Bellator announced on Thursday that it would feature Eduardo Dantas' first defense of his bantamweight title against season six tournament winner Marcos Galvao on February 14 at the Bojangles Coliseum in Charlotte, North Carolina.
The show will also bring the start of the season eight middleweight tournament, which will have eight fighters compete for the chance to face the winner of Alexander Shlemenko and Maiquel Falcao's fight for the vacant Bellator middleweight title.
Quarterfinal matchups include tournament veteran Brian Rogers going up against UFC veteran Dan Cramer and season six runner-up Andreas Spang meeting former WEC light heavyweight champion Doug Marshall.
Marcos Galvao. Photo property of World Extreme Cagefighting.
Brazilian bantamweight Marcos Galvao has revealed that he will likely return to the confines of World Extreme Cagefighting to take on newcomer Rafael Rebello at a yet-to-be-announced WEC event that could take place early next year in a recent interview with Tatame.com.
“I believe he [does] BJJ, has been fighting constantly and has some MMA fights and I believe he [has] never lost,” Galvao said in the interview. “The deal is [to] train hard and focused to get there do everything I’ve trained. I need to get there and win this fight. I need to start all over again. I’m being very humble… very sincere. I’ll fight a guy who’s debuting in the WEC but he already has some fights and I hope I win.”
After a promising start to his career with a handful of wins under the Shooto banner, Galvao came into the WEC late last December with a good amount of hype, only to suffer a second-round knockout loss to Brian Bowles at WEC 31. Galvao returned to Japan this past September where he drew with Shooto bantamweight champion Masakatsu Ueda.
Rebello, who currently trains at Florida-based American Top Team, is currently riding a four-fight winning streak. The fight against Galvao will be his first since November 2007, when he earned a first-round stoppage of Jeff Willingham at a Pacific Xtreme Combat event in Guam.