Former Bellator Fighter Fails Drug Test In Ongoing Firearm And Meth Case

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Former Bellator combatant “Baby” Joe Taimanglo was warned by a justice this week aft submitting a affirmative cause trial to Adult Probation Services successful his autochthonal Guam.

The 37-year-old Taimanglo was originally arrested successful October 2020. Law enforcement successful Guam noticed expired plates connected the scooter the erstwhile Bellator combatant was driving and stopped “Baby Joe.”

Officers recovered a solid tube and loaded pistol successful a compartment connected the scooter. Taimanglo did not person a firearm ID for the pistol, and officers besides recovered a tiny container containing methamphetamine successful a fanny pack.

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In 2021, Taimanglo failed to appear for a scheduled tribunal proceeding related to his charges. No warrant was issued for his arrest, and the proceeding was rescheduled for a aboriginal date. He remains escaped pursuing this caller failed cause test, but the tribunal has indicated he’ll beryllium enactment successful jailhouse should helium neglect to stay clean. The erstwhile Bellator combatant is owed backmost successful tribunal connected June 24 to spot wherever his lawsuit volition spell next.

While he’s acold from the lone existent oregon erstwhile MMA combatant to tally into ineligible troubles, Taimanglo is simply a reasonably high-profile illustration considering his occurrence arsenic a fighter. The Guamanian compiled a 24-9-1 grounds successful an MMA vocation that started successful 2004 and ended successful 2018.

Known during his warring vocation arsenic “Baby Joe the Juggernaut,” Taimanglo is champion known for his clip successful Bellator from 2013-2018. He went 7-4 warring for the promotion, initially competing astatine featherweight earlier dropping to bantamweight.

His back-to-back main lawsuit fights with Darrion Caldwell basal retired arsenic a precocious constituent successful his career; Taimanglo submitted the aboriginal Bellator champion successful their archetypal bout but lost a decision successful the rematch. “Baby Joe” ended his Bellator tally with a triumph implicit erstwhile bantamweight champion Joe Warren successful 2018 earlier officially wrapping his vocation aboriginal that twelvemonth pursuing a determination nonaccomplishment astatine WFCA 54.

What’s your absorption to the quality astir Joe Taimanglo’s ineligible troubles successful his post-fighting career?

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