Bellator 183 salaries: Patricky Freire earns event-best $110,000

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Patricky Freire earned the largest disclosed payday at this past weekend’s Bellator 183 event.

Freire (18-8 MMA, 11-7 BMMA) topped former UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson (24-8 MMA, 1-3 BMMA) via split decision. Freire earned $110,000 – $45,000 of which was a win bonus – as his disclosed payday. Henderson picked up $50,000.

MMAjunkie obtained the list of disclosed paydays from the California State Athletic Commission, which oversaw the Sept. 23 event. Bellator 183 took place at SAP Center in San Jose, Calif., and the main card aired on Spike following prelims on MMAjunkie.

In the co-main event, Paul Daley (40-15-2 MMA, 6-2 BMMA) topped welterweight rival Lorenz Larkin (18-7 MMA, 0-2 BMMA) with a big left hand. Daley earned a flat payday of $50,000 while Larkin got $40,000.

The total disclosed payout for the event was $513,500.

The full list of Bellator 183 paydays included:

Patricky Freire: $110,000 (includes $45,000 win bonus)
def. Benson Henderson: $50,000

Paul Daley: $50,000 (no win bonus)
def. Lorenz Larkin: $40,000

Roy Nelson: $60,000 (includes $30,000 win bonus)
def. Javy Ayala: $50,000

Aaron Pico: $50,000 (includes $25,000 win bonus)
def. Justin Linn: $4,000

Goiti Yamauchi: $32,000 (includes $16,000 win bonus)
def. Adam Piccolotti: $18,000

Tony Johnson: $3,000 (includes $1,500 win bonus)
def. Mike Ortega: $1,500

Kaytlin Neil: $4,000 (includes $2,000 win bonus)
def. Brooke Mayo: $3,000

Brandon Laroco: $3,000 (includes $1,500 win bonus)
def. Gaston Bolanos: $4,000

Jaimelene Nievera: $3,000 (includes $1,500 win bonus)
def. Corina Herrera: $1,500

Fernando Gonzalez: $12,000 (includes $6,000 win bonus)
def. Alex Lopez: $2,500

Ricardo Vasquez: $2,000 (includes $1,000 win bonus)
def. Justin Tenedora: $1,500

J.J. Okanovich: $4,000 (includes $2,000 win bonus)
def. Luis Jauregui: $1,500

Daniel Gonzalez: $2,000 (includes $1,000 win bonus)
def. Anthony Castrejon: $1,000

Now, the usual disclaimer: The figures do not include deductions for items such as insurance, licenses and taxes. Additionally, the figures do not include money paid by sponsors. They also do not include any other “locker room” or special discretionary bonuses Bellator sometimes pays.

In other words, the above figures are simply base salaries reported to the commission and do not reflect entire compensation packages for the event.

For complete coverage of Bellator 183, check out the MMA Events section of the night.

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Despite quick win and history, Goiti Yamauchi mum on callouts after Bellator 183

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SAN JOSE, Calif. – Goiti Yamauchi is one of those fighters who truly prefers to let his fighting do the talking. Fortunately for him, his performance at Bellator 183 spoke volumes.

In his third appearance since moving up to the Bellator lightweight division in October, Yamauchi (22-3 MMA, 8-2 BMMA) scored a second-round submission of previously unbeaten Adam Piccolotti (9-1 MMA, 5-1 BMMA) in Saturday’s Bellator 183 main-card opener, which took place at SAP Center in San Jose, Calif., and aired on Spike following prelims streamed on MMAjunkie.

Yamauchi improved to 3-0 at 155 pounds with the performance. Not only that, he tied the record for the most submission victories in Bellator history with his sixth tapout. He said he was pleased with his effort and simply credited his work ethic and the support of his team for the win.

“I’m feeling good; I’m feeling very happy,” Yamauchi told MMAjunkie after the win. “It’s just how it worked. I’ve been working since my last fight. It’s just the hard work that I’ve been training, and that’s the result of all my teamwork. I’m very happy for this win.”

After a successful, but not spectacular, run in the featherweight division, Yamauchi decided moving up in weight was best for his growing body. At just 24, he is still an evolving athlete who is making gains to his physique, skillset and mental approach.

Piccolotti entered Bellator 183 with an unbeaten record and five consecutive wins with the promotion. Yamauchi took that all away in swift fashion, setting him up for some meaningful opportunities in the future.

Although he could have used the platform of his shining moment to call for a big fight or a specific name, Yamauchi opted to keep humble and revealed he would prefer to allow the Bellator brass to direct his future.

“My next fight is not up to me,” Yamauchi said. “I’m just waiting for the next contract to sign. I will sign it, and that’s how it works for me.”

For complete coverage of Bellator 183, check out the MMA Events section of the site.

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Bellator 183 post-event facts: Patricky Freire, Goiti Yamauchi produce record work

Bellator put on another solid event Saturday with Bellator 183, which took place at SAP Center in San Jose, Calif., with a Spike-televised main card following prelims streamed on MMAjunkie

In the main event, Patricky Freire (18-8 MMA, 11-7 BMMA) continued to put a damper on Benson Henderson’s (24-8 MMA, 1-3 BMMA) Bellator stint with a competitive split-decision victory over the former UFC and WEC lightweight champion.

A number of other notable names competed on the promotion’s 14th fight card of the year. For more on the numbers to come out of Bellator 183, check below for 25 post-event facts.

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General

Debuting fighters went 1-1 at the event.

Betting favorites went 2-3 on the main card.

Betting favorites fell to to 9-4 (with one even odds) in Bellator main events this year.

Total fight time for the five-bout main card was 44:44.

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Main card

Freire improved to 4-3 in Bellator main events.

Freire’s 11 victories in Bellator lightweight competition are tied with Michael Chandler for most in divisional history.

Henderson suffered consecutive losses for the first time in his Bellator career. He’s 3-5 in his past eight fights overall.

Henderson fell to 1-2 since he returned to the lightweight division in August 2016.

Henderson has suffered all three of his Bellator losses by decision.

Henderson fell to 0-3 in decision under the Bellator banner after going 9-1 on the scorecards during his UFC career.

Paul Daley (40-15-2 MMA, 6-2 UFC) has alternated wins and losses over his past five Bellator appearances.

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.

Lorenz Larkin (18-7 MMA, 0-2 UFC) fell to 4-3 since he dropped to the welterweight division in January 2015.

Larkin fell to 5-5 in his past 10 fights.

Larkin has suffered both of his career stoppage losses by knockout.

Javy Ayala (10-6 MMA, 5-3 BMMA) suffered his first decision loss since Nov. 15, 2012 – a span of 1,773 days (nearly five years) and 10 fights.

Aaron Pico (1-1 MMA, 1-1 BMMA) was successful in his featherweight debut.

Pico earned a victory on his 21st birthday.

Justin Linn’s (7-4 MMA, 0-1 BMMA) three-fight losing skid is the longest of his career. He hasn’t earned a victory since September 2014.

Linn suffered the first knockout loss of his career.

Goiti Yamauchi (22-3 MMA, 8-2 UFC) improved to 3-0 since he moved up to the Bellator lightweight division in October 2016.

Yamauchi has earned 19 of his 22 career victories by stoppage. That includes eight of his nine Bellator wins.

Yamauchi has earned all three of his Bellator lightweight victories by stoppage.

Yamauchi’s six submission victories in Bellator competition are tied with Marcin Held and Alexandre Bezerra for most in company history.

Adam Piccolotti (9-1 MMA, 5-1 BMMA) has his nine-fight winning streak snapped for the first defeat of his career.

For complete coverage of Bellator 183, check out the MMA Events section of the site.

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Fight Tracks: The walkout songs of Bellator 183, with an always-welcome nod to 'The Karate Kid'

While it takes intense training, world-class skills and maybe even a bit of luck to register a Bellator win, picking the right song to accompany you to the cage is a key talent, as well.

See what the fighters of Saturday’s Bellator 183 event in San Jose, Calif., went with as their backing tracks.

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Patricky Freire def. Benson Henderson via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)

Patricky Freire: “Bate Pesadao” by Pegador Luo

Benson Henderson: “Awesome God” by R-Swift

Paul Daley def. Lorenz Larkin via knockout (punches) – Round 2, 2:40

Paul Daley: “Wins And Losses” by Meek Mill

Lorenz Larkin: “This Is Now” by Hatebreed

Roy Nelson def. Javy Ayala via unanimous decision (30-26, 29-28, 29-28)

Roy Nelson: “Born in the USA” by Bruce Springsteen

Javy Ayala: “Congratulations” by Post Malone feat. Quavo

Aaron Pico def. Justin Linn via knockout (punch) – Round 1, 3:45

Aaron Pico: “Nuthin’ But a G’ Thang” by Dr. Dre

Justin Linn: “Puritania” by Dimmu Borgir

Goiti Yamauchi def Adam Piccolotti via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 1, 3:19

Goiti Yamauchi: “You’re The Best Around” by Joe Esposito

Adam Piccolotti: “Can’t Be Touched” by Roy Jones Jr.

For complete coverage of Bellator 183, check out the MMA Events section of the site.

The Blue Corner is MMAjunkie‘s official blog and is edited by Mike Bohn.

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Bellator 183 results: Goiti Yamauchi hands Adam Piccolotti 1st loss with record submission

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Goiti Yamauchi’s decision to move up to the Bellator lightweight division continued to pay off on Friday when he submitted Adam Piccolotti in the first round at Bellator 183.

Yamauchi (22-3 MMA, 8-2 BMMA) improved to 3-0 since he moved up from the featherweight division in October when he threw an onslaught of submission attempts at his opponent until Piccolotti (9-1 MMA, 5-1 BMMA) was forced to tap out to a rear-naked choke at the 3:19 mark of Round 1.

The lightweight bout aired on Spike as part of the Bellator 183 main card, which took place at SAP Center in San Jose, Calif. Prelims streamed on MMAjunkie.

The fight opened with a brief feeling-out process on the feet. As soon as they got close, Yamauchi jumped on a guillotine choke attempt. It looked good at first, but Piccolotti remained calm and waited for his moment to get free.

The grappling exchanges continued from there, with Piccolotti getting on top and landing some punches. Yamauchi eventually used the cage to stand up, then proceeded to jump on Piccolotti’s back. He locked in the rear-naked choke from a standing position before Piccolotti fell to his back and was forced to tap out.

Piccolotti suffered the first loss of his 10-fight career, and Yamauchi said he had all the confidence that would happen.

“I’ve been training a lot since my last fight,” Yamauchi said in his post-fight interview. “This is just the result of all my hard work. Adam’s a great and tough competitor, but I was better than him and I’m glad I got the win.”

With the finish, Yamauchi tied Marcin Held for the most submission victories Bellator history with six. He said he wouldn’t mind taking sole possession of the record against current Bellator lightweight champ Brent Primus (8-0 MMA, 6-0 BMMA).

“Work hard and good luck in your career, because the monster is coming, baby,” Yamauchi said.

Up-to-the-minute Bellator 183 results include:

  • Goiti Yamauchi def. Adam Piccolotti via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 1, 3:19
  • Tony Johnson def. Mike Ortega via knockout (punch) – Round 2, 1:49
  • Kaytlin Neil def. Brooke Mayo via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
  • Brandon Laroco def. Gaston Bolanos via technical submission (triangle choke) – Round 2, 2:16
  • Jaimelene Nievera def. Corina Herrera via unanimous decision (30-26, 29-28, 29-27)
  • Fernando Gonzalez def. Alex Lopez via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
  • Ricardo Vasquez def. Justin Tenedora via submission (guillotine choke) – Round 1, 2:39
  • J.J. Okanovich def. Luis Jauregui via submission (armbar) – Round 1, 0:42
  • Daniel Gonzalez def. Anthony Castrejon via knockout (punches) – Round 1, 4:03

For complete coverage of Bellator 183, check out the MMA Events section of the site.

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Goiti Yamauchi not worried about 'so-so' and 'average' Adam Piccolotti at Bellator 183

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Goiti Yamauchi had a busy 2016 with three fights, but tonight he finds himself back to work for the first time this year – and against an unbeaten opponent.

But Yamauchi (21-3 MMA, 7-2 BMMA) isn’t very concerned with his lightweight foe, Adam Piccolotti (9-0 MMA, 5-0 BMMA) and that perfect record. He also isn’t very concerned with the Californian’s six finishes in his nine wins, or the four that have come by submission.

“He’s good; he’s not a bad fighter,” Yamauchi told MMAjunkie. “But none of his individual martial arts is at a very high level. His jiu-jitsu is so-so. His standup is pretty raw. But he shows up in good shape and has a lot of heart. I think it will be an excellent fight. I’ll win in a convincing way. He’s good, but I’m excellent. I’ll beat him.

“His striking, takedowns and jiu-jitsu are all average.”

Yamauchi and Piccolotti fight on the main card of Bellator 183, which takes place tonight at SAP Center in San Jose, Calif. The main card airs on Spike following prelims on MMAjunkie.

Adam Piccolotti choking out Mario Soto at Bellator 147

Piccolotti might disagree with Yamauchi’s assessment of his skills, though. Like Yamauchi, Piccolotti will be returning after a lengthy layoff – but one that doesn’t concern him. And over the course of his career, he’s been happy with how things have gone so far and the quality of opponents that have stood across from him.

“I’ve had long layoffs in the past, so it’s nothing new to me,” Piccolotti told MMAjunkie Radio. “I’m really excited. Nerves and everything are definitely there, like usual – as they should be.

“I wish I would’ve finished a couple more fights that I didn’t. But I’m happy. I went out there and I’ve fought my ass off and I’ve made improvements every fight. I think I’ve represented myself and my team very well. I’m really happy with the competition I’ve had up to this point. Looking back on my career … I’ve had a pretty cool upbringing in terms of my opponents being pretty well-matched with me along the way.”

Yamauchi represents the most accomplished opponent so far on Piccolotti’s resume, both overall and in Bellator. And with 18 finishes in his 21 career with, and a whopping 17 by submission, he’ll be no slouch for Piccolotti to try to stay unbeaten against.

But Piccolotti said if the time comes for him to lose, so be it. He just doesn’t plan on that happening against Yamauchi. And he definitely doesn’t buy into that whole theory of learning more from your losses than your wins.

“I’ve lived my whole career with the mentality of: ‘Learn from my victories and learn from other people’s mistakes,’” Piccolotti said. “I think that stays true to me as a person. … I don’t want to ever (expletive) lose. It happens; I get it. And if someone’s better than me on that day, then it is what it is. But I’m ready to go out there and put my life on the line every single fight.”

So too, though, is Yamauchi, he says. And he wants to start making his way toward the top of the lightweight division.

“I’ve been doing good work,” Yamauchi said. “I’m very happy, but I’m unsatisfied since I want to be the best in the world. I want to break records and make a new era in our sport. I truly believe in that. From a young Brazilian prospect, I’ve been able to make my name in one of the top promotions in the world. People have always doubted me and my team, but we’re among the best in the world.”

For more on Bellator 183, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

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5 reasons to watch Bellator 183, a Saturday card with high-stakes matchups

Bellator returns to SAP Center in San Jose, Calif., for Saturday’s Bellator 183 fight card, and the event features some very familiar names.

The main event competitors, Benson Henderson and Patricky Freire have had different experiences at “The Shark Tank” as of late. Henderson dropped his most recent fight there, a split decision to then-lightweight champion Michael Chandler. As for Freie, he knocked out former Strikeforce lightweight champion Josh Thomson in his most recent bout at the arena.

In the co-main event, one of Bellator’s big – in both a figurative and literal sense – signings makes his debut. In that fight, Roy Nelson meets Javy Ayala.

The three other fights on the main card – Paul Daley vs. Lorenz Larkin, Adam Piccolotti vs. Goiti Yamauchi, and Aaron Pico vs. Justin Linn – might not be receiving the same amount of attention as the headlining bouts, but these three matchups have high stakes of their own.

Bellator 183 airs on Spike following prelims on MMAjunkie.

Here are five reasons to watch the event.

1. Post-surgery ‘Bendo’

It turns out Henderson wasn’t fighting at 100 percent during his first three Bellator bouts. In April, Henderson, who is currently No. 12 in the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA lightweight rankings, told MMAjunkie he’d seriously damaged his knee before his promotional debut, a unanimous decision loss to then-welterweight champion Andrey Koreshkov.

In December, after his decision loss to Chandler, Henderson went under the knife. Henderson said the surgery repaired a torn “ACL, MCL, two meniscus and a bunch of loose cartilage.”

If the surgery did its trick, expect Henderson (24-7 MMA, 1-2 BMMA) to use his speed and motion to work from the outside to pick apart Freire (17-8 MMA, 10-7 BMMA) with powerful kicks. If Henderson’s knee is not up to par and he’s not able to move as well as he did in the past, Freire’s chances of catching Henderson with his powerful hands increase exponentially.

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It’s unlikely that the winner of this fight will earn an immediate shot at the lightweight title. Bellator President Scott Coker told MMAjunkie in June he was leaning more toward a rematch between champion Brent Primus and Chandler.

Freire defeated Josh Thomson by knockout in his most recent fight.

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2. Big signing

After nearly eight years with the UFC, Nelson signed a free-agent deal with Bellator in May. Nelson, who never got a shot at UFC gold, left the promotion with a losing record. Despite that, the vet, with his iron chin and one-punch knockout power, was always one of the more popular UFC heavyweight fighters.

Bellator has been loading up at heavyweight lately. The division now features Matt Mitrione, Cheick Kongo, Sergei Kharitonov, Bobby Lashley, Fedor Emelianenko and Frank Mir. While none of these fighters is a young man, they all do make for an interesting lineup. This is especially true since they’re all jockeying for a shot at a title that has been vacant for more than a year.

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Nelson (22-14 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) begins his pursuit of Bellator gold against Ayala (10-5 MMA, 5-2 BMMA). Ayala enters this fight coming off a stunning one-punch knockout win over Kharitonov at Bellator 163.

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3. Bad blood

Daley and Larkin both have the same goal: to get a crack at welterweight gold. Larkin (18-6 MMA, 0-1 BMMA) lost a unanimous decision to current champion Douglas Lima in his most recent fight, while Daley (39-15-2 MMA, 5-2 BMMA) dropped a decision to Lima in a 2016 title-eliminator.

While a shot at the belt is the longterm goal for these two, the short-term goal is a return to the win column. Like the No. 8 ranked Larkin, Daley enters this fight coming off a second-round submission loss to Rory MacDonald.

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This matchup promises a return to form for Daley and Larkin. Daley has never been a ground fighter; MacDonald exploited that deficiency. Larkin had never participated in a five-round fight before his bout with Lima. That fact might have affected Larkin’s game plan and effectiveness in that bout.

This fight is a three-round affair. Fans should expect these two strikers, who don’t seem to like each other in the least, to get after it early. Between them, Larkin and Daley have 40 knockout victories and just two true knockout losses.

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4. Knocking on the door

Piccolotti passed his first big test inside the Bellator cage when he earned a unanimous-decision win over the more experienced Brandon Girtz in November. At Bellator 183, Piccolotti (9-0 MMA, 5-0 BMMA) faces another opponent with more experience, 23-fight veteran Yamauchi (21-3 MMA, 7-2 BMMA).

Piccolotti, best known for his ground game, showed improved striking in the Girtz fight. Piccolotti used his height and reach advantages to work from the outside, touching Girtz with a good mix of kicks and punches. That striking should come in handy against Yamauchi, who is very dangerous off his back after winning 17 contests via submission. Yamauchi has won his two most recent fights by first-round tap-out.

These two lightweight prospects are inching toward the top of the division. A win in this matchup is likely to earn the victor a shot at a top-five opponent.

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5. Give it a second try

Bellator has handled most of their recent blue-chip signings with kid gloves. The promotion has matched unproven fighters such as Ed Ruth, Tyrell Fortune, Jarod Trice and Joey Davis against opponents equally unproven opponents. For some reason, the promotion didn’t do that with Pico, its most hyped prospect.

In his first pro fight, Pico matched up against 8-2 Zach Freeman. Just 24 seconds into that bout, Pico tapped to a guillotine choke from the former RFA lightweight title challenger.

Pico (0-1 MMA, 0-1 BMMA) drops to featherweight at Bellator 183 to face another much more experienced opponent in Linn (7-3 MMA, 0-0 BMMA). Linn, who turned pro in 2010, enters this fight with losses to former UFC fighter Cody Gibson and current UFC combatant Matthew Lopez in past two outings. Linn has not fought since his April 2016 loss to Gibson.

Pico’s calamitous loss to Freeman puts even more pressure on him for his second fight. If he loses, Pico can expect to hear murmurs and whispers of “he’s a bust” from unforgiving MMA fans. Pico needs to bounce back in a big way against Linn.

For more on Bellator 183, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

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Stream or download MMAjunkie Radio #2529 with Beneil Dariush, Adam Piccolotti

Stream or download Thursday’s episode of MMAjunkie Radio with guests Beneil Dariush and Adam Piccolotti.

Both fighters talked about their upcoming matchups, with Dariush slated to face Evan Dunham on Oct. 7 at UFC 216 and Piccolotti facing Goiti Yamaguchi on Saturday at Bellator 183.

You can stream the entire episode at AudioBoom.com or listen below.

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Bellator 183 pre-event facts: Roy Nelson moves to Bellator with several UFC records in hand

Bellator’s next major event takes place on Saturday when Bellator 183 goes down at SAP Center in San Jose, Calif., with a Spike-televised main card following prelims streamed on MMAjunkie.

Former UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson (24-7 MMA, 1-2 BMMA) returns from a knee injury in the event’s headliner, when he faces longstanding Bellator veteran Patricky Freire (17-8 MMA, 10-7 BMMA), who will tie the promotional record for most career fights.

A number of other notable matchups are scheduled for Bellator’s sixth fight card in San Jose. For more on the numbers behind the fights, check below for 30 pre-event facts about Bellator 183.

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Main event

Benson Henderson and Jorge Masvidal

Henderson has alternated wins and losses over his past four fights.

Henderson is 1-1 since he returned to the lightweight division in August 2016.

Freire competes in his 18th Bellator bout, tied with Patricio Freire, David Rickels and Joe Warren for most appearances in company history.

Freire’s 10 victories in Bellator lightweight competition are second most in divisional history behind Michael Chandler (11).

Freire’s eight stoppage victories in Bellator lightweight competition are second most in divisional history behind Chandler (eight).

Freire’s seven knockout victories in Bellator competition are tied for second most in company history behind Douglas Lima (eight).

Co-main event

Paul Daley

Paul Daley (39-15-2 MMA, 5-2 BMMA) has alternated wins and losses over his past four Bellator appearances.

Daley has earned all 31 of his career stoppage victories as a result of strikes.

Daley has earned four of his five Bellator victories by knockout.

Lorenz Larkin (18-6 MMA, 0-1 BMMA) is 4-2 since he dropped to the welterweight division in January 2015.

Larkin is 5-4 in his past nine fights.

Larkin has earned all of his career stoppage victories by knockout.

Remaining main card

Roy Nelson

Roy Nelson (21-14 MMA, 0-0 BMMA), 41, is the oldest of the 10 fighters scheduled to compete on the main card.

Nelson makes his Bellator debut after a nearly eight-year UFC run where he went 9-10 in 19 promotional appearances.

Nelson’s total fight time of 3:22:33 in UFC heavyweight competition is most in divisional history.

Nelson is 3-7 in his past 10 fights dating back to June 2013.

Nelson is the only fighter in UFC history to record his first seven victories with the organization by knockout.

Nelson’s nine decision losses in UFC heavyweight competition are the most in divisional history and second most overall in company history behind Jeremy Stephens (11).

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

Javy Ayala (10-5 MMA, 5-2 BMMA) returns to competition for the first time since Nov. 4, 2016. The 323-day layoff is the longest of his more than six-year career.

Ayala has earned all of his Bellator victories by stoppage. He’s finished four of those wins in Round 1.

Adam Piccolotti

Adam Piccolotti’s (9-0 MMA, 5-0 BMMA) five-fight Bellator winning streak in lightweight competition is the second longest active streak in the division behind Brent Primus (six).

Piccolotti has earned all of his Bellator stoppage victories by submission.

Goiti Yamauchi (21-3 MMA, 7-2 BMMA) is 2-0 since he moved up to the Bellator lightweight division in October. He went 5-2 in the organization at featherweight.

Yamauchi has earned 18 of his 21 career victories by stoppage. That includes six of his seven Bellator victories.

Yamauchi’s five submission victories in Bellator competition are tied for third most in company history behind Marcin Held (six) and Alexandre Bezerra (six).

Aaron Pico

Aaron Pico (0-1 MMA, 0-1 BMMA), 20, is the youngest of the 10 fighters scheduled to compete on the main card.

Pico drops to the featherweight division after losing his pro debut in 24 seconds in a lightweight fight at Bellator NYC in June.

Justin Linn (7-3 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) make his Bellator debut on the first two-fight losing skid of his career. He hasn’t earned a victory since September 2014.

Linn’s past two victories have come by TKO due to leg injuries for his opponents.

For complete coverage of Bellator 183, check out the MMA Events section of the site.

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Watch MMAjunkie Radio here (1 p.m. ET) with Adam Piccolotti, Beneil Dariush and Chase Kobrin

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MMAjunkie Radio kicks off today at 1 p.m. ET (10 a.m. PT) with guests Adam Piccolotti, Beneil Dariush and Chase Kobrin.

Piccolotti fights Goiti Yamauchi on Saturday at Bellator 183, and Dariush meets Evan Dunham on Oct. 7 at UFC 216. Kobrin, our in-studio guest host, is CEO of Tough Prints.

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