Darrion Caldwell will get the chance to avenge his loss to Joe Taimanglo at Bellator 167 in December.
The pair first met at Bellator 159 in July and where Taimanglo submitted Caldwell with a third-round guillotine after losing the first two rounds. The bout was originally scheduled to be a title eliminator but Taimanglo missed weight by two pounds.
Caldwell (9-1) is one of Bellator’s top up-and-coming prospects and is 6-1 in the promotion with four stoppage victories. His most recent win is a first-round submission over former champion Joe Warren at Bellator 151 in March. Prior to that, he submitted Shawn Bunch with a rear-naked choke in under three minutes.
Taimanglo (23-6-1) is on a four-fight win streak which includes a third-round knockout of Antonio Duarte and unanimous decisions over Sirwan Kakai and Michael Parker. He hasn’t lost since dropping a decision to Rob Emerson at Bellator 116 in 2014.
Bellator 167 is the second event of a weekend double-header and will take place on December 3 at the WInStar World Casino & Resort in Thackerville, Oklahoma. The main event will feature a bout between Patricky “Pitbull” Freire and Derek Campos.