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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: 6,629
TOTAL NUMBER OF UFC EVENTS: 605

The
Ultimate Fighting Championship
swung back to Las Vegas for a
three-show stay at its headquarters of the UFC Apex before it heads
far East. This ESPN-to-ESPN2 fight card cruised with a solid enough
fare, although it ended late despite the trim billing.
UFC on ESPN 36
featured a remarkable distinction for a top
flyweight contender, a comic book-style clash that was violent for
as long as it lasted and the continuation of bad luck for heavy
fighters.

Cecil Peoples Cringed Watching: The main event
between Jan
Blachowicz
and Aleksandar
Rakic
ended anticlimactically with a knee injury suffered by
the Austrian. This event is the first to end via injury since UFC
264 in 2021, when Conor
McGregor
snapped his leg after kicks and checks from Dustin
Poirier
.

Marvel Demands a Rematch: Before the midpoint of
the opening round, Ryan Spann
snagged a guillotine choke to put Ion
Cutelaba
away. “Superman” defeated “The Hulk” and advanced his
career finish rate to 85% in the process.

Dangerous is Right: By smiting Louis
Smolka
early into Round 3, “Dangerous” Davey Grant
rebounded from a losing streak and boosted his overall stoppage
rate to 86%. His last three victories have all come by clean
knockout.

Was It the Best Fight That Night? After 15 close
minutes of action, Katlyn
Chookagian
snagged a split decision win over Amanda
Ribas
. The “Fight of the Night” honors going to the two
flyweights, Chookagian earned her first post-fight bonus check in
her 15th UFC bout.

Chook by Decision Is a Safe Bet: The victory was
Chookagian’s 11th on the roster, and all 11 have come on the
scorecards. She is the only fighter in UFC history to ever amass
this win total without recording a single finish.

Efficient to a T: In the women’s flyweight
division, Chookagian claimed the lead spot, tied it or exceeded her
own record
for the following categories
: most fights (12, tied), most wins
(nine), most decision victories (nine) and highest significant
strike total (790).

Loco for Cocoa Puffs: Manuel
Torres
made his successful promotional debut by knocking
Frank
Camacho
out in Round 1. “El Loco” has not gone the distance
since 2018, for a span of eight straight fights that have ended in
the first round, win or lose.

The Blonde Hair Did It: By a clear-cut decision,
Allan
Nascimento
picked up his first UFC win over Jake
Hadley
. The teammate of former lightweight champ Charles
Oliveira
lowered his career stoppage rate to 79% with the win,
and he has alternated wins and losses in his seven fights.

Atrocious Cornering Advice: Although she lost on
the scorecards, Andrea Lee
dropped Viviane
Araujo
in the first round to record her first knockdown in the
Octagon.
Only four women’s flyweights
have ever secured more than one
knockdown under the UFC banner, and the record of three stands with
Taila
Santos
and Ariane
Lipski
.

The Old Menace Form: Michael
Johnson
knocked Alan
Patrick
out cold with a barrage of punches, during which he
also clocked in with his 10th
knockdown
as a UFC lightweight. The only two UFC fighters to
knock down more opponents at
155 pounds
are Donald
Cerrone
(11) and Melvin
Guillard
(13).

Take a Step Back in Competition: Outworking
Angela
Hill
over three rounds, Virna
Jandiroba
handed Hill her 12th career loss. Every one of Hill’s
defeats has come in the UFC, extending her lead for the most in
women’s divisional history.

Durable Yet Unsuccessful: Of her 12 setbacks
inside the Octagon, 10 for Hill been by decision. Regardless of
gender, Hill is tied with Jim Miller
for the second-most losses on the scorecards, and Jeremy
Stephens
’ 12 stands alone as the most in organizational
history.

A New Hope for Japan: Born in 2000, Tatsuro
Taira
upped his unbeaten record to 11-0 as a pro by taking a
decision over Carlos
Candelario
. The win snapped a three-fight submission streak for
the prospect out of Japan, while maintaining the 125er’s finish
rate at a decent 73%.

A Welcomed Trend Continuing: Before their
rescheduled flyweight pairing, Candelario missed weight by half a
pound against Taira. Of the 10 fighters to officially miss weight
this year, the heavy fighter has only prevailed twice, following
Candelario’s loss to Taira.

He Said He Was the Best Wrestler: In 76 seconds,
Andre
Petroski
snatched up an anaconda choke and put Nick
Maximov
to sleep. The “TUF 29” semifinalist retained his
flawless 100% finish rate in victory, with exactly half his wins
coming by submission and the other half via knockout.

Never Say Never Again: Coming into UFC on ESPN 36,
Rakic had never been knocked out (16 fights), Ribas had never lost
on the scorecards (13 fights) and Hadley (eight fights) and Maximov
(eight fights) had never been defeated.

Grant Me Revenge! Ahead of his triumphant
headliner, Blachowicz changed his walkout tune to “Anvil of Crom” as
composed by Basil Poledouris
, also known as the main theme from
“Conan the Barbarian.” The only other fighter in company history to
pick this music is Tim “The
Barbarian” Boetsch
, who often won when accompanied to this
powerful track.

Time-Lagged vs. Cross-Sectional Curse Studies: In
the last year, Torres became the second fighter to win when walking
out to a track featuring Eminem, as he picked “Last Kings” by Snoop
Dogg and a number of artists including Eminem
. Andre Muniz
is the only other to do so, picking up a win over Eryk Anders
at the end of 2021, while several others have tasted defeat.

Get That Yoko Stuff Outta There: With “Power to the People”
by
John
Lennon
/Plastic Ono Band playing behind him, Taira emerged to
the cage and subsequently beat Candelario. Before Taira, the lone
competitor to use John Lennon
as a walkout artist is Jeff Monson,
who famously selected “Imagine” before his match with Tim Sylvia in
2006.


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