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Eduardo Dantas aims for second Bellator belt after Joe Warren rematch

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Dan Behr

Eduardo Dantas will put his Bellator bantamweight title on the line at Bellator 166 against Joe Warren, and he wants to make history right after.

"Dudu" will try to avenge the only loss he ever suffered under the Bellator banner on Dec. 2, facing the only man to ever win titles in two different weight classes, but the Brazilian wants to hold two belts at the same time.

"That’s my only loss in Bellator, and I couldn’t be more motivated than I am now," said Dantas, who bounced back from a decision loss to Warren in 2014 with back-to-back wins to recapture the title in June. "I was the only man to defend the bantamweight title twice. After I lost, no one was able to defend it.

"I’ll show that that loss made me evolve a lot. The true champion is back. After this fight, I want to fly higher."

Dantas, who holds an 8-1 record inside the Bellator cage, says that flying higher would be challenging featherweight champion Daniel Straus. The American Top Team talent recaptured the 145-pound gold last November, improving to 11-3 in the promotion with a decision win over Patricio Freire.

"He already defeated my friend Marlon Sandro, so I’d like to fight him right after this fight," Dantas said of Straus. "It’s a good match-up for me because I like fighting left-handed fighters. He comes forward aggressively, likes to stand and bang. He’s well-rounded, he’s good everywhere, so it has everything to be a great fight."

Dantas trains alongside one of the best fighters ever in UFC interim featherweight champion Jose Aldo, and would feel comfortable competing at 145 pounds.

"I have this desire for a long time," Dantas said. "I’m used to training with bigger guys since I was 17 years old. A featherweight fight would be normal for me.

"I usually weigh around 73kg (160.9 pounds), and when I start my camp I go to 70kg (154.3 pounds), so that would not be a problem. I train with Aldo, Hacran Dias, John ‘Macapa’ (Teixeira), Felipe Froes, and some other new talents in the featherweight and lightweight division at Nova Uniao."