Bellator Fighting Championships announced Friday that bantamweight champion Zach Makovsky will defend his title against Season 5 tournament winner Eduardo Dantas at Bellator 65 on April 13.
Taking place at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, N.J., the event will also feature a welterweight tournament qualifier between former 170-pound kingpin Lyman Good and three-time Bellator vet LeVon Maynard.
Makovsky, 29, has not lost since 2009, posting a perfect 6-0 record in the Bellator cage. “Fun Size” debuted with the Chicago-based promotion in 2010, capturing the organization’s 135-pound belt by besting Ed West in the Season 3 tournament finals. Since his title-winning performance, Makovsky has competed twice in non-title bouts, finishing Chad Robichaux and Ryan Roberts last year.
“I want to dominate everyone I compete against, but at the same time, I don’t feel like I have to make any kind of statement,” Makovsky said in the official release. “I just want to continue getting better and do the best I can every time I enter the cage. I don’t pay attention to the rankings because I feel like that's going to put extra pressure on me. I just look forward to defending my belt on April 13.”
Regarded as one of the bantamweight division’s brightest prospects, Dantas, 23, battled his way to the Season 5 tournament crown this past fall, notching wins over Wilson Reis, West and Alexis Vila to earn his shot at Makovsky. “Dudu” has only lost twice in nearly five years as a pro and owns over half of his career wins by knockout or submission.
“I’m here at Bellator to win the bantamweight championship,” Dantas said. “I plan to not only win the title, but to keep it for many years to come.”