Now that the hype surrounding has cooled somewhat, Tyrell
Fortune can get down to the business of maximizing his
undeniable physical and mental tools.
Arizona Combat Sports standout will rematch Jack May in a
three-round heavyweight showcase at
Bellator 255 this Friday at the Mohegan Sun Arena in
Uncasville, Connecticut. Their first encounter ended in a no
contest some seven months ago when Fortune connected with an
accidental groin strike from which his 6-foot-8 counterpart could
not recover. A short-notice replacement for the injured Matt
Mitrione, May has not competed since he dropped a split
decision to Kyle
Noblitt at an Xtreme MMA event on Jan. 21. Fortune, meanwhile,
last fought at Bellator 251, where he was awarded a unanimous
verdict over Said Sowma
As Fortune and May prepare for their second confrontation, a look
at some of the numbers that have accompanied them to this
30: Years of age for Fortune, who was born in
Portland, Oregon, on July 4, 1990.
5: Fortune victories by knockout or technical
knockout, accounting for 56% of his career total (nine). His list
of victims includes Giovanni
Sarran and Azunna
Anyanwu. Fortune owns one other win by submission and three
more by decision.
3: National championships won by Fortune as a
collegiate wrestler. He won two National Junior College Athletic
Association titles at Clackamas Community College in Oregon City
Oregon, then won a NCAA Division II title at Grand Canyon
University in Phoenix.
39: Years of age for May, who was born in Chino
Hills, California, on April 14, 1981.
8: May wins by knockout or technical knockout,
accounting for 73% of his career total (11). His list of victims
Seumanutafa, Dave Cryer
Copeland. May owns three other victories by decision.
3: Sub-minute stoppage victories on the May
resume. He punched out Colton
Hooley in 47 seconds at a World Championship Full Contact event
on Aug. 20, 2011, cut down Jeremiah
Martinez with punches in 52 seconds at a BAMMA USA show on Jan.
13, 2012 and wiped out the aforementioned Cryer with punches in 41
seconds at Bellator 170 on Jan. 21, 2017.
114: Combined victories between the seven
Jordan and Derrick
Lewis—who have defeated May. They own a .726 (114-42-1)
cumulative winning percentage.
13: Promotions in which May has competed as a
mixed martial artist. He has gone 3-0 in BAMMA USA, 1-2 in the
Professional Fighters League, 0-2 in the UFC, 1-0 in the WCFC,
1-0 in International Fight Showdown, 1-0 in Fight Club OC, 1-0 in
Tachi Palace Fights, 1-0 in Tru-Form Entertainment, 1-0 in Bellator
MMA, 1-0 in Lights Out Xtreme Fighting, 0-1 in
Titan Fighting Championship, 0-1 in California Xtreme Fighting
and 0-1 in XMMA.