Bellator 221 post-event facts: Patricio Freire, Michael Chandler set contrasting title-fight records
One of the most significant events in Bellator history took place Saturday with Bellator 221, which went down at Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Ill., and streamed on DAZN following prelims on MMA Junkie.
The card delivered from top to bottom, with Patricio Freire (29-4 MMA, 17-4 BMMA) emerging victorious from the champion-vs.-champion headliner with Michael Chandler (19-5 MMA, 16-5 BMMA) as the new Bellator lightweight champion. “Pitbull” added the new belt alongside his featherweight strap and is just the second in Bellator history to hold multiple titles simultaneously.
Freire wasn’t the only one who made history at Bellator 221, though. For more on the numbers, check below for 30 post-event facts from the card.
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Debuting fighters went 0-2 at the event.
Betting favorites went 4-1 on the main card.
Betting favorites fell to 4-2 (with one no-contest and one draw) in Bellator main events this year.
Total fight time for the five-bout main card was 36:21.
Freire became the second simultaneous two-division champion in Bellator history. Ryan Bader also accomplished the feat.
Freire became the third fighter in Bellator history to win titles in two weight classes. Bader and Joe Warren also accomplished the feat.
Freire’s seven victories in Bellator championship fights are most in company history.
Freire’s 17 victories in Bellator competition are most in company history.
Freire’s 11 stoppage victories in Bellator competition are tied with Chandler for most in company history.
Freire’s seven knockout victories in Bellator competition are tied for third most in company history behind Patricky Freire (nine) and Douglas Lima (nine).
Chandler’s five losses in Bellator title fights are the most in company history.
Chandler has suffered all three of his career stoppage losses due to strikes.
Douglas Lima (31-7 MMA, 13-3 BMMA) has earned 26 of his 31 career victories by stoppage. That includes 10 of his 13 Bellator wins.
Lima’s 12 victories in Bellator welterweight competition are second most in divisional history behind Andrey Koreshkov (13).
Lima’s nine stoppage victories in Bellator welterweight competition are most in divisional history.
Lima’s nine knockout victories in Bellator competition are tied with Patricky Freire for most in company history.
Lima’s eight knockout victories in Bellator welterweight competition are most in divisional history.
Michael Page (14-1 MMA, 10-1 BMMA) had his 14-fight winning streak snapped for the first defeat of his career.
A.J. McKee’s (14-0 MMA, 14-0 BMMA) 14-fight Bellator winning streak is the longest active streak in the company.
McKee’s 14-fight Bellator winning streak is the longest streak in company history.
McKee’s 14-fight Bellator winning streak in featherweight competition is the longest active streak in the division.
McKee’s 14 victories in Bellator featherweight competition are second most in divisional history behind Patricio Freire (16).
Pat Curran (23-8 MMA, 13-5 BMMA) fell to 10-4 since he dropped to the Bellator featherweight division in June 2011.
Curran has suffered seven of his eight career losses by decision. That includes all five of his Bellator defeats.
Jake Hager (2-0 MMA, 2-0 BMMA) has earned both of his career victories by submission.
T.J. Jones (1-2 MMA, 0-1 BMMA) has suffered both of his career losses by submission.
Tywan Claxton’s (5-0 MMA, 5-0 BMMA) four-fight Bellator winning streak at featherweight is tied for the third longest active streak in the division behind McKee (14) and Henry Corrales (five).
Claxton has earned four of his five career victories by stoppage.
James Bennett (4-2 MMA, 0-1 BMMA) suffered the first knockout loss of his career.