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Here’s A Look At The Key Bouts Set For This Weekend

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We’ll have an interesting pair of events go down this weekend on television, as Bellator 137 takes place Friday night and UFC Fight Night 66 happens early Saturday morning.

One title fight, a battle between former champions and challengers, along with several interesting contests are all scheduled.

Bellator features Brandon Halsey defending his middleweight title against veteran Kendall Grove, while the fans in Manila will witness Frankie Edgar vs. Urijah Faber inside the Octagon.

Here’s a look at those two bouts, along with a couple of others to keep your eye on this weekend:

Brandon Halsey vs. Kendall Grove for the middleweight title/Bellator 137

This marks the first title defense for Brandon Halsey, as the former NCAA Div. I wrestler claimed the title with a 35-second submission win over Alexander Shlemenko last September. He joined Bellator after just two pro bouts and has claimed six wins – including four finishes – since.

Halsey earned his title shot with a tournament victory over Brett Cooper in the finals, which also ended in the first round and via submission. He’s scored wins over Joe Pacheco, Hector Ramirez, Joe Yager and Rocky Ramirez since.

In Kendall Grove, Halsey will be facing his most unique test. Shlemenko has had more fights, but the level of competition that Grove has faced is far better.

A former UFC fighter, the 32-year-old has been inside the cage with the likes of Derek Brunson, Mark Munoz, Tim Boetsch, Demian Maia, Evan Tanner, Patrick Cote and Jake Rosholt. He won The Ultimate Fighter and is 3-1 in his last four overall.

Eduardo Dantas vs. Mike Richman/Bellator 137

Eduardo Dantas is fighting for the first time since dropping the Bellator bantamweight crown to Joe Warren last October. He had defended it twice, but was unable to win over the judges vs. Warren.

Dantas would likely position himself right back in title contention with a win over Mike Richman, who is a former Bellator finalist. Richman has won two straight, finishing both Nam Phan and Ed West inside of three minutes.

Interestingly enough, Dantas was scheduled to defend his title against Richman in March before Richman suffered an injury and was forced out.