Bellator’s next major event takes place on Saturday when Bellator 183 goes down at SAP Center in San Jose, Calif., with a Spike-televised main card following prelims streamed on MMAjunkie.
Former UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson (24-7 MMA, 1-2 BMMA) returns from a knee injury in the event’s headliner, when he faces longstanding Bellator veteran Patricky Freire (17-8 MMA, 10-7 BMMA), who will tie the promotional record for most career fights.
A number of other notable matchups are scheduled for Bellator’s sixth fight card in San Jose. For more on the numbers behind the fights, check below for 30 pre-event facts about Bellator 183.
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Henderson has alternated wins and losses over his past four fights.
Henderson is 1-1 since he returned to the lightweight division in August 2016.
Freire competes in his 18th Bellator bout, tied with Patricio Freire, David Rickels and Joe Warren for most appearances in company history.
Freire’s 10 victories in Bellator lightweight competition are second most in divisional history behind Michael Chandler (11).
Freire’s eight stoppage victories in Bellator lightweight competition are second most in divisional history behind Chandler (eight).
Freire’s seven knockout victories in Bellator competition are tied for second most in company history behind Douglas Lima (eight).
Paul Daley (39-15-2 MMA, 5-2 BMMA) has alternated wins and losses over his past four Bellator appearances.
Daley has earned all 31 of his career stoppage victories as a result of strikes.
Daley has earned four of his five Bellator victories by knockout.
Lorenz Larkin (18-6 MMA, 0-1 BMMA) is 4-2 since he dropped to the welterweight division in January 2015.
Larkin is 5-4 in his past nine fights.
Larkin has earned all of his career stoppage victories by knockout.
Roy Nelson (21-14 MMA, 0-0 BMMA), 41, is the oldest of the 10 fighters scheduled to compete on the main card.
Nelson makes his Bellator debut after a nearly eight-year UFC run where he went 9-10 in 19 promotional appearances.
Nelson’s total fight time of 3:22:33 in UFC heavyweight competition is most in divisional history.
Nelson is 3-7 in his past 10 fights dating back to June 2013.
Nelson is the only fighter in UFC history to record his first seven victories with the organization by knockout.
Nelson’s nine decision losses in UFC heavyweight competition are the most in divisional history and second most overall in company history behind Jeremy Stephens (11).
Nelson has absorbed 985 significant strikes in UFC heavyweight competition, the most in divisional history. Of those 985 strikes, 640 were landed to the head.
Javy Ayala (10-5 MMA, 5-2 BMMA) returns to competition for the first time since Nov. 4, 2016. The 323-day layoff is the longest of his more than six-year career.
Ayala has earned all of his Bellator victories by stoppage. He’s finished four of those wins in Round 1.
Adam Piccolotti’s (9-0 MMA, 5-0 BMMA) five-fight Bellator winning streak in lightweight competition is the second longest active streak in the division behind Brent Primus (six).
Piccolotti has earned all of his Bellator stoppage victories by submission.
Goiti Yamauchi (21-3 MMA, 7-2 BMMA) is 2-0 since he moved up to the Bellator lightweight division in October. He went 5-2 in the organization at featherweight.
Yamauchi has earned 18 of his 21 career victories by stoppage. That includes six of his seven Bellator victories.
Yamauchi’s five submission victories in Bellator competition are tied for third most in company history behind Marcin Held (six) and Alexandre Bezerra (six).
Aaron Pico (0-1 MMA, 0-1 BMMA), 20, is the youngest of the 10 fighters scheduled to compete on the main card.
Pico drops to the featherweight division after losing his pro debut in 24 seconds in a lightweight fight at Bellator NYC in June.
Justin Linn (7-3 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) make his Bellator debut on the first two-fight losing skid of his career. He hasn’t earned a victory since September 2014.
Linn’s past two victories have come by TKO due to leg injuries for his opponents.view original article >>