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Bellator 151: Fueled by past wrestling failures, Darrion Caldwell says he will ‘leave Joe Warren stiff in the first round’

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“The Wolf” is extremely confident heading into his bantamweight showdown against former Bellator champion Joe Warren later tonight at Bellator 151.

At Bellator 151 later tonight, undefeated bantamweight contender, Darrion Caldwell (8-0) will face former champion, Joe Warren (13-4) in what he’s calling “the biggest fight” of his life.

Caldwell, 28, has won all five of his Bellator fights, the last a submission victory over Shawn Bunch at Bellator 143 this past September. He feels confident going up against his toughest opponent to date.

“I think I pose a lot of problems for Joe,” he said with confidence. “His strengths and my strengths. I think it’s a fight that the fans want to see. I think it’s a fight that I want to be in. I think it’s a fight that was inevitable. It had to happen. It’s a dream come true for me to be able to fight Joe.”

The former NCAA Division 1 national champion from North Carolina is known as “The Wolf,” because he’s “hungry,” he says. “When I smell blood I get after it.” The Wolfpack alumnus also mentioned his wrestling coach Pat Popolizio and the “never-say-die-attitude” that he inherited while competing there. Having that successful wrestling background means he is no stranger to hard work, and that is what Caldwell attributes his successful mixed martial arts (MMA) career too.

“To be able to win a national title you gotta be able to put the pieces together and work hard throughout the whole season, not just half the season because you have to peak at the right time,” Caldwell explained. “And so all of the hard work shows when I fight. I make these fights look easy. That’s what I plan on doing with Joe, making it look easy. Literally it isn’t as easy I make it look. It’s the ….View full article

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