UFC on ESPN+ 5 pre-event facts: Jorge Masvidal out to end career-long winless drought

The UFC makes its annual stop in London on Saturday with UFC on ESPN+ 5, which takes place at The O2 and streams entirely on ESPN+.

The top of the card will put heavy focus on the welterweight division. In the main event, Darren Till (17-1-1 MMA, 5-1-1 UFC) looks to rebound from his first career loss and a title-fight defeat in his previous outing when he meets the always game Jorge Masvidal (32-13 MMA, 9-6 UFC) in a key fight for the divisional pecking order.

The promotion’s 11th stop in London has more to offer than that, though. To go behind the numbers of UFC on ESPN+ 5, check below for 35 pre-event facts about the card.

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Main event

Till competes in his fourth consecutive UFC headliner. He’s 2-1 in his previous main event appearances.

Till enters the event following the first defeat of his MMA career.

Till has outlanded his opponent in all of his UFC victories.

Till became the fourth fighter in UFC history to land zero significant strikes in a championship bout when he lost to Tyron Woodley at UFC 228. His 9:19 of cage time is the most of any fighter in the group. The previous high was 3:45.

Till defends 86.4 percent of all opponent takedown attempts in UFC welterweight competition, the second best rate among active fighters in the weight class behind Tyron Woodley (93.7 percent).

Jorge Masvidal

Masvidal returns to competition for the first time since Nov. 4, 2017. The 497-day layoff is the longest of his nearly 16-year career.

Masvidal’s two-fight skid is tied for the longest of his career. He hasn’t earned a victory since January 2017

Masvidal is 4-4 since he returned to the welterweight division in July 2015.

Masvidal is one of five fighters in UFC history to finish a bout by submission at the 4:59 mark of Round 2. He accomplished the feat at UFC on FOX 8.

Masvidal has suffered 10 of his 13 career losses by decision. That includes all five of his UFC defeats.

Co-main event

Leon Edwards’ (16-3 MMA, 8-3 UFC) six-fight UFC winning streak in welterweight competition is tied for the fourth longest active streak in the division behind Kamaru Usman (10), Santiago Ponzinibbio (seven) and Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos (seven).

Edwards’ eight-second knockout of Seth Baczynski at UFC Fight Night 64 is the second fastest in UFC welterweight history. Duane Ludwig holds the record with his six-second finish of Jonathan Goulet at UFC Fight Night 3 in January 2006.

Edwards’ victory at 4:59 of Round 3 at UFC Fight Night 127 is the second latest knockout in a three-fight UFC fight behind Ricky Simon’s victory over Merab Dvalishvili at 5:00 of Round 3 at UFC Fight Night 129.

Gunnar Nelson (17-3-1 MMA, 8-3 UFC) has earned 16 of his 17 career victories by stoppage.

Nelson has earned seven of his eight UFC victories by submission.

Nelson’s six submission victories in UFC welterweight competition are tied with Chris Lytle for most in divisional history.

Nelson has completed at least one takedown in nine of his 11 UFC appearances.

Remaining main card

Volkan Oezdemir’s (15-3 MMA, 3-2 UFC) two-fight skid is the longest of his career. He hasn’t earned a victory since July 2017.

Oezdemir is one of six modern-era fighters to earn back-to-back knockouts in less than one minute each. Francis Ngannou, Johnny Walker, Mike Swick, Caio Magalhaes and Ilir Latifi also accomplished the feat.

Oezdemir lands 5.69 significant strikes per minute in UFC light heavyweight competition, the second highest output rate in divisional history behind Nikita Krylov (5.89).

Dominick Reyes’ (10-0 MMA, 4-0 UFC) four-fight UFC winning streak in light heavyweight competition is the longest active streak in the division.

Reyes has earned eight of his 10 career victories by first-round stoppage. That includes three of his four 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.

Jose Quinonez (7-2 MMA, 4-1 UFC) returns to competition for the first time since February 2018. He hasn’t competed more than once in a calendar year since 2013.

Quinonez’s four-fight UFC winning streak in bantamweight competition is tied for the longest active streak in the division.

Claudio Silva (12-1 MMA, 3-0 UFC), 36, is the oldest of the 26 fighters scheduled to compete at the event.

Silva competes for just the second time since November 2014.

Silva enters the event on a 12-fight winning streak. He hasn’t suffered a defeat since his MMA debut in November 2007.

John Phillips (21-8 MMA, 0-2 UFC) has had 29 of his 30 career fights end in a stoppage.

Preliminary card

Arnold Allen’s (13-1 MMA, 4-0 UFC) four-fight UFC winning streak in featherweight competition is tied for the third longest active streak in the division behind Max Holloway (12) and Zabit Magomedsharipov (five).

Jordan Rinaldi (13-7 MMA, 2-2 UFC) was successful in his UFC featherweight debut at UFC 230 in November. He’s 3-3 in his career when competing at 145 pounds.

Rinaldi is one of three fighters in UFC history to earn a Von Flue choke submission. Ovince Saint Preux and Jason Von Flue also accomplished the feat.

Marc Diakiese (12-3 MMA, 3-3 UFC) has suffered three consecutive losses after starting his career on a 12-fight winning streak. He hasn’t earned a victory since March 2017.

Joseph Duffy (16-3 MMA, 4-2 UFC) has earned 14 of his 16 career victories by stoppage. He’s finished 13 opponents in the first round and eight in less than two minutes each.

Duffy’s 25-second submission of Mitch Clarke at UFC Fight Night 90 is the fourth fastest submission finish in UFC lightweight history.

Nico Negumereanu (9-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC), 24, is the youngest of the 26 fighters scheduled to compete at the event.

Tom Breese (11-1 MMA, 4-1 UFC) was successful in his UFC middleweight debut at UFC Fight Night 130 in May.

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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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