MMAjunkie's 'Submission of the Month' for October: A legendary sub ends a historic title fight

With another action-packed month of MMA in the books, MMAjunkie looks at the best submissions from October. Here are the five nominees, listed in chronological order, and the winner of MMAjunkie’s “Submission of the Month” award for October.

At the bottom of the post, let us know if we got it right by voting for your choice.

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The Nominees

Emmanuel Sanchez def. Daniel Straus at Bellator 184

It took overcoming some rough spots early, but grappling-savvy Emmanuel Sanchez (16-3 MMA, 8-2 BMMA) looked nothing short of impressive en route to a third-round submission win over former champion Daniel Straus (24-8 MMA, 11-5 BMMA).

After an action-packed first round, which saw some crazy reversals and near-misses, Sanchez took control of the featherweight bout in the final two rounds, marking his best Bellator display yet with the rear-naked choke of Straus.

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Demetrious Johnson def. Ray Borg at UFC 216

Demetrious Johnson’s (27-2-1 MMA, 15-1-1 UFC) long journey toward UFC championship history reached its conclusion with his most memorable octagon moment to date when he scored a spectacular fifth-round submission of Ray Borg (11-3 MMA, 5-3 UFC).

Johnson’s unprecedented run of success as UFC flyweight champion claimed another victim when he defeated challenger Borg with a one-of-a-kind armbar in the final round. With the win, he broke Anderson Silva’s longstanding UFC title-defense run.

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Tony Ferguson def. Kevin Lee at UFC 216

It was far from an easy night of work for Tony Ferguson (24-3 MMA, 14-1 UFC), but a third-round triangle choke got Kevin Lee (16-3 MMA, 9-3 UFC) to tap. It earned “El Cucuy” the UFC’s interim lightweight title.

After a back-and-forth two rounds, Ferguson’s superiority on the ground allowed him to set up a slick triangle choke. Lee attempted to fight out of it, but the choke was too fight, and he was forced to tap out in the title fight.

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Jan Blachowicz def. Devin Clark at UFC Fight Night 118

Devin Clark’s (8-2 MMA, 2-2 UFC) rushing attack had Jan Blachowicz (20-7 MMA, 3-4 UFC) on his heels in the first round. But in the second, Blachowicz had an answer to end the light-heavyweight bout.

Clark exposed his neck while charging forward, and Blachowicz seized it. He secured a rarely seen standing no-hooks rear-naked choke in the second round, ending a three-fight slump for the Polish fighter.

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Vicente Luque def. Niko Price at UFC Fight Night 119

Vicente Luque (12-6-1 MMA, 5-2 UFC) made the most of his short-notice opportunity against Niko Price (11-1 MMA, 2-1 UFC), chipping away with heavy shots until a finish presented itself.

Luque dropped Price with a combo in the second round of the welterweight fight. But rather than punch his way to a stoppage, he locked in a D’Arce choke and forced a tap, becoming just the third fighter in UFC history to earn two or more submission wins with the technique.

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The Winner: Demetrious Johnson

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In what may go down as the slickest finish in his record-breaking championship reign, Johnson tapped Borg with a fifth-round armbar.

Just when it appeared Johnson was going to cruise to an easy decision win over Borg, “Mighty Mouse” lifted his opponent, grabbed his left arm in one fluid motion, and got a tap-out from an armbar at the 3:15 mark of the fifth round.

Johnson was listening when Borg said in a pre-fight interview he liked to upset his opponents’ balance to initiate winning scrambles. When he saw an opportunity to do the same, Johnson seized it and pulled off his eye-popping armbar.

“A couple of weeks ago, he was saying when somebody’s planted, you have to shift their weight, and when they shift their weight, they’re light,” Johnson said following the pay-per-view event at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. “So I kneed him, and then I shook his weight – I shifted his weight, and when he shifted, he went back and threw and elbow, and I was like, ‘Got you.’”

It wasn’t the first time Johnson had pulled off such a move, which he dubbed the “Mighty Armbar,” as improvisational as it seemed. He had pulled it off several times in practice for UFC 215, where he was originally scheduled for his try at the all-time UFC record before Borg fell ill and was forced to withdraw the day before the fight.

But the general public would never have known it was coming since Johnson has a strict rule of secrecy when it comes to his work in the gym.

“You see a lot of people that are doing their (video blogs), but I don’t show any of my training,” he said. “I just don’t do it. It’s none of your guys’ business what I’m doing in the gym. But we do have the ‘(UFC) Embedded’ crew come out there, and I show my warmup, and they’re like, ‘Dude, you need to let us film your sparring because the stuff you’re doing in sparring, you’re actually doing in the octagon.’

“When I was in Edmonton (for UFC 215), I was practically throwing people up. I do it all the time in the gym.”

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Bellator 184 reactions: Winning and losing fighters on social media

Since the early days when the sport was anything but a mainstream endeavor, the MMA industry has thrived and survived through various websites, forums and, perhaps most importantly, social-media platforms.

Fighters interact with fans, each other and many more through the likes of Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, which helps outsiders get a deeper look into the minds of the athletes.

Following Friday’s Bellator 184 event at WinStar World Casino and Resort in Thackerville, Okla., several of the winning and losing fighters, along with their coaches, training partners or family members, took to social media to react to the event or share a message with supporters.

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Bellator 184 post-event facts: Pat Curran flirts with Bellator's all-time wins record

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Bellator’s latest offering went down this past Friday with Bellator 184, which took place at WinStar World Casino and Resort in Thackerville, Okla., with a main card that aired on Spike following prelims on MMAjunkie.

A new bantamweight champion was crowned in the main event. Darrion Caldwell (11-1 MMA, 8-1 BMMA) managed to live up to his early career label as a future champion when he outworked Eduardo Dantas (20-5 MMA, 10-2 BMMA) over the course of five rounds for a unanimous decision to claim the belt.

Caldwell’s victory closed out of a four-fight main card which saw three contests decided by the scorecards. For more on the numbers behind the show, check out 20 post-event facts about Bellator 184.

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General

Betting favorites went 3-1 on the main card.

Betting favorites fell to 10-4 (with one even odds) in Bellator main events this year.

Total fight time for the four-bout main card was 1:06:56.

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Main card

Caldwell became the fifth fighter to hold the Bellator bantamweight championship.

Caldwell improved to 5-1 since he dropped to the Bellator bantamweight division in May 2015.

Dantas lost the Bellator bantamweight championship for the second time.

Dantas has suffered both of his Bellator losses by decision.

Emmanuel Sanchez (16-3 MMA, 8-2 UFC) has earned six of his seven career stoppage victories by submission.

Daniel Straus (24-8 MMA, 11-5 UFC) has suffered seven of his eight career losses by stoppage.

Straus has suffered all four of his Bellator stoppage losses by submission.

Pat Curran (23-7 MMA, 13-4 BMMA) improved to 10-3 since he dropped to the Bellator featherweight division in June 2011.

Curran’s 13 victories in Bellator competition are tied with Chandler and Joe Warren for second most in company history behind Patricio Freire (14).

Curran’s 10 victories in Bellator featherweight competition are tied with Straus for second most in divisional history behind Freire (14).

John Teixeira (21-3-2 MMA, 4-2 BMMA) is on the first losing skid of his career.

Teixeira has suffered all three of his career losses by decision.

Joe Taimanglo (24-8-1 MMA, 6-4 BMMA) fell to 4-3 since he dropped to the Bellator bantamweight division in April 2014.

Taimanglo has suffered all four of his Bellator losses by decision.

For complete coverage of Bellator 184, check out the MMA Events section of the site.

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Fight Tracks: The walkout songs of Bellator 184

While it takes intense training, world-class skills and maybe even a bit of luck to register a Bellator win, picking the right song to accompany you to the cage is a key talent, as well.

See what the fighters of Friday’s Bellator 184 event in Thackerville, Okla., went with as their backing tracks.

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Darrion Caldwell def. Eduardo Dantas via unanimous decision (48-47, 48-47, 50-45)

Darrion Caldwell: “Paranoia” by Dave East feat. Jeez

Eduardo Dantas: “Lado B Lado A” by O Rappa

Emmanuel Sanchez def. Daniel Straus via submission (triangle choke) – Round 3, 1:56

Emmanuel Sanchez: “Canción Del Mariachi (Morena De Mi Corazón)” by Los Lobos

Daniel Straus: “DNA” by Kendrick Lamar

Pat Curran def. John Teixeira via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-26)

Pat Curran: “Awake” by Godsmack

John Teixeira: “Last Breath” by Future

Leandro Higo def. Joe Taimanglo via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)

Leandro Higo: “Campeao Vendor” by Jamily

Joe Taimanglo: “I Got The Feelin’” by James Brown

For complete coverage of Bellator 184, check out the MMA Events section of the site.

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Bellator 184 highlights: Dethroned! New champ Darrion Caldwell tops Eduardo Dantas

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Bellator has a new bantamweight champion. Here’s how Darrion Caldwell did it.

In Friday’s Bellator 184 headliner, Caldwell (11-1 MMA, 8-1 BMMA) picked up a unanimous-decision victory and delivered Eduardo Dantas (20-5 MMA, 10-2 BMMA) his first loss in three years.

Check out the highlights of the win, which came via frequent takedowns and unorthodox striking, above.

Bellator 184 took place Friday at WinStar World Casino and Resort in Thackerville, Okla., and it aired on Spike following prelims on MMAjunkie.

Caldwell, a 2009 NCAA Division I national wrestling champion, got the victory via 48-47, 48-47 and 50-45 scores.

Elsewhere on the card, featherweightEmmanuel Sanchez (16-3 MMA, 8-2 BMMA) picked up arguably his biggest win yet with a third-round tap-out of former champ Daniel Straus (24-8 MMA, 11-5 BMMA). Additionally, former featherweight champion Pat Curran (23-7 MMA, 13-4 BMMA) returned from a lengthy layoff for a decision victory over 145-pounder John Teixeira (21-3-2 MMA, 4-2 BMMA).

Finally, in the main-card opener, Leandro Higo (18-2 MMA, 1-1 BMMA) nearly scored a late submission but instead settled for a clear-cut unanimous-decision win over durable bantamweight Joe Taimanglo (23-7-1 MMA, 6-3 BMMA).

Check out all of the highlights above.

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Bellator 184 results: Darrion Caldwell takes bantamweight title with domination of Eduardo Dantas

Darrion Caldwell had a gameplan and he stuck to it.

The result was an unanimous call for Caldwell (11-1 MMA, 8-1 BMMA) over champion Eduardo Dantas (20-5 MMA, 10-2 BMMA) – and a brand new belt to show for his efforts.

The bantamweight tile bout headlined Friday’s Bellator 184, which took place at WinStar World Casino and Resort in Thackerville, Okla. It aired on Spike, along with the rest of the main card, following prelims on MMAjunkie.

Caldwell, who’d most recently avenged his sole career loss by beating Joe Taimanglo at Bellator 167, wrestled his way to his career’s biggest win yet. While Dantas did a good job at defending relentless takedown attempts – granted, with the occasional help from the fence – the time spent trying to escape the challenger’s grip meant lack of offense of his own.

The result was a five-round contest in which neither fighter gave up – but that could certainly have used more urgency by Dantas in the fifth.

It took 30 seconds of feeling out before Caldwell used a failed high kick by Dantas to pounce with a takedown attempt. Dantas was pushed against the cage and resisted for a bit, but soon had his legs flying in the air due to a beautiful suplex. Dantas got back up quickly, but Caldwell wouldn’t alleviate the pressure. With the bout seemingly deadlocked against the cage after a few minutes, the ref intervened. Back to the center of the cage, Caldwell landed some good left hooks before the round ended.

Dantas’ aggression to kick off the second round backfired when Caldwell was once more able to grab him. The fence work, however, didn’t last long this time. With the action back on the feet, Dantas kept on chasing Caldwell against the cage, while the challenger used his left hand and occasional kicks to keep the distance. While Dantas was the one pushing the action, he wasn’t landing anything significant. In the final minute-and-a-half, Caldwell rushed for a takedown, which Dantas stuffed. As they broke up, though, Caldwell landed a good elbow. The champ ate it and paid it back a few seconds later – this time, with a spinning backfist.

A spinning back kick to the body spelled a good moment for Dantas early in the third, but soon he saw himself fighting off Caldwell’s takedown attempts again. Pressed against the cage, Dantas, once more, refused to acquiesce. But, on-point takedown defense aside, the champ’s offense was continuously annulled. Eventually, though, the champ managed to get the action back where he wanted. As Caldwell’s exhaustion became apparent, Dantas capitalized: As the end of the third round approached, the champ was the one applying the pressure on the ground. But the round was over the second that Dantas got the mount.

After some tentative exchanges, Caldwell managed to land a takedown in the fourth – but Dantas, again, popped right back up. The two were once more against the cage. This time, though Dantas wasn’t merely defending takedowns, finding some ground offense of his own. Dantas managed to wrap Caldwell on body triangles twice, but, despite angling for it, he was never able to secure the challenger’s neck. Caldwell not only escaped, but was soon landing elbows from inside the champ’s guard. Dantas, now bloodied above his eye, fought his way back up and, once more, saw himself resisting Caldwell’s takedowns against the fence.

Two minutes into the fifth round, not much was happening. While one could see why Caldwell, probably aware it was his fight to lose, wasn’t too interested in engaging, Dantas’ lack of urgency was somewhat surprising. While the champ landed a few strikes and exerted some control over Caldwell in the ground, ending the bout wrapped around the challenger’s back, he ran out of time to find the title-saving finish.

Scorecards of 48-47, 48-47 and 50-45 declared 29-year-old Caldwell Bellator’s new bantamweight champion. Dantas, who was defending the belt for a second time since reclaiming it from Marcos Galvao at Bellator 156 in June 2016, suffered his first setback in three years.

Bellator 184 results:

MAIN CARD (Spike, 9 p.m. ET)

  • Darrion Caldwell def. Eduardo Dantas via unanimous decision (48-47, 48-47, 50-45) – to win bantamweight title
  • Emmanuel Sanchez def. Daniel Straus via submission (triangle choke) – Round 3, 1:56
  • Pat Curran def. John Teixeira via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-26)
  • Leandro Higo def. Joe Taimanglo via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)

PRELIMINARY CARD (MMAjunkie, 7 p.m. ET)

  • Manuel Muro def. Emmanuel Rivera via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
  • Sean Holden def. Shakir McKillip via TKO (strikes) – Round 2, 4:39 – 160-pound catchweight
  • Carrington Banks def. Steve Kozola via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-25, 30-25)
  • Chance Rencountre def. Justin Patterson via submission (D’Arce choke) – Round 1, 2:58
  • Teagan Dooley def DeMarcus Simmons via submission (Americana) – Round 2, 2:12
  • Westin Wilson def. L.J. Hermreck via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 2, 0:55
  • Kendall Carnahan def. Daniel Carey via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
  • Ernest James vs. Ray Jones

For more on Bellator 184, check out the MMA Events section of the site.

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Twitter reacts to Darrion Caldwell's title-winning victory over Eduardo Dantas at Bellator 184

Darrion Caldwell continued his takeover of the Bellator bantamweight division on Friday when he dethroned Eduardo Dantas of the championship belt in the Bellator 184 headliner.

Caldwell (11-1 MMA, 8-1 BMMA) further lived up to his claim as a fighter with great potential when he ended Dantas’ (20-5 MMMA, 10-2 BMMA) reign as 135-pound champion with a unanimous-decision win in the Spike-televised main event at WinStar World Casino and Resort in Thackerville, Okla.

Check out the top Twitter reactions Caldwell’s title-winning victory over Dantas at Bellator 184.

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Bellator 184 results: Emmanuel Sanchez taps former champ Daniel Straus in third

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It took overcoming some rough spots early, but grappling-savvy Emmanuel Sanchez looked nothing short of impressive in route to a third-round submission win over former champion Daniel Straus.

After an action-packed first round, which saw some crazy reversals and near-misses, Sanchez (16-3 MMA, 8-2 BMMA) took control of the featherweight co-headliner in the final two rounds, marking his best Bellator display yet with the tap of Straus (24-8 MMA, 11-5 BMMA).

Straus was off to a solid start, as Sanchez seemed in trouble for the bottom early. The roles, however, were quickly reversed, as a bloodied Sanchez got ahold of Straus’ kneecap in pursuit of a leg-lock. The ex-champ, however, stayed calm – and soon was the one applying the heat from the top. After a brief scramble, Straus seemingly dug first for a D’Arce, and then a North-South choke, but relented. Straus stayed in control from the top for a while before Sanchez was again able to reverse, taking Straus’ back on the ground. While Sanchez failed to find a fight-ending submission there, he was able to get the mount shortly before the bell rang.

While Sanchez was the only with the early success in the final round, Straus did have his moments on top position. As the ex-champ worked from the half-guard, though, Sanchez was able to once more reverse. Soon, it was Sanchez who saw himself working from Straus’ half guard. It took him a while, but Sanchez managed to pass the guard and mount, landing elbows as Straus defended his face. While Straus never stopped resisting, he was simply unable to escape the unfortunate position, as Sanchez kept landing elbow after elbow. By the end of the round, Straus didn’t have many options but to keep cover – which, though under the referee’s close watch, was enough to get him to fight another round.

Straus came out swinging in the third and final round, throwing some wild shots before landing a takedown against the cage. As Sanchez seemed to be slowly making his way up, Straus grabbed ahold of his leg and ended a scramble on top. Quickly, though, Sanchez had his legs around Straus’ neck and shoulder, setting up a triangle choke. Straus had no choice but to tap, granting Sanchez the submission win.

While Straus has seen better days, currently riding the first skid of his Bellator run after the title-costing loss to Patricio Freire at Bellator 178 in April, Sanchez certainly can’t complain. Given a 2017 that saw him taking straight wins over Georgi Karakhanyan, ex-champ Marcos Galvao and, now, Straus, no one can’t really blame him for being on a dancing mood.

Bellator 184 results:

MAIN CARD (Spike, 9 p.m. ET)

  • Champ Eduardo Dantas vs. Darrion Caldwell – for bantamweight title
  • Emmanuel Sanchez def. Daniel Straus via submission (triangle choke) – Round 3, 1:56
  • Pat Curran def. John Teixeira via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-26)
  • Leandro Higo def. Joe Taimanglo via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)

PRELIMINARY CARD (MMAjunkie, 7 p.m. ET)

  • Manuel Muro def. Emmanuel Rivera via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
  • Sean Holden def. Shakir McKillip via TKO (strikes) – Round 2, 4:39 – 160-pound catchweight
  • Carrington Banks def. Steve Kozola via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-25, 30-25)
  • Chance Rencountre def. Justin Patterson via submission (D’Arce choke) – Round 1, 2:58
  • Teagan Dooley def DeMarcus Simmons via submission (Americana) – Round 2, 2:12
  • Westin Wilson def. L.J. Hermreck via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 2, 0:55
  • Kendall Carnahan def. Daniel Carey via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
  • Ernest James vs. Ray Jones

For more on Bellator 184, check out the MMA Events section of the site.

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Bellator 184 results: Ex-champ Pat Curran tops John Teixeira after lengthy layoff

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Former featherweight champion Pat Curran picked his shots against an aggressive John Teixeira.

But, when those shots landed, they landed big. The result of Curran’s (23-7 MMA, 13-4 BMMA) accuracy was a unanimous sweep of Teixeira (21-3-2 MMA, 4-2 BMMA) on the judges’ interesting scorecards – which ranged from a 29-28 to a 30-26, with a 30-27 in between.

John Teixeira was the early aggressor, throwing some hard punches right off the bat. Curran was tentative early, mostly circling around and throwing rare shots as Teixeira mixed short hand combinations and low kicks. A sloppy entrance by Teixeira, however, saw a right hand by Curran landing clean on his jaw. After looking rocked for a split second, Teixeira resumed attack position. Curran, however, seemed to smell blood – and soon it was Teixeira who started backing up. After landing yet another hard shot to Teixeira’s chin, Curran grew increasingly aggressive and found another huge right hand before the round ended.

Curran came out more aggressive in the second. But Teixeira, understandably, didn’t seem too interested in engaging. A takedown by the Brazilian featherweight was short-lived, as Curran was back up in no time. As the they resumed their exchanges on the feet halfway through the second, both fighters seemed more careful about keeping the distance. Teixeira relied heavily on the low kicks, while Curran seemed to seek openings for the counters that served him well early. Curran was able to secure a takedown in the final 40 seconds of the round, but this time it was Teixeira who wanted no business on the ground. Teixeira ate one big jab before the bell rang, but a knee by Curran missed.

Curran wasn’t about to relinquish control in round three, taking full advantage of his stifling wrestling game to keep Teixeira in constant survival mode early on. While Teixeira stayed active, managing to repeatedly get back up, Curran just wouldn’t relent, staying close and landing knees to the body against the cage. Halfway through the round the two were back on their feet – but the writing was on the wall. While Teixeira was, again, the aggressor, the shots weren’t landing. Curran may have failed to keep Teixeira down late in the third, but remained elusive on the feet until the final bell rang.

The win snapped a long, injury-motivated layoff for the ex-champ, who hadn’t fought since a Bellator 155 win over Georgi Karakhanyan in May 2016. He’s now on a three-fight streak. “Macapa,” in turn, has a two-fight skid after dropping a split call to Daniel Weichel.

Bellator 184 results:

MAIN CARD (Spike, 9 p.m. ET)

  • Champ Eduardo Dantas vs. Darrion Caldwell – for bantamweight title
  • Emmanuel Sanchez vs. Daniel Straus
  • Pat Curran def. John Teixeira via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-26)
  • Leandro Higo def. Joe Taimanglo via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)

PRELIMINARY CARD (MMAjunkie, 7 p.m. ET)

  • Manuel Muro def. Emmanuel Rivera via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
  • Sean Holden def. Shakir McKillip via TKO (strikes) – Round 2, 4:39 – 160-pound catchweight
  • Carrington Banks def. Steve Kozola via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-25, 30-25)
  • Chance Rencountre def. Justin Patterson via submission (D’Arce choke) – Round 1, 2:58
  • Teagan Dooley def DeMarcus Simmons via submission (Americana) – Round 2, 2:12
  • Westin Wilson def. L.J. Hermreck via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 2, 0:55
  • Kendall Carnahan def. Daniel Carey via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
  • Ernest James vs. Ray Jones

For more on Bellator 184, check out the MMA Events section of the site.

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Bellator 184 results: Leandro Higo outworks Joe Taimanglo for unanimous decision

Leandro Higo came close to walking away from his second Bellator outing with a late third-round submission win.

But, judging by the smile on Higo’s (18-2 MMA, 1-1 BMMA) face as the 29-28, 30-27 and 30-27 scorecards were read, we’re guessing a unanimous decision over fellow bantamweight Joe Taimanglo (23-7-1 MMA, 6-3 BMMA) should do just fine.

The Brazilian, who’d dropped a split decision against 135-pound champ Eduardo Dantas in a non-title bout to kick off his promotional run, is back on the pro streak that saw him taking eight straight wins before the loss to Dantas. Taimanglo, who showcased some toughness after surviving Higo’s tight third-round guillotine choke, is now on a two-fight skid after a loss to Darrion Caldwell.

Taimanglo wasted no time in the feeling-out process in Round 1, pushing Higo against cage almost immediately. The two switched positions a few times, but Taimanglo was mostly in control there. After two minutes, though, Higo managed to break away, and the two returned to the center of the cage. Taimanglo then set up some shots to once more get Higo against the cage – this time, securing a takedown. But Higo got back up, proceeding to land a big hand and get Taimanglo to the ground. Higo, however, was unable to advance from the half guard and the two were back on their feet by the time the round ended.

Taimanglo was more tentative as the second round started. Higo landed a good hand and attempted some jumping strikes early, but Taimanglo halted the action by once more pressing him against the cage. As the two resumed the action on the feet, Higo kept the distance with straight strikes, while Taimanglo entered his range with shorter punches. By the final two minutes, Higo was landing low kicks and solid punches to the face. High made a good round more favorable with a takedown. Taimanglo, however, once more kept him at half guard – and eventually got back up.

Higo kept lighter on his feet in the third round, while Taimanglo pressed forward. Taimanglo half-heartedly attempted two takedowns, which Higo escaped. The two proceeded with mostly tentative strikes, until, as the end of the fight drew near, Taimanglo managed to get to Higo’s back. While a submission didn’t really look anywhere near locked in, it took a little while for Higo to shake him off. Once he did, though, it was Taimanglo wo saw himself in a very unfortunate position – with Higo’s arms wrapped tightly around his neck. The guillotine seemed tight, but Taimanglo managed to tough it out until the final bell.

Bellator 184 results:

MAIN CARD (Spike, 9 p.m. ET)

  • Champ Eduardo Dantas vs. Darrion Caldwell – for bantamweight title
  • Emmanuel Sanchez vs. Daniel Straus
  • Pat Curran vs. John Teixeira
  • Leandro Higo def. Joe Taimanglo via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)

PRELIMINARY CARD (MMAjunkie, 7 p.m. ET)

  • Manuel Muro def. Emmanuel Rivera via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
  • Sean Holden def. Shakir McKillip via TKO (strikes) – Round 2, 4:39 – 160-pound catchweight
  • Carrington Banks def. Steve Kozola via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-25, 30-25)
  • Chance Rencountre def. Justin Patterson via submission (D’Arce choke) – Round 1, 2:58
  • Teagan Dooley def DeMarcus Simmons via submission (Americana) – Round 2, 2:12
  • Westin Wilson def. L.J. Hermreck via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 2, 0:55
  • Kendall Carnahan def. Daniel Carey via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
  • Ernest James vs. Ray Jones

For more on Bellator 184, check out the MMA Events section of the site.

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