Bellator 255 pre-event facts: Patricio ‘Pitbull’ seeks 10th title-fight victory

Mike
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Bellator puts on its first fight card of 2021 on Friday with Bellator 255, which takes place at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn., with a lineup that airs on Showtime and streams on MMA Junkie.

A featherweight championship bout that also doubles as a grand prix tournament semifinal takes center stage in the main event. Champion Patricio Freire (31-4 MMA, 19-4 BMMA) will rematch Emmanuel Sanchez (20-4 MMA, 12-3 BMMA) in a bout that will determine who advances to take on A.J. McKee in the $1 million final.

For more on the numbers behind the card, as well as the rest of the event, check below for 30 pre-event facts about Bellator 255.

Patricio Freire vs. Emmanuel Sanchez

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7WAvJvTvQ9E Freire competes in his 24th Bellator bout, the most appearances in company history. Freire competes in his 12th Bellator title fight, the most in company history. Freire's nine victories in Bellator championship fights are most in company history. Freire is one of two simultaneous two-division champions in Bellator history. Ryan Bader also accomplished the feat. Freire is one of three fighters in Bellator history to win titles in two weight classes. Bader and Joe Warren also accomplished the feat. Freire's 19 victories in Bellator competition are most in company history. Freire's 18 victories in Bellator featherweight competition are most in divisional history. Freire's 12 stoppage victories in Bellator competition are tied for second most in company history behind Michael Chandler (13). Freire's 11 stoppage victories in Bellator featherweight competition are second most in divisional history behind A.J. McKee (12). Freire's eight knockout victories in Bellator competition are fourth most in company history behind Patricky Freire (nine), Douglas Lima (nine) and Michael Page (nine). Freire's seven knockout victories in Bellator featherweight competition are most in divisional history. Freire's four submission victories in Bellator featherweight competition are tied for second most in divisional history behind McKee (six). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wpyrnxc9ezA Sanchez's 12 victories by Bellator featherweight competition are third most in divisional history behind Freire (18) and McKee (16). Sanchez has earned eight of his 12 Bellator victories by decision. Sanchez’s eight decision wins in Bellator featherweight competition are most in divisional history. Sanchez's four submission victories in Bellator featherweight competition are tied for second most in divisional history behind McKee (six).

Neiman Gracie vs. Jason Jackson

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WIw4ZnTGSMs [autotag]Neiman Gracie[/autotag] (10-1 MMA, 8-1 BMMA) is 7-1 since he dropped to the welterweight division in February 2015. Gracie has earned nine of his 10 career victories by stoppage. Gracie's seven submission victories in Bellator competition are second most in company history behind Goiti Yamauchi (eight). Gracie's six submission victories in Bellator welterweight competition are most in divisional history. [autotag]Jason Jackson[/autotag] (13-4 MMA, 4-1 BMMA) has earned three of his four Bellator victories by decision.

Tyrell Fortune vs. Jack May

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vUKJ10Wp3v4 [autotag]Tyrell Fortune[/autotag] (9-1 MMA, 9-1 BMMA) competes in his 12th Bellator heavyweight bout, the second most appearances in divisional history behind Cheick Kongo (16). Fortune's nine victories in Bellator heavyweight competition are second most in divisional history behind Kongo (12). Fortune's six stoppage victories in Bellator competition are tied with Javy Ayala for most in divisional history. Fortune's five knockout victories in Bellator competition are tied with Vitaly Minakov for most in divisional history. [autotag]Jack May[/autotag] (11-7 MMA, 1-0 BMMA) is 1-4 with one no contest in his past six fights dating back to July 2018.

Roger Huerta vs. Chris Gonzalez

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZuudnXPyVN0 [autotag]Roger Huerta[/autotag] (24-12-1 MMA, 1-5 BMMA) is 0-3 since he returned to Bellator for a second stint in April 2018. He hasn't earned a victory with the promotion since April 2010. Huerta fell to 4-11 in his past 15 fights dating back to August 2008. [autotag]Chris Gonzalez[/autotag] (5-0 MMA, 4-0 BMMA) has earned five of his six career victories by decision. That includes all four of his Bellator wins.

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