UFC Hamburg pre-event facts: Can 'Shogun' Rua extend best streak in 11 years?

The UFC makes its sixth stop in Germany on Sunday with UFC Fight Night 134, which takes place at Barclaycard Arena in Hamburg and airs on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

In the main event, former UFC light heavyweight champion Mauricio Rua (25-10 MMA, 9-8 UFC) will attempt to extend his divisional-best winning streak when he takes on Anthony Smith (28-14 MMA, 5-3 UFC), who fights his second consecutive ex-titleholder.

Despite a bevy of changes to the card, there are still 13 fights scheduled, including six octagon newcomers. For more on the numbers, check below for 55 pre-event facts about UFC Fight Night 134.

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Main event

Rua competes in his ninth UFC headliner. He’s 2-6 in his previous main-event appearances.

Rua competes in his 18th UFC light heavyweight bout, tied for the fifth most appearances in divisional history behind Ryan Bader (20), Rashad Evans (20), Tito Ortiz (19) and Chuck Liddell (19).

Rua’s three-fight winning streak in UFC light-heavyweight competition is tied with Jan Blachowicz, Jordon Johnson and Dominick Reyes for the longest active streak in the division.

Rua’s three-fight winning streak is the longest of his nearly 11-year UFC career.

Rua’s 21 victories in UFC/PRIDE light-heavyweight competition are the most in combined divisional history.

Rua’s 17 stoppage victories in UFC/PRIDE/WEC/Strikeforce competition are fourth most in combined organizational history behind Mirko Filipovic (21), Wanderlei Silva (20) and Donald Cerrone (18).

Rua’s 16 knockout victories in UFC/PRIDE light-heavyweight competition are the most in combined divisional history.

Rua’s seven knockout victories in UFC light-heavyweight competition are second most in divisional history behind Liddell (nine).

Rua is the only light heavyweight in UFC history to earn his first six victories with the organization by knockout.

Rua’s 13 knockdowns landed in UFC light-heavyweight competition are second most in divisional history behind Liddell (14).

Rua’s seven fight-night bonuses for UFC light-heavyweight fights are second most in divisional history behind Jones (eight).

Smith makes his second UFC appearance in a 43-day stretch. He defeated Evans at UFC 225 in June.

Smith was successful in his light heavyweight debut when he defeated Evans by knockout in 53 seconds at UFC 225.

Smith is 5-2 since he returned to the UFC for a second stint in February 2016.

Smith is 12-3 since he was released from the UFC in June 2013.

Smith has earned 26 of his 29 career victories by stoppage. Oppositely, he’s suffered 12 of his 13 career losses by stoppage.

Co-main event

Glover Teixeira’s (27-6 MMA, 10-4 UFC) 10 victories since 2012 in UFC light-heavyweight competition are most in the division.

Teixeira’s eight stoppage victories in UFC light-heavyweight competition are fourth most in divisional history behind Jones (nine), Liddell (nine) and Ovince Saint Preux (nine).

Teixeira’s three submission victories in UFC light-heavyweight competition are tied for fourth most in divisional history behind Jones (five), Saint Preux (four) and Renato Sobral (four).

Teixeira completes 52.6 percent of his takedown attempts in UFC light-heavyweight competition, the third highest rate in divisional history behind Lyoto Machida (65 percent) and Corey Anderson (55.6 percent).

Teixeira has landed 87 percent of his significant strikes in UFC light-heavyweight competition to his opponent’s head, the largest proportion in divisional history.

Corey Anderson (10-3 MMA, 7-3 UFC) has earned five of his seven UFC victories by decision.

Anderson lands 4.71 significant strikes per minute in UFC light-heavyweight competition, the highest rate among active fighters in the weight class.

Anderson’s 61-second knockout of Matt Van Buren at the TUF 19 Finale stands as the fastest finish in a “TUF” tournament final.

Anderson has landed 45 takedowns in UFC lightweight competition, the third most in divisional history behind Evans (50) and Bader (46).

Anderson lands 55.6 of his takedown attempts in UFC light-heavyweight competition, the second best rate in divisional history behind Machida (65 percent).

Anderson lands 5.3 takedowns per 15 minutes of fighting in UFC light heavyweight competition, the highest rate in divisional history.

Anderson’s 12 takedowns landed against Patrick Cummins at UFC Fight Night 128 are the single-fight record for a UFC light-heavyweight bout.

Anderson’s 12 takedowns landed vs. Cummins at UFC Fight Night 128 are fifth most in a single UFC fight.

Remaining main card

Vitor Miranda (12-6 MMA, 3-3 UFC), 39, is the oldest of the 26 fighters scheduled to compete at the event.

Vitor Miranda

Miranda has earned 11 of his 12 career victories by stoppage. All three of his UFC wins are by knockout.

Abu Azaitar (13-1-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) makes his UFC debut on a nine-fight unbeaten streak. He hasn’t suffered a defeat since September 2012.

Marcin Tybura (16-4 MMA, 3-3 UFC) has earned 13 of his 16 career victories by stoppage.

Tybura’s average fight time of 14:35 in UFC heavyweight competition is the longest among active fighters in the weight class.

Tybura and Fabricio Werdum combined for 282 significant strikes landed at UFC Fight Night 121, the single-fight record for a UFC heavyweight bout.

Stefan Struve (28-10 MMA, 12-8 UFC) competes in his 21st UFC heavyweight bout, the fourth most appearances in divisional history behind Frank Mir (27), Andrei Arlovski (26) and Gabriel Gonzaga (22).

Struve’s 12 victories in UFC heavyweight competition are tied for fourth most in divisional history behind Mir (16), Arlovski (16) and Junior Dos Santos (13).

Struve’s 10 stoppage victories in UFC heavyweight competition are tied for fourth most in divisional history behind Mir (13), Arlovski (11) and Gonzaga (11).

Struve’s five submission victories in UFC heavyweight competition are the second most in divisional history behind Mir (eight).

Stefan Struve

Struve’s 20 submission attempts in UFC heavyweight competition are the second most in divisional history behind Mir (21).

Struve’s 16-second knockout of “Bigfoot” Silva at UFC Fight Night 87 is the third fastest knockout in UFC heavyweight history.

Struve’s seven fight-night bonuses for UFC heavyweight fights are tied for second most in divisional history behind Stipe Miocic (eight).

Nasrat Haqparast (8-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC), 22, is the youngest of the 26 fighters scheduled to compete at the event.

Haqparast has earned all eight of his career victories by knockout. He’s earned six of his wins in Round 1.

Marc Diakiese (12-2 MMA, 3-2 UFC) has suffered back-to-back losses after starting his career on a 12-fight winning streak.

Danny Roberts (15-3 MMA, 4-2 UFC) has earned 12 of his 15 career victories by stoppage. That includes three of his four UFC wins.

Preliminary card

Nick Hein (14-3 MMA, 4-2 UFC) has earned eight of his past nine victories by decision, including all four of his UFC wins. He hasn’t earned a stoppage since September 2013.

Damir Hadzovic (11-4 MMA, 1-2 UFC) has alternated wins and losses over his past four fights. He was defeated in his most recent bout at UFC Fight Night 125.

Bartosz Fabinski (13-2 MMA, 2-0 UFC) returns to competition for the first time since Nov. 21, 2015. The 974-day layoff is the longest of his nearly seven-year career.

Fabinski has landed 16 takedowns in his two UFC appearances.

Justin Ledet (9-0 MMA, 3-0 UFC) drops to the UFC light heavyweight division after spending the entirety of his career at heavyweight.

Justin Ledet

Ledet is 4-0 (with one no-contest) since he returned to MMA competition after a nearly four-year layoff.

Ledet’s 113 significant strikes landed against Chase Sherman at UFC Fight Night 92 are tied for the second most by any debuting UFC heavyweight behind Tim Sylvia’s 138 at UFC 39.

Aleksandar Rakic (9-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC) enters the event on a nine-fight winning streak. He hasn’t suffered a defeat since his MMA debut in October 2011.

Davey Grant (9-3 MMA, 1-2 UFC) competes for just the third time since 2013.

Manny Bermudez (11-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) has earned nine of his 11 career victories by stoppage. Eight of those wins have come by submission.

Jeremy Kimball (15-7 MMA, 1-2 UFC) has suffered all seven of his career losses by stoppage. Six of those defeats are by submission.

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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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