Bellator 204: Darrion Caldwell Not Surprised by Gallagher Loss, Focused on Featherweight

Darrion Caldwell wasn’t surprised at James Gallagher’s setback at Bellator 204, and feels he and the entire 135lb division can wait until he gets his shot at a second title.

Sioux Falls, SD — To hear Darrion Caldwell tell it, he didn’t seem all that thrilled with his win at Bellator 204 on Friday night. Well, the win was fine — it simply wasn’t the opponent he wanted. “Not too satisfying,” is how he put it. Caldwell, who improved to 13-1 with a second round finish of Noad Lahat in the night’s main event, has his eyes on double gold. That means the 145lb belt, currently held by Patricio Pitbull.

Pitbull, mind you, has a fight coming up against Emmanuel Sanchez. But to Caldwell, Patricio’s simply running from him.

“He’s a p*ssy,” Caldwell said of Patricio Pitbull (proper last name Freire) signing to face Sanchez later in the year. “I’m pleased with the performance, I’m just not pleased with the fact that I have a guy who claims to be the best in the world, but he’s ducking,” Caldwell later elaborated. “It’s as simple as that.”

On another subject, James Gallagher, who might have been a future challenger to Caldwell’s title at bantamweight, made his debut at 135lbs on Friday. And suffered a devastating loss. “I wasn’t surprised. It didn’t come as a shock to me,” he said of the ‘StrabAnimal’ losing. A teammate of Conor McGregor, Gallagher was dropped, rocked, ate a face kick, and was pounded out by little known Ricky Bandejas.

“The kid still has room to grow. He’s and up-and-coming,” Caldwell admitted of Gallagher. However, “you got to stay humble. Hopefully that’s a humbling experience for him, to realize there really are some killers out here,” he said of the Irish youngster’s first foray into bantamweight.

Yet never mind all that. “My goal is to be a two division champ. So Gallagher can suck a d*ck. 35 pounders can wait until that 45 pound strap is in my hands.” With that said, it might be a while before we see Caldwell defending his title.

Catch Darrion Caldwell’s full post-fight press scrum at Bellator 204 above!