Fighting a friend is something that not all athletes choose to take part in. Bellator bantamweight champion Eduardo Dantas doesn’t fit into that category as he meet his friend Marcos Galvão this Thursday.
“This is the first time I’ll have to fight a friend,” said Dantas to MMA Junkie. “We simply have do our work. We have to set our friendship aside, do our work in the cage, and resume being friends after the fact.”
Dantas looks for his first championship defense after being knockout by Tyson Nam over the summer for Shooto in a nontitle fight. In his second tournament opportunity, Galvão won Season 6 with two victories by decision and a TKO over Luis Nogueira in the finals.
The two headline Bellator 89 on February 14. Spike TV airs the main card at 10 p.m. ET as it comes from the Bojangles Coliseum in Charlotte, NC.