Bellator 176 took place on Saturday from the Pala Alpitour in Torino, Italy and was headlined by Rafael Carvalho retaining the Bellator middleweight title with a head kick knockout in the fourth round against Melvin Manhoef.

In the co-main event of the fight card, Anastasia Yankova remained undefeated with a decision victory Elina Kallionidou in a catchweight bout of 133 pounds. has put together post fight statistics from Saturday’s fight card.

  • Carvalho’s victory came at the 3:15 mark of the fourth round and this is the fifth latest stoppage victory in Bellator title fight history.
  • Carvalho has won three of his five Bellator fights by TKO/KO and he is tied with Brennan Ward, Doug Marshall, Bryan Baker and Brian Rogers for the fourth-most TKO/KO victories in Bellator middleweight division history.
  • Carvalho now has the fifth-most wins in Bellator middleweight division history.
  • Manhoef drops to 1-3, 1NC in Bellator and two of his three defeats in the promotion have come by knockout.
  • Yankova improves t0 3-0 in Bellator and all of her fights in the promotion have been catchweight bouts.
  • Kallionidou has dropped back to back fights after starting her professional career with five straight victories.
  • Valeriu Mircea scored a majority decision victory against Djamil Chan and he has won five of his last six fights.
  • After winning his Bellator debut last year by knockout, Chan has dropped back to back fights by decision.
  • Mihail Nica used an anaconda choke to defeat Samba Coulibaly in 36-seconds and this is now the fastest submission in Bellator lightweight division history (Previous record was held by Guilherme Farias, 39-seconds).
  • Coulibaly took the fight against Nica on five days notice and he has dropped two of his last three fights.

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    I really think Elina Kallionidou has a ton of potential as a MMA fighter. Being only 18, and already having the experience of 7 MMA fights, I think her future is bright in MMA. I hope she gets with coaches that can teach her how to throw a punch correctly and teach her how to take her opponents down. I am interested in seeing Denise Kielholtz make her Bellator MMA debut sometime later this year. QUESTION: WHY HAS BELLATOR SHELVED PHIL DAVIS? He hasn’t fought since November of 2016 and some of the top light heavyweights are all booked in fights against each other except Alessio Sakara. At this rate Phil Davis is going to be a twice a year fighter in Bellator and that’s not a good thing.

    • Jason Floyd

      Not sure what’s going on with Phil Davis. If he is going to fight in next four months or so, only option is Alessio Sakara.