Bellator 178 took place on Friday from the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut and was headlined by Patricio “Pitbull” Freire becoming a two-time Bellator featherweight champion as he submitted Daniel Straus in the second round with a guillotine choke.

The co-main event of the fight card also saw a victory by submission as Ilima-Lei MacFarlane remained undefeated with an armbar submission in the opening round against Jessica Middleton. has put together post fight statistics from Friday’s fight card.

  • Patricio Pitbull is now the 8th fighter in Bellator history to become a two-time champion (Eddie Alvarez, Pat Curran, Joe Warren, Daniel Straus, Eduardo Dantas, Michael Chandler and Douglas Lima).
  • The submission victory by Pitbull gives him the Bellator record for most submissions in featherweight division history.
  • Pitbull has the 2nd most cage time (3:38:35) in Bellator history (Pat Curran #1, 4:04:39).
  • Pitbull is now tied with David Rickels for the most fights (18) in Bellator history.
  • Daniel Straus has the 4th most fights (15) in Bellator history.
  • This is the 14th victory for Pitbull in Bellator, the most in the history of the promotion.
  • Ilima-Lei MacFarlane is now tied with multiple fighters for the 4th most submission victories in Bellator history.
  • Saad Awad is now tied with Rick Hawn, Brennan Ward, and King Mo Lawal for the 5th most fights (14) in Bellator history.
  • A.J. McKee is now tied with Mike Richman for the 2nd most TKO/KO wins (4) in Bellator featherweight division history (Patricio Pitbull #1, 6).

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    A.J. McKee pretty much showed everyone that he is for real in the Featherweight division. There are plenty of intriguing matchups for him like the James Gallagher vs Chinzo Machida winner, or Noad Lahat, or even John Teixeira. But my money would be on Bellator matching him up against Henry Corrales or Emmanuel Sanchez. Ilima MacFarlane keeps showing she is a really good grappler, submission MMA fighter. A matchup between her and Anastasia Yankova would interesting, but again it’s the Anastasia Yankova weight issue. I could see Bellator matching Ilima MacFarlane up against Veta Arteaga because I really think Bellator wants the Anastasia Yankova vs Lena Ovchynnikova matchup. Glad to see Saad Awaad get back into the win column. It would be nice to see him get on a win streak, but that is tough in his division. Patricio Pitbull Freire is just good. His matchup against Daniel Weichel is going to be a good scrap.


    By the way, Jordan Young has really taken advantage of the opportunities he has gotten on the Bellator prelims. Jordan Young is definitely someone Bellator should invest in signing a multi-fight contract. Also, I know Bellator is not interested in signing him, but I think Branko Busick is a MMA to keep our eyes on. Ed Ruth and Tyrell Fortune continue to progress in their Bellator careers.