Darrion Caldwell arrived at Madison Square Garden for Bellator 222 in a good mood, upbeat, full of positive energy. He left the cage following his loss to Kyoji Horiguchi the complete opposite, and an innocent camera operator felt the brunt of it.
After five rounds in his title fight with Horiguchi, Caldwell came away the loser, dropping a unanimous decision by scores of 48-47 and 49-46 twice.
Afterward, Caldwell and his team made the slow walk out of the cage and into the backstage area while a camera followed along. Caldwell spoke directly to the camera – calmly, but you could sense the frustration slowly building.
“I know y’all pulling stunts on me. I know y’all pulling stunts on me,” Caldwell said. “It’s all good. I know the real outcome. I know y’all pulling stunts on me.”
Moments later, things took an ugly turn.
“Suck a f*cking d*ck. That’s what I got to say for real,” Caldwell said. “Go suck a f*cking d*ck. None of y’all n***as put the time and effort that I put in. Y’all f*cking cons.”
AND THEN WHACK. HE SLAPS THE CAMERA TO THE GROUND.
It’s hard to tell if Caldwell’s words were directed at the judges, Bellator or Horiguchi, but the emotions understandably were running high. Still no excuse for taking it out on a cameraman like that.
You can watch the scene in the video above (warning for profanity). For the full fight night video, check out below:
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Source: USA Today – MMA Junkie
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