In MMA, you should always have a skill that you can always depend on.

For Darrion Caldwell, it is wrestling, and for good reason.

Caldwell has had a career in wrestling that many would dream of having. He was a three-time state champion in high school with a career record of 146-4. He earned All-America honors during his senior season. Caldwell then decided to go to North Carolina State University where he continued his success.

At N.C. State, Caldwell had a career record of 94-12, going 38-1 in his last season. In that 38-1 season, Caldwell capped of his amazing career winning the 2009 national championship at 141 pounds. His only loss of that season was by injury default and he was named the Outstanding Wrestler at the NCAA Championships.

As you can see, Caldwell was one of the most dominant wrestlers in the country. The former champion recently sat down with The MMA Corner in an exclusive interview.

“It was a good ride,” said Caldwell. “I loved every bit of it and it made me the man I am today. It helped me a lot mentally and it brought the best out in me.”

Wrestling brought the best out of him and when he made the switch to MMA, he did not lose a step. He is currently undefeated in his professional career, at 6-0, and has showcased his wrestling in his fights. Caldwell touched on his undefeated record of 6-0.

“It feels good and it feels regular for me,” said Caldwell. “I am right where I am supposed to be. I thank god for the talent and my work ethic.”

Caldwell has fought his last three professional fights with Bellator MMA and is schedule to fight once again on May 15, at Bellator 137. Caldwell talked about his time with Bellator and his future with the organization.

“It has been a great experience,” said Caldwell. “Bellator is a great organization. They are such a prestigious organization and it has been a great ride. I am going to stay with Bellator for as long as I can. I have found a home with them and I want to be with them for the rest of my career. I want to thank them for the opportunity to fight a guy that is in the top of the division.”

The guy Caldwell is referring to would be Rafael Silva. He is scheduled to fight Silva on May 15 and is looking forward to the opportunity that Bellator has presented him with.

“It is exciting,” said Caldwell as he talked about his big fight against Rafael Silva at Bellator 137. “It will give me a chance to see where I am in the division. It will let me prove that I am ready to be a world champion. I am right there. Silva is a world-class fighter and he has fought for the title before. Since he has had title shots, it is going to be a good test.”

A good test it should be for the N.C. State product, Darrion Caldwell. With a victory over Silva, and what would be his fourth win in a row for Bellator and his seventh of his career, Caldwell talked about if a title fight could be next for him.

“That is up for Bellator to decide,” said Caldwell when refereeing to a title shot if he would beat Rafael Silva. “If they think I am ready, I will gladly take it. I am here to grow as a fighter and to become a world champion.”

About The Author

Jeremy Klump
Interview Coordinator / Video Manager

Jeremy Klump is a Sport Media major at Ithaca College and has been writing about Mixed Martial Arts for over a year now. He interned at MVC Sports Management and AMA Fight Club. While interning at MVC and AMA, Jeremy found out that he had a true passion for writing about Mixed Martial Arts. He has interviewed and wrote articles on top UFC fighters while also having knowledge of regional fighters and the top new comers. He looks to grow as a writer and expand his knowledge of Mixed Martial Arts while being a proud member of The MMA Corner team.