Bellator returns from a more than month-long hiatus on Friday with Bellator 182, which takes place at Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, N.Y., with a Spike-televised main card following prelims on MMAjunkie.
In the welterweight headliner, former champ Andrey Koreshkov (19-2 MMA, 10-2 BMMA) returns for the first time since losing the title to Douglas Lima when he takes on Chidi Njokuani (17-4 MMA, 4-0 BMMA).
For more on the number’s behind Bellator’s latest event, check below for 20 pre-event facts about Bellator 182.
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Koreshkov returns to competition for the first time since losing the Bellator welterweight title to Douglas Lima at Bellator 164 in November.
Koreshkov competes in his 13th Bellator welterweight bout, the most appearances in divisional history.
Koreshkov’s 10 victories in Bellator welterweight competition are tied with Lima for most in divisional history.
Koreshkov’s five stoppage victories in Bellator welterweight competition are tied for third most in divisional history behind Lima (seven) and Michael Page (six).
Koreshkov has earned all of his Bellator stoppage victories by knockout.
Njokuani enters the event on a nine-fight unbeaten streak. He hasn’t suffered a defeat since March 2013.
Njokuani has earned 10 of his 11 career stoppage victories by knockout.
Njokuani has suffered all four of his career losses by stoppage.
Brennan Ward (14-5 MMA, 9-5 BMMA) is 4-2 since he dropped to the Bellator welterweight division in February 2015.
Ward’s nine stoppage victories in Bellator competition are third most in company history behind Michael Chandler (10) and Patricio Freire (10).
Ward’s six knockout victories in Bellator competition are tied for fourth most in company history behind Lima (eight), Freire (seven) and Hector Lombard (seven).
All 14 of Ward’s Bellator fights have ended in a stoppage.
Fernando Gonzalez (26-14 MMA, 6-1 BMMA) has earned four of his six Bellator victories by decision.
A.J. McKee’s (8-0 MMA, 8-0 BMMA) eight-fight Bellator winning streak is tied with Michael Page for the longest active streak in the company.
McKee’s eight-fight Bellator winning streak is tied with Page for the second longest streak in company history behind Ben Askren (nine).
McKee’s eight-fight Bellator winning streak in featherweight competition is the longest active streak in the division.
McKee has earned six of his eight career victories by stoppage
Blair Tugman (10-6 MMA, 5-1 BMMA) is 2-0 since he moved up to the Bellator featherweight division in November.
Tugman has earned four of his five Bellator victories by decision.
Bruna Ellen (3-1 MMA, 1-1 BMMA), 21, is the youngest of the eight scheduled main card fighters.
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