After a week away, Bellator MMA returns to action this Friday May 2nd. In the main event Joe Warren meets fellow bantamweight Rafael Silva for the interim championship. Since losing the featherweight championship to Pat Curran back in 2012, Warren has been on a three fight win streak, most recently beating Travis Marx. Silva won’t be a pushover, however. The Brazilian carries a professional record of 21-3 into the cage and last lost in February of 2011.
Current bantamweight champion Eduardo Dantas is forced to sit this one out with a head injury. Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney offered this statement:
"We take head injuries very seriously, and when we were notified that Eduardo was dealing with a head injury, we immediately flew him from Brazil to California to be examined by some of the leading specialists in the field. We are hopeful Eduardo will be able to resume his career later this year, but in the interim we have two incredible tournament winners ready to challenge for the Bellator world title."
The rest of the card is as follows: All non-preliminary fights are broadcast on Spike TV beginning at 8 p.m. CT.
Welterweight Tournament Semifinal: Andrey Koreshkov vs. Sam Oropeza
Bantamweight: Marcos Galvao vs. Thomas Vasquez
Light Heavyweight Tournament Opening Round: Liam McGeary vs. Mike Mucitelli
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Welterweight: Gemiyale Adkins vs. Dante Rivera
Welterweight: Jesus Martinez vs. Ryan Contaldi
Middleweight: Tim Woods vs. Eugene Fadiora
Featherweight: Joe Pingitore vs. Darrion Caldwell
Featherweight: Jay Haas vs. Lester Caslow
Catch-weight: Julian Lane vs. Anthony Morrison
Lightweight: Mike Bannon vs. Sidney Outlaw
Featherweight: Amran Aliyev vs. Kevin Roddy