Darrion Caldwell did not even need a full round before locking Leandro Higo in a guillotine to score a submission and make his first successful defense of the Bellator Bantamweight Title last week at Bellator 195.
But it was after the fight where things got intense. Bellator Featherweight Champion Patricio “Pitbull” Freire, a teammate of Higo’s, gave Caldwell a piece of his mind, and the bantamweight champion flipped Freire off in response.
During a recent appearance on The MMA Hour, Caldwell stated that he’d be interested in a fight with Pitbull, an opportunity to become a two-division champion in Bellator MMA. However, it’d be more than just about the title – it’d also be about facing fresh competition.
Caldwell has already faced off with the best Bellator’s bantamweight division has to offer, including Joe Warren, Eduardo Dantas, and Joe Taimanglo — the latter of whom he faced twice and is responsible for the lone loss in Caldwell’s MMA career.
“I just want to fight everybody,” Caldwell said. “I don’t want to keep fighting the same guys that I fought. To be honest, that whole Patricky ‘Pitbull’, it’s nothing really on my side against the Pitbull brothers, I just want the belt at 145. So if he ain’t got the belt at 145, he can keep pushing, it’s no fight with me. He’s standing in the way of me and my goals and my goal is to be a two-division champ.
So let’s make it happen. I’m down for that. I already said I’m down for it, it’s nothing really against him personally, but he’s in the way of my goals so if he’s there when it’s time, let’s make it happen.
Original Story: MMA Fighting