This Friday night, when Bellator MMA returns to WinStar World Casino in Thackerville, Okla. for Bellator 135, which will air four main card bouts on Spike TV and prelims on, “The Baddest Man on The Planet” Joe Warren will headline the card as the reigning and defending Bellator bantamweight champion against Marcos Galvao. Beyond the fact that Galvao is on a two-fight winning streak after losing to Eduardo Dantas, the man Warren dominated to claim the title, a history exists between the champion and the challenger.

At Bellator 41, the then-featherweight champion Warren met Marcos Galvao in a 137-pound catchweight contest. In the eyes of many media outlets and MMA fans, Warren had taken the first round, but dropped the final two rounds to Galvao, who was believed to be the winner before the final scorecards were announced. The judges, however, saw the bout differently, giving Warren the unanimous-decision win.

The bout also features a bantamweight clash between L.C. Davis against Japanese veteran Hideo Tokoro, Ryan Couture in lightweight action against Dakota Cochrane, and former UFC middleweight Francis Carmont going up to light-heavyweight for his Bellator debut against Guilherme Viana.

All this and more takes place live this Friday night as Bellator MMA brings you the level of high-octane MMA action that you won’t find anywhere else in the world.

Joe Warren vs. Marcos Galvao – for bantamweight title

When Warren fought Galvao at Bellator 41, controversy arose when many MMA media outlets scored the bout 29-28 for Galvao after three rounds, but Warren took the unanimous-decision victory. Fast-forward to now, and Warren makes the first defense of the Bellator bantamweight title that he won from Galvao’s teammate and one-time opponent, Eduardo Dantas. Meanwhile, Galvao now comes off of a 4-1 run in his last five, with the lone loss coming to Dantas. If Warren’s performance against Dantas said anything, it said that Warren is far more of menace to Galvao now than he was in 2011, which means that this new, more offensive-minded version of “The Baddest Man on The Planet” will score a more definitive win come Friday night by finishing Galvao with just a little bit of what brought him to the dance.

Warren def. Galvao by TKO (punches). Round 2.

Francis Carmont vs. Guilherme Viana

Truthfully, with Carmont coming off of three losses in the UFC and making his Bellator debut against a largely-unheralded finisher in Viana, it becomes a tough call to get a grasp on what version of the “Limitless” fighter we will see. From a glance, a mix of submissions, takedowns, and a smothering top game should be enough for Carmont to take most guys out slowly, but not Viana. Carmont will make 205 without much of what anyone would call a struggle, but come fight time, Viana will upset Carmont early, first by finding a home for a flurry of strikes, and then following up by taking Carmont’s neck.

Viana def. Carmont by submission (guillotine choke). Round 1.

Dakota Cochrane vs. Ryan Couture

Cochrane and Couture both stand with 3-2 runs in their respective last five bouts, with the only difference being that Couture is on a three-fight winning streak and Cochrane’s most recent win snapped a two-fight losing skid. Cochrane is a well-rounded individual who can do anything from submitting guys to scoring scintillating TKOs, but some questions exist in regards to his submission defense. On paper, he might be able to stretch this bout out all the way through three rounds, but once Couture finds an opening to take the bout down and hunt for Cochrane’s back, it will be, as Sean Wheelock would say, “game, set, match, Couture”.

Couture def. Cochrane by submission (rear naked choke). Round 2.

L.C. Davis vs. Hideo Tokoro

Fans of Tokoro always had a feeling that he would somehow take at least one fight in an organization as major as Bellator, but they likely never thought it would come against the WEC veteran Davis. It’s no secret that Davis possesses a strong wrestling game, which helped him greatly in his most recent bouts for Bellator, and Tokoro needs to be aware of that at all times. The minute Davis sees an opening, he will capitalize, and once he lets on, he won’t let off until he has dominated the entire fight.

Davis def. Tokoro by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

About The Author

Dale De Souza
Staff Writer

Dale De Souza is a 22-year-old kid straight out of Texas, who grew up around Professional Wrestling but embraced the beauty of Mixed Martial Arts and Combat Sports at a young age. Dale is a Featured Columnist at Bleacher Report MMA, a writer at The MMA Corner.