Now that the hype surrounding has cooled somewhat, Tyrell Fortune can get down to the business of maximizing his undeniable physical and mental tools.
The Arizona Combat Sports standout will rematch Jack May in a three-round heavyweight showcase at Bellator 255 this Friday at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut. Their first encounter ended in a no contest some seven months ago when Fortune connected with an accidental groin strike from which his 6-foot-8 counterpart could not recover. A short-notice replacement for the injured Matt Mitrione, May has not competed since he dropped a split decision to Kyle Noblitt at an Xtreme MMA event on Jan. 21. Fortune, meanwhile, last fought at Bellator 251, where he was awarded a unanimous verdict over Said Sowma in November.
As Fortune and May prepare for their second confrontation, a look at some of the numbers that have accompanied them to this point:
30: Years of age for Fortune, who was born in Portland, Oregon, on July 4, 1990.
5: Fortune victories by knockout or technical knockout, accounting for 56% of his career total (nine). His list of victims includes Giovanni Sarran and Azunna Anyanwu. Fortune owns one other win by submission and three more by decision.
2: First-round finishes to Fortune’s credit. He put away Cody Miskell with punches in 2:22 at Bellator 163 on Nov. 4, 2016 and punched out Ryan Pokryfky in 2:21 at Bellator 216 on Feb. 16, 2019.
1: Loss on the Fortune ledger. He was on the receiving end of a brutal one-punch knockout from Ultimate Fighting Championship veteran Timothy Johnson at Bellator 239 a little more than a year ago.
3: National championships won by Fortune as a collegiate wrestler. He won two National Junior College Athletic Association titles at Clackamas Community College in Oregon City Oregon, then won a NCAA Division II title at Grand Canyon University in Phoenix.
39: Years of age for May, who was born in Chino Hills, California, on April 14, 1981.
8: May wins by knockout or technical knockout, accounting for 73% of his career total (11). His list of victims includes Carl Seumanutafa, Dave Cryer and Josh Copeland. May owns three other victories by decision.
3: Sub-minute stoppage victories on the May resume. He punched out Colton Hooley in 47 seconds at a World Championship Full Contact event on Aug. 20, 2011, cut down Jeremiah Martinez with punches in 52 seconds at a BAMMA USA show on Jan. 13, 2012 and wiped out the aforementioned Cryer with punches in 41 seconds at Bellator 170 on Jan. 21, 2017.
114: Combined victories between the seven men—Noblitt, Michael Quintero, Alex Nicholson, Francimar Barroso, Chase Sherman, Shawn Jordan and Derrick Lewis—who have defeated May. They own a .726 (114-42-1) cumulative winning percentage.
13: Promotions in which May has competed as a mixed martial artist. He has gone 3-0 in BAMMA USA, 1-2 in the Professional Fighters League, 0-2 in the UFC, 1-0 in the WCFC, 1-0 in International Fight Showdown, 1-0 in Fight Club OC, 1-0 in Tachi Palace Fights, 1-0 in Tru-Form Entertainment, 1-0 in Bellator MMA, 1-0 in Lights Out Xtreme Fighting, 0-1 in Titan Fighting Championship, 0-1 in California Xtreme Fighting and 0-1 in XMMA.
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