Marcos Galvao and Eduardo Dantas meet at Bellator 89 in what is something out of an old school karate movie—minus the bad blood.

The teacher, Galvao, faces off against his student, Dantas, in an exciting match-up to finally answer an age-old question, is the student better than the master?

The two fighters are teammates at Nova Uniao, the top gym in Brazil that houses such names as Marlon Sandro, Diego Nunes, UFC interim bantamweight champion Renan Barao and, of course, the most popular fighter in the gym, UFC featherweight champ Jose Aldo.

Galvao and Dantas are setting something of a precedent for teammates to fight each other in the future, which has been a hot-button issue in MMA that has been debated time and time again. Whereas most teammates won’t fight each other due to their close relationships, Dantas and Galvao are putting that aside here in order to compete for Bellator’s bantamweight championship.

It is going to be tough for both fighters to go in and punch their friend straight in the jaw—but hey, if you were paying me $50,000 to punch my friend in the face and it was for a belt, I’d do it in a heartbeat. (Sorry, Ben.)

But being friends and training partners means more than just overcoming any hesitation to throw punches. Both men know how the other fights, having gone through countless practices and sparring, bleeding and suffering together. They’ve grown accustomed to each other’s tendencies, and that makes this fight especially tough to call.

It is made all the more difficult by the fact that Dantas is coming off his first loss in seven fights. He was knocked out in the first round of a fight under the Shooto Brazil banner by Tyson Nam, a relatively unknown name to fans despite having been under contract to Bellator.

Dantas is faster than his teacher and he utilizes striking skills—especially his Muay Thai—that leave him vulnerable for that big shot. High risk, high reward.

Galvao isn’t the same. Like the typical master in any karate movie, he is more patient than his student. He also has more power than Dantas. That could ultimately lead to a repeat of the Nam knockout and result in a win for Galvao.

Dantas has the better striking and his grappling is just as good as Galvao’s. If he comes in and doesn’t fight blind, he’ll win the fight. A smart fight on Dantas’ part here is the key to win. One mistake and this could be all over. In the end, however, Dantas has become the better fighter, and at age 24, he is still on the rise.

Well young grasshopper, it certainly seems the student has become the master.

Photo: Eduardo Dantas (Dave Mandel/Sherdog)

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Sal DeRose
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Sal hails from New Jersey and is currently training for his first MMA fight. He hopes to use his knowledge and insight to generate articles that interest and entertain you. Outside of MMA, Sal is a big fan of every other sport. He's a diehard New York sports fan, with the exception of cheering for the Packers.