UFC on ESPN+ 13 pre-event facts: Urijah Faber returns – and still owns records

The UFC is back in California on Saturday with UFC on ESPN+ 13, which takes place at Golden1 Center in Sacramento and streams entirely on ESPN+.

A potential title eliminator in the women’s bantamweight division serves as the main event. Former UFC champion Germaine de Randamie (8-3 MMA, 5-1 UFC) attempts to move closer to another crack at UFC gold when she takes on Aspen Ladd (8-0 MMA, 3-0 UFC), who brings hype and an undefeated record into her biggest fight to date.

The card also includes the return of a UFC Hall of Famer. For more on the numbers behind the UFC’s return to Sacramento after more than two years, check below for 60 pre-event facts about UFC on ESPN+ 13.

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Main event

De Randamie competes for the first time in 2019. She hasn’t fought more than once in a calendar year since 2013.

De Randamie was successful in her return to the UFC women’s bantamweight division at UFC Fight Night 139 in November.

De Randamie was the inaugural UFC women’s featherweight champion. She accomplished the feat at UFC 208 in February 2017.

De Randamie is one of six European-born champions in UFC history. Andrei Arlovski, Michael Bisping, Joanna Jedrzejczyk, Conor McGregor and Bas Rutten also accomplished the feat.

De Randamie’s three-fight UFC winning streak in women’s bantamweight competition is the third longest active streak in the division behind Amanda Nunes (eight) and Ketlen Vieira (four).

De Randamie defends 88 percent of all opponent takedown attempts in UFC women’s bantamweight competition, the second best rate in divisional history behind Irene Aldana (95.8 percent).

Ladd competes in her first UFC headliner.

Ladd’s three-fight UFC winning streak in women’s bantamweight competition, which is tied for the third-longest active streak in the division behind Nunes (eight) and Vieira (four).

Ladd has earned six of her eight career victories by stoppage.

Ladd’s two knockout victories in UFC women’s bantamweight competition are tied for third most in divisional history behind Nunes (six) and Ronda Rousey (three).

Co-main event

Urijah Faber (34-10 MMA, 10-6 UFC), 40, is the oldest of the 24 fighters scheduled to compete at the event.

Faber returns from retirement after 938 days. He hasn’t competed since December 2016, which is the longest layoff of his career.

Faber is the only fighter in UFC history to go 0-4 in title fights.

Faber competes in his 16th UFC bantamweight bout, the most appearances in divisional history.

Faber’s total fight time of 3:29:04 in UFC bantamweight competition is the most in divisional history.

Faber’s 10 victories in UFC bantamweight competition are the third most in divisional history behind T.J. Dillashaw (12) and Raphael Assuncao (11).

Faber’s 11 victories in UFC/WEC bantamweight competition are tied for third most in combined divisional history behind Dillashaw (12) and Dominick Cruz (12).

Faber’s six stoppage victories in UFC bantamweight competition are tied for second most in divisional history behind Dillashaw (eight).

Faber’s 12 submission victories in UFC/WEC/Strikeforce/PRIDE competition are tied for third most in the combined history of the four organizations behind Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira (13) and Charles Oliveira (13).

Faber’s six submission victories in UFC bantamweight competition are the most in divisional history.

Faber’s seven submissions in UFC/WEC bantamweight competition are second most in combined divisional history behind Rani Yahya (eight).

Faber’s 26 takedowns landed in UFC bantamweight competition are the second most in divisional history behind Merab Dvalishvili (27).

Ricky Simon’s (15-1 MMA, 3-0 UFC) victory at the 5:00 mark of Round 3 at UFC Fight Night 128 is the latest stoppage in a three-round UFC fight.

Remaining main card

Josh Emmett (14-2 MMA, 5-2 UFC) is 3-1 since he dropped to the UFC featherweight division in October 2017.

Emmett has landed seven knockdowns in his past four fights.

Emmett’s seven knockdowns landed in UFC featherweight competition are tied for fourth most in divisional history behind Jeremy Stephens (11), Max Holloway (eight) and Chad Mendes (eight).

Emmett’s four knockdowns of Felipe Arantes at UFC Fight Night 118 are tied for third most in a UFC fight. Only Stephens (five) at UFC 215 and Forrest Petz (five) at UFC Fight Night 6 have scored more knockdowns in a fight.

Emmett is the only fighter in UFC history to land four knockdowns in a single round. He accomplished the feat against Arantes at UFC Fight Night 118.

Mirsad Bektic (13-1 MMA, 5-1 UFC) absorbs 1.42 significant strikes per minute in UFC featherweight competition, the second-best rate in divisional history behind Rani Yahya (1.05).

Bektic completes 53.1 of his takedown attempts in UFC featherweight competition, the second highest rate among active fighters in the weight class behind Zabit Magomedsharipov (59.1 percent).

Bektic has completed at least two takedowns against five of his six UFC opponents.

Karl Roberson (7-2 MMA, 2-2 UFC) returns to the middleweight division after a one-fight stint at light heavyweight where he lost to Glover Teixeira at UFC on ESPN+ 1.

Wellington Turman (15-2 MMA, 0-0 UFC), 22, is the youngest of the 24 fighters scheduled to compete at the event.

Marvin Vettori (12-4 MMA, 2-2-1 UFC) returns to competition for the first time since Apr. 14, 2018. The 455-day layoff is the longest of his nearly seven-year career.

Vettori defends 64.8 percent of all opponent significant strike attempts in UFC middleweight competition, the second highest rate among active fighters in the weight class behind Israel Adesanya (65.7 percent).

Cezar Ferreira (13-7 MMA, 9-5 UFC) is 5-2 since he returned to the UFC middleweight division in April 2016.

Ferreira completes 61.4 percent of his takedown attempts in UFC middleweight competition, the highest rate in divisional history.

Ferreira defends 90.9 percent of all opponent takedown attempts in UFC middleweight competition, the highest rate in divisional history.

Preliminary card

Mike Rodriguez (10-3 MMA, 1-1 UFC) has earned all 10 of his career victories by stoppage.

Julianna Pena (8-3 MMA, 4-1 UFC) returns to competition for the first time since Jan. 28, 2017. The 896-day layoff is the longest of her more than 10-year career.

Pena’s two knockout victories in UFC women’s bantamweight competition are tied for third most in divisional history behind Nunes (eight) and Rousey (three).

Pena is one of 13 fighters in UFC history to earn a knockout victory at the 4:59 mark of Round 1. She accomplished the feat against Jessica Rakoczy at The Ultimate Fighter 18 Finale.

Nicco Montano (4-2 MMA, 1-0 UFC) returns to competition for the first time since Dec. 1, 2017. The 589-day layoff is the longest of her nearly four-year career.

Montano became the inaugural UFC women’s flyweight champion when she defeated Roxanne Modafferi at The Ultimate Fighter 26 Finale in December.

Montano became UFC champion just 742 days after her professional debut.

Montano moves up to the UFC women’s bantamweight division after making her promotion debut at flyweight.

Montano is 6-1 in her past seven exhibition and pro bouts.

Darren Elkins (24-7 MMA, 14-6 UFC) competes in his 19th UFC featherweight bout, the most appearances in divisional history.

Elkins’ total fight time of 3:54:04 in UFC featherweight competition is most in divisional history.

Elkins’ 13 UFC featherweight victories are second most in divisional history behind Holloway (15).

Elkins has landed 1,739 total strikes in UFC featherweight competition, the most in divisional history.

Elkins’ 40 takedowns landed in UFC featherweight competition are second most in divisional history behind Dennis Bermudez (46).

Elkins’ 21 submission attempts in UFC featherweight competition are the most in divisional history.

Elkins was victorious against Bektic at UFC 209 despite a -74 total strike differential (146 to 72), the sixth-largest deficit for a winner by stoppage in UFC history.

Ryan Hall (7-1 MMA, 3-0 UFC) drops to the UFC featherweight division after spending his previous promotional appearances at lightweight.

Hall absorbs just 0.52 significant strikes per minute after three UFC appearances.

Brianna Van Buren (8-2 MMA, 0-0 UFC) competes in her fourth fight of 2019.

For more on UFC on ESPN+ 13, check out the UFC Schedule.

UFC 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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