Bellator 179 Post-event Facts: Cheick Kongo Is Winningest Heavyweight In Bellator History

20 May 2017 | 3:31 pm

Rory MacDonald’s long journey back to the win column finally came to an end Friday when the former UFC title challenger was victorious in his Bellator debut against Paul Daley at Bellator 179.

MacDonald (19-4 MMA, 1-0 BMMA) dismantled Daley (39-15-2 MMA, 5-2 BMMA) with a superior ground game en route to a second-round submission finish in the welterweight contender bout at The SSE Arena in London, giving “The Red King” his first victory in 31 months.

The Canadian wasn’t the only one to deliver a notable performance at Bellator’s 10th event of the year, though. For more, check below for 25 post-event facts to come out of Bellator 179.

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General

Debuting fighters went 1-2 at the event.

Betting favorites went 2-1 on the main card. Odds weren’t released for two fights.

Betting favorites improved to 7-3 in Bellator main events this year.

Total fight time for the five-bout main card was 43:49.

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Main card

Daley fell to 1-2 in Bellator main-event appearances.

Daley has alternated wins and losses over his past four Bellator appearances.

Daley suffered his first submission loss since Oct. 4, 2008 – a span of 3,149 days (nearly nine years) and 29 fights.

Daley has suffered six of his eight career stoppage losses by submission.

MacDonald snapped his two-fight losing skid for his first victory since October 2014.

MacDonald has earned 14 of his 19 career victories by stoppage.

MacDonald earned his first submission victory since Jan. 11, 2010 – a span of 2,685 days (more than seven years) and 13 fights.

Linton Vassell’s (18-5 MMA, 7-2 BMMA) three-fight winning streak in Bellator light-heavyweight competition is the second longest active streak in the division behind Phil Davis (four).

Vassell has earned 14 of his 18 career victories by stoppage.

Vassell’s three submission victories in Bellator light-heavyweight competition are tied for most in divisional history.

Liam McGeary (12-2 MMA, 9-2 BMMA) has lost two of his past three fights after starting his career with 12 consecutive victories.

McGeary suffered the first submission loss of his career.

Cheick Kongo’s (27-10-2 MMA, 9-2 BMMA) nine victories in Bellator heavyweight competition are most in divisional history.

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

Kongo has earned his past five Bellator victories by decision. He hasn’t finished an opponent since September 2014.

Augusto Sakai (9-1-1 MMA, 4-1-1 BMMA) had his 10-fight unbeaten streak snapped for the first defeat of his career.

Sakai was defeated on his 26th birthday.

Alex Lohore (12-1 MMA, 2-0 BMMA) extended his winning streak to eight consecutive fights. He hasn’t suffered a defeat since October 2015.

Lohore has earned 10 of his 12 career victories by stoppage.

Dan Edwards (14-15 MMA, 0-1 BMMA) fell to 2-7 in his past nine fights dating back to February 2014.

Kevin Ferguson Jr. (1-1 MMA, 1-1 BMMA) earned the first victory of his career.

D.J. Griffin (0-1 MMA, 0-1 BMMA) was unsuccessful in his pro debut.

For complete coverage of Bellator 179, check out the MMA Events section of the site.

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