Bellator 218 post-event facts: Emmanuel Sanchez joins featherweight 10-win club

Bellator’s latest event took place on Friday with Bellator 218, which went down at WinStar World Resort & Casino in Thackerville, Okla. The card aired on Paramount and streamed on DAZN following prelims on MMA Junkie.

In the main event, Emmanuel Sanchez (18-4 MMA, 10-3 BMMA) returned to form as a featherweight contender when he outworked and outlasted Georgi Karakhanyan (28-9-1 MMA, 6-7 BMMA) to win a unanimous decision in a rematch of a January 2017 bout, which “El Matador” also won by decision.

The fight closed out a four fight main card lineup. For more on the numbers, check below for 20 post-event facts to come out of Bellator 218.

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General

Betting favorites went 2-0 on the main card. Odds were not available for two fights.

Betting favorites improved to 4-0 (with one no-contest) in Bellator main events this year.

Total fight time for the four-bout main card was 44:42.

Main card

Sanchez became the fifth fighter in Bellator history to earn 10 featherweight victories.

Sanchez has earned 10 of his 18 career victories by decision. That includes seven of his 10 Bellator wins.

Sanchez’s eight decision wins in Bellator featherweight competition are most in divisional history.

Karakhanyan was unsuccessful in his return to Bellator for a third stint. He hasn’t earned a victory with the organization since August 2017.

Karakhanyan has suffered seven of his nine career losses by decision.

Valentin Moldavsky’s (8-1 MMA, 3-0 BMMA) three-fight Bellator winning streak in heavyweight competition is tied for the third longest active streak in the division behind Cheick Kongo (eight) and Tyrell Fortune (six).

Moldavsky has earned two of his three Bellator victories by decision.

Linton Vassell’s (18-8 MMA, 7-5 BMMA) three-fight losing skid is the longest of his career. He hasn’t earned a victory since May 2017.

Vassell was unsuccessful in his heavyweight debut.

Anatoly Tokov’s (28-3 MMA, 4-0 BMMA) four-fight Bellator winning streak in middleweight competition is tied with Mike Shipman for the longest active streak in the division.

Tokov improved to 21-1 in his past 22 fights dating back to April 2012.

Tokov has earned 22 of his 28 career victories by stoppage. That includes three of his four Bellator wins.

Gerald Harris (25-8-1 MMA, 0-3-1 BMMA) retired from MMA competition for the second time after his loss.

Harris went winless in four fights since coming out of his initial retirement in April.

Harris has suffered both of his Bellator stoppage losses by submission.

Preliminary card

John Teixeira (22-4-2 MMA, 5-3 BMMA) has earned all five of his Bellator victories by decision.

Teixeira has earned his past six victories by decision, the longest stretch of his career without a stoppage.

For complete coverage of Bellator 218, check out the MMA Events section of the site.

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