The UFC returns to Texas for the first time since May on Sunday with UFC Fight Night 126, which takes place at Frank Erwin Center in Austin and airs on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.
Welterweight contenders headline arguably the deepest UFC card this year so far. Fan favorite and UFC vet Donald Cerrone (32-10 MMA, 19-7 UFC) returns to the octagon with hopes reclaiming his winning ways when he meets streaking Hawaiian slugger Yancy Medeiros (15-4 MMA, 6-4 UFC), who’s coming off a win in a 2017 “Fight of the Year” contender.
For more on the numbers behind the UFC’s third venture to Austin, check below for 45 pre-event facts about UFC Fight Night 126.
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Cerrone’s three-fight skid is the longest of his career. He hasn’t earned a victory since December 2016.
Cerrone makes his 37th UFC/WEC appearance, the most in the combined history of the two organizations.
Cerrone’s 37 appearances in UFC/WEC/PRIDE/Strikeforce competition are third most in combined organizational history behind Wanderlei Silva (40) and Dan Henderson (40).
Cerrone’s 16 appearances since 2014 in UFC competition are most in the company.
Cerrone’s 19 victories in UFC competition are tied with Demian Maia for third most in company history behind Michael Bisping (20) and Georges St-Pierre (20).
Cerrone’s 25 victories in UFC/WEC/PRIDE/Strikeforce competition are tied with Henderson for the second most in combined organizational history behind W. Silva (27).
Cerrone is 4-3 since he moved up to the UFC welterweight division in February 2015.
Cerrone’s 13 stoppage victories in UFC competition are tied for third most in company history behind Vitor Belfort (14) and Anderson Silva (14).
Cerrone’s 17 stoppage victories in UFC/WEC competition are the most in combined organizational history.
Cerrone’s 17 stoppage victories in UFC/WEC/PRIDE/Strikeforce competition are tied for third most in combined organizational history behind Mirko Filipovic (21) and W. Silva (20).
Cerrone’s six knockout victories stemming from a head kick in UFC competition are the most in company history. No one else has more than four.
Cerrone’s 14 knockdowns landed in UFC competition are tied with Chuck Liddell for third most in company history behind A. Silva (18) and Jeremy Stephens (17).
Cerrone’s 18 fight-night bonuses in UFC/WEC bouts are the most in combined organizational history.
Cerrone’s 13 fight-night bonuses in UFC bouts are tied with A. Silva for third most in company history behind Nate Diaz (15) and Joe Lauzon (15).
Medeiros is 3-0 since he moved up to the UFC welterweight division in September 2016.
Medeiros has earned all three of his UFC welterweight victories by stoppage.
Medeiros vs. Alex Oliveira at UFC 218 is the only fight in UFC history to feature two knockdowns for each fighter.
Derrick Lewis (18-5 MMA, 9-3 UFC) makes his 13th UFC heavyweight appearance since 2014, the most in the division.
Lewis has earned 16 of his 18 career victories by knockout. That includes eight of his nine UFC wins.
Lewis’ eight knockout victories in UFC competition since 2014 are the most among active fighters in the organization.
Lewis’ eight knockout victories in UFC heavyweight competition are tied for the third most in divisional history behind ex-champs Cain Velasquez (10) and Andrei Arlovski (nine).
Lewis is the only fighter in history to have his first eight UFC fights end in a knockout.
Lewis’ six knockout stemming from ground strikes in UFC competition are tied with Randy Couture for second most in company history behind Velasquez (eight).
Lewis absorbs 1.58 significant strikes per minute in UFC heavyweight competition, the best rate among active fighters in the division.
Marcin Tybura (16-3 MMA, 3-2 UFC) has earned 13 of his 16 career victories by stoppage.
Tybura and Fabricio Werdum combined for 282 significant strikes landed at UFC Fight Night 121, the single-fight record for a UFC heavyweight bout.
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James Vick (12-1 MMA, 8-1 UFC), who stands 6-foot-3, is the tallest lightweight on the UFC roster.
Francisco Trinaldo (22-5 MMA, 12-4 UFC), 39, is the oldest of the 24 fighters scheduled to compete at the event.
Trinaldo is 8-1 in his past nine UFC appearances dating back to May 2014.
Trinaldo is one of six fighters in UFC history to earn two arm-triangle-choke victories. He’s one of only three fighters to earn the submission from half-guard.
Thiago Alves (22-11 MMA, 14-8 UFC) competes in his 22nd UFC welterweight bout, the fourth most appearances in divisional history behind Josh Koscheck (24), Matt Brown (24) and Matt Hughes (23).
Alves’ 14 victories in UFC welterweight competition are tied with Koscheck for third most in divisional history behind St-Pierre (19) and Hughes (16).
Alves’ 13 knockdowns landed in UFC welterweight competition are the most in divisional history.
Alves’ eight knockout victories in UFC welterweight competition are second most in divisional history behind Brown (10).
Alves’ four knockout victories stemming from knee strikes in UFC competition are most in company history.
Alves has landed 280 leg kicks in UFC competition, the second most in company history behind Cerrone (314).
Alves’ 52 leg kicks landed against Seth Baczynski at UFC on FOX 11 are the second most landed in a three-round UFC fight. Benson Henderson, who landed 53 kicks against Cerrone at UFC Fight Night 59, holds the single-fight record.
Sage Northcutt (9-2 MMA, 4-2 UFC), 21, is the youngest of the 24 fighters scheduled to compete at the event.
Northcutt, at 19, became the youngest fighter in UFC history to earn a victory when he defeated Francisco Trevino at UFC 192.
Joby Sanchez (11-2 MMA, 1-2 UFC) returns to the UFC for a second stint. He’s 4-0 since his most recent UFC fight in December 2015.
Brandon Davis (8-3 MMA, 0-1 UFC) competes in his second UFC bout in a 30-day stretch. He lost to Kyle Bochniak at UFC 220 in January.
Steven Peterson (16-6 MMA, 0-0 UFC) has alternated wins and losses over his past five fights. He was victorious in his most recent bout at LFA 28 in December, when claimed a TKO win over Dustin Winter.
Josh Burkman (28-16 MMA, 6-11 UFC) is 1-6 (with one no-contest) since he returned to the UFC for a second stint in January 2015.
Burkman returns to the welterweight division after a four-fight stint at lightweight, where he went 1-3.
Burkman’s 11 UFC losses are tied for second most in company history behind Stephens (13).
Burkman is one of eight fighters in UFC history to earn a knockout stemming from a slam. He accomplished the feat against Sam Morgan at The Ultimate Fighter 2 Finale.
Burkman’s 21-second knockout of Morgan at the TUF 2 Finale is the fastest slam knockout in UFC history.
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Source: USA Today – MMA Junkie
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