By Mike Bohn |
April 6, 2021 6: 00 pm
Bellator’s busy April continues on Friday with Bellator 256, which took place at the Mohegan Solar Arena in Uncasville, Conn., with a main card that aired on Showtime following prelims on MMA Junkie.
The sunshine heavyweight grand prix kicks off within the main tournament. Ryan Bader (27-6 MMA, 5-1 BMMA) takes on Lyoto Machida (26-10 MMA, 2-2 BMMA) in a quarterfinal contest, which also serves as a rematch from an August 2020 meeting at UFC on FOX 4 that Machida won by 2d-spherical knockout.
For more on the numbers within the back of the headliner, as smartly as the remainder of the card, examine beneath for 20 pre-tournament facts about Bellator 256.
Bader became the first simultaneous two-division champion in Bellator history when he won at Bellator 214 in January 2019.
Bader is the handiest champion in Bellator history to register title defenses in two weight classes.
Bader is one in every of two simultaneous two-division champions in Bellator history. Patricio Freire also accomplished the feat.
Bader is one in every of three opponents in Bellator history to win titles in two weight classes. Freire and Joe Warren also accomplished the feat.
Bader became the first fighter in Bellator history to win a championship in his promotional debut when he defeated Phil Davis at Bellator 180 in June 2017.
Bader is 5-1 (with one no contest) since he moved to Bellator from UFC in June 2017.
Bader’s 15-2d knockout of Muhammed Lawal at Bellator 199 is the 2d fastest in Bellator heavyweight history within the back of Eddie Sanchez’s 10-2d victory at Bellator 8.
Machida competes within the fourth rematch of his career. He’s 0-3 when combating an opponent for the 2d time.
Machida is 1-1 since he returned to the sunshine heavyweight division in June 2019.
Machida is the handiest fighter in UFC history to absorb zero strikes in two main occasions. He accomplished the feat at UFC Fight Night 58 and UFC Fight Night 31.
Machida is the handiest fighter in UFC history to earn two knockout victories stemming from a front kick to the head. He accomplished the feat at UFC 224 and UFC 129.
Machida has earned 11 career victories against a fighter who once held a UFC, Bellator, Strikeforce or PRIDE title.
Liz Carmouche (14-7 MMA, 1-0 BMMA) is 3-2 since she dropped to the women folk’s flyweight division in December 2017.
Carmouche became the first female fighter in UFC history to enter the octagon at UFC 157 in February 2013.
Carmouche challenged for the UFC women folk’s bantamweight and flyweight titles at some level of her tenure with the promotion.
Cat Zingano (11-4 MMA, 1-0 BMMA) is 1-1 since she moved as a lot as the featherweight division in December 2018.
Goiti Yamauchi (25-4 MMA, 11-3 BMMA) is 6-1 since he moved as a lot as the Bellator gentle-weight division in October 2016.
Yamauchi has earned 21 of his 25 career victories by stoppage. That involves 9 of his 11 Bellator wins.
Yamauchi’s 9 stoppage victories in Bellator competition are tied for fifth most in company history within the back of Michael Chandler (13), Patricio Freire (13), A.J. McKee (12) and Michael Page (10).
Yamauchi’s eight submission victories in Bellator competition are most in company history.
Yamauchi’s five submission victories in Bellator gentle-weight competition are tied for the most in divisional history.
Yamauchi’s five submission victories by rear-naked choke in Bellator competition are most in company history.