UFC on ESPN+ 16 pre-event facts: Donald Cerrone, Justin Gaethje own epic numbers

The UFC makes its return to Canada on Saturday with UFC on ESPN+ 16, which takes place at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia, with a card that streams entirely on ESPN+.

A massive matchup between lightweight contenders headlines the card. Fan favorites Donald Cerrone (36-12 MMA, 23-9 UFC) and Justin Gaethje (20-2 MMA, 3-2 UFC) are set to clash in a fight that will move the winner one step closer to challenging for 155-pound gold.

For more on the numbers behind the UFC’s return to Vancouver after more than three years, check below for 75 post-event facts to come out of UFC on ESPN+ 16.

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Main event

Cerrone has fought on Spike, Versus, FUEL TV, pay-per-view, FOX, FS1, UFC Fight Pass, ESPN and ESPN+ during his UFC tenure.

Cerrone competes in his 33rd UFC bout, tied with Jim Miller for the most appearances in company history.

Cerrone makes his 43rd UFC/WEC appearance, the most in combined organizational history.

Cerrone’s 43 appearances in UFC/WEC/PRIDE/Strikeforce competition are most in combined organizational history.

Cerrone’s 22 appearances since 2014 in UFC competition are most in the company.

Cerrone becomes the first fighter to make four UFC appearances in 2019.

Cerrone’s 23 victories in UFC competition are most in company history.

Cerrone’s 29 victories in UFC/WEC/PRIDE/Strikeforce competition are most in combined organization history.

Cerrone’s 17 victories in UFC lightweight competition are second most in divisional history behind Miller (19).

Cerrone is 2-1 since he returned to the UFC lightweight division in January.

Cerrone’s 16 stoppage victories in UFC competition are most in company history.

Cerrone’s 20 stoppage victories in UFC/WEC competition are the most in combined organizational history.

Cerrone’s 20 stoppage victories in UFC/WEC/PRIDE/Strikeforce competition are tied with Wanderlei Silva for second most in combined organizational history behind Mirko Filipovic (21).

Cerrone’s 10 stoppage victories in UFC lightweight competition are third most in divisional history behind Joe Lauzon (12) and Miller (12).

Cerrone’s seven knockout victories stemming from kicks in UFC competition are the most in company history. No one else has more than four.

Cerrone’s eight submission victories in UFC/WEC lightweight competition are tied for third most in combined divisional history behind Nate Diaz (nine) and Miller (nine).

Cerrone’s 20 knockdowns landed in UFC competition are most in company history.

Cerrone has landed 377 leg kicks in UFC competition, the second most in company history behind Thiago Alves (380).

Cerrone defends 90 percent of all opponent takedown attempts in UFC lightweight competition, the best rate among active fighters in the weight class and second highest in divisional history behind Gleison Tibau (92 percent).

Cerrone’s 23 fight-night bonuses in UFC/WEC bouts are the most in combined organizational history.

Cerrone’s 18 fight-night bonuses in UFC bouts are most in company history.

Gaethje is a former WSOF lightweight champion.

Gaethje had earned 18 of his 20 career victories by stoppage, including 17 knockouts.

Gaethje is the only fighter in UFC history to land 100 or more significant strikes in each of his first three UFC fights.

Gaethje lands 8.5 significant strikes per minute in UFC competition, the highest rate in company history.

Gaethje lands 2.9 leg kicks per minute in UFC competition, the highest rate in company history.

Gaethje lands 54.7 percent of significant strike attempts in UFC lightweight competition, the best rate in divisional history.

Gaethje is the only fighter in UFC history to win at least one fight-night bonus in each of his first five octagon appearances.

Gaethje has been awarded six fight-night bonuses in five UFC appearances.

Gaethje’s six UFC fight-night bonuses since 2017 are most of any fighter in the company.

Co-main event

Glover Teixeira’s (29-7 MMA, 12-5 UFC) 10 stoppage victories since 2012 in UFC light heavyweight competition are most among active fighters in the weight class.

Teixeira’s 10 stoppage victories in UFC light-heavyweight competition are tied with Jon Jones for most in divisional history.

Teixeira’s five submission victories in UFC light-heavyweight competition are tied with Jones for most in divisional history.

Teixeira has landed 86.3 percent of his significant strikes in UFC light-heavyweight competition to his opponent’s head, the largest proportion in divisional history.

Nikita Krylov (25-6 MMA, 7-4 UFC) is 1-1 since he returned to the UFC for a second stint in September 2018.

Krylov is 10-3 since he dropped to the light heavyweight division in March 2014.

Krylov has earned all of his 25 career victories by stoppage. He’s finished 20 of those wins in Round 1.

Krylov’s four submission victories in UFC light heavyweight competition are tied for third most in divisional history behind Jones (five) and Teixeira (five).

Krylov’s 25-second knockout at UFC on FOX 10 marked the fastest finish stemming from a head kick in UFC history.

Krylov lands 5.5 significant strikes per minute in UFC light heavyweight competition, the highest rate in divisional history.

Remaining main card

Todd Duffee

Todd Duffee (9-3 MMA, 3-3 UFC) returns to competition for the first time since July 2015. He has competed just twice since December 2012.

Duffee’s average fight time of 3:18 in UFC heavyweight competition is shortest in divisional history.

Duffee has earned all nine of his career victories by knockout. His three UFC wins have come in a total fight time of just two minutes and 44 seconds.

Duffee’s seven-second knockout of Tim Hague at UFC 102 stands as the fastest knockout in heavyweight history and is tied for the fourth fastest knockout overall in UFC history.

Duffee is one of four fighters in UFC heavyweight history to earn two knockouts in less than a minute each. Roy Nelson, Matt Mitrione and Stipe Miocic also accomplished the feat.

Duffee has defended 90 percent of all opponent takedown attempts in UFC heavyweight competition.

Antonio Carlos Junior (10-3 MMA, 7-3 UFC) is 6-2 (with one no contest) since he dropped to the UFC middleweight division in June 2015.

Carlos Junior’s five submission victories in UFC middleweight competition are tied with Thales Leites, Rousimar Palhares and Demian Maia for most in divisional history.

Carlos Junior’s five rear-naked choke wins in UFC competition are tied for third most in divisional history behind Maia (eight) and Kenny Florian (seven).

Carlos Junior absorbs just 1.66 significant strikes per minute in UFC middleweight competition, the best rate among active fighters in the weight class.

Uriah Hall (14-9 MMA, 7-7 UFC) has earned 12 of his 14 career victories by stoppage. That includes six of his seven UFC wins.

Hall is one of three fighters in UFC history to earn a knockout stemming from a spinning back kick to the head. Renan Barao and Magomed Mustafaev also accomplished the feat.

Misha Cirkunov (14-4 MMA, 5-2 UFC) is 1-3 in his past four fights dating back to May 2017.

Cirkunov’s average fight time of 4:13 in UFC light heavyweight competition is shortest among active fighters in the weight class.

Cirkunov has earned 12 of his 14 career victories by stoppage. That includes all five of his UFC wins.

Cirkunov’s four submission victories in UFC light heavyweight competition are tied for third most in divisional history behind Jones (five) and Teixeira (five).

Jim Crute’s (10-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC) victory at the 4:51 mark of Round 3 at UFC Fight Night 142 is the second latest finish in a three-round UFC light heavyweight fight behind Paul Craig over Magomed Ankalaev at 4:59 of Round 3 at UFC Fight Night 127.

Preliminary card

Marcin Tybura (17-5 MMA, 4-4 UFC) fell to 1-3 in his past four fights dating back to June 2017.

Tybura defends 81.5 percent of all opponent takedown attempts in UFC heavyweight competition, tied with Alexander Volkov for the best rate in divisional history.

Andrew Sanchez (11-4 MMA, 4-2 UFC) has earned all four of his UFC victories by decision.

Sanchez lands 5.41 significant strikes per minute in UFC middleweight competition, the second best rate in divisional history behind Paulo Costa (8.43).

Sanchez and Ryan Janes combined for 255 significant strikes landed at The Ultimate Fighter 26 Finale, the second most in a UFC middleweight bout behind Deron Winn vs. Eric Spicely (277) at UFC on ESPN+ 12.

Marvin Vettori (13-4 MMA, 3-2-1 UFC) defends 63.5 percent of all opponent significant strike attempts in UFC middleweight competition, the second highest rate among active fighters in the weight class behind Israel Adesanya (65.7 percent).

Brad Katona (8-1 MMA, 2-1 UFC) is the only Canadian to win a domestic version of “The Ultimate Fighter.”

Chas Skelly’s (17-4 MMA, 6-4 UFC) two UFC victories in a 14-day stretch between UFC Fight Night 49 and UFC Fight Night 50 stand as the shortest period between wins in modern UFC history.

Skelly’s four submission victories in UFC featherweight competition are second most in divisional history behind Charles Oliveira (six).

Skelly’s 19-second submission of Maximo Blanco at UFC Fight Night 94 stands as the fastest submission finish in UFC/WEC featherweight history.

Skelly’s 19-second submission of Blanco stands as the eighth fastest submission finish in UFC history.

Skelly’s 19-second submission of Blanco stands as the fastest technical submission finish in UFC history.

Skelly attempted seven submissions against Sean Soriano at UFC Fight Night 50, the most in a UFC featherweight bout.

Louis Smolka (15-6 MMA, 6-6 UFC) is 1-1 since he returned to the UFC for a second stint in November.

Smolka is 1-1 since he moved up to the UFC bantamweight division in November.

Smolka’s 18 submission attempts in UFC flyweight competition are most in divisional history.

Smolka’s seven submission attempts against Ben Nguyen at UFC Fight Night 91 stand as the single-fight record for a UFC flyweight bout.

UFC research analyst and live statistics producer Michael Carroll contributed to this story. Follow him on Twitter @MJCflipdascript.

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