ATLANTIC CITY - Philadelphia mixed martial artist Zach Makovsky will have plenty of support at Boardwalk Hall's Adrian Phillips Ballroom tonight.

Most of the 3,000-plus fans will be there to see the former Drexel University wrestler defend his Bellator Fighting Championships bantamweight title against Eduardo Dantas.

"I fought in Atlantic City when I was first starting out," Makovsky said after Thursday's weigh-in at Caesars Atlantic City. "Coming back is always a treat because it gives all my friends and family a chance to come see me fight."

Makovsky-Dantas is part of an 11-fight card scheduled for Bellator 65. Part of the show will be streamed live on at 7 p.m. before the televised part of the show on MTV2 starts at 8 p.m.

Bellator, which is based in Chicago, is making its fifth appearance in town as part of its relationship with Caesars Entertainment and has another card scheduled for May 11.

"There are a lot of MMA events out there and a lot of middle-of-the-road promoters," Caesars Entertainment consultant Ken Condon said Thursday. "We waited (before getting involved in MMA) because it was important for the Caesars brand to be associated with the very best. Our involvement with Bellator has been tremendous."

Bellator 65 is part of an action-filled sports weekend in Atlantic City.

On Saturday, Vineland-based Cage Fury Fighting Championships will stage its first MMA card at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa after a year-long stint at Resorts Casino Hotel.

Also Saturday, boxing returns to Bally's Atlantic City when world-rated cruiserweight Garrett Wilson (12-5-1, 6 KOs) defends his USBA title against Andres Taylor (20-1-2, 7 KOs). Atlantic City lightweight Osnel Charles (9-2, 1 KO) will face Christopher Finley (4-4, 4 KOs) on the undercard. Atlantic City super-middleweight Gabby Pham (4-0, 2 KOs) also on the card.

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