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Fight Facts is a breakdown of all of the interesting
information and Octagon oddities on every card, with some puns,
references and portmanteaus to keep things fun. These deep stat
dives delve into the numbers, providing historical context and
telling the stories behind those numbers.
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TOTAL NUMBER OF UFC FIGHTS: 5,949
TOTAL NUMBER OF UFC EVENTS: 548
Ultimate Fighting Championship rolled on with a mid-week ESPN
offering that stretched on for much of the day due to the quantity
of bouts on the ledger. A rarity for the sheer number of matches
that took place, UFC on ESPN 20 brought famous names and young
up-and-comers showing off their craft. The event featured a rare
back-to-back arm-triangle duo, a body kick bouquet and a new
contender emerging at 170 pounds.
Spread It Out: Fourteen fights went down at UFC on
ESPN 20, putting this event in a tie with four other fight cards
for the third-most in company history. UFC 2 and UFC on ESPN 14
each saw the most, with 15 bouts on their respective nights.
Head and Arm Spectacle: For the first time since
UFC on Fox 15 in 2015, two consecutive bouts ended by arm-triangle
choke. Ricky Simon
Akhmedov tapped out Gaetano
Pirrello and Tom Breese,
Tower: Buzzed: Since moving to welterweight,
Chiesa has yet to lose, winning four including his last three
by decision. In his win over Neil Magny,
Chiesa notched four takedowns, and each of his 170-pound matches
have seen him land at
least that many. In his past 11 UFC bouts, Chiesa only reached
four one time, against Mitch
Clarke in 2015.
Ballet of Body Kicks: While many body kick
stoppages have come throughout UFC history, Warlley
Alves is the first to officially record one with multiple
strikes in rapid succession to force the stoppage over Mounir
I Like Ike: Houston native Isaac
Villanueva notched his first UFC win by knocking out Vinicius
Moreira in the second round. “Hurricane Ike” has now scored 83
percent of his career wins by knockout, and this was his first
outside the first round.
Pink Slipped on a Banana Peel: Although he
suffered his fourth consecutive loss, Moreira has still yet to go
the distance in his 14-fight career. It marked just the fourth time
he had ever gone beyond the first round, and his first loss outside
of the opening frame.
Sorry Rox: Roxanne
Modafferi’s loss to Viviane
Araujo marked the 14th time she has been defeated on the
scorecards. She holds more losses this way than any other fighter
on the card has in total losses.
Pendulum Swinging: Since her return to the
promotion in 2017 at the end of Season 26 of “The Ultimate
Fighter,” Modafferi has alternated wins and losses. She is
currently on a nine-fight stretch of winning one and then losing
the next, tying Randa
Markos for the lengthiest alternating span of bouts of any
female UFC fighter.
Miracle by Any Means Necessary: Lerone
Murphy advanced his unbeaten record to 10-0-1 by taking a
decision over Douglas
Silva de Andrade. “The Miracle” has gone the distance in four
of his last six since starting his career with four knockouts in
Good Day for Dagestan: Akhmedov snapped a
seven-fight stretch of bouts going to the scorecards when he tapped
out Breese. It was his first finish not from injury since 2013,
when he knocked out Thiago
de Oliveira Perpetuo at UFC Fight Night 32.
The Money Helps Dry the Tears: Former two-division
Cage Warriors Fighting Championship champ
Jones suffered his first career loss when he dropped a decision
Davis. The lightweight did pick up $50,000 for a “Fight of the
Night” bonus at the end of the night.
All in the Family: Nurmagomedov is the fourth of
his family name to compete the UFC roster, along with Khabib
Nurmagomedov and Abubakar
Nurmagomedov. Combined, they sport a spectacular record of 17-2
with 10 stoppage victories between them all.
Fiery Frenchwoman: Since dropping her pro debut to
Bellator MMA contender Leah
McCourt in 2018, Manon
Fiorot has not lost. Knocking out Victoria
Leonardo in her UFC debut, the strike from France has scored
knockouts in five of six wins.
Never Say Never Again: Coming into UFC on ESPN 20,
Lazzez had never been finished (11 fights), Breese had never been
submitted (14 fights) and Jerome
Rivera had never lost by decision (13 fights).
The Nuuuuge: As he has for his entire UFC career,
Chiesa walked out to “Stranglehold” by Ted
Nugent. After winning a decision over Magny, Chiesa advanced
the song’s winning percentage to .700, for the highest winning
percentage of any track with at least 20 recorded uses.
Laughin’ Straight to the Bank with This: Even
though 50 Cent is one of the most widely used walkout artists in
company history, Francisco
Figueiredo made his debut accompanied by “Straight to the
Bank” – a first in the UFC. The Brazilian topped Rivera on the
scorecards to earn only his second decision win across 12