Eduardo Dantas was forced out of a Bellator 144 main event with bantamweight champion Marcos Galvao due to an injury, and hopes to be back in action by the end of the year.
The former 135-pound champion, who holds a second-round knockout win over Galvao on his record, released a statement on Thursday, revealing that UFC featherweight Hacran Dias caused his rib injury.
“It was one of my last hard training sessions for the fight, I was in the final stretch. Unfortunately, and unintentionally, Hacran Dias hit me. I had trouble breathing at the moment, I got desperate, and was taken to the hospital. I was advised, against my will, to pull out of the fight against ‘Loro’ because of a dislocation in one of my ribs.
“I was waiting for this chance since Oct. 11, 2014, the day after my fight against Joe Warren, when I lost my belt. Since then, I wished for another opportunity to fight for the title seven days a week, 24 hours a day. Destiny wanted this not to happen on the 23rd, but I can’t wait for this to become true.
“I’m sorry about this incident and I ask for apologies to all parts involved (promotion, sponsors ….View original article