Taimanglo upsets Caldwell at Bellator 159

Taimanglo upsets Caldwell at Bellator 159

By Edward Carbajal

Photo:Bellator MMA

Photo:Bellator MMA

The undefeated record can carry more weight than a title at times. Darrion Caldwell found that out at Bellator 159 when he lost at: 09 of the third round against Joe Taimanglo. The winner of this bout was supposed to face Eduardo Dantas for the bantamweight title, but Taimanglo failed to make weight which may remove the opportunity to face Dantas.

Will Caldwell still get a shot? That remains to be seen but it would certainly make for great main event.

Another outstanding win was Melvin Guillard’s first round knockout of Dave Rickels. Guillard had a hard time in his Bellator debut and again in his follow up fight but it would seem the cobwebs are off and he has found a new home at 170 pounds. His hope is to face Paul Daley next to make a name for himself in the weight class.

Main results

Joe Taimanglo def. Darrion Caldwell vs. via submission (guillotine):09 of round 3

Melvin Guillard def. Dave Rickels via KO (elbow) at 2:14 of round 1

Emily Ducote def. Bruna Vargas via submission (rear naked choke) at: 29 of round 2

Daniel Weichel def. Emmanuel Sanchez via split decision (30-27, 27-30, 29-28)

Jessica Middleton def. Bruna Ellen via unanimous decision (29-28 x3)

Gaston Reyno def. L.J. Hermreck via third-round TKO (3:57)

Fernando Martinez def. Marcio Navarro via split decision (28-29, 29-28 x2)

Johnny Marigo def. Andy Riley via verbal submission (arm bar) (R1, 2:44)

Philipe Lins def. Guilherme Viana via second-round KO (1:13)

 

Edward Carbajal is a contributing writer for MMA at Page2sports.com and Frontproof Media. You can follow Edward on Twitter @Carbazel or at his website TheBlogBoardJungle.com. Check out his podcast on Spreaker.

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VIDEO: Bellator 159 Preliminary bouts live

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