Darrion Caldwell Knocks Out Noad Lahat in Bellator 204 Main Event

Reigning Bellator
MMA
bantamweight monarch Darrion
Caldwell
looked right at home at featherweight in the
Bellator 204
main event on Friday night.

“The Wolf” trounced Noad Lahat
and stopped him via punches in the second frame. Caldwell took the
Israeli down repeatedly and dominated him on the canvas for as long
as the bout lasted. “Neo” remained patient with Caldwell on top,
looking for openings to sweep or escape, but the New Jersey native
never allowed Lahat to get into rhythm.

Caldwell ignited the capacity crowd inside Sanford Pentagon in
Sioux Falls, South Dakota, when he hovered over Lahat and slammed
punches from all angles. The champ never stopped throwing hands
until Lahat (12-4) collapsed against the cage and referee Mike
Beltran rushed in to save him. Lahat bowed out officially at 2:46,
allowing Caldwell to win his fourth fight in a row. After the
match, Caldwell (13-1) called out reigning Bellator 145 champ
Patricio
Freire
.

Welterweight prospect Logan
Storley
was dominant once again as he tormented A.J.
Matthews
for nearly two rounds before getting the stoppage.
Storley, a four-time Division I All-American wrestler, took “The
Mercenary” down whenever he pleased. From there, “Storm” dished out
an assortment of elbows and punches to the head and knees to the
legs and body.

Matthews (9-8) couldn’t escape or sweep his opponent and eventually
had to be rescued by referee Jason Herzog, who finally intervened
at 3:56 of the second. The win allowed the highly-touted Storley to
improve to 9-0 with his seventh TKO.

After being away for 14 months, Ireland’s James
Gallagher
was expected to make an explosive return to the
Bellator cage Friday night in his bantamweight debut. He was
brimming with confidence, got in opponent Ricky
Bandejas
’ face before the bout began and kept shouting, “I’m
back!” As it turned out, Bandejas was much tougher than expected as
he destroyed “The Strabanimal” in the first round.

Bandejas rubberized Gallagher’s legs with a straight right to the
jaw and then sent a shockwave through his nervous system with
another. With Gallagher (7-1) reeling, the New Jersey fighter
blasted him with a side kick to the face, dropping him.

Bandejas, a former
Cage Fury Fighting Championships
champion making his Bellator
debut, wasted no time and rained down a storm of punches until
Gallagher was out cold. Referee Bobby Wombacher pulled Bandejas
(11-1) off, officially ending the mugging at 2:49.



After a week of trash talking and boiling blood, it was Tywan
Claxton
who reigned supreme in a grudge match with fellow
featherweight Cris
Lencioni
. “Speedy” used his tremendous wrestling prowess to
take his nemesis down repeatedly and control him on the canvas.
Claxton nullified most of what “Sunshine” tried and coasted to an
easy unanimous decision. Claxton won by scores of 30-27 across the
board to improve to 3-0. Lencioni fell to 3-2.



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