When Bellator 65 hits Atlantic City this Friday, it will be headlined with a Bantamweight title fight with champion Zach Makovsky defending his belt against Eduardo Dantas. Also included is a season six featherweight tournament semifinal bout and the last two quarterfinal bouts in the season six bantamweight tournament.
In addition, Bellator 65 features a preliminary card showcasing several notable names from the East Coast and Midwest. Let’s take a look.
Former Bellator welterweight champion Lyman Good (11-2) returns to take on LeVon Maynard (12-8) in a 185 pound match-up. It is Good’s first bout since dropping a split decision to Rick Hawn in the Bellator season four welterweight semifinals in April 2011. Maynard is coming off a unanimous decision win over Christopher Wing at Bellator 59 back in November.
Philadelphia’s Will Martinez (3-2-1) takes on TUF 12 vet Andy Main (5-1) at featherweight. Main will be entertaining his hometown New Jersey fans in his Bellator debut. His last bout was against Felipe Arantes in April 2011 at UCC 4 and it ended in a no-contest. It will also be Martinez’s Bellator debut and he is on a two-fight win streak.
Bellator open tryout winner Ailton Barbosa (10-3) will take on TUF 11 vet Kris McCray (7-3) at welterweight. The bout will mark Barbosa’s third Bellator appearance and is 1-1 in the promotion. He dropped a decision to Valdir Araujo at Bellator 58 back in November. McCray has won two in a row since being released from the UFC last year. He last fought in November, scoring a decision win over Gemiyale Adkins at PA Cage Fight 9.
Undefeated two-time Bellator veteran E.J. Brooks (5-0) returns to take on Mikhail Malyutin (21-9) of Russia. Brooks looks to keep his Bellator win streak going after defeating Greg Scott at Bellator 53 and William DeSouza at Bellator 56. Malyutin last fought in November scoring a 47-second knockout of Seydina Seck at “M-1 Global: Fedor vs. Monson”.
Newark native Plinio Cruz (5-4) will make his Bellator debut against Pennsylvania’s Duane Bastress (4-1) at middleweight. Cruz is coming off back-to-back losses in M-1 against Tyson Jeffries and Magomed Sultanakhmedov. He does hold a notable win over Jay Silva. Bastress is coming off a second round TKO win over Daniel Gracie at Bellator 54 last October.
Two-time Bellator veteran Lester Caslow (7-6) of Point Pleasant, N.J., returns to take on Scott “The Animal” Heckman (9-3) at featherweight. Caslow is 1-1 in his Bellator career. After dropping a decision to Kenny Foster at Bellator 33 he returned at Bellator 49 with a second round TKO over James Jones. Heckman is also 1-1 in the Bellator cage. Following a loss to Alexandre Bezerra at Bellator 49, he returned with a first round submission of Brylan Van Artsdalen at Bellator 59.
Rounding our the Bellator 65 preliminary card is a featherweight match-up between Kenny Foster (9-6) and Jay Haas (10-8). Foster is on a four-fight skid, most recently dropping a submission to Alexandre Bezerra at Bellator 60 last month. Haas is on a two-fight skid, most recently dropping a first round submission to Anthony Morrison CFFC 13 in February.
Bellator 65 will broadcast LIVE starting at 8 p.m. EST on MTV2 and in commercial-free HD on EPIX. The preliminary card will stream LIVE on Spike.com starting at 7 p.m. EST.