Darrion Caldwell (Jeff Vulgamore/Combat Press)

Bellator 184 Results: Caldwell Unseats Dantas, Sanchez Submits Straus

On Friday, Oct. 6, Bellator MMA hosted its 184th event from the WinStar World Casino and Resort in Thackerville, Okla.

In the night’s main event, the promotion’s bantamweight champion, Eduardo Dantas, looked to defend his title against Darrion Caldwell. The Brazilian Dantas recaptured the 135-pound belt with a decision win over Marcos Galvão last June and hadsince defended it against Joe Warren and Leandro Higo in hard-fought battles. The decorated wrestler Caldwell opened his career with eight straight victories, but was upset by Joe Taimanglo last July. The pair rematched in December with Caldwell exacting revenge and earning a crack at gold.

Also on the card, former featherweight champions Daniel Straus and Pat Curran returned to action against Emmanuel Sanchez and John Teixeira, respectively.


The action kicked off Friday with a live preliminary card stream on Combat Press at 7 p.m. ET. The main card followed on Spike TV at 9 p.m. ET.

Darrion Caldwell def. Eduardo Dantas by unanimous decision (48-47, 48-47, 50-45) – for bantamweight title
Emmanuel Sanchez def. Daniel Straus by submission (triangle choke). Round 3, 1:56
Pat Curran def. John Macapa by unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-26)
Leandro Higo def. Joe Taimanglo by unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
Teagan Dooley def. DeMarcus Simmons by submission (Americana). Round 2, 2:12
Manny Muro def. Emmanuel Rivera by unanimous decision (30-27 x3)
Sean Holden def. Shakir McKillip by TKO (strikes). Round 2, 4:39
Carrington Banks def. Steve Kozola by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-25, 30-25)
Chance Rencountre def. Justin Patterson by submission (D’arce choke). Round 1, 2:58
Ernest James def. Ray Jones by TKO (strikes) Round 1, 2:53
Westin Wilson def. L.J. Hermreck by submission (rear-naked choke). Round 2, 0:55
Kendall Carnahan def. Daniel Carey by unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)