Eduardo Dantas sidelined with injury, will defend title against Rafael Silva in 2014

Photo via Bellator MMA

Bellator bantamweight champion Eduardo Dantas has suffered an ankle injury and won't return to action until 2014, the organization announced via release Wednesday. A previously announced bout between Dantas and Rafael Silva will now take place in the new year, although no specific date has been made available.

"Eduardo Dantas is one of the most explosive champions in MMA, and while this injury is a setback, we all expect Eduardo back, better than ever in 2014," said Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney.

Dantas, 24, won the bantamweight title in 2012 with a win Zach Makovsky at Bellator 65. The Brazilian was upset in a bout he took outside of Bellator opposite Tyson Nam, but rebounded in 2013 with a stoppage victory over Marcos Galvao in February of 2013.

That victory marks Dantas' only bout in 2013.

Silva, 28, is undefeated inside the Bellator cage. He holds tournament wins over Rodrigo Lima, which he earned at Bellator 97 in July and most recently outpointed Anthony Leone at Bellator 102.

More from MMA Fighting

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join MMA Fighting

You must be a member of MMA Fighting to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at MMA Fighting. You should read them.

Join MMA Fighting

You must be a member of MMA Fighting to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at MMA Fighting. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_5349_tracker