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Bellator 167 takes place TONIGHT (Sat. Dec. 3, 2016) from inside WinStar World Casino and Resort in Thackerville, Okla., with Darrion Caldwell out to even the score against Joe Taimanglo in the Spike TV-televised main event. Meanwhile, in the co-main event, undefeated Flyweight Ilima-Lei MacFarlane returns to the cage to battle Emily Ducote.

It's the second of two straight nights of fights in Thackerville at the same venue, and tonight's card also includes the return of undefeated Welterweight Andre FIalho, as well as Justin Lawrence battling John Teixeira in a tough Featherweight bout.

Bellator 167 will start tonight on Spike TV at 9 p.m. ET. will be here all night long to deliver LIVE results and play-by-play for the televised fights, along with the "Prelims" undercard action airing on at 7 p.m. ET.

Many readers check in before, during and after the fights to share their thoughts on all of the action. Feel free to leave a comment (or 167) about the bouts and chat with all the other Maniacs during the show -- it's always a lot of fun!


Darrion Caldwell vs. Joe Taimanglo -- Caldwell UD 30-27 X3.
Ilima MacFarlane vs. Emily Ducote -- MacFarlane UD 30-27, 29-28 X2.
Chidi Njokuani vs. Andre Fialho -- Njokuani KO 0:21 R1.
John Teixeira vs. Justin Lawrence -- Teixeira UD 29-28, 30-27 X2.
Jarod Trice vs. Tommie Britton -- Trice MD 28-28, 30-25, 30-26.
Jonathan Gary vs. Aaron Roberson -- Gary UD 29-28 X3.
Justin Patterson vs. Codale Ford -- Patterson UD 29-27, 29-28 X2.
Fernando Gonzalez vs. Chris Hicks -- Gonzalez KO 0:15 R1.
Joey Soto vs. Bronson St. Romaine -- St. Romaine UD 28-27, 29-28 X2.


Darrion Caldwell vs. Joe Taimanglo

Caldwell makes his way to the cage first for the main event rematch with blue gloves on. Taimanglo makes his way to the cage to "Staying Alive," chain swinging around his neck, red gloves on. Both men have black trunks. Caldwell is 9-1 with that one loss coming to his opponent tonight, while Taimanglo is 23-6-1 in his career. Caldwell fights out of San Diego, California by way of Rahway, New Jersey. Taimanglo fights out San Diego, California by way of Yona, Guam. Our referee in charge is Mike Beltran.

Round 1: Taimanglo goes for a guillotine again when Caldwell shoots in early but Caldwell moves to side control and is out of danger. He tries to step over to full mount but Taimanglo traps his right leg. Caldwell is landing some nasty left hands when he can break through Taimanglo's defense. His corner is calling for elbows too. Beltran gives a warning for shots to the back of the head with two minutes left. Caldwell's corner is calling out the time left for him as he continues to pummel Taimanglo on top. Caldwell tries to pass again at 4:12 but Taimanglo keeps that leg trapped. Caldwell ends up back in full guard for his effort but he stacks Taimanglo up from there then backs up to avoid the upkicks before the round ends. 10-9 Caldwell.

Round 2: Caldwell gets another takedown 39 seconds into R2 and once again his head is in position for a guillotine but once again he pulls his way out of danger and takes over in side control. Champion Eduardo Dantas looks on from the crowd as Caldwell is warned to improve his position by Beltran at 2:35. Taimanglo goes for an armbar but can't hold onto it. Taimanglo looks for a triangle and can't get it. Beltran stands them up with a minute to go. Taimanglo goes for a takedown, then sprawls to block one in response, then Taimanglo goes for a Peruvian necktie and can't get it. Taimanglo is on the bottom at the end of a 10-9 round for Caldwell, but one in which Caldwell took a lot of unnecessary risks and nearly got caught several times.

Round 3: Caldwell gets the takedown again 10 seconds into R3 but Taimanglo escapes to his feet at 33 seconds and then goes for a takedown of his own. Taimanglo gets the back with one hook in and Caldwell is able to turn on top at 1:22. Taimanglo is unable to stop Caldwell from flattening him out and matriculating damage on top. Beltran leans in close at 3:50 trying to decide whether or not to stand it up. Taimanglo rolls and gets his back to the fence in an attempt to escape, he gets back up at 4:18 and then gets an outside leg trip. He takes Caldwell's back with 25 seconds left but once again Caldwell is able to turn on top. They stand up just before the final bell.

Final result: The judges all score it 30-27 for Darrion Caldwell by unanimous decision.


Ilima MacFarlane vs. Emily Ducote

Ducote is in the blue trunks and top for tonight's fight. MacFarlane is in the red trunks and black t-shirt. Ducote is 4-1, MacFarlane is 4-0. Ducote fights out of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. MacFarlane fights out of Honolulu, Hawaii. Our referee in charge is John McCarthy.

Round 1: Much like our first fight Ducote gets things started quickly with a nice uppercut, but MacFarlane is able to go for a single leg on the ground as she tries to recover, possibly even get a leg lock, but Ducote breaks free at 1:04. MacFarlane tries again for the single leg and they stand back up with Ducote throwing knees. MacFarlane turns her around on the fence, goes for the double leg and is on top in guard at 1:46. Ducote sweeps and is on top at the halfway point then gets one hook in on the back at 2:42. She loses the hook and MacFarlane pushes her into the cage. She digs hard for the double and gets it at 3:39, but gets stuck trying to step over into mount and winds up back in full guard. Ducote tries to sneak her legs up from behind for a triangle, then goes for an armbar, but MacFarlane gets away. Ducote sweeps to full mount at 4:48. A very close round but Ducote gets the 10-9.

Round 2: Ducote falls down or slips and MacFarlane quickly takes advantage and jumps on top. MacFarlane tries to pass to side control. Ducote is trying hard to sweep and MacFarlane is putting all of her weight on the back of Ducote's head. MacFarlane swings back around to half guard on top at 2:14. Ducote tries to sweep again and gives up her back with both hooks in. MacFarlane has two minutes to hunt for a submission. MacFarlane keeps trying to soften her up with the hands then steps over looking for the armbar. Ducote survives it and is on top with a half minute left. That goes down as a 10-9 round for MacFarlane.

Round 3: Despite some bizarre judging earlier tonight it's fair to assume the winner of this round wins the fight. Ducote is loading up with hard right hands. MacFarlane looks to counter when Ducote steps in, drops levels for a double, but Ducote sprawls momentarily until MacFarlane doubles her against the fence and pops out of a possible guillotine. MacFarlane is fishing for submissions and laying in some elbows to the head as she looks to pull her right leg free. MacFarlane tries to stand up to drop bombs but lets Ducote up in the process. MacFarlane with an uppercut. Ducote with a kick. MacFarlane shuffles to her right and throws a right. Ducote drops levels for a takedown at 3:27 and is on top as MacFarlane keeps her knees up between her and her foe. Ducote tries to pass to the side but is having a hard time clearing the legs, and MacFarlane is going for a kimura to boot. MacFarlane goes for a sweep as time expires.

Final result: 30-27 and 29-28 X2 all for Ilima MacFarlane.


Chidi Njokuani vs. Andre Fialho

Fialho enters first to no music, wearing blue gloves for tonight's fight. Njokuani has on the red. Fialho is 8-0 from Lisbon, Portugal and Njokuani is 15-4 from Dallas, Texas fighting out of Las Vegas, Nevada. Our referee in charge is Mike Beltran.

Round 1: Four seconds into the first round Beltran has already issued a warning to watch the fingers. Fialho has Njokuani backing up to the fence but at 15 seconds Njokuani lands a stunning shot and pounds Fialho out on the ground five seconds later. It happened so fast Jimmy Smith didn't even see it. The slow motion replay shows it was a short left jab that was so hard and accurate it left Fialho defenseless, and you see his head snap back from the ground and pound Njokuani laid in. It was a good stoppage.

Final result: Chidi Njokuani wins by knockout at 0:21 of the first round.


John Teixeira vs. Justin Lawrence

Lawrence is in the blue gloves, Teixeira is in the red gloves. Lawrence is 9-3 and he fights out of San Diego, California by way of Pacific, Missouri. Teixeira is 20-1-2 and he fights out of Rio De Janeiro by way of Macapa, Brazil. Our referee in charge is John McCarthy.

Round 1: Lawrence and Teixeira spend the first minute feeling each other out on the feet. Teixeira snaps off a hard kick as Lawrence dances away. Lawrence circles on the outside and eats a hard left hand. Lawrence lands a side kick that makes Teixeira momentarily lose balance. Lawrence does too off a body kick. Both men are putting everything into their strikes. Teixeira tries to pin Lawrence against the fence but he slips away repeatedly. Left hook by Lawrence. Right hand and head kick (blocked) by Teixeira, who body locks looking for a takedown. Lawrence keeps his stance wide and his back to the cage. Teixeira tries hard to drag him away and finally has to let go at 3:50. Lawrence takes a low blow off a left leg kick to the cup but tells McCarthy he's good to continue. Teixeira continues to pressure hoping he can get Lawrence against the fence. Simultaneous jump knees. Teixeira lands the last effective right hand for a close 10-9 round.

Round 2: Teixeira continues to be the pressure fighter this round, and both his leg kicks and his combos are getting through. He rocks Lawrence at 1:10 and tries to swarm to get the kill. Teixeira keeps landing clean right hands and it's not clear how many Lawrence can take. Teixeira keeps resetting, throwing a head kick, throwing the right and resetting again. All Lawrence is doing this round is surviving, not winning. The leg kicks are slowing Lawrence down too. He's not a stationary target but he's far from a mobile one. Teixeira clinches up to end a very strong R2 in his favor.

Round 3: Lawrence is backpedaling 12 seconds into the round and blood is coming down the center of his face. The minute between rounds seems to have given him a little more pep in his step. McCarthy momentarily halts the action for an inadvertent cup shot but both men are eager to resume so he lets it go. Another nice right hand from Teixeira at 2:05. Lawrence can barely stand on his left leg. He connects with a left hook but there's not enough power behind it. More right hands by Teixeira at the 3 minute mark. Lawrence eats a head kick and a right. Teixeira hurts him with a right and a knee at 4:05. Teixeira is chopping Lawrence down like a lumberjack. Teixeira is just openly teeing off in the last 30 seconds. The scorecards should be lopsided.

Final result: 29-28 and 30-27 X2 all for John Teixeira.


Jarod Trice vs. Tommie Britton

Round 1: Britton is in the blue gloves and making his pro debut out of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Trice is in the red gloves and he also makes his pro debut in this fight, fighting out of Highland Park, Michigan. Our referee in charge is Jacob Montalvo. Trice quickly takes the center at the opening bell and Britton tries to fire off a series of strikes to spook or overwhelm him. It doesn't work. Trice momentarily considers a takedown and lets it go. Trice is winging out the lefts when he gets into Britton's range. Trice's corner is calling for him to put Britton against the cage. He goes but the takedown attempt misses. Trice opens up a cut over his eye and works elbows and knees in close quarters. Trice gets the back and Britton just barely manages to stay upright. The ref calls time to check the cut over Britton's eye. Montalvo restarts them right where they were with Trice working Britton over against the fence. Trice doesn't quite get the takedown but he's definitely working Britton over with shots, even getting a thai plum for a knee. One sided 10-9 for Trice.

Round 2: Trice goes for the single leg to open R2 but can't keep Britton on the ground even after elevating him high in the air. They break at 1:08. Trice goes for the single leg again and has Britton down at 1:42. Trice works on hammering Britton from half guard. Britton struggles back to his feet with 2 minutes left. Trice keeps him against the fence and lands the left elbow, left hand, and knees to the body. His corner calls for knees to the head as he ties Britton up again. As Sean Grande just said it's been a long time since we've seen anything resembling offense from Britton. Trice takes him down again at 4:30 and briefly has full mount. Britton gets back up at 4:49 but gets suplexed and hammered on to end another 10-9 for Trice.

Round 3: Britton comes out slowly to open R3 trying to circle his hands and sway his arms from side to side. Trice just lets him lumber into range and then changes levels for a single leg. He doesn't get it but he throws a big kick that connects. Trice throws his hands up and dares Britton to respond. Trice ducks all of his opponent's punches and connects with his lefts. Trice gets a single leg at 2:21 and looks to pour it on with ground strikes. Trice goes body head and postures up for hammers and elbows. Britton gets back to his feet at 3:40 and is thrown down where he eats a couple of knees to the ribs. He gets back up again. Trice is loading up his knees and elbows and letting them go. He takes Britton down again and is sitting in full mount with 40 seconds left. I give Britton all the credit in the world for surviving three rounds but other than the first 10-15 seconds this has been a blowout.

Final result: The judges score this contest 28-28, 30-25, 30-26 for Trice by majority decision.


Jonathan Gary vs. Aaron Roberson

Round 1: Roberson is 5-4 and he fights out of Tulsa, Oklahoma in the blue trunks. Gary is 11-7 and he fights out of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma in the black trunks. Our referee in charge is Kerry Hatley. Roberson is backed up to the fence and Gary digs deep for the takedown, getting it at 55 seconds. Roberson tries to grab his right arm and trap it for a sweep, but Gary avoids the turn and stays on top in full guard. Hatley reminds the fighters not to grab the fence and stands them up for inactivity at 2:30. Roberson gets a takedown at 3:09 after eating a few hard shots. Roberson tries to pass but Gary keeps him in full guard and throws elbows from the bottom, then looks to set up a triangle, and he nearly has an armbar until the bell saves Roberson. 10-9 Gary.

Round 2: Gary comes out aggressively, throws a spin kick, and Roberson takes him down at 15 seconds and starts hammering on him with right hands from behind. Gary stands up with Roberson riding him and he slips off at 50 seconds. Roberson digs for a single leg but Gary winds up on top in guard. Gary passes to side control at 2:15. Roberson tries to give up his back and look for an escape but Gary gets back on top in half. Roberson sweeps on top at 2:52. Roberson tries to posture up to throw strikes but Gary uses it to escape and get back on top at 3:38. Roberson sweeps again at 4:20. I'd give Roberson a close 10-9.

Round 3: Gary winds up on top early in R3 after Roberson initiated a grappling battle against the fence. Gary briefly had side control but couldn't hang onto it. Roberson is trying to scoot out underneath but Gary is keeping it chest to chest and firing shots whenever he can unpin his arms. Gary is doing just enough to keep from being stood up which is probably what he wants -- win this round safely and win the fight overall on the cards. Good right hands at 3:15 but you can see Hatley is starting to get impatient. Roberson bucks him off at 3:42 and goes for a single leg right away. He winds up pulling Gary right back on top of him at 3:57. He tries to sweep and gives up a full mount. He tries to cage walk and Gary ends up in side control. Gary rides out a 10-9 and will hope that it was enough for the judges.

Final result: All three judges score it 29-28 for Gary by unanimous decision.


Justin Patterson vs. Codale Ford

Round 1: Ford is in the black trunks tonight, Patterson the blue. Ford is 11-8 and he fights out of Muskogee, Oklahoma. Patterson is 7-1 and he fights out of Haltom City, Texas. Our referee is Jacob Montalvo. Ford lands a couple of rights and a body kick early. Patterson presses him to the fence and lands a body kick of his own. Patterson lands a hard left leg kick. He looks like he's a weight class bigger than his opponent. Patterson lands a kick to the groin and Montalvo calls time. Ford says he's good to go and the fight restarts quickly. Patterson's leg kicks could hobble Ford soon enough. One of the corners keeps yelling to get your swag on. Ford hurts Patterson with a head kick and jumps on top in side control. Judges may remember that knockdown even though Patterson got up swinging at the end.

Round 2: Patterson continues to be the pressure fighter, but we've already seen Ford nail him with a counter once. Body punch by Patterson. He keeps getting Ford against the fence but he needs to capitalize. He starts to open up with the combos at 1:25 going to the head and body. Ford fights his way off the fence with jabs and uppercuts. Patterson hurts him with a combo at the two minute mark. Some vicious body shots seem to have Ford wilting and covering up. Patterson doubles him to the ground at 2:23. He could have won if he kept it standing. He may anyway with a rear naked choke. He only has one hook in but he's going hard for it. Ford peels him away, Patterson briefly has full mount, then he's on the back firing big lefts and rights at the head. Ford tries a reverse left elbow. Patterson is really laying it on. There's a chance it could be stopped and also a chance it's a 10-8 if it's not. Ford gets back up at 4:22 and seems unsteady on his feet. Patterson is teeing off on him. Big left hook at 4:45. Ford is barely even keeping his hands up. Patterson nails him with an uppercut to end a decisive round in his favor.

Round 3: Ford eats a head kick early in R3 and is dancing away. He eats another. His back is against the fence 40 seconds in and he's getting hammered with body and head shots. He shrugs like he's okay but he's anything but. Ford goes a takedown and gets it but he's too high on the back and can't hang on. Patterson doubles him to the ground in response. Ford turns out and gets on top at 3:10. Patterson slips out the back door and gets control again at 3:36. He's got Ford pressed into the cage and is punishing him with left hands. Ford kicks him away at 4:30 but Patterson comes right back at him with more hard shots. Ford has been wilting like an unwatered flower for two rounds. Patterson should win easily in a rematch of his lone career loss.

Final result: 29-27, 29-28 and 29-28 all for Patterson by unanimous decision.


Fernando Gonzalez vs. Chris Hicks

Round 1: Unaired before Spike.

Final result: Fernando Gonzalez wins via knockout at 0:15 of round one.


Joey Soto vs. Bronson St. Romaine

Round 1: Unaired before Spike.

Final result: Bronson St. Romaine wins a unanimous decision 28-27, 29-28 X2.