Bellator's bantamweight champion has a date to return to the cage.
Eduardo Dantas, whose last title defense took place on February against teammate Marcos Galvao, is set to defend his title against tournament winner Rafael Silva on March 7, 2014. Dantas confirmed the news to MMAFighting.com.
Dantas (15-3) is undefeated inside the Bellator cage with five victories, including finishes over Wilson Reis and Zach Makovsky. Reis and Makovsky are now competing under the UFC banner. The Nova Uniao fighter was initially expected to fight Silva this year, but was sidelined with an ankle injury.
Silva (21-3) challenges the champion after winning the 2013 Summer Series bantamweight tournament, defeating Rodrigo Lima and Anthony Leone. Undefeated since 2011, "Morcego" enters the title fight riding a 13-fight win streak with 10 stoppages.