Darrion Caldwell Predicts Three-Minute Win Over Joe Taimanglo at Bellator 159

For bantamweight prospect Darrion “Wolf” Caldwell, picking up a win over former Bellator champion Joe Warren this past March not only added to an undefeated streak to start off his career, but also showed that he could take on some of the best competition the company has to offer, and do very well against them.

“I think the fight went as planned,” Caldwell told MMAWeekly.com. “My job is to go out there and dominate. I don’t want to go out and just win – I want to go out there and dominate – and I think I showed that in March.

“Any time you beat a guy (in Warren) who’s not only been at the pinnacle of this sport, but wrestling as well, it speaks volumes. I’m definitely happy with the performance. It helped me realize that I can not only beat the best guys, but dominate them.”

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Caldwell (8-0) returns to the Bellator cage on July 22 in Mulvane, Kansas, to take on the most experience fighter he’s faced in Joe Taimanglo (22-6-1) in a 135-pound main event.

“He’s scrappy but I think I’m going to be too much for him to deal with,” said Caldwell of Taimanglo. “I think once I get my hands on him, I’m going to be a lot stronger than he thinks. I give Joe about three minutes in the cage, and after that, I’m going to get my hand raised.”

Having confidence in his ability to put fighters away early in matches not only comes from what he’s been able to do previously, but also as a preventative measure from getting himself into trouble as a fight goes on.

“My first Bellator fight was like 31 seconds and the next one was a minute, and if I can get this one under a minute, that’d be cool, but I don’t want to put myself out there to where I get in trouble,” Caldwell said.

“It doesn’t take long to find guys’ holes (in their game). I’m pretty savvy in the cage. That comes with experience and the more time I spend in there (fighting).”

Having accomplished just about everything he has wanted to in his career so far, Caldwell believes now is the time for him to get his shot at the 135lb title and achieve the goal he set out for himself nearly four years ago.

“I think it’s time for me to be the best,” he said. “I think after this fight it’s time for me to fight (Eduardo) Dantas, beat him up and get that strap over my shoulder.

“Bellator has done a great job bringing me up, getting me great fights and helping me develop as a fighter, they’ve done exactly what they’re supposed to, and I’ve done the same, done exactly what I’m supposed to on my end, so I’m ready and I think it’s time.”

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