Rafael Silva can become a Bellator champion this evening if he can defeat Joe Warren at Bellator 118.
After having his own title shot taken away from him because of an injury, Silva will now meet Warren for the interim bantamweight title. Eduardo Dantas suffered a head injury recently, forcing the promotion to crown a new champion in his stay.
For Silva (21-3), the opportunity is one he is not taking lightly.
“Joe Warren is a very tough guy,” said Silva, during a recent interview with MMAjunkie.com. “The harder my opponent, the better I perform. The harder the fight, the more likely I am to give my best. I imagine it will be a beautiful fight.”
Silva hasn’t lost since a 2011 submission defeat to Diego D’Avila. He is on a 13-fight win streak, the last two coming in Bellator. In Warren, he will be meeting a well-decorated wrestler and former featherweight champion. But Silva is confident in his own skills and abilities.
“I have a great many ways to defeat him,” he said. “I know I’m going to win. I just don’t know how.”
Below is the scheduled lineup for the night:
MAIN CARD (Spike TV)
Bellator Interim Bantamweight Championship
Joe Warren vs. Rafael Silva
Bellator Welterweight Tournament Semifinal
Andrey Koreshkov vs. Sam Oropeza
Bantamweight: Marcos Galvao vs. Thomas Vasquez
Bellator Summer Series Light Heavyweight Tournament Opening Round
Liam McGeary vs. Mike Mucitelli
PRELIMINARY CARD (Spike.com)
Welterweight: Gemiyale Adkins vs. Dante Rivera
Welterweight: Jesus Martinez vs. Ryan Contaldi
Middleweight: Tim Woods vs. Eugene Fadiora
Featherweight: Joe Pingitore vs. Darrion Caldwell
Featherweight: Jay Haas vs. Lester Caslow
Catch-weight: Julian Lane vs. Anthony Morrison
Lightweight: Mike Bannon vs. Sidney Outlaw
Featherweight: Amran Aliyev vs. Kevin Roddy