Bellator has announced that the final bout of the promotion’s fifth season bantamweight tournament has been scheduled for Bellator 59, which takes place on November 26 at Caesar’s Atlantic City in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
135′ers Alexis Vila and Eduardo Dantas have advanced through the eight-main tournament field to make it to the finals, having beaten Joe Warren and Marcos Galvao, Wilson Reis and Ed West, respectively, to do so. The tournament semi-finals, in which Vila defeated Galvao and Dantas West, went down over the weekend at the Cocopah Resort and Casino in Yuma, Arizona.
40-year-old Cuban defect Alexis Vila has parlayed his time spent as an Olympic bronze medalist wrestler and top-flight wrestling coach (he helmed the team at Michigan State over Rashad Evans and Gray Maynard) into an undefeated career as a mixed martial artist; the American Top Team-trained fighter sports a record of 11-0.
Former Shooto champ Eduardo Dantas trains out of the famed Nova Uniao camp in Brazil and has spent most of his career competing for Shooto Brazil at 132lbs. The 22-year-old has a career record of 12-2, his only losses coming by disqualification and decision.