So far in his Bellator bantamweight title reign, Eduardo Dantas has not had an easy go of things.
Multiple times Dantas has faced injury problems, including before his most recent bout, a title defense win over Anthony Leone (who was replacing an injured Rafael Silva) in March.
“I’ve had some tough injuries before the fight, but the day of the fight I felt great,” said Dantas of his win over Leone. “I felt I did well in the fight. I blew him up in the first round and then finished him in the second round.”
Physical problems aside, Dantas has not taken his title reign lightly, as he knows fighters are gunning for him, which makes him want to be an even better fighter than he was before he claimed the title in 2012.
“I’m training every day more and more because I know have someone looking and me and training to fight me one day,” said Dantas. “I know that, and because of that, I’m training more every day.
“I feel that I’m a much better wrestler than two years ago because I knew my wrestling was not good, but now I train it so much more and I feel much better about my wrestling today. My stand-up game is also better.”
After a head injury sidelined him May, Dantas (16-3) will finally face interim 135-pound champion Joe Warren (11-3) at Bellator 128 in Thackerville, Okla., on Friday to unify the bantamweight championship.
“To win the fight I knew what I needed to do in training, and the day of the fight I have to stop his takedowns and beat him with lots of punches and kicks to his face,” said Dantas of Warren.
“For me (this fight) isn’t any different. We’re fighting like it’s just any other guy. I had to wait five months, and the day of the fight I beat him for sure.”
Having overcome physical adversities this past year, for Dantas, staying champion is not the only goal, as he continues to work hard to become the top pound-for-pound fighter in any promotion.
“I want to train to be better,” said Dantas. “Every day I train to do that. I know I’m really good, but I know I have to put a lot of things into my game to be the best fighter in the world.
“I want to say to all the fans to see my fight on Friday because I’ll put on the best show you’ve seen in your life.”