Joe Warren unified Bellator’s bantamweight titles last night after claiming a unanimous decision victory against Eduardo Dantas in the main event of Bellator 128 on Spike TV.
Warren had been seen as the underdog heading into the fight, but he showed grit and determination with a wrestling orientated gameplan. Dantas was able to stuff some, but not all of his opponent’s frequent takedown attempts, and the efforts to do so diminished his focus on his own striking game which would prove costly when it came to the judges scorecards after five rounds of fighting.
In the end Warren would go on to get the nod unanimously from all three judges (48-47 x3) and becomes the first Bellator fighter to have won belts in two different weight classes (bantamweight & featherweight).
In the co-main event Michael Page’s entertaining striking style was somewhat stifled by Nah-Shon Burrell’s repeated attempts to clinch up and grinding out a win. Unfortunately that led to an underwhelming encounter, but one that Page was still able to emerge victorious from with his better offensive output leading him to a unanimous decision victory (30-27 x3).
Elsewhere on the main card Alexander Sarnavskiy made short work of Dakota Cochrane, stopping him with a rear-naked choke mid-way through the first round after being hurt with a flying knee strike.
Opening up the main card Emiliano Sordi also enjoyed a swift finish in his Bellator debut, applying a guillotine choke finish against former UFC fighter Bubba McDaniel in just 58 seconds.
See all the results from last night’s Bellator 128 event below.
Joe Warren defeats Eduardo Dantas via unanimous decision (48-47, 48-47, 48-47)
Michael Page defeats Nah-Shon Burrell via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Alexander Sarnavskiy defeats Dakota Cochrane via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 1, 2:32
Emiliano Sordi defeats Bubba McDaniel via submission (guillotine choke) – Round 1, 0:58
Jason Sampson defeats Danny Sykora via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Cody Walker defeats Treston Thomison via knockout (head kick) – Round 2, 4:59
Cortez Coleman defeats William Florentino via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
Jason Butcher defeats Andreas Michailidis via TKO (strikes) – Round 2, 0:28
Emmanuel Sanchez defeats Stephen Banaszak via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 1, 2:18
John Teixeira defeats Scott Cleve via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Johnny Cottrell defeats Jonathan Gary via submission (guillotine choke) – Round 2, 3:38
Brandon Seyler defeats Demario Cade via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 1, 2:25