UFC Fight Night 136 pre-event facts: Hunt, Oleinik clash of 40-something finishers

The UFC makes its debut in Russia on Saturday with UFC Fight Night 136, which takes place at Olympic Stadium in Moscow. The entire event streams on UFC Fight Pass.

Heavyweights will take center stage in the main event. Knockout artist Mark Hunt (13-12-1 MMA, 8-6-1 UFC) will return to the octagon to collide with submission specialist Aleksei Oleinik (56-11-1 MMA, 5-2 UFC) in the first headlining contest on Russian soil.

The remainder of the card is filled with both local competitors and foreigners coming into enemy territory. For more on the numbers, check below for 55 pre-event facts about UFC Fight Night 136.

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Main event

Mark Hunt

Hunt, 44, is the oldest active fighter on the UFC roster.

Hunt has earned all 10 of his career stoppage victories by knockout. That includes seven of his eight wins under the UFC banner.

Hunt’s nine knockdowns landed in UFC heavyweight competition are tied for fourth most in divisional history behind Junior Dos Santos (12), Andrei Arlovski (10) and Cain Velasquez (10).

Hunt’s seven fight-night bonuses for UFC heavyweight bouts are tied with Travis Browne and Stefan Struve for second most in divisional history behind Stipe Miocic (eight).

Hunt has suffered 11 of his 12 career losses by stoppage.

Oleinik, 41, and Hunt, 44, combine for the third oldest combined age in a UFC bout behind Randy Couture vs. Mark Coleman at UFC 109 and Couture vs. James Toney at UFC 118.

Oleinik has earned 52 of his 56 career victories by stoppage. That includes all five of his UFC wins.

Oleinik has earned his past 15 victories by stoppage. He has earned 10 of those victories in the first round.

Oleinik’s four submission victories in UFC heavyweight competition are tied for third most in divisional history behind Frank Mir (eight) and Struve (five).

Oleinik has earned both of the Ezekiel-choke submission victories in UFC history. He accomplished the feat at UFC 224 and UFC Fight Night 103.

Oleinik attempts 2.6 submissions per 15 minutes of fighting in UFC heavyweight competition, the highest rate in divisional history.

Co-main event

Jan Blachowicz’s (22-8 MMA, 5-4 UFC) three-fight UFC winning streak in light heavyweight competition is tied with Dominick Reyes for the longest active streak in the division.

Blachowicz is one of two light heavyweights in UFC history to earn a knockout stemming from a body kick. He accomplished the feat against Ilir Latifi at UFC Fight Night 53.

Blachowicz lands 52.2 percent of his takedown attempts in UFC light-heavyweight competition, the highest rate among active fighters in the weight class.

Nikita Krylov

Nikita Krylov (24-5 MMA, 6-3 UFC) returns to the UFC for a second stint. He’s 4-0 since his previous octagon appearance in December 2016.

Krylov is 9-2 since he dropped to the light heavyweight division in July 2014.

Krylov has earned all 24 of his career victories by stoppage. He’s finished 20 of those wins in Round 1.

Krylov lands 7.33 significant strikes per minute in UFC light heavyweight competition, the highest rate in divisional history.

All 29 of Krylov’s career bouts have ended in a stoppage.

Remaining main card

Andrei Arlovski (27-16 MMA, 16-10 UFC) competes in his 27th UFC heavyweight bout, tied with Frank Mir for the most appearances in divisional history.

Arlovski is 6-6 since he returned to the UFC for a second stint in June 2014.

Arlovski’s total fight time of 3:33:13 in UFC heavyweight competition is the most in divisional history.

Arlovski’s 16 victories in UFC heavyweight competition are tied with Mir for most in divisional history.

Arlovski’s 11 stoppage victories in UFC heavyweight competition are tied with Gabriel Gonzaga for second most in divisional history behind Mir (13).

Arlovski’s nine knockout victories in UFC heavyweight competition are tied with Derrick Lewis for second most in divisional history behind Cain Velasquez (10).

Arlovski’s 10 knockdowns landed in UFC heavyweight competition are tied with Velasquez for second most in divisional history behind Dos Santos (12).

Arlovski’s eight knockout losses in UFC/WEC/PRIDE/Strikeforce competition are tied with Mir, Gonzaga and Antonio Silva for second most in combined organizational history behind Alistair Overeem (11).

Arlovski defends 82.8 percent of all opponent takedown attempts in UFC heavyweight competition, the highest rate in divisional history.

Alexey Kunchenko’s (18-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) 18-fight MMA winning streak is the longest among active UFC welterweights.

Thiago Alves

Thiago Alves (22-12 MMA, 14-9 UFC) competes in his 23rd UFC welterweight bout, tied for the third most appearances in divisional history behind Josh Koscheck (24) and Matt Brown (24).

Alves is 1-3 in his past four fights dating back to May 2015.

Alves’ 14 victories in UFC welterweight competition are tied for third most in divisional history behind Georges St-Pierre (19) and Matt Hughes (16).

Alves’ nine stoppage victories in UFC welterweight competition are third most in divisional history behind Brown (12) and Hughes (12).

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 307 leg kicks in UFC competition, the third most in company history behind Joanna Jedrzejczyk (332) and Donald Cerrone (327).

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.

Preliminary card

Jin Soon Son (9-2 MMA, 0-0 UFC), 25, is the youngest of the 24 fighters scheduled to compete at the event.

Rustam Khabilov

Rustam Khabilov (22-3 MMA, 8-2 UFC) returns to competition for the first time since Sept. 2, 2017. The 378-day layoff is the longest of his more than 11-year career.

Khabilov’s five-fight UFC winning streak in lightweight competition is tied for the third longest active streak in the division behind Tony Ferguson (10) and Khabib Nurmagomedov (nine).

Khabilov has earned six of his eight UFC victories by decision.

Khabilov is one of 10 fighters in UFC history to earn a knockout victory stemming from a slam. He accomplished the feat at The Ultimate Fighter 16 Finale.

Kajan Johnson (23-12-1 MMA, 4-2 UFC) competes in his second UFC bout in a 49-day stretch. He lost at UFC on FOX 30 on July 28.

Desmond Green (21-7 MMA, 2-2 UFC) has earned 15 of his 21 career victories by decision. That includes both of his UFC wins.

Mairbek Taisumov

Mairbek Taisumov’s (26-5 MMA, 6-1 UFC) five-fight UFC winning streak in lightweight competition is tied for the third longest active streak in the division behind Ferguson (10) and Nurmagomedov (nine).

Taisumov has earned 24 of his 26 career victories by stoppage. That includes five of his six wins under the UFC banner.

Taisumov is the only lightweight in UFC history to earn five consecutive knockout victories.

Taisumov’s five-fight UFC knockout streak is tied for second longest in UFC history behind Chuck Liddell (seven).

Taisumov’s five-fight UFC stoppage streak is second longest among active fighters in the organization behind Brian Ortega (six).

Taisumov’s five knockout victories in UFC lightweight competition are tied for fifth most in divisional history behind Melvin Guillard (seven), B.J. Penn (six), Edson Barboza (six) and Dustin Poirier (six).

Jordan Johnson

Jordan Johnson (9-0 MMA, 3-0 UFC) drops to the middleweight division for the first time in his career. He began his career at heavyweight and went 8-0 at light heavyweight.

Ramazan Emeev (17-3 MMA, 2-0 UFC) is 14-1 in his past 15 fights. He hasn’t suffered a loss since September 2014.

Merab Dvalishvili’s (7-4 MMA, 0-2 UFC) 11 takedowns landed at UFC Fight Night 123 are tied for the single-fight UFC/WEC bantamweight record.

Dvalishvili’s 11 takedowns landed are tied for the single-fight UFC record for most in a loss.

Terrion Ware’s (17-8 MMA, 0-3 UFC) three-fight losing skid is the longest of his career. He hasn’t earned a victory since April 2017.

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

Source: USA Today – MMA Junkie

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