Current Bellator Batanamweight Champion Eduardo Dantas, who has a record of 16–3 and defend the title twice already, had to withdraw from his Bellator 118 bout with Joe Warren due to suffering a serious head injury during training, according to MMA Weekly.com.
It is unknown when Dantas will return to the cage, but officials have already made changes to for Joe Warren. He will face Rafael Silva will step in to fight Warren. The two will battle for the interim bantamweight championship.
“We take head injuries very seriously, and when we were notified that Eduardo was dealing with a head injury, we immediately flew him from Brazil to California to be examined by some of the leading specialists in the field,” said Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney.
“We are hopeful Eduardo will be able to resume his career later this year, but in the interim, we have two incredible tournament winners ready to challenge for the Bellator World Title. Two of the best on the planet in Joe Warren and Rafael Silva will fight for the title and when Dantas is able to return, he will challenge the winner for the undisputed Bellator World Title.”
Eduardo Dantas beat Zach Makovsky to win the Bellator Bantamweight title back in April of 2012 via arm triangle choke. He then defends his title against Marcos Galvão where he knocked him out at Bellator 89 and then Anthony Leone at Bellator 111 via rear naked choke.
“This is setback for me,” Dantas said. “I’m not feeling right at the moment, but I am a fighter and have been a fighter since my childhood and I promise that I will be back stronger than ever. I want to thank Bjorn and Bellator for taking care of me during this process, for flying me across the world to get top specialists to see me. And, when I am ready to fight, I will show everyone once again why the belt has been wrapped around my waist.”
Bellator 118 takes place on Friday, May 2, at the Revel Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, N.J.