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    Bellator 244 pre-event facts: Dual-champ Ryan Bader’s decorated resume

    Bellator returns for another event on Friday with Bellator 244, which takes place at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn., otherwise known as the “Fightsphere.”

    Heavyweight and light heavyweight champion Ryan Bader (27-5 MMA, 5-0 BMMA) returns to the 205-pound weight class for the first time in three years in the main event when he takes on Vadim Nemkov (11-2 MMA, 4-0 BMMA), who is a training partner of Fedor Emelianenko.

    For more on the numbers behind the event, check below for 30 pre-event facts about Bellator 242.

    Main event: Ryan Bader vs. Vadim Nemkov

    Bader became the first simultaneous two-division champion in Bellator history when he won at Bellator 214 in January.

    Bader is the only champion in Bellator history to register title defenses in two weight classes.

    Bader is one of two simultaneous two-division champions in Bellator history. Patricio Freire also accomplished the feat.

    Bader is one of three fighters 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 13-1 (with one no contest) in his past 14 fights. The lone defeat in that stretch came against Anthony Johnson at UFC on FOX 18 in January 2016.

    Bader is 4-0 (with one no contest) since he moved up to the heavyweight division in May 2018.

    Bader’s 15-second knockout of Muhammed Lawal at Bellator 199 is the second fastest in Bellator heavyweight history behind Eddie Sanchez’s 10-second victory at Bellator 8.

    Nemkov’s four-fight Bellator winning streak at light heavyweight is the longest active streak in the division.

    Nemkov has earned 10 of his 11 career victories by stoppage.

    Co-main event: Julia Budd vs. Jessy Miele

    Julia Budd (13-3 MMA, 7-1 BMMA) competes in her ninth Bellator featherweight bout, tied with Arlene Blencowe for the most appearances in divisional history.

    Budd’s seven victories in Bellator women’s featherweight competition are most in divisional history.

    Budd’s three stoppage victories in Bellator women’s featherweight competition are tied with Blencowe and Amanda Bell for most in divisional history.

    Valentin Moldavsky vs. Roy Nelson

    Roy Nelson (23-18 MMA, 1-4 BMMA), 44, is the oldest of the 10 scheduled main card fighters.

    Nelson’s four-fight losing skid is the longest of his career. He hasn’t earned a victory since September 2017.

    Nelson is 3-9 in his past 12 fights dating back to September 2014.

    Nelson has suffered 15 of his 18 career losses by decision. That includes three of his four Bellator defeats.

    Valentin Moldavsky’s (9-1 MMA, 4-0 BMMA) four-fight Bellator winning streak at heavyweight is the longest active streak in the division.

    Andrew Kapel vs. John Salter

    JOhn Salter

    John Salter (17-4 MMA, 7-1 BMMA) competes in his ninth Bellator middleweight bout, tie with Rafael Carvalho for second most in divisional history behind Alexander Shlemenko (17).

    Salter’s seven victories in Bellator middleweight competition are tied with Carvalho for second most in divisional history behind Shlemenko (12).

    Salter’s six stoppage victories in Bellator middleweight competition are second most in divisional history behind Shlemenko (eight).

    Salter’s five submission victories in Bellator middleweight competition are most in divisional history.

    Andrew Kapel (14-6 MMA, 1-0 BMMA) has earned 13 of his 14 career victories by stoppage.

    Sidney Outlaw vs. Adam Piccolotti

    Adam Piccolotti

    Adam Piccolotti’s (12-3 MMA, 8-3 BMMA) five submission victories in Bellator lightweight competition are tied with Michael Chandler, Goiti Yamauchi and Marcin Held for most in divisional history.

    Yaroslav Amosov vs. Mark Lemminger

    Yaroslav Amosov

    Yaroslav Amosov’s (23-0 MMA, 4-0 BMMA) 23-fight winning streak in MMA competition is the longest among active Bellator fighters.

    Amosov has earned three of his four Bellator victories by decision.

     

    This was originally published on www.mmajunkie.com

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