Bellator 146: Kato vs. Manhoef Pre-Fight Stats

Bellator will return to the WinStar World Casino in Thackerville, Oklahoma on Friday night for Bellator 146 and the event will be headlined by a middleweight bout as Hisaki Kato meets Melvin Manhoef. Bellator 146

The fight card will begin at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT with the online preliminary card and the five fight main card will start at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT on Spike TV.

Along with the middleweight main event, the main card will feature a key featherweight bout as Bubba Jenkins meets Jordan Parsons.

Check out a breakdown of the five fights that will be on the main card broadcast on Spike TV.

Hisaki Kato (5-1) vs. Melvin Manhoef (29-12-1, 2NC)
The Bellator debut of Kato came back in June and he scored potentially the knockout of the year when he defeated Joe Schilling in the second round at Bellator 139. All of his victories have come by TKO/KO and four of his six fights have ended in the first round.

  • Average fight time is 3:19 and his longest fight came at Bellator 139 against Schilling (2nd, :34).
  • Landed 63% of his total strikes in his Bellator debut against Schilling and was 1/1 in takedown attempts.
  • Only career defeat came in March against Henrique Shiguemoto by TKO.

Manhoef enters this fight with only two wins in his last six fights (2-3, 1NC) and is coming off a no-contest against former Bellator middleweight champion Alexander Shlemenko. Initially, he lost to Shlemenko by knockout, but the fight was over turned to a no-contest when Shlemenko failed his post fight drug test.

  • 1-1, NC in Bellator and the win came by knockout at Bellator 125 against Doug Marshall.
  • In 44 MMA fights, he has only gone to the decision 4 times (2-1-1).
  • 27 of his 29 wins have come by TKO/KO (93%).

Bubba Jenkins (9-2) vs. Jordan Parsons (11-1)
The Bellator debut of Jenkins came over two years ago as a lightweight and he has won six of his eight fights in the promotion. He dropped down to the featherweight division last year and he enters this fight following a TKO win against Joe Wilk at Bellator 139.

  • 69% takedown accuracy in Bellator (23/33).
  • 7 of his 9 wins have come by stoppage (4 TKO/KO, 3 Submissions).
  • 66% of his strikes thrown in Bellator competition have come on the ground.

Parson enters Bellator 146 on a four fight winning streak and two of those wins have come in Bellator. The Michigan native recently moved his training to the Blackzilians and both of his wins in Bellator have come by stoppage.

  • 6 wins by stoppage (3 TKO/KO, 3 Submissions).
  • 4 of his 6 stoppage wins have come in the first round.
  • 58% striking accuracy in Bellator.

Ricky Rainey (11-3) vs. Chidi Njokuani (13-4)
Since losing to Michael Page last year, Rainey has won back to back fights and both of those wins came by TKO/KO. His most recent win came in May as he defeated Jesse Juarez by knockout at Bellator 137.

  • 3-1 in Bellator.
  • All of his wins in Bellator have come by TKO/KO.
  • 7 wins by TKO/KO.

Njokuani is making his Bellator debut and he is unbeaten in his last five fights. His last three wins have come by decision and the most recent on came in May at Tachi Palace Fights 23 against Max Griffin.

  • Undefeated in fights going to the decision (4-0).
  • 8 wins by TKO/KO (62%).
  • Last stoppage victory came in 2013 against LeVon Maynard.

Brandon Girtz (13-4) vs. Derek Campos (15-5)
The biggest victory of Girtz’s career came in his last fight as he defeated Melvin Guillard by split decision at Bellator 141. It was his second straight win and he will be looking to even up the score against Campos as he lost a decision to him at Bellator 96 in 2013.

  • Holds the 8th fastest victory in Bellator lightweight division history with his :57 TKO victory against Benny Madrid at Bellator 126.
  • 8 wins by submission (62%).
  • 88% takedown accuracy in Bellator (15/17).

Campos has alternated wins and losses in his last four fights and he is coming off a submission defeat against Michael Chandler. His last two fights have ended in the first round and to this point, he has never been defeated in back to back fights.

  • Tied with Saad Awad for the 2nd fastest victory in Bellator lightweight division history with his :31 knockout win against Estevan Payan at Bellator 126.
  • 100% takedown accuracy in Bellator (9/9).
  • 9 wins by stoppage (4 TKO/KO, 5 Submissions).

Houston Alexander (16-12-1, 2NC) vs. Guilherme Viana (6-2)
Alexander is returning to the Bellator cage following a fight outside of the promotion in July, which was a TKO defeat against Tony Lopez. He is winless in his last three fights (0-2-1) and his last win came at Bellator 117 against Matt Uhde.

  • The victory against Uhde came 581 days ago (1 year, 7 months, 2 days).
  • 11 wins by TKO/KO (69%).
  • 85% takedown accuracy in Bellator (12/14).

Viana made his Bellator debut in March and was defeated by Francis Carmont. The defeat snapped a three fight winning streak and both of his career defeats have come by decision.

  • All of his wins have come by stoppage (4 TKO/KO, 2 Submissions).
  • 5 of his 6 wins have come in the opening round.
  • His submissions wins have come via armbar and rear-naked choke.

The current Bellator 146: Kato vs. Manhoef fight card is below.

Main Card: (Spike TV – 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT)
Hisaki Kato (5-1) vs. Melvin Manhoef (29-12-1)
Bubba Jenkins (9-2) vs. Jordan Parsons (11-1)
Brandon Girtz (13-4) vs. Derek Campos (15-5)
Ricky Rainey (11-3) vs. Chidi Njokuani (13-4)
Houston Alexander (16-12) vs. Guilherme Viana (6-2)

Preliminary Card: ( – 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT)
Bubba McDaniel (25-10) vs. Kenyon Jackson (14-8)
Justin Patterson (6-0) vs. Sean Holden (3-1)
Eli Tamez (9-0) vs. Roshaun Jones (2-3)
Treston Thomison (8-3) vs. Chris Jones (9-3)
Stephen Banaszak (4-5) vs. George Pacurariu (10-4)
Zach Rosol (1-0) vs. Alonzo Menifield (0-0)
Julia Budd (7-2) vs. Roberta Rovel (4-0)
Andre Santos (37-10) vs. Josh Neer (36-14)
Arlene Blencowe (6-5) vs. Gabrielle Holloway (5-3)
TBD vs. Mark Dickman (10-2)
Ben Reiter (16-0) vs. Francisco France (12-3)