Bellator continues its busy month on Saturday with a split event showcase at Accor Arena in Paris featuring Bellator 248 and Bellator Europe 10.
The Bellator 248 portion of the card is headlined by welterweight contender Michael Page (17-1 MMA, 13-1 BMMA) vs. Ross Houston (8-0 MMA, 0-0 BMMA), while the Bellator Europe 7 portion sees France’s own Cheick Kongo (30-10-2 MMA, 12-2 BMMA) fight Timothy Johnson (14-6 MMA, 2-2 BMMA) in a heavyweight affair.
For more on the numbers behind all the festivities, check below for 25 pre-event facts about Bellator 248/Bellator Europe 10.
Michael Page vs. Ross Houston
Page makes his 14th Bellator welterweight appearance, the third most in divisional history behind Andrey Koreshkov (17) and Douglas Lima (16).
Page’s 12 victories in Bellator welterweight competition are third most in divisional history behind Koreshkov (13) and Lima (13).
Page’s 10 stoppage victories in Bellator competition are fourth most in company history behind Michael Chandler (13), Patricio Freire (11) and A.J. McKee (11).
Page’s nine stoppage victories in Bellator welterweight competition are tied with Lima for most in divisional history.
Page’s nine knockout victories in Bellator competition are tied with Douglas Lima and Patricky Freire for most in company history.
Page’s eight knockout victories in Bellator welterweight competition are tied with Lima for most in divisional history.
Page’s previous 10-fight Bellator winning streak, which ran from 2014-2019 and was snapped at Bellator 221, is tied for the second longest streak in company history behind McKee (16).
Houston, who makes his Bellator debut, is a former Cage Warriors welterweight champion,
Oliver Enkamp vs. Emmanuel Dawa
Oliver Enkamp (9-2 MMA, 2-0 BMMA) has earned both of his Bellator victories by first-round stoppage.
Mads Burnell vs. Darko Banovic
Mads Burnell (13-3 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) is 4-0 since his final UFC appearance in May 2018.
Burnell has earned all eight of his career stoppage victories by submission. He’s yet to record a knockout win in his career.
Bellator Europe 10
Cheick Kongo vs. Timothy Johnson
Kongo, 45, is the oldest of the 14 scheduled main card fighters.
Kongo, at 44, became the oldest fighter to compete in a Bellator championship bout when he fought for the heavyweight title at Bellator 226 in September 2019.
Kongo competes in his 16th Bellator heavyweight bout, the most appearances in divisional history.
Kongo competes in his 34th Bellator/UFC bout, the most appearances by any heavyweight in combined organizational history.
Kongo’s 12 victories in Bellator heavyweight competition are most in divisional history.
Kongo’s current eight-fight Bellator unbeaten streak at heavyweight is the longest active streak in the division.
Kongo’s five stoppage victories in Bellator heavyweight competition are tied for third most in divisional history behind Javy Ayala (six) and Tyrell Fortune (six).
Kongo’s four knockout victories in Bellator heavyweight competition are tied for third most in divisional history behind Vitaly Minakov (five) and Fortune (five).
Johnson meets Kongo in a rematch of their fight from Bellator 208 in October 2018, which Kongo won by first-round knockout.
Johnson has earned 11 of his 14 career victories by stoppage. That includes both of his Bellator wins.
Melvin Manhoef vs. Simon Biyong
Melvin Manhoef (32-14-1 MMA, 4-3 BMMA) is 2-0 since he returned to the light heavyweight division in June.
Manhoef has earned 29 of his 32 career victories by knockout. He’s finished 26 of those wins in Round 1.