Bellator action resumes on Friday after a five-week hiatus with Bellator 204, which takes place at Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls, S.D. The main card airs on Paramount following prelims streamed on MMAjunkie.
In the main event, Bellator bantamweight champ Darrion Caldwell (12-1 MMA, 9-1 BMMA) moves up to the featherweight division to begin his pursuit for a second belt, when he takes on Noad Lahat (12-3 MMA, 3-1 BMMA), who competes in his second consecutive Bellator headliner.
For more on the numbers going into Bellator’s 13th fight card of the year, check below for 17 pre-event facts about Bellator 204.
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Caldwell returns to featherweight for the first time since October 2015. He’s 6-0 when competing in the weight class.
Caldwell is one of two Bellator bantamweight titleholders to record a successful title defense. Eduardo Dantas also accomplished the feat.
Caldwell has earned five submission victories in Bellator competition. The company record is six, which is currently shared by four different fighters.
Caldwell’s three submission victories in Bellator bantamweight competition are the most in divisional history.
Lahat, 34, is the oldest of the eight scheduled main-card fighters.
Lahat is 3-1 since he was released from the UFC in February 2016.
Lahat is the only fighter in UFC history to suffer multiple knockout losses stemming from flying knees.
Logan Storley (8-0 MMA, 3-0 BMMA) has earned six of his eight career victories by stoppage. He’s finished all of those wins by knockout.
Storley has earned his past two victories by decision after starting his career with six consecutive knockouts.
A.J. Matthews (9-7 MMA, 5-5 BMMA) returns to the welterweight division, where he is 5-4 over the course of his career.
Matthews is 1-4 in his past five fights dating back to August 2015.
Remaining main card
James Gallagher (7-0 MMA, 4-0 BMMA), 21, is the youngest of the eight scheduled main-card fighters.
Gallagher returns to competition for the first time since June 24, 2017. The 419-day layoff is the longest of his career.
Gallagher drops to the bantamweight division for the first time in his career. He went unbeaten in seven fights at featherweight.
Gallagher has earned six of his seven career victories by stoppage. All of his finishes are by submission.
Gallagher has earned five of his six career submission wins by rear-naked choke.
Tywan Claxton (2-0 MMA, 2-0 BMMA) has earned both of his career victories by knockout.
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Source: USA Today – MMA Junkie
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