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Bellator 55 Recap: Dantas to meet Vila, Controversy Ensues

Vila vs. Galvao, part one. Part two is after the jump. All videos in this post via

Last night’s Bellator 55 in Yuma, Arizona, didn’t have the quick finishes of last week’s card, but still left fans in attendance with some interesting, if not controversial, fights. In case you couldn’t tell by the headline, the bantamweight tournament semifinals gave us Eduardo Dantas vs. Alexis Vila as the bantamweight tournament finale. Yet both fights seemed to involve controversial decisions made by the judges.

In the main event of the evening, WEC veteran Marcos Galvao took on Alexis Vila, who you may remember as the guy that practically zombified Joe Warren in the bantamweight quarterfinals. In an extremely fast paced fight, Galvao seemed to land more strikes, and as the fight went on, stuff Vila’s takedown attempts. However, the strikes that Vila landed seemed much harder. The judges gave the fight to Alexis Vila, which warranted boos from those in attendance. Watch the fight and judge for yourself whether or not the boos were justifiable.

Vila vs. Galvao, part two.

Likewise, Eduardo Dantas stayed very active, pushing the pace for the entire fight during his bout with season three bantamweight tournament finalist Ed West. Dantas ended up getting the decision, but one judge saw the fight for West. We have yet to confirm whether or not that judge confused West with Dantas. And yes, we have videos below so you can judge for yourself.

Also of note, Bellator Light-heavyweight Champion Christian M’Pumbu was involved in a non-title fight with YAMMA Pit Fighting champion Travis Wiuff. M’Pumbu, who doesn’t cut weight for his fights, spent the first two rounds on his back, being overpowered by the much larger Wiuff. While M’Pumbu managed to almost finish Wiuff in the third round, it wasn’t enough, as Wiuff defeated M’Pumbu. While Travis Wiuff doesn’t get the title for his efforts, it’s safe to say the man has earned a spot in next season’s light-heavyweight tournament. This marks the first non-title superfight in Bellator where the champion has lost to the challenger. Also, lightweight prospect RicardoTirloni earned the main card’s only finish by quickly choking out Steve Gable. Tirloni improves to 14-1 with the victory.

Full results, courtesy of Pro MMA Now:

Alexis Vila def. Marcos Galvao by split decision (27-30, 29-28, 29-28)
Eduardo Dantas def. Ed West by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 30-27)
Travis Wiuff def. Christian M’Pumbu by unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
Ricardo Tirloni def. Steve Gable by submission (rear-naked choke) Rd 2 (3:54)


Richard Hale def. Carlos Flores by knockout (punch) Rd 1 (:18)
Kobe Ortiz def. Edgar Garcia by knockout (punch) Rd 1 (4:06)
Erin Beach def. Roscoe Jackson by submission (rear-naked choke) Rd 1 (3:52)
Jade Porter def. Nick Piedmont by unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
Steve Steinbeiss def. Dano Moore by submission (rear-naked choke) Rd 1 (4:52)

Dantas vs West, parts one and two



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kellyman- October 24, 2011 at 7:28 am
I wouldn't call that fight fast-paced, let alone 'extremely fast paced', but yeah, Villa should have lost that hands-down. Also, it's Dantas, not Dundas, and while that guy clearly won, it felt like a soccer game for a second with all his drama over the eye poke. We get it, you're hurt, but that kind of reaction can cost you the fight with a lesser ref.
donnadon- October 24, 2011 at 6:28 am
Interesting battle. Great blog ;)
Todd M- October 23, 2011 at 9:39 pm
Galvao got robbed, I wouldn't have given Vila any round, and West was lucky to get a nod at all, see his face when the decision was read, like he got robbed?
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raton- October 23, 2011 at 1:25 pm
The 3rd round was hands down Galvao. I gave the first two rounds to Vila. It would've been a different fight if Galvao would've let his hands go earlier.