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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: 5,972
TOTAL NUMBER OF UFC EVENTS: 550

The
Ultimate Fighting Championship
returned to its headquarters of
the UFC Apex for the beginning of a long rotation in Las Vegas with
a Fight Night event stacked with high-stakes matchups. While the
night (mostly) started slow, excitement and intensity grew to a
“Rocky IV”-like crescendo during most of the top flight bouts.

UFC Fight Night 184
featured an ultra-rare fighter that has
picked up both spinning and flying knockouts, several old veterans
still trying to put on a show and the emergence of a new
heavyweight top contender named “Drago.”

Hit the One in the Middle: UFC Fight Night 184 is
the first event since UFC Fight Night 114 in August 2017 where two
knockouts in 30 seconds or less took place. It is the sixth event
in company history where this occurred.

I Must Break You: Alexander
Volkov
knocked out Alistair
Overeem
in the second round to earn his 22nd career knockout
win. Two-thirds of his wins have come by knockout, with “Drago”
posting an overall finish rate of 76 percent.

This Was Supposed to Be an Exhibition: Overeem
suffered his 15th knockout loss as a pro MMA fighter when Volkov
put him down with punches. Of the other 23 fighters on the card,
only Clay
Guida
and Michael
Johnson
have lost that many times total in their careers.

If He Dies, He Dies: The knockout loss inside the
Octagon was Overeem’s eighth, tying Frank Mir,
Gabriel
Gonzaga
and Stefan
Struve
for the most in UFC history.

Champ, Look, This Fight’s Over: Each of Overeem’s
UFC losses have come by knockout, making him the only fighter of
those four with eight strike-stoppage defeats to never drop a
decision. None of them lost by submission under the UFC banner.

I’ve Retired More Men Than Social Security:
Overeem’s professional MMA debut came at an It’s Showtime event in
October 1999, where he hit a guillotine choke on Ricardo
Fyeet
in 99 seconds. At that time, fellow UFC Fight Night 184
competitor Youssef
Zalal
had recently turned three.

Whatever He Hits…: Cory
Sandhagen
scorched Frankie
Edgar
with a flying knee in only 28 seconds. In the process, he
notched the third-quickest flying knee knockout in company history,
with the Jorge
Masvidal
’s five-second demolition of Ben Askren at
UFC 239 in 2019 the fastest.

He Destroys: In addition to stamping his place
among the pantheon of all-time great flying knee knockouts the
sport has ever seen, Sandhagen’s 28-second finish is the
sixth-fastest knockout in UFC bantamweight history.

I’m Here to Fight: With his previous triumph a
spinning wheel kick knockout of Marlon
Moraes
, Sandhagen is now the third fighter in promotional
history to stop foes with both flying and spinning strikes. The
first was Elizeu
Zaleski dos Santos
in 2018, and this was replicated in 2019 by
Johnny
Walker
.

If I Can Change: Guida’s appearance against
Michael
Johnson
was his 30th under the UFC banner. By merely competing,
he joins an illustrious club with members consisting of Donald
Cerrone
, Jim Miller,
Andrei
Arlovski
, Jeremy
Stephens
, Demian Maia,
Diego
Sanchez
and Rafael dos
Anjos
. Guida has competed against three of those seven men.

And You Can Change: The win by decision was
Guida’s 10th on the UFC roster, and he is the 15th man to do so.
Just seven fighters throughout company history have recorded more:
Brad
Tavares
, Edgar, Gleison
Tibau
, Neil Magny
and Dos Anjos all with 11, and Sanchez tied with Georges St.
Pierre
with 12.

Everybody Can Change: In his 30th UFC bout, Guida
continues a UFC career that began at UFC 64 in October 2006 –
longer than any other fighter on the card. The only others at UFC
Vegas 18 that were even professional at the time were Overeem and
Edgar, but neither had joined the roster yet.

Throw the Damn Towel: In the second round,
Danilo
Marques
hit a rear-naked choke on Mike
Rodriguez
to put “Slow” to sleep. In victory, the Brazilian
light heavyweight lifted his career stoppage rate to 82
percent.

I Want You to Promise Me You’re Not Gonna Stop This
Fight:
By forcing the doctor to intervene to call a halt
to the match, Devonte
Smith
recorded a technical knockout over Justin
Jaynes
in Round 2. In doing so, he kept his perfect 100 percent
finish rate intact, with ten of 11 career victories coming by
knockout.

You Think It’s You Against You? Boosting his
career stoppage rate to 89 percent by blitzing Jerome
Rivera
in 26 seconds, each of Ode
Osbourne
’s finishes have come within 6:10 of a fight. His
knockout is tied for the seventh-quickest in UFC featherweight
history.

I Don’t Want to Change, I Like Who I Am: Taking
the fight on short notice at featherweight, Rivera earned the
unfortunate distinction of appearing once in three different weight
classes and losing each time. This is a feat previously achieved by
Jason
Reinhardt
.

Never Say Never Again: Coming into UFC Fight Night
184, Kape had never competed in the U.S. (19 fights), Rodriguez (17
fights) and Molly
McCann
(13 fights) had never lost consecutive bouts and
Seung
Woo Choi
had never won consecutive decisions (11 fights).

The Unsilent Majority: Both Sandhagen and Edgar
came out to tracks from Notorious B.I.G., with Sandhagen electing
to use “Gimme
the Loot”
while Edgar countered with his usual of “Kick in the
Door.”
It is the second time in recorded UFC walkout music
history where two fighters both picked Biggie tracks, with the
first a 2016 battle between Wilson Reis
and Hector
Sandoval
at UFC 201 in 2016.

Little Loud for My Taste: Not counting the music
video played between the co-main and main events, UFC Fight Night
184 is the first event of the year to feature a fighter walking out
to a track by Eminem. Rodriguez used “Lucky You” featuring
Joyner Lucas
and was put to sleep with a choke. UFC Fight Night
177 is the last time a fighter used Eminem, when Billy
Quarantillo
walked out to “S— Hits the Fan”
by Obie Trice featuring Eminem and Dr. Dre
back in September
2020. This gap spans 17 events and nearly five months.

You Can’t Win! The only fighter in organizational
history to walk out to Def Leppard did it again when Martin Day
selected “Pour Some Sugar on
Me”
for the third time. Like his last two bouts, “The Spartan”
lost.

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