The first half of Bellator’s featherweight grand prix opening round went down on Saturday with Bellator 226. SAP Center in San Jose, Calif., hosted the event, which streamed on DAZN following prelims on MMA Junkie.
A heavyweight championship bout headlined the event, though is ended in anticlimactic fashion when Ryan Bader (27-5 MMA, 5-0 BMMA) vs. Cheick Kongo (30-10-2 MMA, 12-2 BMMA) was deemed a no-contest after an accidental eye poke brought the fight to an end in the first round.
For more on the numbers behind Bader vs. Kongo, as well as the other fights on the card, check below for 30 post-event facts from Bellator 226.
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Betting favorites went 3-2 on the main card. One fight ended in a no-contest.
Betting favorites are 6-4 (with two no-contests and one draw) in Bellator main events this year.
Total fight time for the six-bout main card was 49:17.
Bader became the first champion in Bellator history to register title defenses in two weight classes.
Bader is 4-0 (with one no-contest) since he moved up to the heavyweight division in May 2018.
Bader is 13-1 (with one no-contest) in his past 14 fights. The lone defeat in that stretch came against Anthony Johnson at UFC on FOX 18 in January 2016.
Kongo’s nine-fight Bellator unbeaten streak in heavyweight competition is the longest active streak in the division.
Daniel Straus (25-9 MMA, 12-6 BMMA) suffered his first decision loss since May 21, 2011 – a span of 3,031 days (more than eight years) and 15 fights.
Derek Campos (20-9 MMA, 9-7 BMMA) improved to 1-1 since he dropped to the featherweight division in December 2018.
Campos has earned six of his nine Bellator victories by decision.
Adam Borics’ (14-0 MMA, 5-0 BMMA) five-fight Bellator winning streak in featherweight competition is tied with Henry Corrales for the second longest active streak in the division behind A.J. McKee (14).
Borics’ five stoppage victories in Bellator featherweight competition are tied for third most in divisional history behind Patricio Freire (10) and A.J. McKee (nine).
Pat Curran (23-9 MMA, 13-6 BMMA) fell to 10-5 since he dropped to the Bellator featherweight division in June 2011.
Curran suffered the first stoppage loss of his Bellator career. His previous five defeats with the promotion came by decision.
Curran suffered the first knockout loss of his career.
Tywan Claxton (5-1 MMA, 5-1 BMMA) had his five-fight winning streak snapped for the first defeat of his career.
Emmanuel Sanchez’s (19-4 MMA, 11-3 BMMA) 11 victories by Bellator featherweight competition are third most in divisional history behind Freire (16) and McKee (14).
Sanchez’s four submission victories in Bellator featherweight competition are tied with Freire and McKee for most in divisional history.
Sanchez has earned eight of his nine career stoppage victories by submission.
Pedro Carvalho (11-3 MMA, 4-0 BMMA) has earned eight of his 11 career victories by stoppage. That includes three of his four Bellator wins.
Sam Sicilia (17-10 MMA, 2-2 BMMA) fell to 2-5 in his past seven fights dating back to November 2015.
Sicilia has suffered eight of his 10 career losses by stoppage.
Daniel Carey (6-3 MMA, 3-2 BMMA) has earned both of his Bellator stoppage victories by submission.
Gaston Bolanos (5-2 MMA, 5-2 BMMA) has suffered both of his career losses by submission.
John Teixeira (23-4-2 MMA, 6-3 BMMA) earned the first stoppage victory of his Bellator career. His previous five wins with the promotional came by decision.
Adam Piccolotti’s (12-3 MMA, 8-3 BMMA) five submission victories in Bellator lightweight competition are tied with Michael Chandler and Marcin Held for most in divisional history.
Jake Smith (7-3 MMA, 1-1 BMMA) fell to 1-1 since he dropped to the lightweight division in January 2018.
Smith has suffered both of his career stoppage losses by submission.
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Source: USA Today – MMA Junkie
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