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Bellator 128 results and recap: Joe Warren outworks Eduardo Dantas, Michael Page survives mugging from Nah-Shon Burrell

Bellator MMA took center stage again on Friday night (Oct. 10, 2014) with action emanating from inside Winstar World Casino in Thackerville, Oklahoma. The main event saw bantamweight champion Eduardo Dantas facing interim titleholder Joe Warren in a title unification bout, while the co-headliner featured explosive kickboxer Michael Page facing the durable Strikeforce/UFC veteran Nah-Shon Burrell.

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THACKERVILLE, OK -- The Winstar World Casino was host to the sixth event of Bellator's eleventh season, and Bellator 128 again showcased the talent fans have come to expect from Spike TV's official mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion.

In the main event, bantamweight champion Eduardo Dantas faced off with interim champion Joe Warren in a title unification bout. This long awaited meeting was the result of Dantas pulling out of a fight with Warren at Bellator 118 due to injury, and Warren took full advantage by defeating Rafael Silva to claim an interim strap.

Warren had a four-fight winning streak going into tonight's bout, but Dantas was undefeated in six trips to the Bellator cage.

In the end, only one man could emerge the unified Bellator champion. In a tightly-contested fight that came down to an even tighter fifth round, Warren's wrestling made the difference as he edged out the final stanza and the judges gave him the 48-47 unanimous decision, making "The Baddest Man on the Planet" the one and only man with the belt.

It wasn't without controversy, however, as Warren landed an illegal kick in round five and got a STERN warning from referee "Big" John McCarthy. A point deduction would have made it a draw, but John declined to take it, probably because it was such an awkward way to kick a "grounded opponent" in the first place.

See the GIF here.

Warren spoke to Jimmy Smith afterward: "That is a great opponent, I take my hat off to Dantas. I'm just happy for the opportunity to win another title for Viacom and Spike. Thank you Bellator! The key was heart. I was just going to keep pushing until that bell rang. BADDEST MAN ON THE PLANET BABY, WOOOO! Watch me and watch out."

The co-headliner featured explosive kickboxer Michael Page facing the durable Strikeforce/UFC veteran Nah-Shon Burrell. Page was a perfect 6-0 as an MMA fighter, and his family's kickboxing background gave him all the tools he needed to excite a Bellator crowd, as two previous fights led to two highlight reel finishes.

Not this time.

Burrell had no interest in being a stepping stone for Page, and was looking to get back to his winning ways after suffering a quick first-round technical knockout loss in his last Bellator fight with Andrey Koreshkov. Burrell was able to stymie Page's flashy offense with pressure against the cage, but "Venom" was still able to out-strike "The Rock-N-Rolla" en route to a 30-27 unanimous decision.

There may have been more excitement after the fight was over than during it, as seen in this hug-fail GIF courtesy of Zombie Prophet.

Page spoke to Jimmy Smith afterward: "He didn't do anything. It was just more of a stalling, to prevent me from playing my game. I can go for another three rounds if you want me to. He didn't do nothing."

Second from the top on Spike TV was Alexander Sarnavskiy facing late-replacement fighter Dakota Cochrane at an agreed-upon catchweight of 160 pounds. "Tiger" had one of the most impressive finishes you'll see inside the Bellator cage as he rocked Cochrane with a flying knee and then tapped him out with the rear-naked choke moments later at 2:32 of the first round.

There was no post-fight translator available for an interview with Jimmy Smith, so the GIF from Zombie Prophet will have to speak for itself!

The opening contest featured The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 17 veteran Robert McDaniel taking on Argentinian newcomer Emiliano Sordi, his first fight in Bellator AND his first fight in the United States. Sordi needed just under a minute to tap "Bubba" with a guillotine choke, after sprawling to block McDaniel's only takedown attempt.

"He-Man" spoke to Jimmy Smith after the fight via translator.

"Always I train Brazilian jiu-jitsu (and) wrestling, I win a lot via guillotine but it was very important to train (with) Nova Uniao in Brazil. This is the most important fight of my life. I came here to the States, and I won it all!"

The televised bouts were paired with exciting preliminary action that aired exclusively on Check out our live streaming results RIGHT HERE to see who else made a name for themselves inside the cage at Bellator 128, including exciting finishes by Emmanuel Sanchez and Jason Butcher!

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