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Bellator 167 results

Prelims:

Jarod Trice def. Tommie Britton via majority decision (28-28 30-25, 30-26)

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Jonathan Gary def. Aaron Roberson via unanimous decision (29-28 x3)
Justin Patterson def. Codale Ford via unanimous decision (29-27, 29-28 x2)
Fernando Gonzalez def. Chris Hicks via knockout (R1, 0:15)
Joey Soto def. Bronson St. Romaine via unanimous decision

Chidi Njokuani def. Andre Fialho via KO (Punches) at :21 of Round 1

Andre Fialho took the center of the cage and began pressing forward. As Fialho steps in, he ate a short jab from Njokuani and dropped to the mat. Njokuani followed Fialho to the ground and unloaded a barrage of unanswered ground and pound. The referee had no choice but to step in and rescue the unconscious Andre Fialho after a swift 21 seconds. Chidi Njokuani picked up his third consecutive victory under the promotion and made a bold statement in Bellator’s welterweight division.

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Ilima-Lei Macfarlane def. Emily Ducote via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28

As advertised, Ilima Macfarlane and Emily Ducote produced a back-and-forth bout that came down to the wire. The bout saw multiple reversals and scrambles, but it was Ilima-Lei Macfarlane who possessed more control time throughout and earned the unanimous decision victory.

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Emily Ducote came out strong and stunned Ilima Macfarlane with a well-placed uppercut but was unable to capitalise as she gave up a takedown. Macfarlane was able to land some short elbows from top position but was eventually swept by Ducote.

Macfarlane found herself on the back of Ducote in the second round and was able to trap her arm by using her leg. Macfarlane attempted an Armbar but Ducote managed to escape and land some ground strikes of her own before the round came to an end.

The final round saw Emily Ducote snag up a Guillotine but give up position as a result. Ducote kicked Macfarlane away and returned to her feet to achieve a takedown of her own, just to get swept as the fight came to an end. It was a closely contested bout but Ilima-Lei Macfarlane is the one who continues her unbeaten streak and solidifies her spot atop the flyweight division.

Check out this crafty sweep from Emily Ducote:

John Teixeira def. Justin Lawrence via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 30-27 x 2)

John Teixeira let his hands and kicks go on his way to a unanimous decision victory over Justin Lawrence. Lawrence failed to produce an answer for the heavy leg kicks of Teixeira which were prevalent throughout each round.

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Early in the second stanza, John Teixeira managed to rock Justin Lawrence with a left hook to right uppercut to left hook combo that caused his opponent stumble. Justin Lawrence landed some shots of his own but was unable to inflict much damage. John Teixeira moves to 21-1-2 in his MMA career and proved to be a dangerous threat to anyone in Bellator’s featherweight division.

Check out John Teixeira wobble Justin Lawrence with a 3 piece combo:

John Teixeira’s leg kicks were a big part of his fourth consecutive Bellator victory:

Main Card:

Darrion Caldwell def. Joe Taimanglo via Unanimous Decision (30-27 x3)

Darrion Caldwell almost began his rematch with Taimanglo the same way in which the first match ended, a choke off of a takedown attempt. Caldwell escaped the early danger and was able lockdown the top position and score some ground strikes.

Caldwell came out in the second round and put Joe Taimanglo on his back again. The collegiate wrestler worked his short strikes as he looked for an Arm Triangle. The referee stood up the action and Taimanglo went for a takedown of his own, sans success. Caldwell shot in right away but found himself in a rather tight Peruvian Necktie. Darrion Caldwell was able to scramble out of the dangerous situation and land inside of Taimanglo’s guard.

The final round saw Taimanglo score a takedown on the NCAA DIV I national wrestling champion and immediately transitioned to his back. Caldwell showed off his strong hips and spun around to inside of the guard of Taimanglo once again. The featherweight prospect Caldwell started to unload some ground and pound and soften up Joe Taimanglo. “Baby” Joe had one last attempt as he made it up to his feet, scored a takedown, and moved to the back of Caldwell. Nothing came of Taimanglo’s position as Caldwell spun back into guard as time expired. Darrion Caldwell put on a dominant performance, and will now face Eduardo Dantas for the Bellator bantamweight title.

Check out this rare Peruvian Necktie attempt from Joe Taimanglo:

 

Even a little bit of tension when the bout was over:

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