Bellator 204 Recap: Darrion Caldwell’s Triumph and Ricky Bandejas’ Upset Victory

Bellator 204, held on August 17, 2018, was a night of thrilling fights and unexpected outcomes. The event was headlined by a non-title featherweight bout between Bantamweight Champion Darrion Caldwell and Noad Lahat.

Darrion Caldwell’s Featherweight Debut

Darrion Caldwell, the reigning Bantamweight Champion, stepped up in weight to face Noad Lahat in the featherweight division. Caldwell, known as “The Wolf,” showcased his striking prowess by defeating Lahat via TKO (strikes) at 2:45 of Round 2. This victory marked a successful debut in the featherweight division for Caldwell, who was born in Rahway, NJ, and fights out of Pinnacle MMA in Redlands, California.

Ricky Bandejas’ Upset Victory

Another highlight of the night was Ricky Bandejas’ upset victory over James Gallagher. Bandejas, who was relatively unknown before this fight, put his name on the map by defeating Gallagher via KO (punches) at 2:49 of Round 1. This victory was a turning point in Bandejas’ career, as it brought him into the spotlight and earned him recognition in the MMA community.

Other Notable Fights

Logan Storley, a South Dakota native, extended his undefeated streak by defeating A.J. Matthews via TKO (elbows) at 3:56 of Round 2. Tywan Claxton also had a successful night, defeating Cris Lencioni via unanimous decision.


Bellator 204 was a night of thrilling fights and unexpected outcomes. Darrion Caldwell’s successful featherweight debut and Ricky Bandejas’ upset victory over James Gallagher were the highlights of the event. The event also featured strong performances from Logan Storley and Tywan Claxton. As we look forward to future Bellator events, these fighters are ones to watch.


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