On Saturday, Dec. 3, Bellator MMA hosted its 167th event from the WinStar World Casino and Resort in Thackerville, Okla. The event was the second of back-to-back events by the promotion, with Bellator 166 having taken place Friday, Dec. 2 from the same location.
In the night’s main event, bantamweights Darrion Caldwell and Joe Taimanglo met for the second time. Caldwell, a former NCAA wrestling national champion, opened his MMA career with nine straight wins. That came to crashing halt when he met Taimanglo at Bellator 159 and was submitted in the third round by guillotine choke. The upset win marked the fourth straight inside the Bellator cage for Guam’s Taimanglo.
Also on the main card, undefeated flyweight Ilima-Lei MacFarlane took on Emily Ducote.
The action kicked off Saturday with a live preliminary card stream on Combat Press at 7:15 p.m. ET. The night’s main card aired on Spike TV beginning at 9 p.m. ET.
Darrion Caldwell def. Joe Taimonglo by unanimous decision (30-27 x3)
John Teixeira def. Justin Lawrence by unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
Ilima-Lei MacFarlane def. Emily Ducote by unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
Chidi Njokuani def. Andre Fialho by knockout (punches). Round 1, 0:21
Jarod Trice def. Tommie Britton by majority decision (28-28, 30-26, 30-25)
Jonathan Gary def. Aaron Roberson by unanimous decision (29-28 x3)
Justin Patterson def. Codale Ford by unanimous decision (29-27, 29-28, 29-28)
Fernando Gonzalez def. Chris Hicks by knockout (punch). Round 1, 0:15
Bronson St. Romaine def. Jerry Soto by unanimous decision(29-28, 29-28, 28-27)
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