UFC on ESPN+ 10 pre-event facts: Charles Oliveira, Nik Lentz meet in rare non-title trilogy
The UFC makes its debut in another New York city on Saturday with UFC on ESPN+ 10, which goes down at Blue Cross Arena in Rochester and streams on ESPN+.
In the main event, former UFC champion Rafael dos Anjos (28-11 MMA, 17-9 UFC) looks to snap a two-fight losing skid and make a new run toward the welterweight title when he takes on Kevin Lee (17-4 MMA, 10-4 UFC), who moves up from the lightweight division to 170 pounds for the first time in his career.
Aside from the headliner, there are number of another compelling matchups on the card including several fighters who are on a roll. For more behind the numbers, check below for 65 pre-event facts about UFC on ESPN+ 10.
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Dos Anjos is the only Brazilian lightweight champion in UFC history.
Dos Anjos is 3-2 since he moved up to the UFC welterweight division in June 2017.
Dos Anjos enters the event on the third two-fight losing skid of his career. He has never lost three consecutive bouts.
Dos Anjos’ average fight time of 18:45 in UFC welterweight competition is the longest in divisional history.
Dos Anjos’ 17 UFC victories are tied for ninth most in company history. Donald Cerrone holds the all-time record with 23.
Dos Anjos lands 55.9 percent of his significant strike attempts in UFC welterweight competition, the second best rate in divisional history behind Vicente Luque (57.3 percent).
Dos Anjos became just the second fighter in history to challenge for a UFC title and win a 50-45 decision on all three judges’ scorecards when he beat Anthony Pettis at UFC 185. Randy Couture also accomplished the feat against Tim Sylvia at UFC 68.
Dos Anjos’ 66-second victory over Cerrone at UFC on FOX 17 marked the fastest stoppage in UFC lightweight title-fight history.
Lee competes in his fifth consecutive UFC headliner. He’s 2-2 in previous main events.
Lee moves up to the welterweight division for the first time in his career.
Lee has alternated wins and losses over his past four fights. He lost to Al Iaquinta in his most recent fight at UFC on FOX 31 in December.
Lee’s 10 UFC victories since 2014 in lightweight competition are tied with Tony Ferguson, Beneil Dariush and Francisco Trinaldo for most in the division.
Lee has completed at least one takedown in 13 of his 14 UFC fights.
Lee’s 35 takedowns landed since 2014 in UFC lightweight competition are most in the division.
Lee’s 257 significant ground strikes landed in UFC lightweight competition are second most in divisional history behind Khabib Nurmagomedov (297).
Lee’s 96 significant ground strikes landed at UFC Fight Night 128 are the second most in a single UFC fight behind Neil Magny’s 100 landed at UFC Fight Night 85.
Antonio Carlos Junior (10-2 MMA, 7-2 UFC) returns to competition for the first time since Apr. 14, 2018. The 395-day layoff is the longest of his nearly six-year career.
Carlos Junior is 6-1 (with one no-contest) since he dropped to the UFC middleweight division in June 2015.
Carlos Junior’s five-fight UFC winning streak in middleweight competition is the third longest active streak in the division behind champ Robert Whittaker (seven) and interim champ Israel Adesanya (six).
Carlos Junior’s five submission victories in UFC middleweight competition are tied 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 Demian Maia (eight) and Kenny Florian (seven).
Carlos Junior absorbs just 1.47 significant strikes per minute in UFC middleweight competition, the best rate among active fights in the weight class.
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Vicente Luque (15-6-1 MMA, 8-2 UFC) has earned 14 of his 15 career victories by stoppage. That includes all eight of his UFC wins.
Luque’s eight stoppage victories since 2015 in UFC welterweight competition are most in the division during that span.
Luque is one of nine fighters in UFC history to earn their first eight victories with the promotion by stoppage. Francis Ngannou, Andrei Arlovski, Vitor Belfort, Don Frye, Gabriel Gonzaga, Royce Gracie, Joe Lauzon and Anderson Silva also accomplished the feat.
Luque lands 57.3 percent of his significant strike attempts in UFC welterweight competition, the best rate in divisional history.
Luque and Bryan Barberena combined for 332 significant strikes at UFC on ESPN 1, the second most for a three-round fight in UFC history behind Nate Diaz vs. Donald Cerrone (334) at UFC 141 in December 2011. It is also tied for fourth overall for any fight in company history behind Max Holloway vs. Brian Ortega (400) at UFC 231, Diaz vs. Cerrone and Holloway vs. Dustin Poirier (359) at UFC 236.
Luque’s two D’Arce choke victories in UFC competition are tied with Dustin Poirier for second most in company history behind Ferguson (three).
Luque is one of 15 fighters in UFC history to earn a submission victory by anaconda choke. He accomplished the feat at UFC on FOX 17.
Megan Anderson (9-3 MMA, 1-1 UFC), who is 6-foot, is the tallest fighter in the UFC women’s featherweight division.
Anderson competes in her third UFC women’s featherweight bout, tied with Holly Holm for he second most appearances in divisional history behind Cris Cyborg (four).
Charles Oliveira (26-8 MMA, 14-8 UFC) is 5-1 since he returned to the UFC lightweight division April 2017. He’s 7-3 (with one no-contest) in the organization at 155 pounds.
Oliveira’s average fight time of 4:56 in UFC lightweight competition is the second shortest in divisional history behind Manny Gamburyan (4:45).
Oliveira’s four-fight UFC stoppage streak is tied for the second longest active streak in the company behind Gregor Gillespie (five).
Oliveira’s 13 stoppage victories in UFC competition are tied with Matt Hughes and Frank Mir for fourth most in company history behind Cerrone (16), A. Silva (14) and Vitor Belfort (14).
Oliveira’s 13 submission victories in UFC competition are most in company history.
Oliveira’s six submission victories in UFC featherweight competition are the most in divisional history.
Oliveira’s four guillotine-choke victories in UFC competition are tied with Diaz for most in company history.
Oliveira is one of two fighters in UFC history with multiple submission victories via anaconda choke. Phil Davis also accomplished the feat.
Oliveira is one of two fighters in UFC history to earn submission victories with six different techniques. Mir also accomplished the feat.
Oliveira is one of two fighters in UFC history to earn a calf-slicer submission victory. Brett Johns also accomplished the feat.
Oliveira has been awarded 14 fight-night bonuses for UFC bouts, the fourth most in company history behind Cerrone (17), Diaz (15) and Lauzon (15).
Oliveira has been awarded eight “Performance of the Night” bonuses, the most in company history.
Oliveira is the only fighter in UFC history to be awarded five or more fight-night bonuses in two separate divisions.
Nik Lentz (30-9-2 MMA, 14-6-1 UFC) is 5-2 since he returned to the UFC lightweight division in December 2015.
Lentz has earned nine of his 14 UFC victories by decision.
Lentz’s 66 takedowns landed in UFC competition are fifth most in company history.
Lentz’s 20 guillotine choke attempts in UFC competition are the most in company history.
Lentz meets Oliveira in a trilogy fight after the first fight ended in a no-contest at UFC on VERSUS 5 in June 2011 and Oliveira won the rematch by submission at UFC Fight Night 29 in May 2015.
Lentz and Oliveira are just the third set of fighter in UFC history to have a trilogy where all three fights were not for a title. Forrest Griffin vs. Tito Ortiz and Sam Stout vs. Spencer Fisher also accomplished the feat.
Davi Ramos (9-2 MMA, 3-1 UFC) has earned eight of his nine career victories by stoppage. He’s finished all three of his UFC wins by submission.
Ramos’ three-fight submission streak in UFC competition is tied with Carlos Junior for the second longest among active fighters in the company behind Oliveira (four).
Aspen Ladd’s (7-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC) two-fight UFC winning streak in women’s bantamweight competition is fourth for the fourth longest active streak in the division behind Amanda Nunes (seven), Ketlen Vieira (four), Germaine de Randamie (three) and Irene Aldana (three).
Ladd has earned six of her seven career victories by stoppage.
Ladd’s two knockout victories in UFC women’s bantamweight competition are tied for third most in divisional history behind Nunes (five) and Ronda Rousey (three).
Sijara Eubanks (4-2 MMA, 2-0 UFC) moves up to the UFC women’s bantamweight division after spending her previous octagon appearances at flyweight.
Desmond Green (21-8 MMA, 2-3 UFC) makes his second UFC appearance in a 49-day span. He defeated Ross Pearson at UFC on ESPN 2 in March.
Green defends 70.6 percent of all opponent significant strike attempts in UFC lightweight competition, the second highest rate among active fighters in the weight class behind John Makdessi (71.2 percent).
Charles Jourdain (9-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC), 23, is the youngest of the 26 fighters scheduled to compete at the event.
Jourdain, who makes his UFC debut, makes a 37-day turnaround after earning a fifth-round TKO at a regional event in April.
Jourdain has earned all of his career victories by stoppage.
Mike Trizano (8-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC), who won “The Ultimate Fighter 27” at lightweight, drops down to the featherweight division.
Patrick Cummins (10-6 MMA, 6-6 UFC) competes in his 13th UFC light-heavyweight bout since 2014, tied with Corey Anderson for the second most appearances of any fighter in the division behind Ovince Saint Preux (16).
Cummins is 3-5 in his past eight UFC appearances dating back to April 2015.
Cummins landed 10 takedowns against Kyle Kingsbury at UFC on FOX 12, the third most in a UFC light-heavyweight bout. Corey Anderson holds the record with 12 takedowns at UFC Fight Night 128.
Ed Herman (23-14 MMA, 10-10 UFC), 38, is the oldest of the 26 fighters scheduled to compete at the event.
Herman is 1-3 since he returned to the light heavyweight division in January 2016.
Trevin Giles (11-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC) returns to competition for the first time since Dec. 9, 2017. The 525-day layoff is the longest of his more than five-year career.
Julian Erosa (22-7 MMA, 1-3 UFC) is 0-2 since he returned to the UFC for a second stint in November.
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