Alexis Vila and Eduardo Dantas will meet in Bellator's season-five bantamweight tournament final with a shot at champ Zach Makovsky on the line.
The Cuban wrestler and Brazilian submission ace each advanced to the finals of the eight-man bracket with tightly-contested split-decision wins over Ed West and Marcos Galvao, respectively.
The bouts served as the featured contests of Saturday night's Bellator 55 event, which took place outside the Cocopah Resort and Casino in Yuma, Ariz. The night's main card aired on MTV2.
Vila's win did not come without some controversy, as many fans and pundits believed his opponent had done enough to earn the nod.
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Alexis Vila defeats Marcos Galvao by split decision
Eduardo Dantas defeats Ed West by split decision
Travis Wiuff defeats Christian M'Pumbu by unanimous decision
Feature Lightweight Fight
Ricardo Tirloni defeats Steve Gable by rear-naked-choke submission at 3:54 of the second round
Local Feature Fights
Richard Hale defeats Carlos Flores by knockout at 18 seconds of the first round
Jacob Ortiz defeats Edgar Garcia by knockout at 4:06 of the first round
Erin Beach defeats Roscoe Jackson by rear-naked-choke submission at 3:52 of the first round
Jade Porter defeats Nick Piedmont by unanimous decision
Steve Steinbeiss defeats Dano Moore by rear-naked-choke submission at 4:52 of the first round
Efrain Escudero defeats Cesar Avila by guillotine choke submission at 1:55 of second round
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