Bellator 159 to determine Bantamweight Contender

Bellator 159 to determine Bantamweight Contender

By Edward Carbajal

  Photo: Bellator MMA

Photo: Bellator MMA

New Jersey’s “Wolf”, Darrion Caldwell will face Joe Taimanglo to determine who gets the next shot at the bantamweight title at Bellator 159. Caldwell has already faced the former champion, Joe Warren and managed to finish him in the first round. Fans that follow Bellator MMA know that Warren is has been a force in the promotion for a while and is usually the one to grind out a victory. Caldwell is undefeated in his MMA career.

That is not to say Taimanglo is an easy fight. He has almost double the experience of Caldwell and within those numbers, sports a high rate of finishes. Taiminglo has three consecutive wins and one more gets him a shot at the current champ, Eduardo Dantes. This division has been one of the most active and entertaining to follow at Bellator MMA and contender bouts like this one seem to carry more weight than actually fighting the champion.

So who do you think will be facing the champ? Will Caldwell keep his undefeated record? Or, does Taimanglo possess enough experience to take away that “0”? 


Complete “Bellator 159: Caldwell vs. Taimanglo” Fight Card:

Bellator MMA Bantamweight Main Event: Darrion Caldwell (9-0) vs. Joe Taimanglo (22-6)

Bellator MMA Lightweight Co-Main Event: Dave Rickels (17-4, 1 NC) vs. Melvin Guillard (32-16-2, 2 NC)

Daniel Weichel (36-9) vs. Emmanuel Sanchez (13-2)

Philipe Lins (9-1) vs. Guilherme Viana (7-2)

Bruna Ellen (2-0) vs. Jessica Middleton (Debut)


Preliminary Card:

Bruna Vargas (2-0) vs. Emily Ducote (2-1)

Gaston Reyno (5-1, 1 NC) vs. L.J. Hermreck (3-1)

Manny Meraz (8-2) vs. Trey Ogden (5-1)

Chris Harris (6-0) vs. Matt Foster (6-8)

Marcio Navarro (14-12) vs. Fernando Martinez (14-10-1)

Johnny Marigo (1-0) vs. Andy Riley (2-1)

Josh Pfeifer (4-2) vs. Henry Lindsay (5-5)

Chuka Willis (8-2) vs. Brandon Phillips (5-1)


Edward Carbajal is a contributing writer for MMA at and Frontproof Media. You can follow Edward on Twitter @Carbazel or at his website Check out his podcast on Spreaker.

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