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Bellator 203 pre-event facts: Patricio 'Pitbull' all over the record books

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The second of Bellator’s two events this weekend takes place Saturday with Bellator 203, which airs via tape delay on Paramount from Foro Italico in Rome.

In the main event, champ Patricio Freire (26-4 MMA, 14-4 BMMA) attempts to get his second featherweight title reign off to a good start when he meets Daniel Weichel (39-9 MMA, 8-1 BMMA) in a rematch of a June 2015 bout at Bellator 138, which “Pitbull” won by second-round knockout.

For more on the numbers behind the title fight, as well as the rest of the bouts on the card, check below for 25 pre-event facts about Bellator 203.

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Main event

Patricio Freire

Freire competes in his 19th Bellator bout, tied for the second most appearances in company history behind David Rickels (20).

Freire competes in his 18th Bellator featherweight bout, the most appearances in divisional history.

Freire is one of eight two-time champions in Bellator history. Three of those have been in the featherweight division.

Freire competes in his seventh Bellator title fight, tied with Eduardo Dantas and Pat Curran for second most in company history behind Michael Chandler (nine).

Freire’s 14 victories in Bellator competition are second most in company history behind Chandler (15).

Freire has earned 20 of his 26 career victories by stoppage.

Freire’s 10 stoppage victories in Bellator competition are second most in company history behind Chandler (11).

Freire’s six knockout victories in Bellator competition are tied for fourth most in company history behind Douglas Lima (eight), Patricky Freire (eight) and Hector Lombard (seven).

Freire’s six knockout victories in Bellator featherweight competition are most in divisional history.

Freire’s four submission victories in Bellator featherweight competition are most in divisional history.

Freire has alternated wins and losses over his past five fights.

Daniel Weichel

Weichel returns to competition for the first time since Apr. 14, 2017. The 456-day layoff the longest of his more than 16-year career.

Weichel’s four-fight Bellator winning streak in featherweight competition is the third longest active streak in the division behind A.J. McKee (11) and Emmanuel Sanchez (five).

Weichel is 10-1 in his past 11 fights dating back to June 2012.

Weichel has earned 22 of his 28 career stoppage victories by submission.

Co-main event

Alessio Sakara

Alessio Sakara (19-12 MMA, 2-1 BMMA) is 3-1 (with one no-contest) since his UFC tenure ended in October 2013.

Sakara has suffered eight of his 12 career losses by stoppage.

Jamie Sloane (8-4 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) has earned all of his career victories by stoppage and has been finished in all of his career losses.

Remaining main card

Andrey Koreshkov

Andrey Koreshkov (20-2 MMA, 11-2 BMMA) competes in his 14th Bellator welterweight bout, the most appearances in divisional history.

Koreshkov’s 11 victories in Bellator welterweight competition are most in divisional history.

Koreshkov’s five stoppage victories in Bellator welterweight competition are tied for third most in divisional history behind Lima (seven) and Michael Page (six).

Koreshkov has earned all of his Bellator stoppage victories by knockout.

Koreshkov’s six stoppage victories in Bellator welterweight competition are third most in divisional history behind Douglas Lima (seven) and Page (seven).

Vaso Bakocevic (33-17-1 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) competes for the fourth time in 2018. He’s 3-0 so far this year.

Bakocevic enters the event on a seven-fight winning streak. He hasn’t suffered a defeated since May 2017.

For more on Bellator 203, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.



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