The Wolf wins at Bellator 184

The Wolf wins at Bellator 184

By Joel Croichy

10/8/2017


Bellator has a new champion of their bantamweight division.

Darrion Caldwell (11-1) captured his first MMA world title after picking up a unanimous decision victory over Eduardo Dantas (20–5) in the main event of Bellator 184 at the WinStar World Casino in Thackerville, Okla. Caldwell, a 2009 NCAA national wrestling champion, executed his game plan. He relentlessly scored takedowns and continuously pressured his opponent by pinning him against the cage. Early in the opening round Caldwell scored a beautiful belly to back suplex while also scoring a flash knockdown in the second round. Dantas found success by closing out the third round in top position and going for a submission in the fourth round. However, Dantas had trouble finding the range he needed to get his striking going and Caldwell avoided damage by relying on his footwork and unorthodox striking. He landed strikes from different angles and followed up with takedowns which allowed Caldwell to hand Dantas his first loss in nearly three years and his second loss since competing in Bellator. Winner: Darrion Caldwell - Decision (unanimous) (48-47, 48-47, 50-45)

In the co-main event Emmanuel Sanchez (16–3) captured the biggest win of his career after stopping former two-time world champion, Daniel Straus (25–8) by the way of arm triangle choke in the third round. The first round was close and filled with a ton of scrambles with Sanchez locking in a kneebar submission, but Straus refused to tap and broke free from the hold. Sanchez was the more aggressive fighter and pushed the pace on Straus. After three rounds of intense grappling Sanchez found the opening he was searching for, secured a submission victory, and handed Straus’ his second consecutive loss. With this win, Sanchez earned his first stoppage since making his Bellator debut back in October 10, 2014. Winner: Emmanuel Sanchez – Submission (triangle choke)

Former champion Pat Curran (23–7), who has been inactive for more than a year made his triumphant return to MMA at Bellator 184. He handled the pressure well against John Teixeira (21–3–2) and showed no significant signs of cage rust. Curran made Teixeira paid for his aggression by landing several powerful well-timed shots throughout the fight. He showed good angles while striking and avoided being pin against the cage. Curran picked up the win by the way of unanimous decision and advanced his winning streak to three. Winner: Pat Curran - Decision (unanimous) (29-28, 30-27, 30-26)

The opening fight of the evening included a bantamweight contest between Joe Taimanglo (23–8–1) and Leandro Higo (18-2). Higo outworked Taimanglo by using his range and timing to land more accurate strikes. He got the better of Taimanglo by scoring takedowns and connecting shots. Higo won by the way of unanimous decision and earned his first win in Bellator. Winner: Leandro Higo - Decision (unanimous) (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)

See the event highlights below:


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