Bellator 190 post-event facts: Rafael Carvalho Bellator's most successful champ – by a long shot

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Rafael Carvalho’s dominance of the Bellator middleweight division continued on Saturday when he beat Alessio Sakara for his third consecutive title defense in Bellator 190’s headliner.

Carvalho (15-1 MMA, 6-0 BMMA) remained unbeaten in the Bellator cage and tied the record for most consecutive 185-pound title defenses when he scored a 44-second finish of Sakara (19-12 MMA, 2-1 BMMA) in the Spike-televised headliner at Nelson Mandela Forum in Florence, Italy.

For more on the numbers behind Carvalho’s credentials, check below for 20 post-event facts to come out of Bellator 190.

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General

Betting favorites went 1-3 on the main card.

Betting favorites improved to 16-4 (with one even odds) in Bellator main events this year.

Total fight time for the four-bout main card was 31:50.

Main card

Rafael Carvalho

Carvalho’s three consecutive Bellator title defenses are the most among current champions and as many as all other champions combined. No one else has more than one.

Carvalho’s three consecutive Bellator middleweight title defenses are tied with Alexander Shlemenko for most in history.

Carvalho’s 44-second victory marked the second fastest title-fight stoppage in Bellator history. Only Brandon Halsey’s 35-second win at Bellator 126 was faster.

Carvalho extended his winning streak to 15 fights. He hasn’t suffered a defeat since his MMA debut in December 2011.

Carvalho’s six-fight Bellator winning streak is the longest active streak in the division.

Carvalho has earned 12 of his 15 career victories by stoppage.

Carvalho has earned all 12 of his career stoppage victories by knockout.

Rafael Carvalho and Alessio Sakara

Sakara fell to 3-1 (with one no-contest) since his UFC tenure ended in October 2013.

Sakara has suffered eight of his 12 career losses by stoppage.

Sakara suffered his first knockout loss since Apr. 14, 2012 – a span of 2,065 days (more than five years) and seven fights.

Brandon Girtz (15-7 MMA, 7-5 BMMA) snapped his three-fight losing skid for his first victory since November 2015.

Girtz has earned 11 of his 15 career victories by stoppage. That includes five of his seven Bellator wins.

Brandon Girtz and Luka Jelcic

Luka Jelcic (10-3 MMA, 0-1 BMMA) has suffered both of his career stoppage losses by knockout.

Alejandra Lara (7-1 MMA, 1-0 BMMA) has earned six of her seven career victories by stoppage.

Lena Ovchynnikova (12-5 MMA, 2-2 BMMA) fell to 4-5 (with one no-contest) in her past 10 fights.

Ovchynnikova suffered her first submission loss since Mar. 11, 2012 – a span of 2,099 days (nearly six years) and nine fights.

Mihail Nica (6-1 MMA, 1-1 BMMA) had his six-fight winning streak snapped for the first defeat of his career.

For complete coverage of Bellator 190, check out the MMA Events section of the site.

FightMetric research analyst and live statistics producer Michael Carroll contributed to this story. Follow him on Twitter @MJCflipdascript.

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Bellator 190 highlights: A 44-second title fight and uppercuts from hell

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Once Saturday’s Bellator 190 main card got going, the finishes quickly piled up.

In the championship headliner, middleweight titleholder Rafael Carvalho (15-1 MMA, 6-0 BMMA) needed just 44 seconds to put away challenger and local favorite Alessio Sakara (19-12 MMA, 2-1 BMMA) with elbows and punches.

Check out the highlights above.

Bellator 190 took place at Nelson Mandela Forum in Florence, Italy, and aired via same-day tape delay on Spike.

In the co-headliner, veteran lightweight Brandon Girtz (15-7 MMA, 7-5 BMMA) halted a three-fight skid in a big way after scoring a first-round knockout victory over Luka Jelcic (10-3 MMA, 0-1 BMMA) with some hellacious uppercuts.

Also on the card, flyweight Alejandra Lara (6-1 MMA, 1-0 BMMA) made a successful promotional debut and scored a big upset after submitting veteran Lena Ovchynnikova (12-5 MMA, 2-2 BMMA) via third-round submission. Additionally, lightweight Carlos Leal Miranda (11-3 MMA, 1-0 BMMA) kicked off the main card and cruised to a lopsided unanimous-decision win over Mihail Nica (6-1 MMA, 1-1 BMMA).

For complete coverage of Bellator 190, including a full event recap, check out the MMA Events section of the site.

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Fight Tracks: The walkout songs of Bellator 190

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 190 in Italy went with as their backing tracks.

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Rafael Carvalho def. Alessio Sakara via knockout (elbow) – Round 1, 0:44

Rafael Carvalho: “Ja Posso Suportar” by Pregador Luo

Alessio Sakara: “Kung Fu Fighting” by Carl Douglas

Brandon Girtz def. Luka Jelcic via knockout (punch) – Round 1, 1:57

Brandon Girtz: “Dead Man Walking” by Cayvs

Luka Jelcic: “Bolt Thrower” by The Killchain

Alejandra Lara def. Lena Ovchynnikova via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 3, 4:09

Alejandra Lara: “Sonido Bestial” by Richie Ray & Bobby Cruz

Lena Ovchynnikova: “Bring Me To Life” by Evanescence

Carlos Leal Miranda def. Mihail Nica via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-27, 30-27)

Carlos Leal Miranda: “Isaias 9” by Rodolfo Abrantes

Mihail Nica: “Sent To Gaja”

For complete coverage of Bellator 190, check out the MMA Events section of the site.

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Bellator 190 pre-event facts: Champ Rafael Carvalho goes for title-defense record

Bellator heads back overseas this week for Bellator 190, which takes place Friday at Nelson Mandela Forum in Florence, Italy, with a main card that airs on Spike.

A middleweight title fight takes center stage as the main event when reigning titleholder Rafael Carvalho (14-1 MMA, 5-0 BMMA) looks to match the division’s all-time title-defense record when he meets Italy’s own Alessio Sakara (19-11 MMA, 2-0 BMMA).

For more on the numbers behind the 185-pound title fight, as well as the other bouts scheduled for the main card, check out 17 pre-event facts about Bellator 190.

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Main event

Rafael Carvalho and Scott Coker

Carvalho’s two consecutive Bellator title defenses are the most among current Bellator champions.

Carvalho’s two consecutive Bellator middleweight title defenses are second most in history behind Alexander Shlemenko (three).

Carvalho enters the event on a 14-fight winning streak. He hasn’t suffered a defeat since his MMA debut in December 2011.

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

Carvalho has earned 11 of his 14 career victories by stoppage.

Carvalho has earned all 11 of his career stoppage victories by knockout.

Alessio Sakara

Sakara, 36, is the oldest of the eight scheduled main-card fighters.

Sakara is 3-0 (with one no-contest) since his UFC tenure ended in October 2013 with four consecutive losses.

Sakara has earned both of his Bellator victories by knockout.

Remaining main card

Brandon Girtz

Brandon Girtz (14-7 MMA, 6-5 BMMA) enters the event on a three-fight losing skid. He hasn’t earned a victory since November 2015.

Girtz has earned 11 of his 15 career victories by stoppage. That includes four of his six Bellator wins.

Luka Jelcic (10-2 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) has earned nine of his 10 career victories by stoppage. He’s finished nine of those wins in Round 1.

Lena Ovchynnikova (12-4 MMA, 2-1 BMMA) is 4-4 (with one no-contest) in her past nine fights after starting her career with an 8-0 record.

Ovchynnikova’s two-fight winning streak in Bellator flyweight competition is tied for the second longest active streak in the division behind champ Ilima Macfarlane (six).

Alejandra Lara (6-1 MMA, 0-0 BMMA), 23, is the youngest of the eight scheduled main card fighters.

Mihail Nica (6-0 MMA, 1-0 BMMA) has earned all six of his career victories by stoppage.

Nica’s 36-second submission of Samba Coulibaly at Bellator 176 is the second fastest submission in Bellator lightweight history behind Zach Freeman’s 24-second win at Bellator 180.

For more on Bellator 190, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

FightMetric research analyst and live statistics producer Michael Carroll contributed to this story. Follow him on Twitter @MJCflipdascript.

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Bellator 190 lineup set for Italy return; event to air on Spike via tape-delay

The card for Bellator’s return to Florence, Italy, is set.

Bellator 180 takes place Dec. 9 at Nelson Mandela Forum with a main card that airs at 8 p.m. ET on Spike via tape-delay.

The main event between middleweight champion Rafael Carvalho and Alessio Sakara was announced last month, and now the rest of the lineup is set.

In the co-main event, Brandon Girtz (14-7 MMA, 5-5 MMA) takes on Bellator newcomer Luka Jelcic (10-2 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) in a lightweight bout. Girtz, a Bellator competitor since 2013, will be looking to snap a three-fight losing streak against Jelcic, who brings a four-fight winning streak into the cage.

The other two main-card bouts feature Lena Ovchynnikova (12-4-1 MMA, 2-1 BMMA) vs. Alejandra Lara (6-1 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) at flyweight and Mihail Nica (6-0 MMA, 1-0 BMMA) vs. Carlos Miranda (10-3 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) at lightweight.

The unbeaten Lara and Miranda, who’s on a four-fight winning streak, will be making their Bellator debuts.

With the additions, Bellator 180’s card includes:

MAIN CARD (8 p.m. ET, SPIKE)

  • Champ Rafael Carvalho vs. Alessio Sakara – for middleweight title
  • Brandon Girtz vs. Luka Jelcic
  • Lena Ovchynnikova vs. Alejandra Lara
  • Mihail Nica vs. Carlos Miranda

PRELIMINARY BOUT

  • Gregory Babene vs. Tony Zanko

For more on Bellator 190, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

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