Eduardo Dantas entered Bellator 65 as a serious threat to the title reign of bantamweight champion Zach Makovsky. Dantas left the Boardwalk in Atlantic City with the belt after earning a submission victory in the second round with a arm triangle choke.
Makovsky was making his first title defense, but Dantas seemed on a mission from the start. In other action, Daniel Straus advanced to the featherweight finals, while Marcos Galvao and Luis Nogueira claimed victories to move on to the bantamweight semifinals.
BELLATOR 65 RESULTS
Eduardo Dantas def. Zach Makovsky via technical submission (arm triangle choke) at 3:26 of round two to win Bellator bantamweight title
Marcos Galvao def. Ed West via unanimous decision in bantamweight semifinal
Daniel Straus def. Mike Corey via unanimous decision in featherweight quarterfinal
Luis Nogueira def. Alexis Vila via unanimous decision in bantamweight tournament quarterfinal
E.J. Brooks def. Mikhail Malyutin via unanimous decision
Lyman Good def. LeVon Maynard via knockout at 0:13 of round 1
Kris McCray def. Ailton Barbosa via split decision
Will Martinez def. Terrell Hobbs via submission (rear naked choke) at 4:13 of round 1
Scott Heckman def. Lester Caslow via submission (rear naked choke) at 3:40 of round 1
Duane Bastress def. Plinio Cruz via TKO at 2:52 in round 2
Kenny Foster def. Jay Haas via submission (guillotine) at 2:51 of round 1