Bellator 172 took place last night from the SAP Center in San Jose, California and was headlined by Patricky “Pitbull” Freire scoring his tenth victory inside the Bellator cage as he defeated Josh Thomson by knockout in the second round.

In the co-main event of the fight card, Cheick Kongo extended his winning streak to four fights as he scored a decision victory over his former training partner Oli Thompson.

TheMMAReport.com has put together post fight statistics from Saturday’s fight card.

  • Patricky Pitbull is now tied with Marcin Held for the 2nd most wins in Bellator lightweight division history and is tied with Rick Hawn, Andrey Koreshkov and Douglas Lima for the fourth most wins in Bellator history.
  • Bellator 172 was the 17th fight in Bellator for Patricky and he is now tied with Patricio Pitbull and Joe Warren for the 2nd most fights in Bellator history.
  • The knockout victory for Pitbull is his 7th TKO/KO in the Bellator cage and this is the 2nd most in Bellator history (Hector Lombard and Douglas Lima are tied for the most with 8).
  • The defeat for Josh Thomson snaps a two fight winning streak and this is only the 2nd time in his career that he has been defeated by knockout (Yves Edwards, UFC 49).
  • Cheick Kongo now has 8 wins inside the Bellator cage and this is the most victories in Bellator heavyweight division history.
  • Oli Thompson has dropped back to back fights after winning five in a row in 2015.
  • Anatoly Tokov won his Bellator debut by TKO in the second round against Francisco France and he now has 15 career victories by TKO/KO.
  • Francisco France has now dropped back to back fights after winning his Bellator debut in late 2015 against Ben Reiter.
  • Veta Arteaga improved to 3-1 with a TKO victory by doctor stoppage against Brooke Mayo and this is her first victory to come by stoppage.
  • Mauricio Alonso won his third straight fight with a TKO victory over Josh Koscheck and this is the 6th straight defeat for Koscheck.

One Response

  1. RODNEY P

    Josh Koscheck showed awful fighter IQ. For the majority of the fight Josh Koscheck stood in the fighters pocket with Mauricio Alonso clearly fearing being taken down and Josh Koscheck attempted zero take downs and while in the fighters pocket, Josh Koscheck threw zero jabs. All it appeared that Josh Koscheck was attempting to do was hoping to land one big punch. I have no idea why he did not fight like he realized he can’t take a punch well anymore and try to incorporate the Cheick Kongo type fight plan of not trying to go for the big power punch, but instead try to slow the fight down by getting in close, going for the take down so he could give some good ground and pound to his opponent. Next up, Veta Arteaga is a really accurate fighter, who throws punches in the mold of Julio Cesar Chavez. And by that, I mean, Veta Arteaga does not wind up to throw her punches, her punches seem to be straight and on point and she is accurate. I have no idea why Bellator even made the Cheick Kongo vs Oli Thompson matchup. Oli Thompson is a that needs to be fighting on Bellator’s England cards in showcase fights for him. Cheick Kongo was dominate and he looked good. And unfortunately that clash of heads was the beginning of the end for Josh Thomson. It is a shame that yet another circumstance happened to yet another Bellator main event by Matt Mitrione dropping off the card. Next time Bellator simply needs to match up Fedor Emelianenko vs Javy Eye Candy Ayala. Bellator could easily sell Javy Eye Candy Ayala’s 16 seconds knockout of Sergei Kharitonov to give him some legitimacy to the casual viewers and since Javy Eye Candy Ayala is of Hispanic roots, the San Jose Shark Tank crowd would be really behind him. And it would actually be a showcase fight for Fedor Emelianenko. A dangerous showcase fight, but a showcase fight nonetheless.