Overeem has tested his mettle against the vast majority of his
peers during a career that spans more than two decades and covers
66 professional appearances. Soon, the former Dream,
and K-1 World Grand Prix champion can check another one off of his
Overeem will lock horns with onetime Bellator
MMA and M-1 Global
Volkov in the
UFC Fight Night 184 headliner this Saturday at the UFC Apex in
Las Vegas, as the two behemoths jockey for position in the
Ultimate Fighting Championship’s heavyweight division. The
40-year-old Overeem has rattled off four wins across his past five
outings. He last competed at UFC Fight Night 176, where he put away
Sakai with punches and elbows in the fifth round of their Sept.
5 main event. Volkov, meanwhile, has pieced together a 6-2 record
since he joined the UFC roster in November 2016. The 32-year-old
Russian last appeared at UFC 254 in October, when he cut down
Harris with a second-round body kick and follow-up punches.
As UFC Fight Night “Overeem vs. Volkov” approaches, a look at some
of the numbers the fighters on the card have generated to this
17: Overeem wins by submission, accounting for 36%
of his career total. His methods of choice: eight guillotine
chokes, three armbars, three keylocks, one rear-naked choke, one
kimura and one Peruvian necktie. Overeem has 25 other victories by
knockout or technical knockout.
4: Heavyweight champions, including Volkov, in
Bellator history. Cole Konrad,
Minakov and Ryan Bader
are the others. Volkov held the title from Dec. 14, 2012 to Nov.
2,339: Total strikes landed by Frankie
Edgar in UFC competition, placing the onetime lightweight
titleholder third on the promotion’s all-time list. He trails only
Holloway (2,805) and Georges St.
Pierre (2,591). Edgar tackles Cory
Sandhagen in the bantamweight co-main event.
67: Seconds needed for Sandhagen to dispatch
Aguayo with a knee strike and follow-up punches at Legacy
Fighting Alliance 31 on Jan. 19, 2018. Having occurred in his final
pre-UFC appearance, it remains the fastest finish of his 15-fight
43: Years of age for Marion
Reneau, who faces “The Ultimate Fighter” Season 28 winner
Chiasson in a bantamweight feature. The oldest fighter on the
card, she was born on June 20, 1977 in Tulare, California. “Star
Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope” was in its fifth week of release at
the domestic box office at the time.
3: Organizations in which Chiasson has competed as
professional mixed martial artist. She has gone 4-1 in the UFC, 1-0
Invicta Fighting Championships and 1-0 under the In Ya Face
32: Significant strikes by which Alexandre
Pantoja was outlanded in his three UFC losses—all by unanimous
Figueiredo and Askar
Askarov. It equates to less than four per round. Pantoja now
welcomes Angolan mauler Manel Kape
to the Octagon in a three-round flyweight showcase.
23: Takedowns executed by Cody
Stamann in his eight UFC appearances. The Michigan Top Team
representative has compiled a 5-2-1 record in those outings, his
wins over Brian
Duquesnoy and Terrion
Ware offset by his draw with Yadong Song
and losses to Aljamain
Sterling and Jimmie
Rivera. Stamann confronts Askar Askar
in a featured bantamweight affair.
1: Regional championship on the Askar mantle. The
once-beaten Midwest Training Center rep laid claim to the Hoosier
Fight Club bantamweight title with a five-round unanimous decision
Dombrow in November 2018.
2,135: Days since lightweight dark horse Diego
Ferreira last tasted defeat. The Fortis MMA export has not lost
since being punched out by Dustin
Poirier at UFC Fight Night 163 on April 4, 2015. Ferreira puts
his six-fight winning streak on the line in a main-card rematch
Dariush, an opponent to whom he lost in 2014.
13: Dariush victories by knockout, technical
knockout or submission, giving the
Kings MMA product a robust finish rate of 68%. His list of
victims includes Anthony
Rocco Martin, Daron
Cruickshank, James Vick,
Klose and Scott
24: Years of age for featherweight prospect
Zalal. The youngest fighter on the card, he was born on Sept.
4, 1996 in Casablanca, Morocco, hence “The Moroccan Devil” nickname
he bears. Zalal draws Seung Woo
Choi on the undercard.
438: Combined victories between the 28 fighters
scheduled to compete at the event. They own a cumulative record of
438-139-4. Overeem holds the most wins (47) of any fighter on the
card, while Clay Guida—who
Johnson in the featured lightweight prelim—has been saddled
with the most losses (20).