The four-bout main card for May’s Bellator 137: Halsey vs. Grove is now complete with the additions of former Bellator MMA World Champion Eduardo “Dudu” Dantas vs. Mike “The Marine” Richman, light heavyweights Virgil “Rezdog” Zwicker vs. “Razor” Razak Al-Hassan and welterweights Fernando “The Menifee Maniac” Gonzalez vs. “Curtious” Curtis Millender.

Dantas and Richman were originally scheduled to meet at Bellator 135 before an injury forced Dantas off the card.

“I’m pumped that we were able to reschedule the Dantas-Richman fight so quickly,” stated Bellator President Scott Coker in a press release. “Last Friday, Bellator saw two amazing bantamweight contests that produced a new champion and a ‘Fight of the Year’ candidate. Both Dantas and Richman are extremely exciting fighters who are undeniable standouts in a bantamweight division with a lot of depth.”

A key member of Brazil’s famed Nova Uniao team, Dantas (16-4)  has been competing professionally since 2007, fighting in both Japan and his native Brazil before making his way to Bellator MMA. The well-rounded fighter found immediate success, downing Wilson Reis, Ed West and Alexis Vila to claim a tournament victory that earned Dantas a shot at the Bellator MMA Bantamweight World Title. Dantas made good on the opportunity, choking out Zach Makovsky to claim the belt.

The 25-year-old would go on to successfully defended the belt twice with a knockout of current champ Marcos Galvao and a submission win over Anthony Leone before dropping a hard-fought October decision to former champ Joe Warren in a “Fight of the Year” candidate.

Meanwhile, U.S. Marine Corps veteran Richman (18-5) began his professional career in 2008, earning an impressive 11-1 record fighting exclusively in his home state of Minnesota. That run earned him a call from Bellator MMA, where he promptly earned knockout wins over Chris Horodecki and Jeremy Spoon in a combined time of just 106 seconds. Mixed results would follow, as he scored wins over Mitch Jackson, Alexandre Bezerra and Akop Stepanyan but fell short against the featherweight division’s very best fighters in Goiti Yamauchi, Desmond Green, Magomedrasul Khasbulaev and Shahbulat Shamhalaev.

Following these losses Richman  made the move down to 135-pounds, where he earned back-to-back first round knockouts over Nam Phan and Ed West in his first bantamweight contests.

The heavy-handed Zwicker (13-4-1) will be making fifth Bellator MMA appearance. The 32-year-old Team Quest fighter most recently earned hard-fought split-decision victory over Houston Alexander. A striker by nature, nine of Zwicker’s 13 career wins have come by way of knockout.

Al-Hassan (12-4), who will be making his Bellator MMA, has been competing professionally since 2007 and has earned 11 of his 12 career wins by stoppage. However, in contrast to his opponent, Al-Hassan owns eight of those victories by submission. Al-Hassan returns from a two-year layoff from competition.

Gonzalez (23-13) is hoping to earn his way to a shot at the promotion’s welterweight title with another impressive victory. A native of Menifee, Calif., the 31-year-old has looked absolutely unstoppable in a three-fight Bellator MMA run, scoring consecutive victories over MMA notables Marius Zaromskis, Karo Parisyan and Karl Amoussou.

Millender (7-1)  opened his professional career in 2013 with seven consecutive wins, earning him a spot on the Bellator MMA roster. However, in his promotional debut, he was forced to submit to a rear-naked choke against top contender Brennan Ward.

Bellator 137 is currently scheduled to take place on May 15 at the Pechanga Resort & Casino in Temecula, Calif. The night’s main event will feature undefeated Bellator MMA World Middleweight Champion Brandon “Bull” Halsey (8-0) against towering Hawaiian scrapper Kendall “Da Spyder” Grove (21-14) live on Spike TV.

A full preliminary card will be announced shortly.

Bellator Middleweight Title Fight: Champ Brandon Halsey (8-0) vs. Kendall Grove (21-14)
Bellator Featured Bantamweight Fight: Eduardo Dantas (16-4) vs. Mike Richman (18-5)
Bellator Featured Light Heavyweight Fight: Virgil Zwicker (13-4-1) vs. Razak Al-Hassan (12-4)
Bellator Featured Welterweight Fight: Fernando Gonzalez (23-13) vs. Curtis Millender (7-1)

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