UFC 257 post-event facts: Dustin Poirier’s resume proves he’s an all-time great

The UFC’s first pay-per-view of the year was one to remember. UFC 257 took place Saturday at Etihad Arena on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi and saw two of the most decorated fighters in company history rematch in the main event. After losing the first meeting back in 2014, Dustin Poirier (27-6 MMA, 19-5 UFC) […]

UFC 257 pre-event facts: Dustin Poirier, Conor McGregor bring legendary stats into rematch

The UFC closes out its “Fight Island” stint on Saturday with its first numbered event of the year. UFC 257 takes place at Etihad Arena on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi with a main card that airs on pay-per-view following prelims on ESPN and ESPN+. A highly anticipated rematch takes center stage in the main […]

UFC on ESPN 20 pre-event facts: Neil Magny approaches Georges St-Pierre’s record

The second event of the UFC’s current stretch on “Fight Island” goes down Wednesday with UFC on ESPN 20, which takes place at Etihad Arena in Abu Dhabi and airs on ESPN2 following prelims on ESPN+. A key welterweight matchup takes place in the main event. Michael Chiesa (17-4 MMA, 10-4 UFC) and Neil Magny […]

UFC on ABC 1 post-event facts: Max Holloway’s masterclass shatters all striking records

The UFC kicked off its 2021 campaign on Saturday with a monumental event. UFC on ABC 1 marked the promotion’s return to network television, with the card unfolding at Etihad Arena on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi. A performance worthy of the grand stage unfolded in the main event. Former UFC champ Max Holloway (22-6 […]

UFC Fight Night 183 post-event facts: Anthony Pettis breaks out of post-title funk

The UFC closed out its 2020 schedule on Saturday with UFC Fight Night 183, which took place at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas. The 41st and final headliner of the year saw Stephen Thompson (16-4-1 MMA, 11-4-1 UFC) put on a classic striking clinic against Geoff Neal (13-3 MMA, 5-1 UFC) to secure a […]

UFC 256 pre-event facts: Charles Oliveira can become UFC’s most prolific finisher

The UFC puts on its 11th and final pay-per-view of the year Saturday with UFC 256. The event, which takes place at UFC Apex in Las Vegas with a main card that follows prelims on ESPN2 and ESPN+, is headlined by a flyweight title fight between Deiveson Figueiredo (20-1 MMA, 9-1 UFC) and Brandon Moreno […]

UFC on ESPN 18 post-event facts: Heavyweights set new benchmark for output

The UFC’s final event of a busy November went down Saturday with UFC on ESPN 18, which unfolded at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas. The makeshift headliner saw Anthony Smith (33-16 MMA, 9-6 UFC) regain momentum as a light heavyweight contender in the form of a first-round submission win over Devin Clark (12-5 MMA, […]

UFC on ESPN 18 pre-event facts: Curtis Blaydes, Derrick Lewis chasing history

The UFC typically takes a hiatus for Thanksgiving week, but not this year. The endless event schedule continues on Saturday with UFC on ESPN 18, which unfolds at UFC Apex in Las Vegas with a main card that airs on ESPN2 following prelims on ESPN+. A grudge among heavyweight contenders is to be settled in […]

UFC 255 post-event facts: Champs Deiveson Figueiredo, Valentina Shevchenko crafting legacies

The UFC’s penultimate pay-per-view of 2020 went down Saturday with UFC 255, which took place at UFC Apex in Las Vegas. Two championship fights headlined the card, and the belts stayed put in both. The main event saw flyweight titleholder Deiveson Figueiredo (20-1 MMA, 9-1 UFC) tap out Alex Perez (23-6 MMA, 5-2 UFC) in […]

UFC 255 pre-event facts: Valentina Shevchenko’s resume is downright scary

The UFC makes its return to pay-per-view Saturday with UFC 255 at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas following prelims on ESPN2 and ESPN+. A championship doubleheader is atop the card. In the main event, flyweight champ Deiveson Figueiredo (19-1 MMA, 8-1 UFC) looks to get his reign off to a positive start when he […]

Bellator 253 pre-event facts: A.J. McKee’s winning streak on verge of historic status

The Bellator featherweight grand prix continues on Thursday with Bellator 253, which takes place a Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn. The semifinal round of the 16-man tournament goes down in the main event as Darrion Caldwell (15-3 MMA, 12-2 BMMA) takes on A.J. McKee (16-0 MMA, 16-0 BMMA) in a matchup that will determine […]

UFC Fight Night 182 post-event facts: Rafael dos Anjos climbs top 10 for most wins

The UFC schedule trekked on Saturday with UFC Fight Night 182, which took place at UFC Apex in Las Vegas with a main card that aired on ESPN following prelims on ESPN+. Former champ Rafael dos Anjos (31-13 MMA, 19-11 UFC) successfully returned to the lightweight division in the main event, beating Paul Felder (17-6 […]

UFC Fight Night 182 pre-event facts: Rafael dos Anjos looks to avoid three-fight skid … again

The UFC’s busy November stretch continues Saturday with UFC Fight Night 182, which takes place at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas with a main card that airs on ESPN following prelims on ESPN+. A compelling lightweight fight is atop the card. Paul Felder (17-5 MMA, 9-5 UFC) steps in as a replacement for Islam […]

Bellator 252 pre-event facts: Patricio ‘Pitbull’ own the Bellator record book

A major event for Bellator goes down on Thursday with Bellator 252, which takes place inside the “Fightsphere” at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn. The main card, which airs on CBS Sports Network following prelims on MMA Junkie, features the long-awaited resumption of the promotion’s featherweight grand prix. A pair of quarterfinal bouts are […]

UFC on ESPN+ 40 post-event facts: Glover Teixeira sets multiple new records

The UFC’s busy November kicked off Saturday with UFC on ESPN+ 40 at UFC Apex in Las Vegas. One of the better late-career runs in UFC history continued in the main event when 41-year-old Glover Teixeira (32-7 MMA, 15-5 UFC) recorded his fifth consecutive win. He finished Thiago Santos (21-8 MMA, 13-7 UFC) with a […]

Bellator 251 pre-event facts: Corey Anderson brings strong resume into debut

A busy month of Bellator action continues on Thursday with Bellator 251, which takes place inside the “Fightsphere” at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn. Light heavyweights are set to clash in the main event. Knockout specialist Melvin Manhoef (32-14-1 MMA, 4-3 BMMA) will look to add another big finish to his resume when he […]

UFC on ESPN+ 39 post-event facts: Uriah Hall TKOs Anderson Silva – and closes in on his record

The UFC returned to its home base of Las Vegas on Saturday for UFC on ESPN+ 39, which took place at the UFC Apex and streamed on ESPN+. Uriah Hall (16-9 MMA, 9-7 UFC) spoiled Anderson Silva’s (34-11 MMA, 17-7 UFC) career swan song in the main event, earning a fourth-round TKO to seemingly send […]

Bellator 250 post-event facts: Gegard Mousasi reclaims his throne

The milestone Bellator 250 event went down Thursday at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn., with a main card that aired on CBS Sports Network/DAZN following prelims on MMA Junkie. Gegard Mousasi (47-7-2 MMA, 5-1 BMMA) scooped up the promotion’s vacant middleweight championship in the main event against Douglas Lima (32-8 MMA, 14-4 BMMA) in […]

UFC on ESPN+ 39 pre-event facts: Anderson Silva’s last chance to add to list of records

The UFC returns from “Fight Island” to its home base Saturday with UFC on ESPN+ 39, which takes place at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas and streams on ESPN+. Another legendary fighter is set to move on from the octagon in the main event when former longtime UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva (34-10 MMA, […]

UFC 254 post-event facts: Examining Khabib Nurmagomedov’s historic retirement resume

The UFC’s final event of its second “Fight Island” stint went down Saturday with UFC 254, which took place at Flash Forum at Yas Island in Abu Dhabi. In the main event, Khabib Nurmagomedov (29-0 MMA, 13-0 UFC) further cemented himself as the top lightweight in MMA, then relinquished that position when he announced his […]

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