Bellator 156 will be held on June 17, 2016 at the Save Mart Center in Fresno, California. The event will air live in prime time on Spike TV following the preliminary card on MMAMad.com.
Bellator MMA’s Bantamweight Championship will be on the line in a rematch pitting Marcos “Loro” Galvao (17-6-1) and former champion Eduardo “Dudu” Dantas (17-4) against one another in the main event of Bellator 156.
The bout was originally slated to take place at “Bellator 150: Kongo vs. Spartan” in February, but the current champion was forced to withdraw from the contest due to illness.
“Loro,” who has fought for world-renowned promotions the likes of World Extreme Cagefighting and Shooto since 2003, will be competing for the 11thtime under the Bellator MMA banner. The 33-year-old is presently in the midst of a four-fight winning streak and has emerged victorious in seven of his last eight scraps. In his last outing, Galvao finished Joe Warren at “Bellator 135: Warren vs. Galvao” via submission to win his first-ever championship.
Meanwhile, Dantas will be looking to duplicate the success he had against Galvao in their first meeting, which resulted in a second-round knockout atBellator 89. The 27-year-old Nova Uniao product bounced back from his unanimous decision loss against Warren to defeat Mike Richman in the same manner at “Bellator 137: Halsey vs. Grove.” The Bellator Season 5 Bantamweight Tournament winner is looking to call himself a two-time bantamweight champion come June 17.
The co-main event features Chidi “Chidi Bang Bang” Njokuani (14-4) against Thiago Jambo (18-4). Having not lost a fight in his last six appearances dating back to 2013, “Chidi Bang Bang” will try to keep the train rolling as he prepares for Jambo. The 27-year-old Las Vegas native finished his 2015 campaign on a high note, recording a unanimous decision victory over Ricky “The Sniper” Rainey in his promotional debut at “Bellator 146: Kato vs. Manhoef.” Njokuani will face one of the stiffest tests of his career when he meets Jambo in the co-headliner of “Bellator 156: Galvao vs. Dantas 2.”
The 35-year-old Goncalves has landed himself a golden opportunity when he steps into the cage with Njokuani in the co-feature on June 17. The 12-year professional most recently earned his 18th career win by defeating Matt Baker via technical knockout in the second round of their contest and now the Brazilian welterweight will be making his Bellator MMA debut after impressively recording six wins over his last seven fights dating back to 2010.
Check out the full fight card below along with a video preview of the event:
Main Card (Spike TV)
Marcos Galvao (c) vs. Eduardo Dantas
Chidi Njokuani vs. Thiago Jambo
Brandon Halsey vs. John Salter
Chris Honeycutt vs. Mikkel Parlo
Preliminary card (MMAMad.com)
A.J. Matthews vs. Ben Reiter
Ricky Rainey vs. TBA
Jermaine McDermott vs. Blake Watkins
Paul Ruiz vs. C. Buron-Navarro
Javy Ayala vs. JR Lugo
Nick Bustamante vs. Antoine Smith
CJ Keith vs. Carrington Banks
Chris Avila vs. Justin Smitley
John Paul Elias vs. Jose Cabesas
Chris Lewis vs. Ernest James
Luis Jauregui vs. Ryan Tobar