UFC 218 post-event facts: Max Holloway and Francis Ngannou doing record-setting stuff

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“The Blessed Era” continued in a big way on Saturday when UFC featherweight champon Max Holloway further added to his ridiculous resume with another victory over Jose Aldo in UFC 218[s pay-per-view headliner.

Holloway (19-3 MMA, 15-3 UFC) defended his 145-pound title for the first time with a third-round TKO of Aldo (26-4 MMA, 8-3 UFC) at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit.

“Blessed” wasn’t the only one to put himself in the record books, though. For more on the numbers to come out of the UFC’s penultimate pay-per-view of the year, check below for 60 post-event facts from UFC 218.

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General

Little Caesars Arena

The UFC-Reebok Athlete Outfitting payout for the event totaled $185,000.

Eddie Alvarez, Justin Gaethje, Yancy Medeiros and Alex Oliveira earned $50,000 UFC 218 fight-night bonuses. All earned “Fight of the Night” bonuses (“Performance of the Night” awards weren’t issued).

Debuting fighters went 0-1 on the card.

UFC 218 drew an announced attendance of 17,587 for a live gate of $2 million.

Betting favorites went 10-3 on the card.

Total fight time for the 13-bout card was 2:11:47.

Main card

Max Holloway

Holloway extended his career-high winning streak to 12 fights. He hasn’t suffered a defeat since August 2013.

Holloway, 25, became the youngest fighter in UFC history to earn 15 victories with the organization.

Holloway became the fifth fighter in UFC history to tally a 12-fight winning streak.

Holloway’s 12-fight winning streak in UFC competition is fifth longest in company history behind Anderson Silva (16), Jon Jones (13), Demetrious Johnson (13) and Georges St-Pierre (13).

Holloway’s 11-fight winning streak in UFC competition is third longest among active fighters in the company behind Johnson (13) and St-Pierre (13).

Holloway’s 11-fight UFC winning streak in featherweight competition is the longest active streak in the division.

Max Holloway

Holloway’s 14 victories in UFC featherweight competition are the most in divisional history.

Holloway’s nine stoppage victories in UFC featherweight competition are the most in divisional history.

Holloway’s seven knockout victories in UFC featherweight competition are most in divisional history.

Holloway became the first fighter in UFC history to land 100 or more significant strikes in six separate fights.

Aldo fell to 1-3 in his past four fights after going undefeated for more than a decade.

Aldo has suffered all three of his career losses by stoppage. That includes three knockout losses in UFC competition.

Francis Ngannou

Francis Ngannou’s (11-1 MMA, 6-0 UFC) six-fight winning streak in UFC heavyweight competition is the longest active streak in the division.

Ngannou’s six-fight stoppage streak in UFC competition is the longest among active fighters.

Ngannou became the fourth modern-era UFC fighter to begin his career with the organization with six consecutive stoppages. Silva, Rich Franklin and Ronda Rousey also accomplished the feat.

Ngannou has earned all 11 of his career victories by stoppage.

Ngannou has earned five of his six UFC victories by knockout.

Alistair Overeem

Alistair Overeem (43-15 MMA, 8-5 UFC) fell to 7-2 in his past nine UFC appearances dating back to December 2014.

Overeem’s 11 knockout losses in MMA competition are the most of any active member on the UFC roster.

Henry Cejudo (12-2 MMA, 6-2 UFC) has earned five of his six UFC victories by decision.

Sergio Pettis (16-3 MMA, 7-3 UFC) fell to 4-2 since he dropped to the UFC flyweight division in March 2015.

Pettis suffered the first decision loss of his career.

Eddie Alvarez

Alvarez (29-5 MMA, 4-2 UFC) improved to 1-1 (with one no-contest) in his past three fights.

Alvarez has earned 23 of his 29 career victories by stoppage.

Alvarez and Gaethje (18-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC) combined for 227 significant strikes landed, the fourth highest single-fight total in UFC lightweight history.

Gaethje had his 18-fight winning streak snapped for the first defeat of his career.

Tecia Torres’ (10-1 MMA, 6-1 UFC) six victories in UFC strawweight competition are second most in divisional history behind Joanna Jedrzejczyk (eight).

Torres has earned nine of her 10 career victories by decision.

Michelle Waterson (14-6 MMA, 2-2 UFC) suffered her first decision loss since June 30, 2007 – a span of 3,808 days (more than 10 years) and 18 fights.

Preliminary card

Paul Felder

Paul Felder (15-3 MMA, 7-3 UFC) has earned five of his seven UFC victories by stoppage.

Charles Oliveira (22-8 MMA, 10-8 UFC) fell to 1-1 since he returned to the UFC lightweight division in April 2017. He’s 3-4 in the organization at 155 pounds.

Charles Oliveira fell to 2-4 in his past six fights.

Charles Oliveira has suffered four of his seven career losses by knockout.

Yancy Medeiros vs. Alex Oliveira

Medeiros (15-4 MMA, 6-4 UFC) improved to 3-0 since he moved up to the UFC welterweight division in September 2016.

Medeiros has earned all three of his UFC welterweight victories by stoppage.

Medeiros vs. Alex Oliveira (17-4-1 MMA, 7-3 UFC) was the first fight in UFC history to feature two knockdowns for each fighter.

Alex Oliveira (17-4-1 MMA, 7-3 UFC) fell to 5-2 (with one no-contest) in UFC welterweight competition.

Alex Oliveira suffered the first knockout loss of his career.

Drakkar Klose (8-1-1 MMA, 2-1 UFC) had his nine-fight unbeaten streak snapped for the first defeat of his career.

Felice Herrig

Felice Herrig’s (14-6 MMA, 5-1 UFC) five victories in UFC strawweight competition are tied with champ Rose Namajunas for third most in divisional history behind Jedrzejczyk (eight) and Torres (six).

Herrig’s four-fight UFC winning streak in strawweight competition is the longest active streak in the division.

Herrig has earned nine of her 14 career victories by decision.

Cortney Casey (7-5 MMA, 3-4 UFC) has suffered all four of her UFC losses by decision.

Amanda Cooper

Amanda Cooper (3-3 MMA, 2-2 UFC) earned the first knockout victory of her career.

Angela Magana (11-9 MMA, 0-3 UFC) suffered her fifth consecutive loss to extend the longest skid of her career. She hasn’t earned a victory since August 2011.

Magana suffered the first knockout loss of her career.

Abdul Razak Alhassan (8-1 MMA, 2-1 UFC) has earned all his career victories by first-round knockout.

Sabah Homasi (11-7 MMA, 0-2 UFC) has suffered five of his six career losses by stoppage.

Dominick Reyes

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.

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

Kimball has suffered six of his seven career losses by submission.

Justin Willis (6-1 MMA, 2-0 UFC) has earned all of his career stoppage victories by knockout.

Allen Crowder (9-3 MMA, 0-1 UFC) has suffered all three of his career losses by knockout.

For complete coverage of UFC 218, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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

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Abdul Razak Alhassan won't criticize Herb Dean's UFC 218 stoppage, ready to rematch Sabah Homasi

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DETROIT – Abdul Razak Alhassan is down to run it back with Sabah Homasi following his controversial first-round TKO win at UFC 218.

And not long after he said he’d like another shot at Homasi, UFC President Dana White said he’d get one and that it already had been booked.

Referee Herb Dean erred in the welterweight fight on Saturday, which took place on the FS1-televised portion of the UFC 218 prelims at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit. The main card aired on pay-per-view. Alhassan (8-1 MMA, 2-1 UFC) grazed Homasi (11-7 MMA, 0-2 UFC) with a weird shot that forced him down to knee, and that’s when the referee jumped in.

Alhassan refused to criticize Dean’s decision to intervene in the fight, and also said he understands why he stepped in from his given position.

“I would never say the referee did a bad job,” Alhassan said after the fight. “The referee is there to make sure we’re safe and we don’t hurt each other or put somebody in a position that’s going to put them in the hospital. But the position I was in, I’m sure he thought he was in danger. The way he dropped, he dropped really quick. When he dropped he kind of held my leg so I knew he was still in there a little bit. I won’t blame the referee for stopping it early.”

Alhassan attempted to keep in high spirits following the fight, but he admits the anticlimactic and controversial ended took some of the luster away.

“It takes a little bit away, but a win is a win,” Alhassan said. “I wouldn’t mind fighting him again just to make sure I put him away next time.”

Alhassan said he wasn’t told anything definitive from the UFC brass in terms of a rematch with Homasi, but given how the fight ended, he believes that’s what’s going to be next in his career.

“Right now it kind of looks like I’m going to have to give him a rematch,” Alhassan said. “I don’t mind. If it’s the rematch, I’ll give him the rematch.”

For complete coverage of UFC 218, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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UFC 218 Athlete Outfitting pay: Program total passes $16 million mark

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DETROIT – Fighters from Saturday’s UFC 218 event took home UFC Athlete Outfitting pay, a program that launched after the UFC’s deal with Reebok, totaling $185,000.

UFC 218 took place at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit, and the main card aired on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

Leading the way was UFC featherweight champion Max Holloway (19-3 MMA, 15-3 UFC), who earned a maximum program payout of $40,000 as a titleholder. “Blessed” defended his belt against Jose Aldo (26-4 MMA, 9-3 UFC) by third-round TKO in the event headliner.

The full UFC 218 UFC Athlete Outfitting payouts included:

Max Holloway: $40,000
Jose Aldo: $30,000

Alistair Overeem: $10,000
Francis Ngannou: $5,000

Henry Cejudo: $5,000
Sergio Pettis: $5,000

Eddie Alvarez: $5,000
Justin Gaethje: $2,500

Tecia Torres: $5,000
Michelle Waterson: $2,500

Charles Oliveira: $15,000
Paul Felder: $5,000

Alex Oliveira: $10,000
Yancy Medeiros: $10,000

David Teymur: $2,500
Drakkar Klose: $2,500

Felice Herrig: $5,000
Cortney Casey: $5,000

Amanda Cooper: $2,500
Angela Magana: $2,500

Sabah Homasi: $2,500
Abdul Razak Alhassan: $2,500

Jeremy Kimball: $2,500
Dominick Reyes: $2,500

Justin Willis: $2,500
Allen Crowder: $2,500

Under the UFC Athlete Outfitting program’s payout tiers, which appropriate the money generated by Reebok’s multi-year sponsorship with the UFC, fighters are paid based on their total number of UFC bouts, as well as Zuffa-era WEC fights (January 2007 and later) and Zuffa-era Strikeforce bouts (April 2011 and later). Fighters with 1-5 bouts receive $2,500 per appearance; 6-10 bouts get $5,000; 11-15 bouts earn $10,000; 16-20 bouts pocket $15,000; and 21 bouts and more get $20,000. Additionally, champions earn $40,000 while title challengers get $30,000.

In addition to experience-based pay, UFC fighters will receive in perpetuity royalty payments amounting to 20-30 percent of any UFC merchandise sold that bears their likeness, according to officials.

Full 2017 UFC-Reebok sponsorship payouts:

Year-to-date total: $5,847,500
2016 total: $7,138,000
2015 total: $3,185,000
Program-to-date total: $16,170,500

For complete coverage of UFC 218, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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Fight Tracks: The walkout songs of UFC 218, including plenty of Detroit references – and Imagine Dragons times two

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While it takes intense training, world-class skills and maybe even a bit of luck to register a UFC win, picking the right song to accompany you to the cage is a key talent, as well.

See what the fighters of Saturday’s UFC 218 in Detroit went with as their backing tracks.

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Max Holloway def. Jose Aldo via TKO (strikes) – Round 3, 4:51

Max Holloway: “Blessings/Hawaiian Kickboxer” by Big Sean/Moke Boy

Jose Aldo: “Somos Sente De Zambada” by Lenin Ramirez feat. Regulo Cabo

Francis Ngannou def. Alistair Overeem via knockout (punches) – Round 1, 1:42

Francis Ngannou: “Mi Gente” by J Balvin

Alistair Overeem: “Put Your Hands Up 4 Detroit” by Fedde Le Grand

Henry Cejudo def. Sergio Pettis via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Henry Cejudo: “The Show Goes On” by Lupe Fiasco

Sergio Pettis: “Good Life” by Kanye West feat. T-Pain

Eddie Alvarez def. Justin Gaethje via knockout (knee, punches) – Round 3, 3:59

Eddie Alvarez: “Victory” by Puff Daddy feat. The Notorious B.I.G. & DMX

Justin Gaethje: “Champion” by Keznamdi

Tecia Torres def. Michelle Waterson via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)

Tecia Torres: “Techno Syndrome/Dreamer” The Immortals/Charlie XCX

Michelle Waterson: “Believer” by Imagine Dragons

Paul Felder def. Charles Oliveira via knockout (strikes) – Round 2, 4:06

Paul Felder: “Thunder” by Imagine Dragons

Charles Oliveira: “O Hino” by Fernandinho

Yancy Medeiros def. Alex Oliveira via TKO (punches) – Round 3, 2:02

Yancy Medeiros: “We are Hawaii’s Finest/Till I Collapse” by Ekulo/Eminem

Alex Oliveira: “Balada” by Gusttavo Lima

David Teymur def. Drakkar Klose via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)

David Teymur: “Suryoyo Football Song”

Drakkar Klose: “Devastated” by Joey Bada$$

Felice Herrig def. Cortney Casey via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

Felice Herrig: “Blinded By the Light” by Manfred Mann’s Earth Band

Cortney Casey: “Living Dead Girl” by Rob Zombie

Amanda Cooper def. Angela Magana via TKO (strikes) – Round 2, 4:34

Amanda Cooper: “Detroit Rock City” by Kiss

Angela Magana: Revolutionary anthem of Puerto Rico by Danny Rivera & Lola Rodriguez De Tito

Abdul Razak Alhassan def. Sabah Homasi via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 4:21

Abdul Razak Alhassan: “Kakai” by Shatta Wale

Sabah Homasi: “Go Get It” by T.I.

Dominick Reyes def. Jeremy Kimball via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 1, 3:39

Dominick Reyes: “Congratulations” by Post Malone feat. Quavo

Jeremy Kimball: “You Can’t Stop Me” by Andy Mineo

Justin Willis def. Allen Crowder via knockout (punches) – Round 1, 2:33

Justin Willis: “DNA/Till I Collapse” by Kendrick Lamar/Eminem

Allen Crowder: “Hail To the King” by Avenged Sevenfold

For complete coverage of UFC 218, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

The Blue Corner is MMAjunkie‘s official blog and is edited by Mike Bohn.

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Abdul Razak Alhassan vs. Sabah Homasi 2 booked for UFC 219

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DETROIT – A controversial stoppage has triggered an immediate rematch between Abdul Razak Alhassan and Sabah Homasi.

UFC President Dana White confirmed at the post-fight press conference for UFC 218 that the welterweights have a spot on UFC 219, which takes place Dec. 30 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

Alhassan (8-1 MMA, 2-1 UFC) was declared the winner via first-round TKO when he appeared to drop Homasi (11-7 MMA, 0-2 UFC) with a punch late in the first round of their UFC Fight Pass-streamed prelim on Saturday night at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit.

Homasi’s body appeared to go slack after the punch. But replays showed the blow was not serious, and Homasi immediately popped up to protest the stoppage and declare he had been shooting for a takedown when referee Herb Dean called off the fight. The decision was widely booed by the crowd.

UFC commentators announced at the start of the event that limited instant replay was available, but that the bout could not be restarted once it had been waved off.

Alhassan apologized to the crowd and commended Homasi for a good fight. Now, they’ll run it back for a more decisive result.

Homasi will then seek his first official UFC win. The first-round TKO on Saturday marked his second consecutive defeat in the octagon, while Alhassan got back in the win column after a split-decision loss to Omari Akhmedov in May.

For complete coverage of UFC 218, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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UFC 218 results: Abdul Razak Alhassan TKOs Sabah Homasi in first, despite wide protests of stoppage

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What appeared to be a premature stoppage marred a slugfest between Abdul Razak Alhassan and Sabah Homasi, leaving the crowd angry at a TKO stoppage for Alhassan.

The boo birds came out in force when Al-Hassan (8-1 MMA, 2-1 UFC) appeared to drop Homasi (11-7 MMA, 0-2 UFC). But on the replay, the blow didn’t appear to finish the fight.

The weltereweight bout was part of the preliminary card of today’s UFC 218 event at the new Little Caesars Arena in downtown Detroit. It streamed on UFC Fight Pass ahead of additional prelims on FS1 and a main card on pay-per-view.

Referee Herb Dean called off the fight at the 4:21 mark of the opening frame. Alhassan apologized for the outcome and congratulated Homasi on a tough fight. Homasi said he wasn’t hurt and was shooting for a takedown when the fight was waved off.

It was an unfortunate end to a promising fight in which both men hurt each other with hard punches. Alhassan sent Homasi backward with a hard combination, only to get knocked to the canvas and pounded with elbows. Homasi appeared to be turning the tide, because Alhassan’s strategy shifted from striking to grappling as he pressed Homasi against the fence.

Once Alhassan had Homasi smothered, however, he unleashed a torrent of offense in blatant disregard for his safety. Homasi replied in kind, and the two momentarily resembled bar brawlers instead of trained mixed martial artists.

The shot that sent Homasi to the canvas appeared to glance off his temple, and from one angle, his body appeared to go slack. That’s perhaps why Dean stepped in, but when he pulled the fighters apart, Homasi’s instant protest indicated he’d pulled the trigger too early.

“I am obviously happy to win, but how the fight ended is disappointing,” Alhassan said. “I understand why the referee stopped the fight, though, since he was watching from behind. From that angle, it looked like he was injured from my punch and the referee must look out for our safety. However, if I lost a fight in that manner I know how I would feel, so I feel for Homasi.”

Alhassan gets back to the win column after a split-call defeat against Omari Akhmedov in May, while Homasi continues to look for a UFC win after two appearances.

Up-to-the-minute UFC 218 results include:

For complete coverage of UFC 218, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

(MMAjunkie’s Matt Erickson and Mike Bohn contributed to this report on site in Detroit.)

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10 reasons to watch UFC 218, including a surging champ and frightening Francis Ngannou

The UFC returns to Detroit on Saturday for UFC 218. The event, headlined by a matchup between featherweight champion Max Holloway and all-time great Jose Aldo, marks the promotion’s first trip to “The Motor City” since the infamous UFC 9 in 1996.

Aldo steps in on short notice to replace injured Frankie Edgar. Holloway and Aldo met in June with Holloway, the then-interim champion, unifying the titles when he stopped then-champ Aldo via second-round TKO.

In the co-headlining bout, rising heavyweight star Francis Ngannou looks to continue his meteoric climb up the rankings against veteran Alistair Overeem.

UFC 218 takes place at the new Little Caesars Arena, and it’s the UFC’s first event in Michigan since UFC 123 in 2010. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

Here are 10 reasons to watch the event.

1. Old boss vs. new boss

Time catches up with everyone. In MMA, it sometimes does so in a brutal fashion.

Between 2006 and 2014, Aldo ran off 18 straight wins. During that time, he defended the WEC featherweight title twice and the UFC title seven times. He was also considered one of the best pound-for-pound fighters. Today, a new generation of fans see Aldo, the No. 2 fighter in the most recent USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA featherweight rankings, as the guy Conor McGregor starched in 13 seconds and/or the man Holloway knocked out.

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At UFC 218, the 31-year-old Brazilian gets a chance to show newer fans he still has what it takes to sit atop the 145-pound division. His opponent, No. 1-ranked Holloway (18-3 MMA, 14-3 UFC), who’s on an 11-fight winning streak, is out to prove it was no fluke when he stopped Aldo (26-3 MMA, 8-2 UFC) in June. If the 25-year-old Hawaiian achieves his goal, he’ll show the world the changing of the guard in the featherweight division is complete, and that a new generation has begun its run at 145 pounds.

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2. The next title contender?

Ngannou is terrifying. He’s made five trips to the octagon and finished each of his opponents. His two most recent wins, both first-round stoppages, earned him “Performance of the Night” honors. What makes Ngannou, who is ranked No. 9 at heavyweight, even scarier is the progress he’s displayed each time he’s stepped into the cage. What to watch for is how much he’s developed since his most recent fight, a January first-round knockout of ex-champ Andrei Arlovski.

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No. 2-ranked Overeem (43-15 MMA, 8-4 UFC) has much more experience than Ngannou (10-1 MMA, 5-0 UFC), but as we saw in Ngannou’s bout against Arlovski, experience doesn’t always come into play against someone who possesses so much power, strength and raw ability. Overeem enters this contest on a two-fight winning streak. His most recent victory was a majority-decision win over former titleholder Fabricio Werdum.

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While there are no guarantees in this sport, Ngannou believes a win in Detroit will earn him a shot at the heavyweight title. And honestly, would you want to argue with him?

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3. Taking aim at the top

After losses to flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson and top contender Joseph Benavidez, Henry Cejudo (11-2 MMA, 5-2 UFC) was booked to face Sergio Pettis (16-2 MMA, 7-2 UFC). A hand injury forced Cejudo from that matchup days before the event. But as fate would have it, both fighters won their next bouts. Those victories allowed the contest between the 125-pound contenders to be rebooked at UFC 218.

Cejudo, ranked No. 3 in the division, earned the first stoppage of his UFC career in his most recent fight with a knockout of Wilson Reis. The Olympic gold-medalist wrestler looked very comfortable with his striking in that contest.

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No. 6-ranked Pettis is unbeaten in his past four outings. With his most recent victory, he ended the 11-fight winning streak of rising star Brandon Moreno.

If Johnson is not booked to face bantamweight champion T.J. Dillashaw, the winner of this fight could get the next shot at Johnson’s belt.

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4. It’s good to have goals

Here’s Justin Gaethje speaking about the overarching mission of his MMA career.

“When I’m done, I’m going to be known as the most violent mother(expletive) in this sport,” Gaethje recently told MMAjunkie Radio.

With 15 knockouts in 18 career victories, the former WSOF lightweight champion is well on his way to achieving that goal. In his UFC debut, Gaethje, No. 3 at lightweight, became the first man to knock out Michael Johnson in a contest that will be in the running for “Fight of the Year.”

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At UFC 218, Gaethje (18-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) faces a man who also knows something about entertaining scraps: former UFC lightweight champ Eddie Alvarez (28-5 MMA, 3-2 UFC). The Philadelphia-based fighter has 15 knockouts in 28 victories. Alvarez is currently ranked No. 5 in the division.

Alvarez’s most recent fight ended in a no-contest after he landed illegal knees to Dustin Poirier’s head.

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5. The waiting is over

Two years after they were initially scheduled to meet, strawweights Tecia Torres and Michelle Waterson face off in Detroit.

Since that scrapped bout, Torres is 3-1 while Waterson is 1-1. The fighter who defeated both? Current champion Rose Namajunas.

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Torres (9-1 MMA, 5-1 UFC), who is currently ranked No. 7 in the division, has been itching for a top-10 opponent since she defeated Bec Rawlings in February. She didn’t get her wish in her most recent fight, a short-notice submission win over Juliana Lima, and she doesn’t get that wish against Waterson (14-5 MMA, 2-1 UFC). However, with the push the UFC is giving the unranked Waterson, a win here should earn “The Tiny Tornado” a ranked opponent in her next outing.

As for “The Karate Hottie,” who lost to Namajunas in April, she’s followed each of her four previous defeats with a stoppage victory.

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6. Racking up bonuses

Charles Oliveira’s UFC record of 10-7 appears average at best, but when you look at who he’s lost to, well, his record’s not so shabby. His three most recent losses were stoppage defeats to Holloway, Anthony Pettis and Ricardo Lamas. However, that 10-7 mark does show he struggles against top-tier UFC talent.

After a stint at featherweight, Oliveira recently moved back to lightweight. He earned a “Performance of the Night” bonus in his return fight with a first-round submission of former Bellator champ Will Brooks.

Oliveira (14-3 MMA, 6-3 UFC) steps in on short notice to face exciting striker Paul Felder at UFC 218. Felder (22-7 MMA, 10-7 UFC) ended his two most recent fights by knockout. Both of those victories earned him “Performance of the Night” bonuses.

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7. Survive and move on

Two up-and-coming lightweights coming off upset victories meet in a prelim card scuffle. David Teymur earned a unanimous decision over Lando Vannata at UFC 209. Drakkar Klose, meanwhile, took a split decision over Marc Diakiese at the TUF 25 Finale. The Teymur vs. Vannata scrap earned “Fight of the Night” honors. Klose fed Diakiese a steady diet of leg kicks to hand his opponent his first defeat.

Klose (8-0-1 MMA, 2-0 UFC) is unbeaten while Teymur (6-1 MMA, 3-0 UFC) has not lost since his professional debut. Normally the UFC refrains from this type of matchmaking, but with a division as stacked as lightweight, it makes sense to pair these two rising fighters.

8. Clearing a path

Felice Herrig enters UFC 218 riding a three-fight winning streak. In her two most recent outings, Herrig handed Justine Kish and Alexa Grasso their first defeats. After the Kish win, she spoke about the opportunities she feels are being denied her by the UFC.

Herrig faces strawweight rankings honorable mention Cortney Casey, who is coming off a win over former WSOF strawweight champion Jessica Aguilar.

If Herrig (13-6 MMA, 4-1 UFC) adds Casey (7-4 MMA, 3-3 UFC) to her list of triumphs, she could force the promotion to give her the opportunity she’s looking for: a path to a potential title shot.

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9. Defense

Abdul Razak Alhassan opened his UFC career with a quick knockout of Charlie Ward. The win wasn’t too surprising considering Alhassan had ended all six of his previous fights by first-round knockout. None of those fights lasted more than 90 seconds. In his second UFC bout, Alhassan went the distance in a decision loss to Omari Akhmedov. The former judo player was taken down six times during that contest.

Alhassan (7-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC) faces Sabah Homasi, who lost to Tim Means via second-round TKO in his most recent bout. Homasi (11-6 MMA, 0-1 UFC) ran out of gas early, but he did his best to hang with Means. The one thing the American Top Team fighter did accomplish against Means that could serve him well against Alhassan were his two takedowns.

Alhassan looks like he has some potential, but if he can’t stop takedowns, that potential could go unrealized.

10. Light-heavyweight finishers

Dominick Reyes received some attention when he knocked out Jordan Powell with a head kick at LFA 13. The stoppage, which came moments after Powell gave a “that didn’t hurt bro” head shake, became a popular GIF.

A few weeks later, Reyes made his UFC light-heavyweight debut. Reyes lived up to his “Devastator” nickname when he earned a 29-second TKO win over Joachim Christensen. While the stoppage didn’t make the rounds as a GIF, it did earn Reyes a $50,000 “Performance of the Night” bonus.

Unbeaten in seven fights, with six stoppages, the 27-year-old Reyes (7-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) faces another finisher in Jeremy Kimball. The 26-year-old Kimball (15-6 MMA 1-1 UFC) earned a “Performance of the Night” bonus in his most recent bout. He knocked out Josh Stansbury in 91 seconds on the same card Reyes bested Christensen.

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For more on UFC 218, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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UFC 218 lineup features 13 fights and featherweight title on the line in return to Detroit

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With an amended main event rematch, the lineup is set for next month’s UFC 218 pay-per-view in Michigan.

UFC 218 takes place Dec. 2 at the new Little Caesars Arena in downtown Detroit, and it’s the UFC’s first event in Michigan since UFC 123 in 2010. The main card airs live on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

In the main event, featherweight champion Max Holloway (18-3 MMA, 14-3 UFC), who’s No. 1 in the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA 145-pound rankings (and No. 8 pound-for-pound), looks to defend his title for the first time when he meets former champ Jose Aldo (26-3 MMA, 8-2 UFC) in a rematch. Holloway was supposed to fight Frankie Edgar (22-5-1 MMA, 16-5-1 UFC) before Edgar pulled out with an injury.

The co-main event could serve as a title-eliminator in the heavyweight division. No. 2-ranked Alistair Overeem (43-15 MMA, 8-4 UFC) takes on No. 9 Francis Ngannou (10-1 MMA, 5-0 UFC) in a battle of heavy-handed strikers.

Rounding out the main card, Henry Cejudo (11-2 MMA, 5-2 UFC) meets Sergio Pettis (16-2 MMA, 7-2 UFC) at flyweight; Justin Gaethje (18-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) takes on former lightweight champ Eddie Alvarez (28-5 MMA, 3-2 UFC) in a fight between current “TUF” coaches; and strawweight Tecia Torres (9-1 MMA, 5-1 UFC) meets Michelle Waterson (14-5 MMA, 2-1 UFC).

The featured bout on the preliminary card is at lightweight. Paul Felder (14-3 MMA, 6-3 UFC) takes on Charles Oliveira (22-7 MMA, 10-7 UFC), who replaced an injured Al Iaquinta.

The full “UFC 218: Holloway vs. Aldo” card now includes:

MAIN CARD (Pay-per-view, 10 p.m. ET)

  • Champ Max Holloway vs. Jose Aldo – for featherweight title
  • Francis Ngannou vs. Alistair Overeem
  • Henry Cejudo vs. Sergio Pettis
  • Eddie Alvarez vs. Justin Gaethje
  • Tecia Torres vs. Michelle Waterson

PRELIMINARY CARD (FS1, 8 p.m. ET)

PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass, 6:15 p.m. ET)

For more on UFC 218, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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With 13th bout, 'UFC 218: Holloway vs. Edgar' lineup finalized

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With a final addition to the fight card, the lineup is set for next month’s UFC 218 event.

UFC 218 takes place Dec. 2 at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit, and it’s the UFC’s first event in Michigan since UFC 123 in 2010. The main card airs live on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

A heavyweight bout between Allen Crowder (7-2 MMA, 0-0 UFC) and Justin Willis (5-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC) is the latest addition to the card and serves as the curtain-jerker.

Crowder, a 27-year-old from North Carolina, picked up a UFC contract after a third-round TKO win over Don’Tale Mayes at DWCS 8. It marked his second straight victory and his sixth stoppage in seven career wins. He now meets Willis, a 30-year-old American Kickboxing Academy member who made his UFC debut in July and scored a decision victory over James Mulheron. It was his fifth straight victory.

In the main event, featherweight champion Max Holloway (18-3 MMA, 14-3 UFC), who’s No. 1 in the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA 145-pound rankings (and No. 8 pound-for-pound), looks to defend his title for the first time when he meets former lightweight champ and perennial contender Frankie Edgar (22-5-1 MMA, 16-5-1 UFC), who’s ranked No. 3.

The co-main event could serve as a title-eliminator as No. 2-ranked Alistair Overeem (43-15 MMA, 8-4 UFC) takes on No. 9 Francis Ngannou (10-1 MMA, 5-0 UFC) in a battle of heavyweight strikers.

Rounding out the main card are No. 3 flyweight Henry Cejudo (11-2 MMA, 5-2 UFC) vs. No. 6 Sergio Pettis (16-2 MMA, 7-2 UFC), No. 3-ranked lightweight Justin Gaethje (18-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) vs. former champ and No. 5 Eddie Alvarez (28-5 MMA, 3-2 UFC), and No. 7 strawweight Tecia Torres (9-1 MMA, 5-1 UFC) vs. honorable mention Michelle Waterson (14-5 MMA, 2-1 UFC).

The featured prelim boasts Paul Felder (14-3 MMA, 6-3 UFC) vs. Charles Oliveira (22-7 MMA, 10-7 UFC). As MMAjunkie reported on Tuesday, Oliveira replaced injured Al Iaquinta (13-3-1 MMA, 8-2 UFC), who’s ranked No. 14 at lightweight.

The full “UFC 218: Holloway vs. Edgar” card now includes:

MAIN CARD (Pay-per-view, 10 p.m. ET)

  • Champ Max Holloway vs. Frankie Edgar – for featherweight title
  • Francis Ngannou vs. Alistair Overeem
  • Henry Cejudo vs. Sergio Pettis
  • Eddie Alvarez vs. Justin Gaethje
  • Tecia Torres vs. Michelle Waterson

PRELIMINARY CARD (FS1, 8 p.m. ET)

PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass, 6:15 p.m. ET)

For more on UFC 218, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Abdul Razak Alhassan faces Sabah Homasi at UFC 218 in Detroit

A pair of welterweight prospects will throw down at UFC 218 looking to rebound.

The UFC announced today that Abdul Razak Alhassan faces Sabah Homasi at the event, which takes place Dec. 2 at Little Caesar’s Arena in Detroit and airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

Alhassan (7-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC) vs. Homasi (11-6 MMA, 0-1 UFC) is just the third fight to date officially booked for UFC 218.

Alhassan came out hot in his UFC debut last November when he scored a 53-second knockout win. But he was brought back to Earth in May at UFC Fight Night 109, dropping a split decision to Omari Akhmedov for his first loss.

Homasi, meanwhile, hasn’t fought since his UFC debut in August 2016 at UFC 202, when he fell to Tim Means via second-round TKO.

With the addition, the UFC 218 lineup now includes:

  • Francis Ngannou vs. Alistair Overeem
  • Cortney Casey vs. Felice Herrig
  • Abdul Razak Alhassan vs. Sabah Homasi

For more on UFC 218, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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