Bellator 204: Darrion Caldwell wrecks Lahat, Ricky Bandejas violently derails James Gallagher
Sioux Falls, South Dakota – “The Wolf” is on the prowl for a second division to dominate, as 135 pound champ Darrion Caldwell stepped up to take on 145 pound contender Noad Lahat in the main event of Bellator 204. Read on for recaps & clips from all of the Bellator 204 main card action including next level challenges for SBG Ireland prospect James Gallagher and South Dakota-bred wrestling ace Logan Storley!
145: Darrion Caldwell (12-1, #5 World M135) TKO2 Noad Lahat (12-4, #97 World) – 3 round nontitle
Bellator bantamweight champ Darrion “The Wolf” Caldwell proved that he still has teeth up at 145 pounds in a dominant showcase performance versus Noad Lahat. Lahat defended well but the UFC vet simply couldn’t get off his back once Caldwell forced his way on top. Following a rough round 1, round 2 was even worse for Lahat as Caldwell started throwing big offense after he assumed dominant position via wrestling ride. Under-the-armpit uppercuts were just the recipe for a finish, as the Alliance MMA rep Darrion Caldwell scored his 2nd career TKO without taking a bit of damage in the fight. With handpicked prospect James Gallagher slaughtered earlier on the card, what could Bellator have in store next for their 135 pound champ?
An extra 10 pounds won't stop Darrion Caldwell. The Bellator Bantamweight Champion (13-1) returns to 145, running roughshod over Noad Lahat en route to a second-round TKO. It is the first knockout for "The Wolf" since 2012; he has finished seven of 13 wins. #Bellator204 pic.twitter.com/XxQJM5LAmf— Kyle Johnson (@Maldobabo) August 18, 2018
170: Logan Storley (9-0, #159 World) TKO2 AJ Matthews (8-8, #121 World)
AJ Matthews brought a ton of Bellator & RIZIN big show experience to the table but had little else to offer stud wrestling prospect Logan Storley at Bellator 204. Storley took the fight to the mat in seconds and nearly finished with high volume hammerfists until an accidental illegal knee to the head caused a break in the action. Once the fight restarted, Storley needed mere seconds to snag the back in flawless fashion. Round 2 witnessed even more domination from the South Dakota bred NCAA wrestling All-American. After a 100% dominant performance, ref Jason Herzog finally saw fit to step in and save the very tough AJ Matthews. Huge win from Logan Storley in front of his hometown crowd as he ran his record to 4-0 in Bellator and set himself up for a bigger challenge in the Bellator 170 pound ranks.
This is what happens when you face a four-time All-American. Former Minnesota wrestler Logan Storley (9-0) brutalizes A.J. Matthews on top for nine minutes, a hailstorm of strikes mercifully ending it in the second. "Storm" has stopped seven of nine wins by knockout. #Bellator204 pic.twitter.com/e7J01VSXkV— Kyle Johnson (@Maldobabo) August 18, 2018
135: Ricky Bandejas (11-1, #108 World) KO1 James Gallagher (7-1, #424 World M145)
Hot damn! James Gallagher’s status as an undefeated elite prospect came to an end in abrupt fashion, courtesy of some Sweet Chin Music from under-the-radar prospect Ricky Bandejas. Gallagher got way up in his face before the opening bell and then cracked Bandejas with some hard early leg kicks. But the Euro wrestling ace couldn’t get the tough CFFC vet to the mat. Once Bandejas got the timing down on Gallagher’s leg kicks, he plastered Gallagher with a right hand that left the Irishman blinking. A few more huge punches set up the WWE-quality head kick finish that put Ricky Bandejas on the map as a prospect to be reckoned with!
What a performance! Ricky Bandejas (11-1) derails "The Strabanimal" James Gallagher, harpooning him with a beautiful sidekick and finishing with punches! The former CFFC Bantamweight Champion rides a six-fight win streak; he has finished seven of 11 wins. #Bellator204 pic.twitter.com/G6dQXaxAf5— Kyle Johnson (@Maldobabo) August 18, 2018
145: Ty-Wan Claxton (3-0) UD3 Cris Lencioni (4-2)
Ty-Wan Claxton showed up on every Bellator fan’s radar after a ridiculous highlight reel flying knee KO in his pro debut. After finishing his last fight by submission, Claxton showed off his developing game by mixing takedowns and striking versus Cris Lencioni. Claxton was so confident that he added in a hopping, L-to-the-forehead loser dance after taking the underdog down late in round 1. Claxton’s ground-and-pound approach bore fruit as Lencioni’s defenses seemed to sputter in round 2. Things got ugly for Lencioni as Claxton beat him down to body and head, and even sat on his face for a bit in truly embarrassing style. Round 3 was more one-way traffic as Claxton grounded and dominated his man before screaming in his face post-fight. That’s three dominant performances in three Bellator fights for Ty-Wan Claxton, who brings plenty of attitude to the cage to complement his abundant talent.
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