Darrion Caldwell’s quest for a second Bellator championship belt begins at Bellator 228, but “The Wolf” says he’s been eyeing this move for a while.
“I think after that Leandro Higo fight, I planted a seed. Letting Pitbull know, that I was coming up to take his belt,” Caldwell said. “I think he felt some animosity towards that, and I got the reaction that I wanted. I (have) seen it in his eye. For me, ’45 has always been the goal and the time is now. Goin there, take out Henry Corrales and hopefully I get Pitbull next fight.”
At Bellator 195, Darrion Caldwell submitted the above-mentioned Leandro Higo, a Pitbull Brother’s protégé, by guillotine choke in the first round.
“Anytime you see your little brother get beat up, you’re gonna want revenge. Here I am Pitbull, come and get me bro! I’m coming up to you though. That’s the thing. I’m gonna come up to you and get what’s yours. I’m a take yours. I’m gonna come to your hometown, your homeland, and take what’s yours. You don’t have the balls to come down to mine, to my weight class though. But I felt like I planted a seed a long time ago. I came to the sport at 145 before I ever thought about fighting at ’35, I wrestled at ’49. I know exactly how these body styles go, so I’m excited.”
Caldwell actually fought his first seven fights a Featherweight before moving down 10-lbs, seeing an easier path to the gold.
“I fought three fights at ’35 and I was the champ. I thought it would take me a little bit longer with some of the guys at ’45. ’45 is Bellator’s strongest division, deepest division. And so, it was just a matter of how quickly I can be a champion. Now I’m known as a champ whether ’35 or ’45. I’m a champion and if you can go it at ’35, you can do it at ’55. There’s no difference in the weight class. It’s all about preparation. It’s always been on my radar to be 145 lbs., champion. By the end of the year 2020, I’ll be the champion.”
Bellator 228 takes place at the Forum in Inglewood, California.
Check out the full interview at the top of the page.
- Featherweight Title & Grand Prix: Patricio Ferire (29-4) vs. Juan Archuleta (23-1)
- Middleweight: Gegard Mousasi (45-7-2) vs. Lyoto Machida (26-8)
- Featherweight Grand Prix: Darrion Caldwell (12-3) vs. Henry Corrales (17-3)
- Featherweight Grand Prix: Daniel Weichel (39-11) vs. Saul Rogers (13-2)
- Featherweight Grand Prix: AJ McKee Jr. (14-0) vs. Georgi Karkhanyan (28-9-1)
- Middleweight: Antonio McKee (29-6-2) vs. William Sriyapai (13-8)
- Lightweight: AJ Agazarm (1-1) vs. Jonathan Quiroz (3-3)
- 130 lbs. Catchweight: Jay Viola (2-1) vs. Johnny Santa Maria (3-4)
- Lightweight: Joshua Jones (8-4) vs. Dominic Clark (14-8)
- Bantamweight: Weber Almeida (2-0) vs. Castle Williams (4-2)
- Bantamweight: Jason Edwards (2-0) vs. Adrian Najera (1-0)
- Welterweight: Emilio Williams (4-2) vs.Ian Butler (6-6)
- Middleweight: Andre Walker (5-2) vs. Ozzy Diaz (2-1)
- 175 lbs. Catchweight: Mike Jasper (13-5) vs. Johnny Cisneros (12-7)