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Bellator 167 recap with results, .gifs and video highlights

Bellator 167 aired last night (Sat., Dec. 3, 2016) from WinStar World Casino and Resort in Thackerville, Okla. MMA Mania brings you a post-fight recap, results, .gifs and interview highlights featuring a Darrion Caldwell vs. Joe Taimanglo rematch!

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Bellator 167 took place last night (Sat., Dec. 3, 2016) at WinStar World Casino and Resort in Thackerville, Okla. The card was headlined by a rematch at bantamweight.

An important bantamweight rematch put the formerly undefeated Darrion Caldwell against the man who scored an upset win against him at Bellator 159 in "Juggernaut" Joe Taimanglo.

The first round was almost deja vu to the third round of their last fight, but Caldwell avoided the early guillotine attempt, moved to side control, then got trapped in half guard when he tried to take full mount. Despite that stalling position he rained down damage from the top and Taimanglo couldn't shake him off until there were 10 seconds left.

Caldwell kept giving Taimanglo openings to look for a submission throughout the contest, like the round two Peruvian necktie seen below, but "The Juggernaut" could never capitalize.

In the end all three judges scored it 30-27 for Caldwell, who seemed visibly relieved to hear the scores.

Caldwell spoke to Jimmy Smith after avenging his only career loss.

"Well, obviously Joe's a dangerous guy. Whenever you fight this guy you're going to be in danger so, I really had to stay poised, stay focused on the task at hand, getting on top and putting the pressure on him. I'm looking forward to fighting (Dantas). It's been a long time coming."

Dantas came into the Bellator cage and listened to the interview patiently until Caldwell got in his face. The two bantered back and forth with Caldwell trying to hold "his belt" and Dantas not letting him. Caldwell let out a loud scream to show just how hungry "The Wolf" is.

A key featherweight battle pitted "The American Kidd" Justin Lawrence against a man who hadn't lost a fight since 2012 in John Teixeira.

Lawrence may have a powerful mullet, but Teixeira has a powerful right hand and a painful left kick. By the third round Lawrence could barely stand on his left leg, blood was coming out of his nose and Teixeira was unloading on him at will.

From the end of the first round to the final bell it was lopsided for Teixeira -- only the first five minutes were close. The judges returned a unanimous verdict of 29-28 and 30-27 X2 for Teixeira, who spoke to Jimmy Smith afterward with the help of his translator.

"Like I said in my last interview I'm here to beat anybody, I'm here to show everybody I'm getting better every fight, and I'm prepared to be a champion."

Flyweight fighter Ilima-Lei MacFarlane faced the winner of four-straight fights in Emily Ducote in a match where only one could maintain their perfect Bellator record, with MacFarlane coming in 4-0 and Ducote being 4-1 overall.

Ducote landed a hard uppercut that set the tone in the first round, with MacFarlane struggling for takedowns to recover, and Ducote sweeping her when she did. The second round was much better for MacFarlane as she only lost her takedown with 30 seconds left, and Ducote could not do damage while avoiding submissions.

After a close third round the judges called it 30-27, 29-28 and 29-28, all for MacFarlane.

MacFarlane spoke to Jimmy Smith after keeping her undefeated record in tact.

"I just give her so much props. I knew she was a killer. I wanted this to go all three rounds because I want the experience. I hope it puts me as frontrunner (for a title). I'm ready for whoever they give me, whoever they think I'm ready for, but on paper I'm the contender."

Unbeaten in seven straight fights, Chidi Njokuani hoped to make it eight and move into welterweight title contention. Andre Fialho had seven total pro fights, but with seven finishes -- six of them coming in the first round.

This was a blink and you missed it affair. Fialho pressured forward, Njokuani landed one perfect left jab that stunned Fialho, and then Njokuani pounded on a defenseless foe until referee Mike Beltran rushed in to make the save.

Jimmy Smith spoke to Njokuani after the stunning 21-second knockout.

"It always feels good to get the knockout you feel me? This shit felt good man, I'm telling you bro. First and foremost I'd like to apologize to Scott Coker and everybody at Bellator for missing weight. I promise you it won't happen again, that's my fuck up, that's my bad. This dude's a tough guy. I expected to have a long three rounds but, ay man if I can get the finish in the first man I'll deal with that. Like I said, anybody can get it, you feel me? Let's go!"

The censors had as hard of a time keeping up with his cuss words as Fialho did his strikes.

These televised bouts were paired with exciting action that aired exclusively on Spike.com.

For complete Bellator 167 results and coverage click here.