UFC on ESPN+ 6 post-event facts: Curtis Blaydes overtakes heavyweight takedown record

The UFC made its sixth stop in Tennessee on Saturday with UFC on ESPN+ 6, which took place at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville and streamed on ESPN+.

In the main event, former UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis (22-8 MMA, 9-7 UFC) made a successful welterweight debut when he scored a highlight-reel knockout of former divisional title challenger Stephen Thompson (14-4-1 MMA, 9-4-1 UFC).

For more on the numbers behind the event, check below for 45 post-event facts to come out of UFC on ESPN+ 6.

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The UFC Promotional Guidelines Compliance payout for the event totaled $152,500.

Debuting fighters went 1-1 at the event.

Thompson, Randa Markos, Bryce Mitchell and Bobby Moffett earned $50,000 UFC on ESPN+ 6 fight-night bonuses.

UFC on ESPN+ 6 drew an announced attendance of 10,863 for a live gate of $939,095.99.

Betting favorites went 6-6 on the card.

Betting favorites fell to 5-4 in UFC headliners this year.

Total fight time for the 12-bout card was 2:23:45.

Main card

Pettis was successful in his UFC welterweight debut.

Pettis has alternated wins and losses over his past eight fights.

Pettis became the eighth fighter in UFC history to earn victories in three weight classes.

Pettis improved to 4-6 in his past 10 UFC appearances dating back to when he lost the UFC lightweight title in March 2015.

Pettis has earned 18 of his 22 career victories by stoppage. That includes seven of his nine UFC wins.

Pettis earned his first knockout victory since Jan. 26, 2013 – a span of 2,247 days (more than six years) and 12 fights.

Pettis has earned a fight night bonus in each of his past four UFC appearances for a total of $200,000.

Thompson suffered consecutive losses for the first time in his career. He hasn’t earned a victory since November 2017.

Thompson fell to 1-3-1 in his past five fights dating back to November 2016.

Thompson suffered the first knockout loss of his career.

Curtis Blaydes’ (11-2 MMA, 6-2 UFC) 40 takedowns landed in UFC heavyweight competition are the most in divisional history.

Justin Willis (8-2 MMA, 4-1 UFC) suffered the first decision loss of his career.

John Makdessi (17-6 MMA, 10-6 UFC) has earned seven of his 10 UFC victories by decision.

Jussier Formiga’s (23-5 MMA, 9-4 UFC) four-fight UFC winning streak in flyweight competition is tied with Henry Cejudo for the longest active streak in the division.

Formiga’s nine victories in UFC flyweight competition are tied for third most in divisional history behind Demetrious Johnson (13) and Joseph Benavidez (12).

Formiga has earned six of his nine UFC victories by decision.

Deiveson Figueiredo (15-1 MMA, 4-1 UFC) had his 15-fight winning streak snapped for the first defeat of his career.

Luis Pena (4-1 MMA, 2-1 UFC) earned the first decision victory of his career.

Steven Peterson (17-8 MMA, 1-2 UFC) has alternated wins and losses over his past eight fights.

Peterson has suffered both of his UFC losses by decision.

Maycee Barber (7-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC) was successful in her UFC women’s flyweight debut.

Barber has earned six of her seven career victories by stoppage. That includes both of her UFC wins.

J.J. Aldrich (7-3 MMA, 3-2 UFC) was unsuccessful in her UFC women’s flyweight debut.

Aldrich suffered the first knockout loss of her career.

Preliminary card

Bryce Mitchell (11-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC) has earned both of his UFC victories by decision.

Bobby Moffett (14-4 MMA, 1-1 UFC) has suffered three of his four career losses by decision.

Marlon Vera (13-5-1 MMA, 7-4 UFC) has earned six of his seven UFC victories by stoppage.

Frankie Saenz (13-5 MMA, 5-3 UFC) fell to 2-4 in his past six fights dating back to December 2015.

Saenz has suffered both of his UFC stoppage losses by knockout.

Jennifer Maia (16-5-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC) has earned her past five victories by decision.

Alexis Davis (19-9 MMA, 6-4 UFC) fell to 1-2 since she dropped to the UFC flyweight division in December 2017.

Randa Markos’ (9-6-1 MMA, 5-5-1 UFC) five victories in UFC strawweight competition are tied for fifth most in divisional history behind Joanna Jedrzejczyk (nine), Rose Namajunas (six), Tecia Torres (six) and Jessica Andrade (six).

Markos earned the first stoppage victory of her UFC career.

Markos has earned all of her career stoppage victories by submission.

Markos has completed at least one takedown against 10 of her 11 UFC opponents.

Angela Hill (8-6 MMA, 3-6 UFC) fell to 2-4 since she returned to the UFC for a second stint in February 2017.

Hill has suffered both of her career stoppage losses by submission.

Ryan MacDonald (10-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC) had his 10-fight winning streak snapped for the first defeat of his career.

Eric Shelton (12-6 MMA, 2-4 UFC) has suffered all six of his career losses by decision.

For complete coverage of UFC on ESPN+ 6, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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

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