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Fight Facts is a breakdown of all of the interesting information
and cage curiosities on every card, with some puns, references and
portmanteaus to keep things fun. These deep stat dives delve into
the numbers, providing historical context and telling the stories
behind those numbers.

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TOTAL NUMBER OF BELLATOR FIGHTS: 3,119
TOTAL NUMBER OF BELLATOR EVENTS: 282

Bellator
MMA
cruised back to Paris with a full card that brought plenty
of momentum until the main event dashed it all and broke the hearts
of French fans. It was a knockout or bust evening, with fights
either ending on the scorecards or due to strikes, and this led to
many feast or famine matchups all day.
Bellator 280
featured the longest reigning active champ doing
what he does best, a stoppage that definitely occurred after the
final bell and a Strikeforce finding his power again after years of
uncertainty.

Vive La France: Bellator stacked the deck with
French fighters in its return to Paris, with seven competitors
representing L’Hexagone against foreign combatants. Only Cheick
Kongo and Fabacary Diatta failed to pick up wins for their home
country, with five others beating their non-local adversaries. The
first two fights pitted Frenchman against Frenchman, resulting in
two knockouts.

C’est Comme Ca: Ryan Bader successfully defended
his heavyweight strap for the second time – if counting the
unification match with Valentin Moldavsky, while excluding the
title retention vs. Kongo when the match ended by no contest due to
an eye poke – keeping him with the longest active championship
reign (1200 days on Monday) in Bellator.

Oui Peut la Defense: By claiming a decision over
Kongo, Bader became the first heavyweight champ in Bellator history
to defend his belt two times. Neither Cole Konrad nor Vitaly
Minakov ever made it to their second defense, with Konrad retiring
from the sport and Minakov pursuing other options in Russia.

Monsieur le Juge: Bader notched his third win on
the scorecards as a heavyweight, putting him in the record books as
tied for the fourth-most in company history. Konrad and Moldavsky
(five each) are joined for second, while Kongo’s seven are the most
decision wins of any Bellator heavyweight.

Kongo a Plus de 50 Ans: Kongo tried and failed for
the third time to claim a heavyweight belt, with all three such
attempts coming in the Bellator cage. He does, however, make
history as the oldest competitor to vie for a Bellator throne, as
the Frenchman will turn 47 on May 17.

Apres la Cloche: With the stoppage coming seconds
after the bell at the end of Round 3, Yoel Romero was awarded the
stoppage at 4:59 over Alex Polizzi. In doing so, he tied the record
for the latest finish in a non-title, non-tourney Bellator bout
with Jason Fischer and Keoni Diggs in 2012 and 2020,
respectively.

15 Minutes de Liberte: Once again, Romero notched
a knockout in the third round of a bout, repeating a feat he has
achieved many times. The last seven stoppages for “Soldier of God”
have all come in Round 3.

Lentement Mais Suremant, on Reussit: Win or lose,
Romero has yet to have a fight end any sooner than 10:58 of a fight
dating back to 2013. This oddity stretches across 14 fights, and he
did not suffer a stoppage loss in any of his defeats on that
run.

Sang Par Gallon: In the second round, Davy Gallon
put Benjamin Brander away with punches. Throughout the French
fighter’s career, he has recorded eight wins by decision, seven by
tapout and six by knockout. On the other side, he has dropped five
bouts by stoppage, and four of his career fights have gone a
decision that he has not won. All three of his Bellator appearances
have ended in victory, with his last two by knockout. Of his
stoppages due to strikes, one has come from a rolling thunder
kick.

Reecouter Larkin: For the first time since 2016,
Lorenz Larkin recorded a knockout. This lifted his career knockout
rate back to exactly 50%, and he snaps a five-fight decision win
streak in the process.

Depuis Qu Tu Es Bebe: When Larkin last scored a
knockout in August 2016, five of the other competitors on this card
had yet to make their professional debuts.

Botter Son Cul, Seabass: To open the main card,
Gregory Babene blew through “Seabass” Mike Shipman in just over two
minutes to register the knockout. “Blade” celebrates a finish rate
of 86% as a pro, with each of his last nine victories coming within
two rounds.

C’est Ma Maison: Taking home a unanimous decision
over Lewis Long, Thibault Gouti lodged his first win under the
Bellator banner. The 35-year-old out of France remains defeated in
his homeland, with eight finishes across 12 wins. His five defeats
came as a Ultimate Fighting Championship fighter in
England, Canada and the U.S.

Le Vol: Soren Bak swiped a contentious decision
over Charlie Leary to improve his win streak to eight straight, a
run that includes a victory over Paddy Pimblett. Each of the last
five bouts for “The True Viking” has ended in the hands in the
judges.

Boule de Feu a Combustion Lente: Needing three
rounds to overcome Katarzyna Sadura, Lucie Bertaud registered the
first win for France against the World by decision. “Fireball”
holds all of her career wins on the scorecards, while her defeats
all came by stoppage.

Ne Jamais Dire Jamais Encore: Coming into Bellator
280, Polizzi (11 fights) and Victor de Lima Verchere (six fights)
had never been finished, Long (25 fights) and Sadura (nine fights)
had never lost on the scorecards and Diatta had never been defeated
(eight fights).


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