Bellator 159 “Caldwell vs. Taimanglo” takes place July 22, 2016 at Kansas Star Arena in Mulvane, Kansas. The main card is headlined by a bantamweight showdown between “The Wolf” Darrion Caldwell and Joe Taimanglo, winner of three straight fights.
To some degree this show has the unfortunate distinction of having to follow Bellator 158 “London” less than a week later, but the promotion has done their best to shore up the card with interesting bouts in several weight classes and the return of a hometown favorite.
Let’s break it down:
135 lbs.: Darrion Caldwell (9-0) vs. Joe Taimanglo (22-6)
The undefeated Caldwell is known almost as well for his uncensored opinion and his celebratory backflip as he is for his sterling record. Make no mistake about it though that Caldwell is a phenom with a rocket strapped to his back going straight up. If his unanimous decision win over former interim title contender Rafael Silva didn’t prove it, his first round victory over Shawn Bunch and domination of former champion Joe Warren should have been all the evidence you need. It feels like he should actually be having a title fight right now and not another divisional scrap.
While he waits for Eduardo Dantas to become available “The Wolf” will stay busy and keep the money coming in by fighting “The Juggernaut” on Friday. Taimanglo has three times as much experience as Caldwell and shouldn’t be taken lightly. Even his recent losses in 2013 and 2014 (to Justin Wilcox and Rob Emerson respectively) were fights that went to decision, with the latter being his first Bellator bout at Bantamweight. With 16 finishes out of 28 fights (five knockouts and 11 submissions) he stops his opponents more than half the time — better than a coin flip.
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