The UFC makes it debut in Chile on Saturday with UFC Fight Night 129, which takes place at Movistar Arena in Santiago and airs on FS1 following prelims on FS2 and UFC Fight Pass.
Welterweight contenders clash in the main event, and there are high stakes at play. Demian Maia (25-8 MMA, 19-8 UFC) looks to tie the all-time UFC wins record, while Kamaru Usman (12-1 MMA, 7-0 UFC) attempts to continue one of the best UFC starts ever at 170 pounds.
For more on the numbers behind the UFC’s trip to South America outside of Brazil, check below for 45 pre-event facts about UFC Fight Night 129.
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Maia, 40, is the oldest of the 26 fighters scheduled to compete at the event.
Maia competes in his 28th UFC bout, tied with Jeremy Stephens for third most appearances in company history behind Michael Bisping (29) and Jim Miller (29).
Maia’s 19 victories in UFC competition are fourth most in company history behind Bisping (20), Georges St-Pierre (20) and Donald Cerrone (20).
Maia’s 19 victories in UFC competition are the most of any Brazilian fighter in company history.
Maia is 10-4 since he dropped to the UFC welterweight division in July 2012.
Maia’s six submission victories via rear-naked choke in UFC competition are second most in company history behind Kenny Florian (seven).
Maia is 19-2 in UFC bouts in which he completes at least one takedown. He’s completed at least one takedown against 21 of his 27 UFC opponents.
Maia is a combined 0-for-34 on takedown attempts over his past two UFC appearances.
Maia was unsuccessful on all 21 of his takedown attempts against champ Tyron Woodley at UFC 214, the second worst title-fight output in UFC history behind Diego Sanchez’s 0-for-27 effort against B.J. Penn at UFC 107.
Maia completed just two of 22 takedown attempts in his unanimous-decision loss to Rory MacDonald at UFC 170. Those 22 takedown attempts were the most in a single UFC welterweight bout.
Usman enters the event on an 11-fight winning streak. He hasn’t suffered a defeat since May 2013.
Usman’s seven-fight UFC winning streak in welterweight competition is the longest active streak in the division.
Usman is the first welterweight since Jon Fitch to start his UFC career with seven consecutive victories.
Usman has completed 28 takedowns in his seven UFC appearances.
Usman lands 54.4 percent of all his significant strike attempts in UFC welterweight competition, the second best rate in divisional history behind Alex Oliveira (55.3 percent).
Usman absorbs just 1.57 significant strikes per minute in UFC welterweight competition, the best rate among active fighters in the weight class.
Alexa Grasso (10-1 MMA, 2-1 UFC) has earned both of her UFC victories by decision.
Tatiana Suarez’s (5-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC) two-fight UFC winning streak in strawweight competition is tied for the second longest active streak in the division behind champ Rose Namajunas (three).
Suarez has outlanded her opponents 87-to-14 in significant strikes in her two UFC appearances.
At the TUF 23 Finale, Suarez earned the first and only D’Arce choke submission in UFC women’s competition.
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Jared Cannonier (10-3 MMA, 3-3 UFC) is 2-2 since he dropped to the UFC light-heavyweight division in December 2016.
Dominick Reyes (8-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC) has earned seven of his eight career victories by first-round stoppage. That includes both of his UFC wins.
Reyes’ 29-second knockout of Joachim Christensen are UFC Fight Night 112 marked the second fastest stoppage by any debuting light-heavyweight in UFC history behind Ryan Jimmo’s seven-second win at UFC 149.
Veronica Macedo (5-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC) returns to competition for the first time since Sept. 3, 2016. The 623-day layoff is the longest of her career.
Chad Laprise (13-2 MMA, 6-2 UFC) is 8-0 in welterweight fights during his career, including 3-0 in the UFC.
Vicente Luque (12-6-1 MMA, 5-2 UFC) has earned 11 of his 12 career victories by stoppage. That includes all five of his UFC wins.
Luque’s five stoppage victories since 2015 in UFC welterweight competition are tied for most in the division.
Luque’s two D’Arce choke victories in UFC competition are tied with Dustin Poirier for second most in company history behind Tony Ferguson (three).
Luque is one of 13 fighters in UFC history to earn a submission victory by anaconda choke. He accomplished the feat at UFC on FOX 17.
Zak Cummings (21-5 MMA, 6-2 UFC) is 5-2 since he dropped to the welterweight division in August 2013.
Michel Prazeres (24-2 MMA, 8-2 UFC) returns to the UFC welterweight division for the first time since May 2013. He missed weight three times at lightweight.
Prazeres is the only fighter in UFC history to earn two north-south choke submissions. He has two of the five such finishes overall in UFC history.
Prazeres has landed 38 takedowns in his 10 UFC appearances. He’s scored at least one takedown against all of his UFC opponents.
Brandon Moreno’s (14-4 MMA, 3-1 UFC) submission of Louis Smolka at 2:23 of the first round at UFC Fight Night 96 marked the fastest victory by a debuting flyweight in UFC history.
Syuri Kondo (6-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) has earned five of her six career victories by decision.
Humberto Bandenay’s (14-4 MMA, 1-0 UFC) 26-second victory at UFC Fight Night 114 was the third fastest debut of any featherweight in UFC history. Only Makwan Amirkhani (eight seconds) and Dooho Choi (18 seconds) had quicker debuts.
Gabriel Benitez (20-6 MMA, 4-2 UFC) has alternated wins and losses over his past five fights. He won his most recent bout at UFC Fight Night 123 in December.
Benitez defends 73.7 percent of all opponent significant strike attempts in UFC featherweight competition, the best rate in divisional history.
Enrique Barzola (14-3-1 MMA, 4-1 UFC) has earned all four of his UFC victories by decision.
Barzola has landed 26 takedowns in his four UFC victories.
Brandon Davis (9-3 MMA, 1-1 UFC) becomes the first fighter to make three UFC appearances in 2018.
Henry Briones’ (16-7-1 MMA, 1-3 UFC) three-fight losing skid is the longest of his career. He hasn’t earned a victory since November 2014.
Frankie Saenz (12-4 MMA, 4-2 UFC) has earned all four of his UFC victories by decision.
Claudio Puelles (7-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC), 22, is the youngest of the 26 fighters scheduled to compete at the event.
Puelles returns to competition for the first time since Nov. 5, 2016. The 560-day layoff is the longest of his nearly five-year career.
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