The UFC returns to Canada on Saturday for a pay-per-view for the first time this year with UFC 215, which takes place at Rogers Place in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
The main card, which follows prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass, features two championship fights. In the headliner, Demetrious Johnson (26-2-1 MMA, 14-1-1 UFC) goes for a UFC record 11th consecutive title defense when he meets challenger Ray Borg (11-2 MMA, 5-2 UFC).
The co-main event will pit women’s bantamweight titleholder Amanda Nunes (14-4 MMA, 7-1 UFC) against Valentina Shevchenko (14-2 MMA, 3-1 UFC) in a bout rescheduled after it was pulled last-minute from UFC 213 in July.
For more on the numbers behind the deep UFC 215 lineup, check below for 60 pre-event facts.
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Johnson owns or is on the verge of owning several flyweight and overall UFC records, all of which can be viewed on his complete UFC career stat sheet, including the aforementioned 11th consecutive title defense.
Borg’s 11 submission attempts in UFC flyweight competition are tied for second most in divisional history behind Louis Smolka (18).
Borg’s victory over Shane Howell at the 2:17 mark of Round 1 at UFC Fight Night 44 stands as the third fastest submission finish in UFC flyweight history.
Borg hasn’t suffered a stoppage loss in his career.
Nunes competes in her ninth UFC women’s bantamweight bout, tied with Miesha Tate for most appearances in divisional history.
Nunes’ five-fight UFC winning streak in women’s bantamweight competition is the longest active streak in the division.
Nunes’ seven victories in UFC women’s bantamweight competition are the most in divisional history.
Nunes’ six stoppage victories in UFC women’s bantamweight competition are tied with Ronda Rousey for most in divisional history.
Nunes’ six first-round finishes in UFC/Strikeforce women’s bantamweight competition are second most in combined divisional history behind Rousey (seven).
Nunes’ four knockout victories in UFC women’s bantamweight competition are the most in divisional history.
Nunes has earned six of her seven UFC victories by first-round stoppage.
Nunes has earned 13 of her 14 career victories by stoppage.
Shevchenko can become the first Kyrgyzstan-born UFC champion.
Shevchenko’s two-fight winning streak in UFC women’s bantamweight competition is tied for the fourth longest active streak in the division behind Nunes (five), Raquel Pennington (four) and Sara McMann (three).
Shevchenko has earned 10 of her 14 career victories by stoppage.
Shevchenko has completed at least one takedown against all four of her UFC opponents.
Shevchenko’s lone UFC defeat came against Nunes at UFC 196.
Neil Magny’s (19-5 MMA, 12-4 UFC) 12 victories in UFC competition since 2013 are second most in the company behind Donald Cerrone (13).
Magny is the only fighter in modern UFC history to make five or more octagon appearances in consecutive years. He went 4-1 in 2015 after going 5-0 in 2014.
Magny has earned seven of his 12 UFC victories by decision.
Magny’s five UFC victories in 2014 tied Roger Huerta’s record for most octagon wins in a calendar year. Huerta accomplished the feat in 2007.
Magny’s 100 significant ground strikes landed against Hector Lombard at UFC Fight Night 85 stand as the single-fight UFC record.
Magny’s 142 total strikes landed in the second round of his victory against Lombard stand as the third most in a single UFC round.
Rafael dos Anjos (26-9 MMA, 15-7 UFC) was successful in his UFC welterweight debut when he defeated Tarec Saffiedine at UFC Fight Night 111.
Dos Anjos is the only Brazilian lightweight champion in UFC history.
Dos Anjos became just the second fighter in history to challenge for a UFC title and win a 50-45 decision on all three judges’ scorecards when he beat Anthony Pettis at UFC 185. Randy Couture also accomplished the feat against Tim Sylvia at UFC 68.
Dos Anjos’ 66-second victory over Cerrone at UFC on FOX 17 marked the fastest stoppage in UFC lightweight title-fight history.
Ilir Latifi (12-5 MMA, 5-3 UFC) is one of two light heavyweights in UFC history to earn two stoppage victories in less than one minute each. Anthony Johnson also accomplished the feat.
Latifi’s fight vs. Cyrille Diabate at UFC Fight Night 37 marked the only bout in modern UFC history to feature no significant-strike attempts by either fighter.
Tyson Pedro (6-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC) had earned all six of his career victories by stoppage.
Pedro has earned one of six finishes from the crucifix position in UFC history. He accomplished the feat at UFC 209.
Jeremy Stephens (25-14 MMA, 12-13 UFC) is 5-5 since he dropped to the UFC featherweight division in May 2013.
Stephens’ 13 losses in UFC competition are the most in company history.
Stephens’ 10 decision losses in UFC competition are the most in company history.
Stephens is one of three fighters in UFC featherweight history to earn a knockout victory stemming from a head kick. He accomplished the feat at UFC Fight Night 32.
Gilbert Melendez (22-6 MMA, 1-4 UFC) competes for just the third time since December 2014.
Melendez returns to the featherweight division for the first time since August 2005.
Melendez enters the event on a three-fight losing skid. He hasn’t earned a victory since October 2013.
Melendez reigned as Strikeforce champion for 1,135 days (more than three years), the longest title run of any lightweight champion in UFC/WEC/Strikeforce combined history.
Melendez’s 11 victories under the now-defunct Strikeforce banner stand as the most in company history.
Sara McMann (11-3 MMA, 5-3 UFC) competes in her ninth UFC women’s bantamweight bout, tied with Tate for most appearances in divisional history.
McMann’s three-fight UFC winning streak in women’s bantamweight competition is the third longest active streak in the division behind Nunes (five) and Raquel Pennington (four).
McMann’s three-fight UFC winning streak is the longest of her career.
McMann’s 14 takedowns landed in UFC women’s bantamweight competition are second most in divisional history.
McMann’s victory at 1:14 of Round 1 marked the second fastest submission in UFC women’s bantamweight history behind Ronda Rousey’s 14-second finish of Cat Zingano at UFC 184.
Henry Cejudo (10-2 MMA, 4-2 UFC) enters the event with back-to-back losses after starting his career on a 10-fight winning streak.
Cejudo is one of three Olympic gold medalists to fight in the UFC, along with Kevin Jackson and Mark Schultz. He accomplished the feat in freestyle wrestling at the 2008 Summer Olympics.
Cejudo is the only Olympic gold medalist to fight in the UFC since the organization was purchased by parent company Zuffa.
Cejudo is the only Olympic gold medalist to fight for a UFC championship in modern UFC history.
Cejudo has earned all four of his UFC victories by decision.
Cejudo has earned his past six victories by decision after he stopped his opponent inside the distance in his first four pro bouts.
Wilson Reis (22-7 MMA, 6-3 UFC) is 5-2 since he dropped to the UFC flyweight division in August 2014.
Reis’ two submission victories in UFC flyweight competition are third most in divisional history behind Johnson (four) and John Moraga (three).
Reis’ submission of Hector Sandoval at 1:49 of Round 1 at UFC 201 stands as the fastest submission finish in UFC flyweight history.
Reis’ 28 takedowns landed in UFC flyweight competition are third most in divisional history behind Johnson (49) and Tim Elliott (35).
Reis lands 5.24 takedowns per 15 minutes of fighting in UFC flyweight competition, the highest rate in divisional history.
Sarah Moras (4-2 MMA, 1-1 UFC) returns to competition for the first time since July 15, 2015. The 787-day layoff is the longest of her more than seven-year career.
Luis Henrique (10-3 MMA, 2-2 UFC) has completed at least one takedown against all four of his UFC opponents.view original article >>
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