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Shocking upset at Bellator 159 as Caldwell falls to Taimanglo – Full Results

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Bellator 159 from the Kansas Star Arena in Mulvane, Kansas is in the books, with a final chapter that sent shockwaves across the mixed martial arts world.

In what was to be a showcase main event for one of the sport’s top bantamweight prospects, Darrion Caldwell, his opponent Joe Taimanglo had plans of his own to make a statement on the night. Las Vegas odds had Caldwell posted as a 12 to 1 favorite over his opponent, with a title shot waiting if he were to emerge with his hand raised. Taimanglo possesses big striking power while Caldwell is an extremely aggressive grappler, which set the stage for the clash of styles in the main event.

Early on in the first round, Caldwell used range effectively while trying to mix in takedown attempts and avoiding the power of his opponent. He would get the fight to the ground and began looking to advance to set up submissions. Perhaps a little too confident in his abilities, Caldwell held on to a kimura attempt for an extended period of time, even when his was out of position to execute the submission properly. This gave Taimanglo an opportunity to keep himself out of danger as he was able to defend and get the fight back to the feet.

In the second round, Caldwell began to excel with his grappling advantage, as he was able to control Taimanglo from top position for the majority of the round. The action was stagnant on the ground, prompting a stand up from referee John McCarthy. After the reset, nothing favorable would come from Taimanglo in the final moments of the round. Clearly, Caldwell earned the nod in the round and began to look like the highly-touted bantamweight prospect.

However, things would change drastically in the opening seconds of the third round, as Caldwell was caught in a very deep guillotine after he shot in for a takedown. Taimanglo locked up the submission by wrapping his legs around Caldwell while squeezing very hard on his neck as Caldwell attempted to stand back up. The tap from Caldwell came almost instantly once the pair fell back to the canvas, putting the first loss of his professional career on his record.  Since Taimanglo missed weight for this bout, it is unclear if the promotion will reward his efforts with a title shot.

The other key moment on the evening came from Melvin Guillard, who earned his first victory inside the Bellator cage over David Rickels with an impressive knockout. While missing weight himself again, the former UFC fighter told Jimmy Smith in the cage after the fight that this would be his last attempt to make the 155-pound limit, as his body isn’t responding to the weight cut anymore. Setting his sights on 170-pound competition, he sent a challenge out to Paul Daley, which would set up a matchup with almost guaranteed fireworks.

The full results from the card are below:

MAIN CARD (Spike, 9 p.m. ET)

  • Joe Taimanglo def. Darrion Caldwell via Submission (Guillotine Choke),  Round 3 – 0:09
  • Melvin Guillard def. David Rickels via Knockout (Elbow), Round 1 – 2:14
  • Emily Ducote def. Bruna Vargas via Submission (Rear-Naked Choke), Round 2 – 1:29
  • Daniel Weichel def. Emmanuel Sanchez via Split Decision (30-27, 28-29, 29-28)

PRELIMINARY CARD (MMAjunkie, 6:45 p.m. ET)

  • Philipe Lins def. Guilherme Viana via Knockout (Punches), Round 2 – 1:13
  • Jessica Middleton def. Bruna Ellen via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
  • Gaston Reyno def. L.J. Hermreck via TKO (Punches),  Round 3 – 3:57
  • Johnny Marigo def. Andy Riley via Submission (Armbar), Round 1 – 2:44
  • Fernando Martinez def. Marcio Navarro via Split Decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
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*WATCH* DaveNoseMMA – Is Conor McGregor Pushing his Luck?

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MMA Latest’s Dave Noseworthy looks at why MMA superstar Conor McGregor just might be pushing his luck following his actions at Bellator 187.

Watch Dave talk about the Irishman below:

Do you agree, or disagree with Dave’s opinion? Let us know below!

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Exclusive: Jalin Turner vs Noah Tillis set for Bellator LA in January

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Bellator LA: Douglas Lima vs Rory MacDonald, has just had another entertaining fight added as two talented prospects Jalin Turner and Noah Tillis are set to meet in a lightweight bout. Sources close to the fight confirmed the news to MMA Latest earlier this morning.

Jalin “The Tarantula” Turner makes his return to the Bellator cage for the first time since January 2017, where he defeated Gabriel Green by knockout, in an exciting fight that only lasted 36 seconds. Since the fight, Turner has gone 2-1 where he defeated Paradise Vaovasa by KO, at Tachi PF 31, before dropping his next fight to Richard LeRoy by TKO, at CFX 8. Turner bounced back from the loss by beating Vytautas Sadauskas by submission, at KOTC: Never Quit, back in September.

Noah Tillis is currently coming off of a 9-second submission victory against Jeff Carson, at Gladiator Challenge: American Pride, back in July. The “Submission Magician” has amassed a professional record of 3-2 with three victories coming by submission, DQ, and a TKO due to injury. His two losses coming by way of TKO and decision.

It is unclear where the fight will be featured, but it is assumed it will take place on the undercard. The potential brawl represents a stiff challenge for either man, as well as an opportunity to make some noise in an always deep lightweight division.

The only other fight currently announced on the card is the main event between current Bellator welterweight champion Douglas Lima and former UFC title challenger, Rory MacDonald. Bellator LA: Lima vs MacDonald is set to take place on Saturday, January 20th, in Los Angeles, Calfornia, at the Forum.

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Anthony “PrettyBoy” Taylor wants to knockout Trey Branch then fight Brian Moore in Bellator on St. Patricks Day

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Going from postlim fights in Bellator to a co-main event and then a main card fight after with such little professional experience isn’t something you’d hear of very often in the slightest. In this case Anthony “PrettyBoy” Taylor is the exception, who in only his third professional fight went to Ireland as part of the co-main event for a fight with James Gallagher. Taylor became well known to many in the build-up to that fight for being so outspoken and quite an entertainer, something he carries with him to the cage.

Anthony Taylor now has himself a fight lined up in a regional show near his home in California at California Fighting Championships. This will be his first time fighting back in America since May 2016. His last two bouts were in Europe as part of Bellator’s expansion into Europe. Following two losses he now hopes to get back in the win column in front of a home crowd. Taking this fight as a tune off fight Anthony is confident he won’t be touched by his opponent Trey Branch.

“Well, I’m taking this fight because Bellator said I’ll be fighting next year for overseas and it will be a good tune off fight for me. I think of trey like any other fighter. Just a guy who’s not going to touch me nor beat me.”

His opponent Trey Branch is jumping up from flyweight for this fight, Anthony believes he’s going to dominate his opponent and knock him out with ease. Now having 3 career losses coming via submission, he is not worried about his ground game, guaranteeing it was improved from training with some of the top fighters in Bellator.

“I believe I’m going to overpower him and KO him. He’s coming up from 125lb to fight me which I stated to the world on Bellator that I’m the strongest 45er in the world!! And as far as my ground game, it’d be covered and it’s great. Thanks to AJ McKee, Baby Slice, Joey Davis and Aaron Pico. My ground game is great and up there to the level, as there’s”

Looking ahead to next year when he competes in Bellator again, Taylor has his eyes set on a big fight in a return to Irish soil.

“Well Bellator loves me and I proved them that I belong there. I haven’t been told when I was fighting but I hope it’s back in Ireland, and maybe on St. Patricks day and hopefully I’ll fight Brian Moore because me and him been wanting to fight the longest.”

As a training partner for AJ McKee, Taylor was very pleased with how the fight went down, claiming it was a simple enough fight for his teammate that apparently didn’t train much for the fight. Suffering a loss on the initial trip to the emerald isle, “PrettyBoy” wants to come back and take home a win next time around.

“Oh man it was an easy fight for AJ, he only trained 2 weeks for that Brian Moore fight” he laughs “but absolutely it would be a great show if I was also on the show me and James alone still holds the record of views internationally and I’m looking to come back and taking what’s mines which is that W”

The win against Brian Moore could now potentially line up a fight between McKee and James Gallagher, fight fans have long sought after. Having fought against James and training with McKee on the regular Taylor isn’t convinced that Gallagher is ready for the AJ just yet. He also had some words about SBG fighters who were calling out Baby Slice.

“James is not ready for AJ. And people calling out slice since he’s new in the game. Why are sbg guys not calling out Joey Davis?? They are all talk and think that they’re better than everyone.”

With a win on Saturday, Anthony Taylor thinks it will kick him off to a series of consecutive wins that could ultimately land him in a fight with Emmanuel Sanchez.

“Yes it will start off (Saturday) and I believe it will set me up tremendously. I’m only getting better and I plan on winning fights in Bellator and then taking out Emanuel Sanchez. I do not like him, I hate him”

“I don’t like his style and he’s always hating on my teammates so I want his head” he added

Away from the fight scene, Anthony is pleased with the life that he’s got set up for himself with his newfound love since joining Bellator as he now aims to break into the movie industry too.

“Man it’s been great I now have a wonderful woman in my life so I’m happy. I’m acting too, trying to get into the movies industry and God has blessed me which so much love”

You can follow Anthony Taylor on all his social media accounts to keep an eye out for all his upcoming fight information and results.

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