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UFC 216 pre-event facts: Tony Ferguson looks to extend longest win-streak in lightweight history


The final string of UFC pay-per-view events in 2017 kicks off Saturday with UFC 216 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

A championship doubleheader tops the card, which follows prelims on FX and UFC Fight Pass, with Tony Ferguson (22-3 MMA, 12-1 UFC) and Kevin Lee (16-2 MMA, 9-2 UFC) clashing for the interim UFC lightweight title in the headliner while flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson (26-2-1 MMA, 14-1-1 UFC) goes for a record-breaking 11th consecutive title defense when he meets Ray Borg (11-2 MMA, 5-2 UFC) in the co-feature.

The card also features a number of other bouts of importance with some well-known names.

For more on the numbers behind the UFC 216 lineup, check below for 55 pre-event facts.

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Main event

Tony Ferguson

Ferguson is 15-1 in his past 16 fights. The lone defeat in that stretch came to Michael Johnson at UFC on FOX 3 in May 2012.

Ferguson’s 12-1 record after 13 UFC appearances is the best of any fighter to come from “The Ultimate Fighter” reality series.

Ferguson’s nine-fight UFC winning streak in lightweight competition is the longest active streak in the division.

Ferguson’s nine-fight UFC winning streak in lightweight competition is the longest in divisional history.

Ferguson’s nine-fight winning streak in UFC competition is the fourth longest active streak in the company behind flyweight champion D. Johnson (12), former champ Georges St-Pierre (12) and interim titleholder Max Holloway (11).

Ferguson has earned 17 of his 22 career victories by stoppage. That includes eight of his 12 UFC wins.

Ferguson’s three D’arce-choke victories in UFC competition are the most in company history.

Ferguson has been awarded a fight-night bonus in each of his past five UFC appearances.

Kevin Lee

Lee’s five-fight UFC winning streak in lightweight competition is tied for the third longest active streak in the division behind Ferguson (nine) and Khabib Nurmagomedov (seven)

Lee’s nine UFC victories since 2012 in lightweight competition are most in the division.

Lee has earned eight of his nine career stoppage victories by submission.

Lee’s three-fight submission streak in UFC competition is the longest among active fighters.

Lee has completed at least one takedown against 10 of his 11 UFC opponents.

Lee’s 25 takedowns since 2014 in UFC lightweight competition are second most in the division behind Rustam Khabilov (27).

Co-main event

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. It includes the aforementioned 11th consecutive title defense.

Ray Borg

Borg, 24, is the youngest of the 26 fighters scheduled to compete at the event.

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.

Remaining main card

Fabricio Werdum

Fabricio Werdum (21-7-1 MMA, 9-4 UFC), 40, is the oldest of the 26 fighters scheduled to compete at the event.

Werdum is 8-2 since he returned to the UFC for a second stint in February 2012.

Werdum’s only defeats in the past 10 years are to fighters who once held the UFC, PRIDE or Strikeforce heavyweight belt.

Derrick Lewis

Derrick Lewis (18-5 MMA, 9-3 UFC) makes his 13th UFC heavyweight appearance since 2014, the most in the division and tied for third among all UFC fighters behind Donald Cerrone (14) and Neil Magny (14).

Lewis has earned 16 of his 18 career victories by knockout. That includes eight of his nine UFC wins.

Lewis’ eight knockout victories in UFC competition since 2014 are the most among active fighters in the organization. Conor McGregor is second with six.

Lewis’ eight knockout victories in UFC heavyweight competition are tied for the third most in divisional history behind former champs Cain Velasquez (10) and Andrei Arlovski (nine).

Lewis is the only fighter in history to have his first eight UFC appearances end in a knockout.

Lewis absorbs 1.58 significant strikes per minute in UFC heavyweight competition, the second-best rate among active fighters in the division behind Francis Ngannou (1.53).

Evan Dunham

Evan Dunham (18-6 MMA, 11-6 UFC) returns to competition for the first time since Sept. 17, 2016. The 385-day layoff is the longest of his more than 10-year career.

Dunham’s four-fight winning streak is his longest since 2010 and tied for the longest of his nearly seven-year UFC career.

Dunham became the fifth fighter in UFC history to land 100 or more significant strikes in four separate bouts. St-Pierre, Nam Phan, T.J. Dillashaw and Chris Lytle also accomplished the feat.

Dunham’s 1,160 significant strikes landed and 1,489 total strikes landed in UFC lightweight competition are the most in divisional history.

Dunham lands 5.68 significant strikes landed per minute in UFC lightweight competition, the third highest output rate in divisional history behind T.J. Grant (6.83) and Dustin Poirier (6.72).

Preliminary card

Tom Duquesnoy

Tom Duquesnoy (15-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC) enters the event on a 12-fight unbeaten streak. He hasn’t suffered a defeat since February 2013.

Duquesnoy has earned 12 of his 15 career victories by stoppage.

Will Brooks (18-3 MMA, 1-2 UFC) is on the first losing skid of his career.

Nik Lentz (27-8-2 MMA, 11-5-1 UFC) is 2-1 since he returned to the UFC lightweight division in December 2015.

Lentz has landed two or more takedowns against 14 of his 18 UFC opponents.

Lentz’s 17 guillotine choke submission attempts in UFC competition are the most in company history.

Bobby Green

Bobby Green’s (23-8 MMA, 4-3 UFC) three-fight losing skid is the longest of his career. He hasn’t earned a victory since July 2014.

Green competes in just his second UFC bout since November 2014.

Lando Vannata (9-2 MMA, 1-2 UFC) has earned a fight-night bonus in all three of his UFC appearances.

Walt Harris

Walt Harris (10-5 MMA, 3-4 UFC) is 3-1 since he returned to the UFC for a second stint in April 2016.

Harris has earned all 10 of his career victories by knockout.

Harris defends 62.9 percent of all opponent significant strike attempts in UFC heavyweight competition, the highest rate among active fighters in the weight class.

John Moraga (17-6 MMA, 6-5 UFC) competes in his 12th UFC flyweight bout, tied with Joseph Benavidez for second most appearances in divisional history behind D. Johnson (13).

Moraga’s six victories in UFC flyweight competition are tied for third most in divisional history behind D. Johnson (12) and Benavidez (10).

Moraga’s four stoppage victories in UFC flyweight competition are tied for the second most in divisional history behind Johnson (six).

John Moraga

Moraga’s three submission victories in UFC flyweight competition are second most in divisional history behind Johnson (four).

Moraga was the first fighter in UFC flyweight history to be stopped between rounds when John Dodson defeated him by TKO (doctor’s stoppage) at UFC Fight Night 42.

Thales Leites (27-7 MMA, 12-6 UFC) is 7-3 since he returned to the UFC in August 2013.

Leites’ seven stoppage victories in UFC middleweight competition are tied for fourth most in divisional history behind Anderson Silva (11), Chris Leben (nine) and Nate Marquardt (nine).

Thales Leites

Leites’ five submission victories in UFC middleweight competition are tied with Rousimar Palhares and Demian Maia for most in divisional history.

Leites has attempted 17 submissions in UFC middleweight competition, tied with Kendall Grove for most in divisional history.

Brad Tavares (15-4 MMA, 10-4 UFC) has earned his past eight UFC victories by decision. His last stoppage win was a first-round knockout of Phil Baroni at UFC 125 in January 2011.

For more on UFC 216, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

FightMetric research analyst and live statistics producer Michael Carroll contributed to this story. Follow him on Twitter @MJCflipdascript.

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