Bellator 216 pre-event facts: Mirko Cro Cop is king of the rematch

The second half of Bellator’s weekend doubleheader goes down on Saturday with Bellator 216. The event takes place at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn., and streams on DAZN following prelims on MMAjunkie.

The Bellator welterweight grand prix continues in the main event with one of the most anticipated grudge matches in Bellator history. British knockout specialists will finally clash with Michael Page (13-0 MMA, 9-0 BMMA) vs. Paul Daley (40-16-2 MMA, 6-3 BMMA) after years of build, with the winner advancing to fight Douglas Lima in the semifinal round.

Bellator 216 has more depth beyond the headliner, though. And for more on the numbers, check below for 30 pre-event facts.

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Main event

Page’s nine-fight Bellator winning streak is tied with Ben Askren for the second longest streak in company history behind A.J. McKee (13).

Page’s nine-fight Bellator winning streak is the second longest active streak in the company behind A.J. McKee (13)

Page’s nine-fight Bellator winning streak in welterweight competition is the longest active streak in the division.

Page’s nine victories in Bellator welterweight competition are tied with Askren for third most in divisional history behind Andrey Koreshkov (12) and Douglas Lima (11).

Page’s seven stoppage victories in Bellator welterweight competition are tied for second most in divisional history behind Lima (eight).

Daley has alternated wins and losses over his past six Bellator appearances. He lost his most recent bout at Bellator 199 in May.

Daley has earned 32 of his 40 career victories by stoppage.

Daley has earned all 32 career stoppage victories as a result of strikes. That includes five of his six Bellator wins.

Co-main event

Cheick Kongo (29-10-2 MMA, 11-2 BMMA) competes in his 14th Bellator heavyweight bout, the most appearances in divisional history.

Kongo competes in his 32nd Bellator/UFC bout, tied with Tito Ortiz for the most appearances in combined organizational history.

Kongo’s 11 victories in Bellator heavyweight competition are most in divisional history.

Kongo’s seven-fight Bellator winning streak in heavyweight competition is the longest active streak in the division.

Kongo’s five stoppage victories in Bellator heavyweight competition are second most in divisional history behind Javy Ayala (six).

Kongo’s four knockout victories in Bellator heavyweight competition are tied for most in divisional history.

Vitaly Minakov

Vitaly Minakov (21-0 MMA, 5-0 BMMA), the former Bellator heavyweight champion, returns to the organization for the first time since April 2014.

Minakov went 7-0 between Bellator stints, with all of his victories coming by stoppage.

Minakov has earned 19 of his 21 career victories by stoppage.

Minakov’s five-fight Bellator winning streak in heavyweight competition is tied with Tyrell Fortune for the second longest active streak in the division behind Kongo (seven).

Minakov’s four knockout victories in Bellator heavyweight competition are tied for most in divisional history.

Minakov defeated Kongo by unanimous decision in their first bout at Bellator 115 in April 2014.

Remaining main card

Mirko Cro Cop (37-11-2 MMA, 0-0 BMMA), 44, is the oldest of the 10 fighters scheduled to compete on the main card.

Cro Cop competes in the seventh rematch of his MMA career. He’s 6-0 when facing an opponent for the second time (Gabriel Gonzaga, Satoshi Ishii, Wanderlei Silva, Josh Barnett, Kevin Randleman and Kazuyuki Fujita).

Cro Cop enters the event on a nine-fight winning streak. He hasn’t suffered a defeat since November 2013.

Cro Cop has earned 34 of his 37 career victories by stoppage. That includes all of the wins in his current nine-fight streak.

Cro Cop hasn’t suffered a knockout loss since his defeat to Roy Nelson at UFC 137 in October 2011.

Roy Nelson (23-16 MMA, 1-2 BMMA) is the only fighter in UFC history to record his first seven victories with the organization by knockout.

Nelson absorbed 985 significant strikes in UFC heavyweight competition, the most in divisional history. Of those 985 strikes, 640 were landed to the head.

Yaroslav Amosov’s (20-0 MMA, 1-0 BMMA) 20-fight MMA winning streak is longest among active Bellator fighters.

Erick Silva (20-9 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) makes his Bellator debut one fight removed from a 16-bout UFC stint where he went 7-8 (with one no-contest).

Silva’s six first-round stoppage victories in UFC welterweight competition are tied with Josh Koscheck for second most in divisional history behind Matt Hughes (seven).

Silva landed all 18 significant strikes thrown in his 52-second knockout of Takenori Sato at UFC Fight Night 36. That’s the most in UFC history for a fighter who didn’t miss a strike.

Silva is the only fighter in UFC history to have three fights with the organization without absorbing a single strike.

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