Fight Facts: Bellator London ‘MVP vs. Melillo’

By: Jay Pettry
Nov 26, 2019

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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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Bellator MMA held a show for the London faithful with the appropriately titled Bellator London. The event featured a knockout artist doing what he does best, the fastest submission for a female fighter with the company and the repeat of a recent ultra-rare forearm choke.

Rear-Naked Night: Throughout the night, four different fighters tapped out to rear-naked chokes. This ties 10 other Bellator events for the second-most in company history. Bellator 205 in 2018 featured five.

Heavyweights Stay Home: No bouts were contested above the middleweight division, making this the first card in promotional history that featured at least 18 fights with none taking place above 185 pounds.

No Luck for Chucks: Two fighters with the given name of Charlie -- Charlie Leary and Charlie Ward -- both lost at this event, with each dropping their bouts by unanimous decision.

Venomous Viper: Demolishing Giovanni Melillo in the first round with one punch, Michael Page earned his eighth knockout inside the Bellator cage. "Venom" now sits in sole possession of third place for the most all-time, and trails Douglas Lima and Patricky Freire (nine each).

Paging Dr. Loggins: Five of those eight knockouts from Page have now been ruled KOs compared to a technical knockouts, and he also trails Lima by one for the most in promotional history.

High-Percentage Page: With 12 wins in 13 Bellator appearances, Page has the second-highest winning percentage (.923) of any fighter with at least 13 bouts with the company. The only one above Page is A.J. McKee, who has won all 15 of his Bellator outings.

A Line Not Even A Mother Could Love: "MVP" closed as a monumental -1600 favorite before he dispatched Melillo, the second-greatest odds-on favorite for a Bellator bout this year. In another sportsbook, Fabian Edwards came into his bout against Falco Neto Lopes in May as a -2000 favorite and knocked Lopes out in the first round.

The Many Tools of an Assassin: Capturing a narrow split decision against Mike Shipman, Edwards remained undefeated at 9-0. Exactly three wins for "The Assassin" have come by knockout, three by submission and three more on the scorecards.

I Can Do That Too, Brother: Edwards and his Ultimate Fighting Championship counterpart brother Leon Edwards are unbeaten in their last 17 bouts combined.

Keyholtz: Denise Kielholtz hit Sabriye Sengul with a keylock in only 32 seconds, earning the fastest submission victory in Bellator women's divisional history. It also stands as the 10th-quickest in organizational history.

Your Demise from Denise: The submission, clocking in at 32 seconds, is 10 seconds behind the record for the fastest stoppage from a female fighter in Bellator. Arlene Blencowe set that at Bellator 224 in July, when she knocked out Amanda Bell in 22 seconds.

I Am Shelocked: Kielholtz is the second female Bellator fighter to pull off a keylock, with the first by Ky Bennett over Morgan Solis at Bellator 195 in 2018.

Pick Six Pack: With six seconds left in the third round, Robert Whiteford knocked Sam Sicilia out. In doing so, Whiteford picked up the fifth-latest finish in a non-title Bellator bout, tied with Blair Tugman's R3 4:54 rear-naked choke of Tom English at Bellator 178 in 2017.

So We're Throwing Forearm Stuff Now? Kent Kauppinen pulled off the second forearm choke in company history when he held his forearm on Andy Manzolo's throat. The first came earlier in November, when Lucas Brennan utilized a form of a short choke to submit Jacob Landin with his forearm at Bellator 233.

Akonnscious: Akonne Wanliss put Tim Barnett to sleep with a brabo choke 56 seconds into their bout. He is the second fighter to render an opponent unconscious with this kind of choke, joining Derrick Krantz over Eric Scallan at Bellator 61 in 2012.

Never Say Never Again: Coming into Bellator London, Shipman (15 fights), Terry Brazier (13 fights) and Ward (10 fights) had never lost on the scorecards (15 fights); George Tokkos had never been defeated (four fights) and Shipman, Nathan Rose (nine fights) and Barnett (10 fights) had never lost consecutive bouts.

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