Fight Facts is a breakdown of all the interesting information
and cage curiosities on every card, with some puns, references and
portmanteaus to keep things fun. These deep stat dives delve into
the numbers, providing historical context and telling the stories
behind those numbers.
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TOTAL NUMBER OF BELLATOR FIGHTS: 2,118
TOTAL NUMBER OF BELLATOR EVENTS: 204
Heading to South Dakota for the first time, Bellator
MMA on Friday brought incredible action to the Sanford Pentagon
in Sioux Falls.
Bellator 204 featured fireworks from start to finish, becoming
one of the most knockout-heavy cards in company history. Plus, a
fighter learned the hard way why he should not miss weight by
almost 15 pounds, and a main card competitor represented a song
most commonly attributed to an
Ultimate Fighting Championship legend.
FIGHTIN’ AROUND THE WORLD: In staging an event in
South Dakota, Bellator has now touched down in 33 states across the
continental United States — only five fewer than the UFC. However,
Bellator has visited Kansas and West Virginia, two states to which
the UFC has never traveled. Bellator also held a small untelevised
show at a NASCAR race in Alabama in 2017, but the Monster Energy
Fight Series falls in its own category of events.
SMORGASBORD OF STRIKING: Bellator 204 featured
seven first-round knockouts, which tied Bellator 199 for the most
in company history. This event, however, was comprised of 13
fights, compared to a whopping 19 bouts at Bellator 199.
KNOCKAROUND GUYS: Nine fighters were knocked out
at Bellator 204, tying Bellator 97, Bellator 157 and Bellator 200
for the third-most knockouts at any Bellator event. Bellator 199
featured 11 knockouts, and Bellator 170 had 10.
RIGHT LEG, HOSPITAL, LEFT LEG, CEMETERY: Head
kicks led to two knockouts at Bellator 204, courtesy of Ricky
Omar Antonio Morales Ferrer. It was the second event in the
promotion’s history — Bellator 76 in 2012 was the first — to see
multiple fighters get knocked out with head kicks.
DOUBLE YOUR PLEASURE: With two fighters losing by
knockout due to elbows, Bellator 204 became the second event in
company history to feature multiple fighters succumbing to elbows.
This first was Bellator 154 in 2016, when Stephanie
Frausto and Evangelista
Santos lost by TKO due to elbow strikes and punches.
I KINDA LIKE IT HERE: Returning to featherweight
for the first time since 2014, current Bellator bantamweight
Caldwell won by knockout in the main event and stayed
undefeated in the 145-pound weight class at 7-0. His only career
loss came in a catchweight bout after opponent Joe
Taimanglo missed weight by two pounds. Caldwell avenged the
defeat less than five months later.
COOL STORLEY, BRO: When he knocked out A.J.
Matthews in the second round of their co-main event, Logan
Storley remained undefeated at 9-0. He has stopped his opponent
in seven of those victories, and all of his finishes have resulted
in knockouts within the first two rounds.
OFFICE AT THE PENTAGON: Of Storley’s nine career
fights, four have been contested at the Sanford Pentagon in Sioux
Falls, South Dakota, just a two-hour drive from his home town of
Webster. However, the four fights have taken place under three
different promotional banners: Resurrection Fighting Alliance, its
successor Legacy Fighting Alliance and now Bellator. All four have
resulted in TKO wins for Storley.
SWEET CHIN MUSIC: Bandejas bounced James
Gallagher from the ranks of the unbeaten with a dramatic
first-round knockout after connecting with a side kick to the
Irishman’s face. In Bandejas’ 12 career bouts, four have ended by
knockout, four by submission (including his only loss) and four by
NO GLIB REMARK: Prior to his middleweight bout
Whitehead missed weight by 14.2 pounds by hitting the scales at
200.2 pounds. He lost by first-round knockout. No fighter who
missed weight and came in at least 10 pounds heavier than his or
her opponent has ever won inside the Bellator cage.
… AND WE COULDN’T EVEN SEE IT: Making his
professional debut against highly touted -600 favorite Micah
Peatrowsky on the untelevised prelims, Keith
Phathaem managed to spring an upset as a +400 underdog by
beating Peatrowsky by decision.
NEVER SAY NEVER AGAIN: Entering Bellator 204,
Caldwell had never won a fight in the second round (11 wins),
Ferrer had never knocked out anyone (six wins) and Bryce Logan
had never lost a fight that went to the scorecards (five decision
ONLY DARKNESS, EVERY DAY: According to
Claxton made his walk to the Bellator cage accompanied by DMX’s
“No Sunshine” from the “Exit Wounds” soundtrack — a song famously
used by longtime UFC middleweight champion Anderson
Silva — and emerged victorious against Cris
Lencioni. Inside the Octagon, the song celebrates an impressive
winning percentage of .706.
Jay Pettry is an attorney and a statistician. Writing about MMA
since he started studying the “Eminem Curse” in 2012, and writing
for Vice Sports and Combat Docket along the way, he put together
many fight result and entrance music databases to better study the
sport. You can find him on Twitter at @jaypettry.