Eduardo Dantas started his professional mixed martial arts career in 2007. Having compiled a successful record fighting in both Brazil, where he was a Shooto South American champion, and once in Japan for the Shooto World Title, he was invited to join Bellator's Season 5 Bantamweight Tournament. Dantas made an immediate impact in his Bellator and U.S. debut, knocking out veteran Wilson Reis with a flying knee. "DuDu" also defeated Ed West and handed Alexis Vila his first career loss on his way to winning the Season 5 Tournament Championship.
The young Brazilian fought and defeated reigning Bellator champ Zach Makovsky at Bellator 65, submitting him in the second round. The victory came a mere two months after he turned 23, making Dantas the second-youngest champion in Bellator history. He was successful in his first title defense, knocking out Marcos Galvao in the second round in February 2013.
Record: 15-3 (4 KOs, 5 subs)
Championships and Accolates:
Bellator Bantamweight Champion (April 2012-present)
Bellator Season 5 Bantamweight Tournament Champion
Shooto South American Champion