Bellator 251 pre-event facts: Corey Anderson brings strong resume into debut

A busy month of Bellator action continues on Thursday with Bellator 251, which takes place inside the “Fightsphere” at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn.

Light heavyweights are set to clash in the main event. Knockout specialist Melvin Manhoef (32-14-1 MMA, 4-3 BMMA) will look to add another big finish to his resume when he welcomes longtime UFC contender Corey Anderson (13-4 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) to the Bellator roster.

For more on the numbers behind the headliner, as well as the rest of the card, check below for 17 pre-event facts about Bellator 251.

Melvin Manhoef vs. Corey Anderson

Melvin Manhoef

Manhoef competes in his fifth Bellator main event. He’s 1-2 with one no contest in previous headliners.

Manhoef is 2-0 since he returned to the light heavyweight division in June 2019.

Manhoef has earned 29 of his 32 career victories by knockout. He’s finished 26 of those wins in Round 1.

Corey Anderson

Anderson makes his Bellator debut following a 14-fight UFC stint where he went 10-4.

Anderson is one of 13 fighters in UFC history with 10 or more light heavyweight wins.

Anderson’s 61-second knockout of Matt Van Buren at The Ultimate Fighter 19 Finale stands as the fastest finish in a “TUF” tournament final.

Anderson’s 53 takedowns landed in UFC light heavyweight competition are most in divisional history.

Anderson lands 50 percent of his takedown attempts in UFC light heavyweight competition, the third-highest rate in divisional history behind Lyoto Machida (65 percent) and Jan Blachowicz (52 percent).

Anderson’s 12 takedowns landed against Patrick Cummins at UFC Fight Night 128 are the single-fight record for a UFC light heavyweight bout.

Anderson’s 12 takedowns landed vs. Cummins at UFC Fight Night 128 are tied for the fifth most in a single UFC fight.

Tyrell Fortune vs. Said Sowma

Tyrell Fortune

Tyrell Fortune (8-1 MMA, 8-1 BMMA) competes in his 11th Bellator heavyweight bout, tied with Javy Ayala for the second most appearances in divisional history behind Cheick Kongo (16).

Fortune’s eight victories in Bellator heavyweight competition are second most in divisional history behind Kongo (12).

Fortune’s six stoppage victories in Bellator competition are tied with Ayala for most in divisional history.

Fortune’s five knockout victories in Bellator competition are tied with Vitaly Minakov for most in divisional history.

Derek Anderson vs. Killys Mota

Derek Anderson

Derek Anderson (16-3 MMA, 7-3 BMMA) was successful in his Bellator welterweight debut at Bellator 229 in October 2019.

Anderson has earned five of his seven Bellator victories by decision.

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