Jambo forces a clinch and puts Njokuani on the fence with a left-side under-hook. Jambo works on a double leg that Njokuani counters with a wide base and over-hooks, and the ref separates them. Njokuani drills Jambo with a right cross that staggers him. Counter knee to the body from Njokuani after Jambo clinches. Jambo holds him on the cage as the pace slows. Glancing round knee to the head from Njokuani before they're split up. Njokuani lands a left and an outside low kick on the reset. 10-9 Njokuani.
R3: Jambo lands a right and follows behind it to clinch, but he can't peel Njokuani's hips off the cage. No dice on the outside trip attempt from Jambo and he keeps Njokuani on the fence with little action. Jambo drops back for a leg lock but Njokuani is wary of it, sidestepping out of danger. Njokuani lands a left to break another Jambo clinch. Njokuani drills Jambo with a left body kick and it drops him. Njokuani flurries with punches until the ref steps in.
- Chidi Njokuani defeats Thiago Jambo by KO (body kick and punches) R3 2:39
R1: Halsey grazes with a right after Salter sidesteps his takedown attempt. Salter unhinges a left high kick and it bounces off the temple of Halsey, and the impact springs a sizable leak over Halsey's right eye. Salter escapes Halsey's clinch and resets in open space. Halsey blocks the next high kick. Halsey follows a one-two into a clinch but he can't run the pipe on a single leg. Halsey looking rough with blood running down his face and chest.
Salter catches him with another high kick though it doesn't connect cleanly. The doc halts the action to check Halsey's cut at the two-minute mark; it's a nasty gash on the outside of his right eyelid. Salter catches him with a right hook on the restart, then with a left cross. Halsey falls on his knees for a desperation takedown that Salter easily stops. Halsey stays attached and puts Salter on the fence. Halsey changes his angle and finishes a double leg but Salter immediately angles for a triangle, and locks it deep. Halsey taps.
- John Salter defeats Brandon Halsey by submission (triangle choke) R1 4:03
Mikkel Parlo vs. Chris Honeycutt
R1: Parlo comes out in a low stance, looking for uppercuts. He steers Honeycutt into the corner behind methodical combinations and neutralizes Honeycutt's counter-clinch, then lands an elbow to the head on the break. Honeycutt forces another clinch and succeeds in putting Parlo on the fence. Short left uppercuts from Honeycutt with an under-hook before Parlo circles off the fence and separates.
Left kick to the body lands for Parlo in open space. Honeycutt with a short jab. They collide again with Honeycutt looking to control in the clinch but Parlo breaks free to reset on the feet. Honeycutt is on him again, pushing him into the fence, but again Parlo separates and counters on the break. Lead left hook lands for Parlo. 10-9 Parlo.
R2: Parlo lunges forward with a lead left hook, causing Honeycutt to lose his balance. Parlo throws the same shot but Honeycutt tags him with his own left hook. Parlo lowers his level to stuff another Honeycutt takedown. Another lunging left hook for Parlo, and it glances. A snapping jab is there for Honeycutt, then another. Honeycutt almost hits a duck-under takedown but Parlo manages to scramble free.
Honeycutt grazes with a right cross. Parlo answers, then glances with a body kick. Honeycutt buries a right hand deep into Parlo's gut. And another. Now a glancing one-two from Honeycutt, whose volume is starting to add up. Short right off the back foot from Honeycutt before he wards off a Parlo takedown attempt. The body shots might be taking their toll on Parlo, as his pace has slowed significantly. Double right hands land for Honeycutt, then a third. 10-9 Honeycutt.
R3: Parlo leads with a body kick and the pair square off, winging one-twos at each other with Honeycutt getting the slight edge in the exchange. Parlo keeps coming forward and Honeycutt counter-clinches, then circles Parlo onto the fence. Short rights to the head from Honeycutt before disengaging. They exchange lefts. Parlo's punches still coming a bit sluggish and telegraphed compared to his sharp first round.
Honeycutt keeps jabs in Parlo's face, then dings him with a knee. Honeycutt flicks three jabs and circles out. Parlo scores with a left hook downstairs. Left hook/right cross combo is there for Honeycutt. Hard jab lands for Honeycutt, then another counter-knee. Parlo whiffs on a spinning back fist, then tries another and barely avoids a nasty counter. More effective jabs from Honeycutt, then he switches to a clean left hook. Parlo throws a Superman punch and follows it into a clinch. Honeycutt circles off the fence and lands short right uppercuts to the head from the single collar tie. 10-9 Honeycutt. I have it 29-28 Honeycutt.
- Chris Honeycutt defeats Mikkel Parlo by unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27 x2)
(Bloody Elbow, 8 p.m. ET)
Ben Reiter defeats A.J. Matthews by unanimous decision (30-26 x3)
Myron Smith vs. Chris Lewis
Jose Cabezas vs. John Paul Elias
***some bouts will not be aired***