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In only his fifth Bellator MMA fight, Costello van Steenis finds himself in the main event. He will go up against John Salter, who is fresh off a successful headliner in which he submitted Chidi Njokuani. As they get their respective game plans ready for Bellator 233, learn more about these combatants through some of their career-defining numbers.
Age and years of experienceThe older of the two middleweights, 34-year-old John Salter was born on March 31, 1985. He is also the more experienced combatant, having debuted professionally at King of the Cage on March 27, 2009. That’s a decade of experience for the Dethrone Base Camp representative, including a three-fight UFC stint. He also fought in Strikeforce once, after which he challenged Kalib Starnes for the Aggression Fighting Championship middleweight strap in Canada and won with a second round TKO.
Born on July 26, 1992, van Steenis is now 27 years old. He made his professional debut in his home country of the Netherlands on April 5, 2014. Since then, he fought in Belgium, England and Poland before getting his biggest break in Bellator.
Bellator experienceVan Steenis first appeared in Bellator on Oct. 20, 2017, winning via TKO over Steve Skrzat at Bellator 185. After four fights in the promotion, he remains undefeated. He scored another TKO over Kevin Fryer before picking up a huge split decision victory over dangerous veteran Chris Honeycutt. In his last fight, he tallied yet another TKO opposite fellow young gun Mike Shipman.
Salter has been fighting in Bellator since Jan. 16, 2015, when he submitted Dustin Jacoby in the second round. He holds impressive victories over the likes of Brandon Halsey, Kendall Grove and, most recently, Chidi Njokuani. His overall Bellator record stands at 6-1.