Join us tonight on Bloody Elbow for live results, discussion and play-by-play as Bellator 159: Caldwell vs. Taimainglo goes off from The Kansas Star Arena in Mulvane, Kansas.
NCAA D1 wrestling champion Darrion Caldwell, a bantamweight who’s amassed a flawless nine-fight roll in full-contact face-punching, takes on Guam scrapper Joe Taimanglo in the main hurrah. Melvin Guillard meets the all-action David “Caveman” Rickels in the co-main; lightweights forced into a catchweight bout after Guillard weighed in heavy. Also on the main card: featherweights Emmanuel Sanchez vs. Daniel Weichel and strawweights Emily Ducote vs. Bruna Vargas.
Live results will commence with the Spike TV broadcast at 9 p.m. ET. A free video of the preliminary card will stream right here at 6:45 p.m. ET. Peep out Eddie Mercado’s Bellator 159 preview in the meantime.
(Spike TV, 9 p.m ET)
Darrion Caldwell vs. Joe Taimanglo
R1: Caldwell sidesteps a lunging flurry from Taimanglo. Caldwell shoots from too far outside and Taimanglo backpedals to evade the single leg. Caldwell’s next attempt, however — a double leg to counter a kick — is successful. Caldwell goes to work in Taimanglo’s closed half guard. Taimanglo attempts a sweep from deep half guard and Caldwell, anticipating it, rolls onto his back. Taimanglo spins into him and Caldwell nearly steps into mount, but Taimanglo regains half guard.
Caldwell entangles Taimanglo’s left arm, possibly looking for the paint brush. Taimanglo frees his arm and gets full guard but his triangle attempt is casually shrugged off. Taimanglo escapes to his feet and quickly sprawls on a Caldwell double leg. Caldwell snaps the head down in the front headlock, then goes two-on-one for a far-side kimura attempt. Taimanglo slips free and scampers behind the turtled Caldwell, putting one hook in and pursuing a rear-naked choke. He’s too high and Caldwell slips out the back door. 10-9 Caldwell.
R2: Caldwell scores with an outside low kick. Taimanglo lands a body kick but loses his footing, leaving him exposed for Caldwell’s flying knee. Caldwell continues his momentum and takes Taimanglo down but can’t keep him there. Front-leg side kick lands to the body for Caldwell.
Taimanglo stays upright and planted while throwing a combo and Caldwell dumps him with a counter double leg, again landing in half guard. A few boos erupt as Caldwell holds position in half guard. Grinding top control from Caldwell with heavy hips. Taimanglo gets full guard just before referee John McCarty steps in to stand them up. 10-9 Caldwell.
R3: Caldwell telegraphs a double leg with no set up and Taimanglo falls back to crank a sacrifice guillotine. It’s tight and Caldwell taps quickly.
- Joe Taimanglo defeats Darrion Caldwell by submission (guillotine choke) R3 0:09
Philipe Lins vs. Guilherme Viana
R1: After a slow start, Lins lands a step-in jab. Viana answers with an outside low kick and those comprise the entire strike tally of the first two minutes. Lins glances with a jab. Nice outside low kick lands for Viana. Lins ducks an overhand right and lands one of his own with a minute left. Clean jab from Lins. 10-10.
R2: A minute in, Lins thwacks Viana with a wide right hand to the temple. Lins corners him and glances with a left hook, then detonates a looping right hook on Viana’s jaw. Viana crumples and two follow-up shots earn Lins the stoppage.
- Philipe Lins defeats Guilherme Viana by TKO (punches) R2 1:13
Melvin Guillard vs. David Rickels
R1: Rickels uses lateral movement while wading into Guillard’s wheelhouse, but Guillard backs him off with a flurry. Left body kick glances for Rickels, then an outside low kick. Rickels rushes Guillard and plugs him with a short shovel punch to the face. Rickels catches Guillard in the cup with an inside low kick but he’s ready to continue after a short pause. Guillard glances with a one-two and Rickels forces a clinch.
Rickels lands a clean knee to the body but Guillard smashes him with a huge right forearm. Rickels goes down to a knee and Guillard smothers him with whirring leather, landing a pair of authoritative right hands to seal the stoppage.
- Melvin Guillard defeats David Rickels by TKO (punches) R1 2:14
Emily Ducote vs. Bruna Vargas
R1: Vargas peels off a quick one-two to counter Ducote’s low kick. Nice counter jab lands for Ducote. Vargas snaps a sharp inside low kick. Ducote with another nice counter shot, this one a heavy right. Ducote steps into a right hand that lands clean, then she offers another that dazes Vargas. Ducote swarms with punches and ends up putting Vargas on the fenceDucote prevents Vargas from circling off and glances with a right elbow.
Vargas circles off the fence but Ducote hits an outside trip. Vargas pops back up and takes Ducote down, landing in half guard. Vargas lands a few lefts to the ribs, then postures up with a right hand. Closed half guard for Ducote, who’s trying to mute the top game of Vargas for a stand up, apparently. Vargas over-hooks on the left side and lands a few right hammer-fists to the head. 10-9 Ducote.
R2: Ducote flattens Vargas with a searing right hand, and this time Vargas goes down. Ducote pounces, landing hard rights to the head as Vargas turtles, then takes her back and cinches on a rear-naked choke. Vargas taps immediately.
- Emily Ducote defeats Bruna Vargas by submission (rear-naked choke) R2 0:29
Emmanuel Sanchez vs. Daniel Weichel
R1: An inside low kick starts things off for Sanchez but his left high kick is blocked. Weichel catches the next low kick, though it does land, and turns it into a takedown but Sanchez is quickly back up and separated. Sanchez comes forward with a low kick, a clean left upstairs and a left body kick. Weichel again tries to catch a kick to no avail. High output of aggressive combinations from Sanchez, who lands a right upstairs. Weichel lands an outside low kick and glances with a right upstairs.
Weichel thumps Sanchez with a quick up-knee to the face that goes unnoticed by the commentary team. Sanchez continues to press forward, throwing two outside low kicks and a left high kick. Clean right counter from Weichel. Snapping jab lands hard for Weichel, who changes levels to complete a single leg. Sanchez pops back up and separates, still with alarming consistency. Two glancing left body kicks land for Sanchez but he misses on his second wheel kick attempt. Weichel hits a double with 10 seconds left but Sanchez is back up and throwing quickly after. 10-9 Sanchez.
R2: Sanchez comes forward with a three-piece combo but Weichel dings him with a counter right off his back foot. Outside low kick to the upper thigh for Sanchez. Clean right upstairs for Weichel. Another right lands to the head for Weichel, who finishes a double leg only to have Sanchez rebound off the canvas and separate instantly.
Sanchez’s output has dropped a bit, likely due to Weichel’s sharp counterpunching. Good head movement in the pocket from Weichel, who fires back with a jab and a one-two. Weichel scores with a one-two-two. Sanchez comes up short on a knee but he lands a pair of outside low kicks. 10-9 Weichel.
R3: Weichel catches an outside low kick and takes Sanchez down, this time keeping him there. Sanchez closes his guard, then Weichel’s activity forces his guard back open and Weichel passes to half guard. Weichel steers Sanchez parallel to the fence, then moves to the back ride with a waist cinch as Sanchez tries to escape. Sanchez goes from the turtle position to his feet and rolls out of contact range.
Sanchez with a glancing round kick. Weichel fires off a right that lands upstairs. And another, followed by a left from Weichel. Sanchez catches Weichel with a clean left high kick though it lands with the foot, and he follows by scoring with a crisp combo. Sanchez finds the mark with an outside low kick to the thigh and a slashing right hand. 10-9 Weichel. I have it 29-28 Weichel.
- Daniel Weichel defeats Emmanuel Sanchez by split decision (27-30, 30-27, 29-28)
(Bloody Elbow, 6:45 p.m. ET)
Fernando Martinez defeats Marcio Navarro by split decision (28-29, 29-28 x2)
Johnny Marigo defeats Andy Riley by submission (inverted triangle/keylock) R1 2:44
Gaston Reyno defeats L.J. Hermeck by TKO (punches) R3 3:57
Jessica Middleton defeats Bruna Ellen by unanimous decision (29-28 x3)
Manny Meraz vs. Trey Ogden
Matt Foster vs. Chris Harris
Brandon Phillips vs. Chuka Willis
Henry Lindsay vs. Josh Pfeifer
***some preliminary bouts will not be televised***
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