Bellator 215 pre-event facts: Can ex-champ Eduardo Dantas rebound?

The latest Bellator weekend doubleheader kicks off on Friday with Bellator 215, which takes place at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn., with a main card that airs on Paramount and streams on DAZN following prelims on MMAjunkie.

A clash of heavyweight contenders headlines the five-fight main card. Matt Mitrione (13-6 MMA, 4-1 BMMA) will attempt to rebound from his first Bellator loss when he meets Sergei Kharitonov (28-6 MMA, 2-1 BMMA), who enters the event following back-to-back first-round knockout victories.

For more on the numbers behind the main event, along with the rest of the card, check below for all the pre-event facts about Bellator 215.

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Main event

All of Mitrione’s career bouts have taken place under the Bellator or UFC banners.

Mitrione has earned 11 of his 13 career victories by stoppage. That includes three of his four Bellator wins.

Kharitonov is to 10-1 (with one no-contest) in his past 12 fights dating back to September 2011.

Kharitonov has earned 26 of his 28 career victories by stoppage. He’s finished 23 of those wins in Round 1.

Kharitonov has earned both of his Bellator victories by knockout.

Co-main event

Logan Storley’s (9-0 MMA, 4-0 BMMA) four-fight Bellator winning streak in welterweight competition is tied for the third longest active streak in the division behind Michael Page (nine) and Neiman Gracie (six).

Storley has earned seven of his nine career victories by stoppage. He’s finished all of those wins by knockout.

Ion Pascu (18-9 MMA, 0-2 BMMA) has alternated wins and losses over his past four fights. He lost his most recent bout at Bellator 207.

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

Remaining main card

Eduardo Dantas (20-6 MMA, 10-3 BMMA) competes in his 14th Bellator bantamweight bout, the second most appearances in divisional history behind Joe Warren (15).

Dantas enters the event on the first losing skid of his career. He hasn’t earned a victory since April 2017.

Dantas’ 10 victories in Bellator bantamweight competition are the most in divisional history.

Dantas’ five championship-fight victories in Bellator competition are tied for third most in company history behind Michael Chandler (six) and Patricio Freire (six).

Dantas is one of eight fighters in Bellator history to become a two-time champion in a single weight class.

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

Mike Kimbel’s (2-0 MMA, 2-0 BMMA) six-second knockout at Bellator 207 tied the record for fastest knockout and finish in Bellator history. Hector Lombard at Bellator 18 and Michele Martignoni at Bellator 203 also share the record.

For more on Bellator 215, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

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