Bellator 184 takes place tonight from the Winstar World Casino in Thackerville, Okalhoma and will be headlined by a title fight as Eduardo Dantas defends the bantamweight title against Darren Caldwell.

Along with the bantamweight title fight, the fight card will feature the return of two former Bellator featherweight champions as Daniel Straus steps back into the Bellator cage for the first time since losing the title earlier this year as he meets Emmanuel Sanchez and Pat Curran returns for the first time in sixteen months as he takes on John Teixeira.

Now let’s take a closer look at the four fights that will take place¬†on the main card of Bellator 184.

Eduardo Dantas (20-4) vs. Darrion Caldwell (9-1, 1NC)
Bellator 184 will mark the second title defense for Eduardo Dantas since becoming a two-time Bellator bantamweight champion last year. He enters this fight on a four fight winning streak and is coming off a split decision win against Leandro Higo in a non-title fight.

  • One of eight fighters in Bellator history to become a two-time champion (Eddie Alvarez, Pat Curran, Joe Warren, Daniel Straus, Michael Chandler, Douglas Lima, and Patricio Pitbull).
  • Tonight will mark his 7th title fight in Bellator and this will tie Curran for the 2nd most title fights in Bellator history (Michael Chandler #1, 8).
  • Currently tied with Rich Hawn and King Mo Lawal for the 5th most wins in Bellator history (Patricio Pitbull #1, 14).

Darrion Caldwell is coming off a decision win against Joe Taimanglo at Bellator 167 and he was initially scheduled to challenge Dantas for the title earlier this year. However, Caldwell had to pull out of the fight due to an undisclosed injury and this will be his first fight in ten months.

  • His win against Lance Surma at Bellator 112 (50-seconds) is the fastest submission victory in Bellator featherweight division history.
  • Tied with multiple fighters for the 2nd most submission wins (4) in Bellator history (Marcin Held, Goiti Yamauchi, and Alexandre Bezerra tied for most with 6).

Daniel Straus (25-7) vs. Emmanuel Sanchez (15-3)
Daniel Straus is a two-time Bellator featherweight champion and this will be his first fight since losing the Bellator 145 pound title earlier this year against Patricio Pitbull. Since that matchup, Straus has changed his training team as he left American Top Team and joined the Combat Club.

  • Holds the 7th fastest victory in Bellator featherweight division history (:48 vs. Justin Wilcox).
  • Tied with five other fighters for the 2nd most submission wins in Bellator featherweight division history (Patricio Pitbull #1 with 4).
  • 4th most cage time in Bellator history (3:28:28).

Emmanuel Sanchez has won back to back fights and is 5-1 in his last six fights. His last six wins have come by decision and he’s coming off a unanimous decision victory over former Bellator bantamweight champion Marcos Galvao.

  • His last seven fights have gone to the decision and his last stoppage victory came in 2014 against Stephen Banaszak at Bellator 128.
  • 5th most wins (7) in Bellator featherweight division history (Patricio Pitbull #1 with 14).

Pat Curran (22-7) vs. John Teixeira (21-2-2)
The last time we saw Pat Curran, he scored a decision victory against Georgi Karakhanyan at Bellator 155 (504 days ago) and he’s won back to back fights. Both of his recent victories have come by decision and his last stoppage victory came in 2014 against Daniel Straus at Bellator 112.

  • Most cage time in Bellator history (4:04:39).
  • Tied with Alexander Shlemenko and David Rickels for the 3rd most wins in Bellator history.
  • Holds Bellator record for latest stoppage in Bellator title fight history with his victory over Daniel Straus at Bellator 112.

John Teixeira made his Bellator debut in 2014 and started his Bellator run with five straight victories. In his last matchup, his winning streak was snapped as he lost a decision against Daniel Weichel at Bellator 177.

  • Prior to his matchup against Weichel, he was unbeaten in his ten previous fights.
  • All of his Bellator fights have gone the distance and four of those fights ended in a split decision.

Leandro Higo (17-3) vs. Joe Taimanglo (23-7-1)
Leandro Higo signed with Bellator earlier this year and ended up facing Eduardo Dantas on short notice at Bellator 177. He ended up losing a split decision against Dantas and the defeat snapped an eight fight winning streak.

  • Ten wins by submission.
  • Holds a submission victory over current UFC bantamweight Terrion Ware.

Joe Taimanglo is coming off a decision lost against Darren Caldwell at Bellator 167 and the defeat snapped a four fight winning streak. During that winning streak, two of the wins came by stoppage including a submission victory against Caldwell at Bellator 159.

  • 6-3 in Bellator
  • Twelve wins by submission.

The current Bellator 184: Dantas vs. Caldwell fight card is below.

Main Card (Spike – 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT)
Eduardo Dantas (20-4) vs. Darrion Caldwell (9-1, 1NC)
Daniel Straus (25-7) vs. Emmanuel Sanchez (15-3)
Pat Curran (22-7) vs. John Teixeira (21-2-2)
Leandro Higo (17-3) vs. Joe Taimanglo (23-7-1)

Preliminary Card (Bellator.com – 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT)
Teagan Dooley (5-2) vs. DeMarcus Simmons (1-0)
Carrington Banks (6-0) vs. Steve Kozola (8-0)
L.J. Hermreck (3-3) vs. Westin Wilson (4-2)
Justin Patterson (9-3) vs. Chance Rencountre (10-2)
Sean Holden (5-2) vs. Shakir McKillip (7-5)
Manny Muro (8-3) vs. Emmanuel Rivera (6-1)
Ernest James (0-0) vs. Ray Jones (0-0)
Daniel Carey (3-1) vs. Kendall Carnahan (6-1)