ATLANTIC CITY — Eduardo Dantas won the Bellator Fighting Championships bantamweight title with a second-round submission over defending champ Zach Makovsky at Boardwalk Hall's Adrian Phillips Ballroom on Friday night.
Dantas (14-2), of Rio de Janeiro, earned the victory with an arm triangle choke over Makovsky (14-3), of Philadelphia.
Brazilian natives Marcos Galvao (11-5-1) and Luiz Nogueira (13-2) reached the semifinals of the Bellator bantamweight tournament with three-round, unanimous decisions. Galvao defeated Ed West (17-7), of Tucson, Ariz., and Nogueira then edged Miami resident Alexis Vila (11-2).
Daniel Straus (19-4), of Cincinnati, advanced to the finals of the Bellator featherweight tournament with a three-round, unanimous decision over Chicago native Mike Corey (12-3).
In earlier three-round bouts, Toms River welterweight Kris McCray (8-3) gained a split decision over Ailton Barbosa (10-4), of Coconut Creek, Fla.
Also, Bangor, Pa., featherweight Scott Heckman (10-3) caught Belmar resident Lester Caslow (7-6) in a rear naked choke for a first-round submission.
Former Bellator world welterweight champion Lyman Good (12-2), of New York, needed just 13 seconds to knock out LeVon Maynard (12-9), of Norfolk, Va. In the opening bout, St. Louis lightweight E.J. Brooks (6-0) won a unanimous decision over Mikhail Malyutin (11-10), of Fairfield.
Bellator returns to Atlantic City on June 11 with a show at Caesars Atlantic City.
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