Bellator 65 took place on April 13, featuring a bantamweight championship bout between champion Zach Makovsky and Eduardo Dantas. Fans from the Boardwalk Hall Ballroom in Atlantic City, N.J., would be treated to a great night of fights with a great finish in the main event.

Rounding out the card were two fights in the Bellator bantamweight tournament, as well as Daniel Straus taking on Mike Corey in the remaining featherweight semifinal fight of season six.

As always, MTV2 and Epix broadcast the main card, with covering the prelims fights.

Bellator Has a New Bantamweight King

In the main event of a stacked night of fights, Eduardo Dantas stole the show by winning the Bellator bantamweight world title, submitting Zach Makovsky by arm-traingle choke.

Round one was a very entertaining round, with the momentum changing hands several times. Dantas looked to control the striking game, and did so by connecting on many exchanges. Makovsky wanted to take the fight to the ground, accomplishing that by flipping out of an omoplata attempt into the guard of Dantas. Dantas went back to working on the arm of the champ, but Makovsky decided to return to his feet. Due to the sharper striking and damage done, the challenger earned round one.

Dantas took over in round two by first taking the back of the bantamweight champ. The dominance on the mat didn’t stop there for Dantas, as he put Makovsky in full mount at one point, and then flattened his opponent out. Dantas wrapped his bicep around the neck of Makovsky, stepped over, and choked Makovsky out cold.

Eduardo Dantas was crowed the new bantamweight champion with a submission at 3:26 in the second round.

Straus Defeats Corey, Awaits Sandro in the Finals

In a fight to determine who will face Marlon Sandro in the featherweight tournament final, Daniel Straus got the win over Mike Corey by unanimous decision.

Ten seconds into the fight, Straus rocked Corey, and then clinched with him until Corey backed away. Straus connected with another punch, allowing him to press his opponent against the cage once more. On the feet, Straus dominated. He really was on point in the round, and had Corey’s face beaten pretty badly once the round concluded.

Straus continued to land in round two with combinations, but Corey was able to earn a takedown until the referee forced the two back to their feet. Corey made solid adjustments in the round, trying to shift the momentum to his corner, and connected more to the face of Straus. In the final 15 seconds, both men went toe-to-toe, ending round two with a bang.

Corey looked to wear down Straus in the final round by pressing him against the cage. Straus reversed the position by transitioning to the back of Corey, and the two men broke loose. Straus picked up where he left off in round one by landing numerous hard shots to Corey. Even though they were battered and fatigued, Straus and Corey closed the fight out my slugging until the horn.

Two judges scored the bout 29-28, with the other having it 30-27, all in the favor of Daniel Straus.

Nogueira Outlasts Vila

The other bantamweight main card fight allowed Luis Nogueira to advance in the tournament by defeating Alexis Vila by decision.

The two bantamweights felt each other out at first, respecting the knockout power of their opposition. The striking game was fairly even, but it appeared Noguiera had landed more with the use of his footwork. The surprise of the round was when the Brazilian earned a takedown over the former Olympic wrestler. 10-9 Nogueira after one.

Nogueira rushed in to start the second round, but Vila was able to take him to the mat. The Brazilian was able to stand quickly. Vila was able to score a bit more midway through the fight, likely enough to win the round. A close round nonetheless, however.

The final round was a bit more slowed, with both men not taking many chances. Vila tried to establish his jab, but could never close the distance enough on his opponent. Nogueira stayed sharp, and with the 41-year-old tiring out, the Brazilian controlled Vila until the final bell.

The judges gave Vila round two, but Luis Nogueira pulled out the decision to advance to the semifinals of the bantamweight tourney.

Galvao Wins Decision Over West

The opening bout of the MTV2 card gave fans the chance to witness a quarterfinal fight in the bantamweight tournament. Marcos Galvao was able to overcome his past of bad decisions by impressing the judges against Ed West.

Both came out striking early on. After a couple of leg kicks by West, Galvao shot in, but put himself in a guillotine choke position. However, Galvao was able to escape, take the back of West, and get to his feet. Once standing, Galvao charged forward, and landed a straight punch that dropped his opponent. West survived, but ended up on his back, then against the cage with the momentum on Galvao’s side.

West picked up the pace in round two, getting the timing right on his strikes. But Galvao charged in and landed another takedown in the fight. West tried to lock up a guillotine while on his back once again, but the Brazilian escaped. Galvao continued to push the pace, landing a solid flying knee to West against the cage. Galvao still had the upper hand going into the final round.

Knowing he was likely losing the fight after two rounds, West came out quickly by landing a high kick. West wanted to keep exchanging, but yet again, Galvao took the fight to the ground. With his high-level grappling game, Galvao kept his opponent with his back on the mat, avoiding anything West had for him while on the bottom.

Marcos Galvao earned the win by unanimous decision (30-27 x3).

Main Card Results

Eduardo Dantas def. Zach Makovsky by submission (arm-triangle choke). Round 2, 3:26

Daniel Straus def. Mike Corey by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)

Luis Nogueira def. Alexis Vila by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Marcos Galvao def. Ed West by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Preliminary Card Results

Kenny Foster def. Jay Haas by submission (guillotine choke). Round 1, 2:51

Will Martinez Jr. def. Terrell Hobbs by submission (rear-naked choke). Round 1, 4:12

Duane Bastress def. Plinio Cruz by TKO (strikes). Round 2, 2:52

Scott Heckman def. Lester Caslow by submission (rear-naked choke). Round 1, 3:40

Kris McCray def. Ailton Barbosa by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

Lyman Good def. LeVon Maynard by TKO (punches). Round 1, 0:11

E.J. Brooks def. Mikhali Malyutin by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-26)

Photo: Eduardo Dantas (top) rains punches on Zach Makovsky (Keith Mills/Sherdog)

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