Bellator 204 is in the books and the promotion’s bantamweight champion Darrion Caldwell just successfully returned to the featherweight division, stopping Noad Lahat with strikes in the second round. Caldwell has now won four-straight, and tonight’s performance gives Bellator’s top 145 pounders something to think about. Logan Storley showed off his University of Minnesota wrestling chops in the co-main event, planting AJ Matthews on the mat and pounding him out with ground strikes in the second. The undefeated Storley now sits at 9-0 as he just picked up his fourth Bellator win.
Ricky Bandejas made a major statement tonight in his Bellator debut by knocking out top prospect James Gallagher cold in the first round. Bandejas hurt him on the feet early and then finished Gallagher off on the ground for the upset win. Opening up the main card, Ty-wan Claxton dominated Cris Lencioni over the course of three rounds to win a unanimous decision.Instead of the typical handshake seen following an MMA match, Claxton got in the face of Lencioni with some choice words. This is the first time that Claxton has gone the distance as he moves to 3-0 in his young career.
Darrion Caldwell def. Noad Lahat by KO at 2:46 of round 2: Featherweight
It took all of about 30 seconds for Caldwell to find top position in the opening round. Lahat spent a lot of time trying to regain guard as Caldwell shifted from position to position, and before he knew it, he had spent the whole round on his back. It took all of 20 seconds for Caldwell to find top position in the second round. Just when it looked as if the round was going to mirror what we saw in the first frame, Caldwell suddenly exploded with a series of punches that caught Lahat slipping. The punches kept coming and the referee was forced to step in and waive off the bout.
Logan Storley def. AJ Matthews by TKO at 3:56 of round 2: Welterweight
Storley quickly closed the distance and shoved Matthews up against the fence, where he found his takedown. Punch after punch started landing for Storley, causing the referee to take a close look at the action. Matthews hung tough, forcing Storley to keep moving. From the top of side control, Storley threw an illegal knee to the head of Matthews, causing a break in the action and bringing the bout back to its feet. Upon the restart, Storley aggressively took the back and started working an RNC, but Matthews escaped before the round ended.
Storley immediately took the fight to the ground to start the second round. Matthews struggled to do much of anything from the bottom, as Storley was able to shut down any and all attempts to get up. Storley started unloading from the top, dropping repeated hammers on Matthews. The referee went in for a closer look, and when Matthews didn’t improve his position, the official had no choice but to stop the fight.
Ricky Bandejas def. James Gallagher by KO at 2:49 of round 1: Bantamweight
Gallagher went right after his opponent with leg kicks, scoring multiple times and oozing with confidence. Then boom! Bandejas dropped Gallagher with a mean right hand before flipping the kill switch. Gallagher stood back up just to get wobbled with another right hand followed by some sweet chin music. Gallagher dropped down to the ground and a violent barrage of punches was unleashed by Bandejas. The unblocked ground strikes knocked Gallagher out cold! Wowsers!
Ty-wan Claxton def. Cris Lencioni by unanimous decision (30-27 x3): Featherweight
Claxton found himself top position early in the fight, but Lencioni was able to get back up without absorbing a ton of damage. Lencioni moved forward, pushing Claxton backwards. Claxton picked up another takedown, but stood up and made Lencioni return to his feet to finish up the round.
The second stanza saw Claxton take the top position again. He got his grind on, keeping Lencioni on his back. Lencioni tried to roll and spin and do everything within his power to get up off the ground, but Claxton was too controlling and maintained position for the entire round.
Claxton worked some combinations on the feet to start the final round, finishing his punches with kicks. Lencioni gave up another takedown with all sorts of time remaining in the round, and the top control we saw out of Claxton in round two continued on. Lencioni did not make it back to his feet.
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