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Longtime Bellator MMA bantamweight prospect Darrion Caldwell has Authentic Wade Davis Youth jersey lived up to the high expectations, as he claimed the 135-pound championship with a decision win over Eduardo Dantas on Friday. A former NCAA Division I national champion wrestler at NC State, Caldwell (10-1) relied on his wrestling background to control the five-round bout and separate himself on the scorecards. The title fight headlined Bellator 184 in Thackerville, Oklahoma. All three judges had it for Caldwell, via scores of 50-45, 48-47 and 48-47. Several of the rounds were close, but Caldwell's persistent takedowns and tenacity in the scramble won him the fight. "Feels like a dream come true, baby," Caldwell said. "'The Wolf' is here. This is my belt, and I'm keeping it for a long, long time, baby." Fighting out of Alliance MMA in San Diego, Caldwell's game plan revolved around his wrestling, but he also managed to hold his own on the feet against Dantas. Caldwell mixed his strikes well, surprising the defending champion at times with a quick head kick and sharp lead left hand. He landed inside leg kicks sporadically during the fight and capitalized on a takedown in a big way in the fourth round, opening up a cut over Dantas' left eye with an elbow. Dantas (20-4), who was once a top bantamweight http://www.authentictampabayrays.com/Wade-Davis-Jerseyprospect himself, took advantage of Caldwell's eagerness to get a takedown at times, scrambling to his back and looking for a rear-naked choke. Caldwell showed good poise in those situations, however, and escaped before the end of the rounds. It is Dantas' first loss since a five-round upset decision to Joe Warren in October 2014. The Nova Uniao bantamweight had won four in a row prior to Friday. Caldwell, who trains alongside former UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz, told ESPN prior to the fight that he was set on winning the title and earning high-profile title defenses in locations such as New York and Los Angeles. Swanson believes that not signing a new deal has already affected his relationship with the UFC. His December fight against Ortega (12-0) was leaked in the public before the UFC offered it to him. And he believes the UFC didn't book a fight against former champ Jose Aldo because he's not locked into a long-term deal. "My honest opinion is I feel I may have upset somebody because I didn't take a new deal," Swanson said. "That's just how it works. I'm very happy with the UFC, but I would like to position myself better. I think I probably would have gotten Aldo or [Ricardo] Lamas if I'd signed a new contract with them. I didn't, and now I'm getting a young, hungry up-and-comer." Fighting out of Jackson-Wink MMA in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Swanson says his focus is solely on Ortega, following the failed talks Luke Appling Womens jersey on a contract extension. He says he ultimately wants to remain in the UFC, where he's fought since 2011, but he remains committed to his contractual demands. "My last couple fights, I feel they're showing that they see me more as a gatekeeper, having all these young up-and-comers fight me," Swanson said. "I've got no problem knocking them off. To say I'm getting paid the same to fight Aldo or Frankie, as Brian Ortega? I'm like, 'OK, I'll take this youngster, who hasn't been in the five-round wars yet.' "Unfortunately for Ortega, I'm pretty pissed off for this situation and I'm going to take it out on him." Andrea Lee is back on the sideline, as her on-again, off-again debut is now off altogether Legacy flyweight champion Andrea "KGB" Lee (8-2) agreed to fill in on less than two weeks' notice at UFC 216, but it was revealed that Lee, who tested positive for a banned diuretic in March 2016, must enter the USADA testing pool for six months before being eligible to compete in the Octagon. "It was a crazy week. I didn't even get to enjoy my win," said Lee, who went 4-0 in Invicta FC and Legacy in 2017. The chaos started in the minutes following her first Legacy title defense, a striking clinic against Jamie Thorton (4-4), capped by second-round submission via step-over kimura. The right person to impress, UFC matchmaker and former Legacy president Mick Maynard, was watching cageside. "I was hanging out with my family, and Mick Maynard came up and jokingly asked if I wanted to fight Oct. 7," she said. "I was like, 'That's two weeks from now.' And http://www.authenticchicagowhitesox.com/Luke-Appling-Jersey he said, 'Yeah, I wouldn't do that do you.' "Then it was a legit offer the next day," she continued. "I had already been in a fight camp, and I was ready. I didn't get injured in my fight or anything. I felt like I might as well go ahead and jump in with both feet." Originally, Lee was offered UFC veteran Jessica Eye (11-6), who lost her opponent, Paige VanZant (7-3), to a back injury. Lee says that window shut when Eye preferred to reschedule against VanZant.

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