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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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.

And 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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Pat Curran returns at Bellator 184, but how long will he stick around?

Former Bellator featherweight champion Pat Curran returns from a career-long layoff on Friday at Bellator 184. Injuries were the culprit behind the long break, and during that time Curran’s eyes were opened to a future without fighting.

Curran’s (22-7 MMA, 12-4 BMMA) problematic back has kept him out of action since May 2016. He’s fought just twice since February 2015, but will finally return to the cage at Bellator 184 when he meets John Teixeira (21-2-2 MMA, 4-1 BMMA) in a featherweight bout on the Spike-televised main card at WinStar World Casino and Resort in Thackerville, Okla. Prelims stream on MMAjunkie.

The lack of competition forced Curran to find other means of financial stability, he said. He’s always carried the knowledge that he would eventually have to figure out his future beyond fighting, but an injury which doctors said might prevent him from ever stepping in the cage again accelerated the process.

Curran turned to a trades job in the heating and air conditioning field. Although vastly different from the role of a professional fighter, Curran said he found another passion he felt comfortable doing.

“I’m thinking about the future more,” Curran told MMAjunkie. “Financially, I definitely wanted to start bringing in some money and a paycheck every week. I wanted to start working toward a backup plan and a career. I wanted to keep my time busy and ultimately my long-term goal is I would like to get back into the trades. I really enjoy the work.

“I know fighting isn’t going to last forever. Eventually I’m going to hang up the gloves and fall back onto something else. Right now my fall-back plan is this work. It keeps me busy and it’s a very rewarding job. There’s a lot of money to be made in that career.”

Curran’s level of enjoyment with his new job is so high that he opted to keep working in the lead-up to Bellator 184. He not only did that out of necessity because he had to bring in funds to support his training camp, but he also wanted all the perks that come with the job.

“I like having insurance, I like having benefits and a paycheck every week,” Curran said. “It helps me with a mortgage for a house. It has a lot of upside, along with job security. If I didn’t have a job I wouldn’t have been able to get a full training camp like I did and be this ready.

“I was able to juggle both. After a few months of training a few times a week and working, my body was able to get adjusted to it and get in a normal routine.”

In his first seven years as a fighter, Curran competed in 27 bouts. In the more than two years since, though, there have only been two fights. That doesn’t exactly sit well with “Paddy Mike.”

The recent years might be the most important of any, however, because Curran was forced to figure out the next chapter of his life. Curran admits that when wrapped up in an active fight schedule, the other aspects of life that deserve his attention are ultimately neglected. Although it’s somewhat a cliche, MMA truly is a sport where the window for success and financial gain are limited.

February 2018 will mark the 10-anniversary of Curran’s pro debut, and although he’s still only 30, his injury issues have made him fully aware that it can all come to an end at any moment.

“This kind of forced me to take a step back and come up with a second plan so I can transition to the next stage in my life,” Curran said. “It’s going to happen. When you’re busy and fighting three times a year you’re just thinking about the next fight and the next fight. Now, with the injury I wasn’t really sure if I would be able to train anymore. The doctor I saw recommended that I sit on the sidelines and start coaching and not think about fighting. He said my injury should be a warning sign from my body that I can’t do this much longer. I have a very, very short window. I have to make the most out of it right now.”

Curran knows that any fight could be his last, but said he’s feeling excellent ahead of Bellator 184 and is primed to deliver “one of the best performances” of his career. Despite his long absence from the Bellator featherweight division, Curran is still one of the top contenders out there. If he can stay active and healthy a chance to regain the 145-pound belt he’s held twice before is an attainable goal.

The dream scenario would be to add a third title reign to his resume then ride off into the sunset from the sport, but Curran is trying not to get too far ahead of himself. He wants to get back in the swing of things with a win at Bellator 184, and once that happens, he will determine the next move.

“I’d love to retire as the champion,” Curran said. “I don’t know when I’m going to retire or when it’s going to happen. Eventually my body is going to give out and stop working the way I want it to. I’d like to be a champion again and when that time comes I’ll make a decision if I want to push forward and take more damage. Right now it’s fight by fight.”

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

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Bellator 184 pre-event facts: Eduardo Dantas can take lead in championship-fight wins

Bellator returns to one of its familiar locations on Friday with Bellator 184, which takes place at WinStar World Casino and Resort in Thackerville, Okla., with a Spike-televised main card.

A bantamweight title fight headlines the four-bout card. Reigning champion Eduardo Dantas (20-4 MMA, 10-1 BMMA) attempts to defend his title for a second straight time when he meets challenger Darrion Caldwell (10-1 MMA, 7-1 BMMA), who competes in his first Bellator title bout.

For more on the numbers behind the 135-pound title fight, as well as the other bouts scheduled for the main card, check out 20 pre-event facts about Bellator 184.

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Main event

Dantas competes in his 12th Bellator bantamweight bout, the second most appearances in divisional history behind Joe Warren (13).

Dantas’ 10 victories in Bellator bantamweight competition are the most in divisional history.

Dantas’ four-fight Bellator winning streak in bantamweight competition is the longest active streak in the division.

Dantas competes in his seventh Bellator title fight, tied with Pat Curran for the second most in company history behind fellow ex-champ Michael Chandler (nine).

Dantas’ five championship-fight victories in Bellator competition are tied with Chandler and former longtime titleholder Ben Askren for most in company history.

Dantas is one of six fighters in Bellator history to become a two-time champion in a single weight class.

Dantas has earned his past four victories by decision, the longest stretch of his career without a stoppage.

Darrion Caldwell

Caldwell returns to competition for the first time since Dec. 3, 2016. The 307-day layoff is the longest of his more than five-year career.

Caldwell is 4-1 since he dropped to the Bellator bantamweight division in May 2015.

Caldwell has earned all four of his Bellator stoppage victories by submission.

Co-main event

Daniel Straus (24-7 MMA, 11-4 BMMA) is one of six fighters in Bellator history to become a two-time champion in a single weight class.

Straus competes in his 15th Bellator featherweight bout, the second most appearances in divisional history behind Patricio Freire (17).

Straus’ 10 victories in Bellator featherweight competition are second most in divisional history behind Freire (14).

Straus has suffered six of his seven career losses by stoppage.

Emmanuel Sanchez (15-3 MMA, 7-2 BMMA) has earned nine of his 15 career victories by decision. That includes six of his seven Bellator wins.

Remaining main card

Pat Curran (22-7 MMA, 12-4 BMMA) returns to competition for the first time since May 20, 2016. The 504-day layoff is the longest of his more than nine-year career.

Curran is 11-3 since he dropped to the Bellator featherweight division in June 2011.

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

Curran has suffered six of his seven career losses by decisions. That includes all four of his Bellator defeats.

John Teixeira

John Teixeira (21-2-2 MMA, 4-1 BMMA) has earned all four of his Bellator victories by decision. Three of those wins came by split decision.

Joe Taimanglo (23-7-1 MMA, 6-3 BMMA) is 4-2 since he dropped to the Bellator bantamweight division in April 2014.

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

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Pat Curran vs. John Teixeira among 3 additions to next month's Bellator 184

A featherweight scrap between former Bellator champ Pat Curran (22-7 MMA, 12-4 BMMA) and Brazilian veteran John Teixeira (21-2-2 MMA, 4-1 BMMA) is among three additions recently made official for next month’s Bellator 184 event.

The contest takes place on the Spike-broadcast main card of the Oct. 6 event, which takes place at WinStar World Casino and Resort in Thackerville, Okla.

The other two additions take place on the MMAjunkie-streamed preliminary card and include featherweights Gaston Reyno (6-2 MMA, 3-2 BMMA) vs. Westin Wilson (4-2 MMA, 0-0 BMMA), welterweights Justin Patterson (9-3 MMA, 3-2 BMMA) vs. Chance Rencountre (10-2 MMA, 1-1 BMMA).

Curran boasts two different Bellator title reigns, though the second lasted just one fight, submitting Daniel Straus to claim the title but then immediately losing a unanimous decision to Patricio Freire to hand it over. A loss to Daniel Weichel followed, but Curran has bounced back with wins over Emmanuel Sanchez and Georgi Karakhanyan.

Meanwhile, “Macapa” Teixeira fought once under the UFC banner, losing a split decision to Hugo Viana at UFC 147 in 2012 following a stint on the original season of “The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil.” Teixeira has since gone 9-1-1 in 11 appearances, though the lone loss in the span was his most recent outing, a split-decision loss to Weichel at Bellator 177 in April.

Uruguayan prospect Reyno had a bizarre star to his career, opening with back-to-back no contests. He then rattled off five consecutive wins before battling through a recent 1-2 stretch in three consecutive bouts contested under the Bellator banner. He now faces Wilson, who makes his promotional debut.

Patterson and Rencountre meet in a rematch of a March 2016 contests at Bellator 151. Patterson was awarded a split-decision that night. Rencountre has since earned a pair of victories, including one in the Bellator cage, and now looks to even the score.

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

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