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UFC Fight Night 112 salaries: B.J. Penn earns highest purse despite tough loss

B.J. Penn took a loss at UFC Fight Night 112, but he earned the most money of any fighter on the card.

Penn (16-12-2 MMA, 12-11-2 UFC) earned $150,000 for his majority-decision defeat to Dennis Siever this past Sunday. Penn knocked down Siever (23-11 MMA, 12-8 UFC) in the second round and had a chance to come away with the win then and there. It was a close fight that, had it gone the other way, would’ve resulted in another $150,000 for Penn. Siever, fighting for the first time in two years, took home $39,000 for showing and earned another $39,000 for the win.

MMAjunkie today obtained the disclosed payouts from the Oklahoma State Athletic Commission, which oversaw UFC Fight Night 112 on Sunday at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Okla, which aired on FS1 following prelims on FS2 and UFC Fight Pass.

In the main event, Kevin Lee took home $44,000 for showing and another $44,000 for the win over Michael Chiesa. As previously reported, the submission victory also earned Lee (16-2 MMA, 9-2 UFC) a $50,000 “Performance of the Night” bonus, bringing his total earnings to $138,000. Chiesa (14-3 MMA, 7-3 UFC) earned $36,000 for the fight and lost out on another possible $36,000 thanks to the controversial finish.

Elsewhere on the main card, former champion Johny Hendricks earned $100,000 for showing and stood to earn another $100,000 for the win, which didn’t happen as Tom Boetsch finished him in the first round. Boetch earned $67,000 to show, $67,000 to win and also received a $50,000 “Performance of the Night” bonus.

Felice Herrig earned $25,000 for showing and another $25,000 winning. Her opponent, Justine Kish, took home $14,000 for showing.

For his UFC debut, Dominick Reyes earned $12,000 for showing and $12,000 for his impressive victory in addition to his $50,000 “Performance of the Night” bonus.

The total disclosed payout for UFC Fight Night 112 was $1,225,000.

The full list of UFC Fight Night 112 salaries included:

Kevin Lee: $88,000 (includes $44,000 win bonus)
def. Michael Chiesa $36,000

Tom Boetsch: $134,000 (includes $67,000 win bonus)
def. Johny Hendricks $100,000

Felice Herrig: $50,000 (includes $25,000 win bonus)
def. Justine Kish $14,000

Dominick Reyes: $24,000 (includes $12,000 win bonus)
def. Joachim Christensen $16,000

Tim Means: $78,000 (includes $39,000 win bonus)
def. Alex Garcia $31,000

Dennis Siever: $78,000 (includes $39,000 win bonus)
def. B.J. Penn: $150,000

Clay Guida: $110,000 (includes $55,000 win bonus)
def. Erik Koch: $24,000

Marvin Vettori: $24,000 (includes $12,000 win bonus)
def. Vitor Miranda: $18,000

Carla Esparza: $66,000 (includes $33,000 win bonus)
def. Maryna Moroz: $23,000

Darrell Horcher: $24,000 (includes $12,000 win bonus)
def. Devin Powell: $10,000

Jared Gordon: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
def. Michel Quinones: $10,000

Tony Martin: $38,000 (includes $19,000 win bonus)
def. Johnny Case: $23,000

Jeremy Kimball: $24,000 (includes $12,000 win bonus)
def. Josh Stansbury: $12,000

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 112, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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Fight Tracks: The walkout songs of UFC Fight Night 112, with Johnny Cash, Zeppelin, DMX

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While it take 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 Sunday’s UFC Fight Night 112 in Oklahoma City, Okla., went with as their backing tracks.

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Kevin Lee def. Michael Chiesa via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 1, 4:37

Kevin Lee: “First Day Out” by Tee Grizzly

Michael Chiesa: “Stranglehold” by Ted Nugent

Tim Boetsch def. Johny Hendricks via TKO (punches) – Round 2, 0:46

Tim Boetsch: “The Man Comes Around” by Johnny Cash

Johny Hendricks: “I’ll Sing About Mine” by Josh Abbott Band

Felice Herrig def. Justine Kish via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-26, 29-27)

Felice Herrig: “Don’t Stop Believing” by Journey

Justine Kish: “Whole Lotta Love” by Led Zeppelin

Dominick Reyes def. Joachim Christensen via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 0:29

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

Joachim Christensen: “Holy Moly” by J Mix feat. Hakeem

Tim Means def. Alex Garcia via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Tim Means: “Slipping” by DMX

Alex Garcia: “Banana Boat Song” by Harry Belafonte

Dennis Siver def. B.J. Penn via majority decision (28-28, 29-28, 29-27)

Dennis Siver: “Last Resort” by Papa Roach

B.J. Penn: “Hawaii 78″/”E Ale E” by Israel Kamakawlwo’Ole

Clay Guida def. Erik Koch via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-26, 30-27)

Clay Guida: “Kickstart My Heart” by Motley Crue

Erik Koch: “C’Mon (Catch ‘Em By Surprise)” by Tiesto vs. Diplo

Marvin Vettori def. Vitor Miranda via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)

Marvin Vettori: “Falling Away From Me” by Marvin Vettori

Vitor Miranda: “Save Me” by Remy Zero

Carla Esparza def. Maryna Moroz via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)

Carla Esparza: “Bodies” by Drowning Pool

Maryna Moroz: “BomBom” by Macklemore & Ryan lewis feat. The Teaching

Darrell Horcher def. Devin Powell via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

Darrell Horcher: “Miracle” by Nonpoint

Devin Powell: “We’re Alive” by Eyenine

Jared Gordon def. Michel Quinones via TKO (strikes) – Round 2, 4:24

Jared Gordon: “Flash” by Queen

Michel Quinones: “Keep It Thoro” by Prodigy

Tony Martin def. Johnny Case via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Tony Martin: “The Last Breath” by Future

Johnny Case: “Soul to Squeeze” by Red Hot Chili Peppers

Jeremy Kimball def Josh Stansbury via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 1:21

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

Josh Stansbury: “Many Men” by 50 Cent

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 112, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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UFC Fight Night 112 Athlete Outfitting pay: Program payout total passes $13 million

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Fighters from Sunday’s UFC Fight Night 112 event took home UFC Athlete Outfitting pay, a program that launched after the UFC’s deal with Reebok, totaling $182,500.

UFC Fight Night 112 took place at Chesapeake Arena in Oklahoma City, Okla. The main card aired on FS1 following prelims on FS2 and UFC Fight Pass.

The third highest non-PPV event payout of the year saw four fighters earn a maximum non-title payout. Veterans Tim Boetsch (21-11 MMA, 12-10 UFC), Dennis Siver (23-11 MMA, 12-8 UFC), B.J. Penn (16-12-2 MMA, 12-11-2 UFC), and Clay Guida (33-17 MMA, 13-11 UFC) each took home $20,000 for making 21 or more appearances under the program structure.

The full UFC Fight Night 112 UFC Athlete Outfitting payouts included:

Kevin Lee: $10,000
def. Michael Chiesa: $5,000

Tim Boetsch: $20,000
def. Johny Hendricks: $15,000

Felice Herrig: $2,500
def. Justine Kish: $2,500

Dominick Reyes: $2,500
def. Joachim Christensen: $2,500

Tim Means: $10,000
def. Alex Garcia: $5,000

Dennis Siver: $20,000
def. B.J. Penn: $20,000

Clay Guida: $20,000
def. Erik Koch: $10,000

Marvin Vettori: $2,500
def. Vitor Miranda: $5,000

Carla Esparza: $2,500
def. Maryna Moroz: $2,500

Darrell Horcher: $2,500
def. Devin Powell: $2,500

Jared Gordon: $2,500
def. Michel Quinones: $2,500

Tony Martin: $5,000
def. Johnny Case: $5,000

Jeremy Kimball: $2,500
def. Josh Stansbury: $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: $2,807,500
2016 total: $7,138,000
2015 total: $3,185,000
Program-to-date total: $13,130,500

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 112, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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UFC Fight Night 112 results: Tim Means uses smart strategy in decision win over Alex Garcia

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Tim Means deftly used his reach to defuse Alex Garcia’s takedowns and heavy right hands, patiently racking up points as he won the striking game.

The crowd didn’t appreciate the chess game, but Means (27-8-1 MMA, 9-5 UFC) earned two of three rounds on judges’ scorecards for a unanimous decision over Garcia (14-4 MMA, 4-3 UFC).

The welterweight bout was part of the main card of today’s UFC Fight Night 112 event at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Okla. It aired on FS1 following prelims on FS2 and UFC Fight Pass.

The final tallies of 29-28 reflected a shift in momentum as Garcia won early exchanges with his power punch. At one point in the opening frame, Means got a little too comfortable in the pocket and paid for it by taking a left hand that wobbled him. When he recovered, he went to work on Garcia’s body, hoping to take some of the sting out of those punches.

As it turned out, it was the right strategy. Garcia slowed down over the following two rounds and became increasingly reliant on takedowns, which were stymied by Means’ lanky frame and strong whizzer, and his looping right hand. Means circled out of harm’s way and worked a jab that regularly popped Garcia, and leg kicks landed at range.

Over 15 minutes, the two never went for broke, which is probably why the crowd lost its patience. But Means hurt Garcia on several occasions with a straight left. In the final round, the competitive gap began to widen as Means picked off incoming shots and methodically attacked as Garcia struggled to get inside.

After a submission loss to Alex Oliveira in his previous bout, Means gets back to the win column, while Garcia continues to bounce between wins and losses.

Up-to-the-minute UFC Fight Night 112 results include:

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 112, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

(MMAjunkie’s John Morgan contributed to this report on site in Oklahoma City.)

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10 reasons to watch UFC Fight Night 112, with a main event that matters in the rankings

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If fans were looking for a little something to push Sunday’s UFC Fight Night 112 main event bout between Michael Chiesa and Kevin Lee into the red, the two fighters delivered at the UFC Summer Kickoff press conference in mid-May.

Lee, looking like he had raided Russell Westbrook’s closet and had his findings tailored on the way to the event, was in full trash-talk mode from the start. For the most part, Chiesa seemed amused by Lee’s antics, but that changed when Lee said he knew Chiesa’s mother had tickets to the event.

“Don’t you ever talk about my (expletive) mom, or I’m going to smack the (expletive) out of you right now,” Chiesa said before charging Lee.

The two met behind the podium with Lee throwing a right hand before the fighters could be separated and removed from the event by security. The only casualty during the confrontation was Lee’s $3,000 glasses.

As for the rest of the card, there’s a bit to get reacquainted with as several of the fighters, including Chiesa, are competing for the first time in more than a year.

UFC Fight Night 112 takes place Sunday at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City. The main card airs on FS1 following prelims on FS2 and UFC Fight Pass.

Here are 10 reasons to watch the event.

1. Time to make the jump

The top of the lightweight division features names like McGregor, Nurmagomedov, Ferguson, and Alvarez, but not too far beneath those combatants lurk the two fighters competing in the main event of UFC Fight Night 112. Chiesa (14-2 MMA, 7-2 UFC) currently sits at No. 9 in the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA lightweight rankings, while Lee (15-2 MMA, 8-2 UFC) is a rankings honorable mention. A win here and the victor could join the aforementioned group at the top of the weight class.

Chiesa is currently on a three-fight winning streak, earning fight night bonuses in each of his last two outings, both submission wins. Lee’s winning streak is at four straight, three by stoppage, with one fight night bonus to his name during that stretch.

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2. The future is now

Former welterweight champion Johny Hendricks was in the doldrums. After twice missing weight and losing three straight fights, Hendricks was contemplating retirement before his middleweight debut against Hector Lombard in February.

A decision win over Lombard changed Hendricks’ attitude, and now he sounds downright giddy at his middleweight prospects.

What’s in store for Hendricks (18-6 MMA, 13-6 UFC) is Tim Boetsch (20-11 MMA, 11-10 UFC), a man who fought at light heavyweight as recently as January 2016 and whose last fight was a submission loss to Ronaldo Souza.

The Lombard bout felt like a test run for Hendricks. Now that he has a gauge on his cardio and striking in a heavier division, it’s time to see if he can up his game.

3. Feeling overlooked

Felice Herrig earned the biggest win of her UFC career in her last bout, earning an upset decision over previously unbeaten Alexa Grasso, who was the No. 6 ranked strawweight at the time. After the fight, Herrig said she hoped the “UFC would do the right thing” and give her the chance to fight Paige VanZant or Michelle Waterson.

Herrig didn’t get either of those fights. Instead, she faces another unbeaten opponent in Justine Kish, who is coming off a decision win over Ashley Yoder in December.

If Herrig (12-6 MMA, 3-1 UFC) can extend her winning streak to three straight by handing Kish (6-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC) her first loss, expect Herrig to speak up about what she wants next.

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4. Hard act to follow

When Azamat Murzakanov was forced from his bout with Joachim Christensen (14-5 MMA, 1-2 UFC, the UFC gave Dominick Reyes (6-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) a call to step in as a late replacement.

You might not recognize Reyes’ name, but if you’re a fan of highlight-reel finishes, you saw the head-kick knockout he delivered at LFA 13 earlier this month. That knockout is going to be a hard act to follow.

Christensen enters the fight coming off a submission loss to Gadzhimurad Antigulov at UFC 211.

5. Making up for lost time

Things haven’t been easy for Tim Means. In February 2016 he was set to headline UFC Fight Night 83 vs. Donald Cerrone, but Means was pulled from the event due to a failed USADA drug test, which earned him a six-month suspension thanks to a tainted supplement. Since then, means has a TKO win, a no-contest vs. Alex Oliveira thanks to illegal knees and was submitted in their rematch.

Means (26-8-1 MMA, 8-5 UFC) looks to get back on track against Alex Garcia (14-3 MMA, 4-2 UFC), who is coming off a “Performance of the Night” bonus-winning knockout of Mike Pyle in December. This matchup has bonus-winning potential written all over it.

6. A legend tries again

It’s been more than six years since B.J. Penn’s hand was raised in victory. In his last four fights, Penn has been soundly defeated, losing two bouts by decision and two via TKO while being outstruck 597 to 227. Penn is on the kind of skid that would get almost any other fighter released from the UFC roster. The promotion is giving the former two-division champion at least one more chance to land in the win column, matching him up against Dennis Siver who has not fought since a June 2015 loss to Tatsuya Kawajiri.

With his struggles, it feels like Penn (16-11-2 MMA, 12-10-2 UFC) is looking to go out on a win. If he does manage to get the best of Siver (22-11 MMA, 11-8 UFC), it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him retire. On the other hand, with the resurgence of Hawaiian fighters in the UFC, it wouldn’t be too surprising to see Penn call for a fight in his home state.

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7. Giving lightweight another try

Not that long ago, Erik Koch was a top contender in the featherweight division. In 2012 the UFC attempted to book Koch against then-champion Jose Aldo, but injuries prevented either of those fights from taking place. Since then Koch has gone 2-3 and continued to struggle staying healthy. Koch last fought in May 2016, defeating Shane Campbell via second-round submission.

While Koch (14-4 MMA, 4-3 UFC) has been at lightweight for three fights now, his opponent, Clay Guida (32-17 MMA, 12-11 UFC), has not fought at that weight since dropping decisions to Benson Henderson in 2011 and Gray Maynard in 2012. Guida returns to 155 following a 3-4 run at featherweight.

8. Staying alive

In December 2014 Carla Esparza was on top of the strawweight division as the inaugural champion following a submission win over Rose Namajunas, and her future looked bright. She lost the title in her first defense, falling to Joanna Jedrzejczyk. Since then, Esparza has had a rough go due to injury and facing tough financial times while she healed and waited for a fight. Esparza is 1-1 since her loss to Jedrzejczyk, most recently dropping a split decision to Randa Markos in February.

Esparza (11-4 MMA, 2-2 UFC), now ranked No. 5 in the division, faces No. 11 Maryna Moroz (8-1 MMA, 3-1 UFC). Moroz is coming off a split-decision win over Danielle Taylor last August. The winner of this fight will still be a long way away from a title shot, but they will remain in the mix, and that’s the important thing.

9. That wasn’t even fair

Darrell Horcher made his UFC debut on very short notice, facing No. 2 ranked lightweight Khabib Nurmagomedov in a catchweight contest. Not surprisingly, Nurmagomedov ran over Horcher, stopping him via TKO in the second round.

Horcher (12-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC), a former Cage Fury lightweight champion, who was on a five-fight winning streak before facing Nurmagomedov, gets another chance in the UFC, facing Devin Powell (8-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC), who is coming off a decision loss to Drakkar Klose in January.

Needless to say, this is a much better matchup for Horcher.

10. Four years in the making

Tony Martin has been pining for his chance to fight Johnny Case for the past four years and finally gets that chance.

“I just don’t like him,” Martin told MMAjunkie. “There’s nothing that I like about him. I’ve been trying to fight him for the last four years, and every single time there’s an excuse. He’s known that I’ve wanted to fight him.”

Martin is on the first two-fight winning streak of his UFC career, most recently defeating Alex White by decision in January. If Martin (11-3 MMA, 3-3 UFC) can get a win over Case (22-5 MMA, 4-1 UFC), who saw a 12-fight winning streak come to a close after a March 2016 submission loss to Jake Matthews, he expects a big jump in competition later in 2017.

For more on UFC Fight Night 112, check out the UFC Rumorssection of the site.

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UFC Fight Night 112 staff picks: Who's got the edge between new rivals Michael Chiesa and Kevin Lee?

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Simon Samano
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Reyes
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Dann Stupp
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2017: 58-35
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Steven Marrocco @MMAjunkieSteven
2017: 56-37
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Brian Garcia
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2017: 55-38
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Mike Bohn @MikeBohnMMA
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Fernanda Prates @nandaprates_
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George Garcia @MMAjunkieGeorge
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The UFC is back in Oklahoma this weekend for a rare Sunday night show, and there’s a fresh grudge matchup at the top of the bill.

UFC Fight Night 112 takes place Sunday at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Okla. The main card airs on FS1 following prelims on FS2 and UFC Fight Pass.

(Click here to open a PDF of the staff picks grid in a separate window.)

In the main event, Michael Chiesa (14-2 MMA, 7-2 UFC) meets Kevin Lee (15-2 MMA, 8-2 UFC) in a lightweight fight that got lit a bit when the two needed major separation when facing off at a kickoff news conference in Las Vegas earlier this year. Lee is just a slight favorite, but it’s Chiesa who has a 6-4 edge from our 10 MMAjunkie editors, writers and radio hosts.

In the co-main event, former welterweight champion Johny Hendricks (18-6 MMA, 13-6 UFC) fights at middleweight for the second time when he takes on Tim Boetsch (20-11 MMA, 11-10 UFC). The ex-champ is a unanimous pick from our staff members at 10-0; he’s more than a 2-1 favorite in the fight.

Also on the main card, Felice Herrig (12-6 MMA, 3-1 UFC) is an 8-2 pick over Justine Kish (6-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC) in their strawweight fight. Only one picker is taking Joachim Christensen (14-5 MMA, 1-2 UFC) to top short-notice newcomer Dominick Reyes (6-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) in their light heavyweight bout.

Tim Means (26-8-1 MMA, 8-5 UFC) is a 6-4 pick over Alex Garcia (14-3 MMA, 4-2 UFC) in their welterweight bout. And to open the main card, UFC Hall of Famer and former two-division champ B.J. Penn (16-11-2 MMA, 12-10-2 UFC) goes after his first win at featherweight when he meets Dennis Siver (22-11 MMA, 11-8 UFC). Siver is a 6-4 pick over “The Prodigy.”

In the MMAjunkie reader consensus picks, Chiesa, Hendricks, Herrig, Reyes, Means and Penn are the choices.

Check out all the picks above.

For more on UFC Fight Night 112, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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UFC Fight Night 112 pre-event facts: Michael Chiesa-Kevin Lee fight flow depends on 1 thing?

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The UFC makes its fifth stop in Oklahoma on Sunday when UFC Fight Night 112 unfolds from Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City.

Headlining the FS1-televised card, which follows prelims on FS2 and UFC Fight Pass, is a lightweight grudge match between “The Ultimate Fighter 15” winner Michael Chiesa (14-2 MMA, 7-2 UFC) and rising star Kevin Lee (15-2 MMA, 8-2 UFC).

The supporting card for the card features three former UFC champions, meaning there are a number of athletes with an extensive history in the octagon set to compete. For more, check below for 55 pre-event facts about UFC Fight Night 112.

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Main event

Chiesa returns to competition for the first time since Apr. 16, 2016 – a span of 435 days.

Michael Chiesa

Chiesa has earned five of his seven UFC victories by submission.

Chiesa’s five submission victories in UFC competition since 2012 are tied with Urijah Faber, Tony Ferguson and Erick Silva for third most in the company behind Charles Oliveira (seven) and Gunnar Nelson (six).

Chiesa’s five submission victories via rear-naked choke in UFC competition are third most in company history behind Kenny Florian (seven) and Demian Maia (seven).

Chiesa has completed at least one takedown against all nine of his UFC opponents.

Lee’s four-fight UFC winning streak in lightweight competition is tied for the fourth longest active streak in the division behind Ferguson (nine), Khabib Nurmagomedov (seven) and Al Iaquinta (five).

Kevin Lee

Lee’s eight UFC victories since 2012 in lightweight competition are tied with Ferguson, Beneil Dariush and Francisco Trinaldo for most in the division.

Lee has earned his past three victories by stoppage.

Lee has completed at least one takedown against nine of his 10 UFC opponents.

Lee’s 24 takedowns since 2014 in UFC lightweight competition are tied with Rustam Khabilov for most in the division.

Co-main event

Johny Hendricks (18-6 MMA, 13-6 UFC) was successful in his UFC middleweight debut against Hector Lombard at UFC Fight Night 105 in February.

Johny Hendricks

Hendricks has earned eight of his 13 UFC victories by decision.

Hendricks is one of five fighters in UFC history to record three or more knockout victories in less than one minute each.

Hendricks and Robbie Lawler combined for 308 significant strikes landed at UFC 171, tied for second most ever for a UFC title fight behind Joanna Jedrzejczyk vs. Valerie Letourneau at UFC 193 (323 combined significant strikes).

Hendricks and Lawler attempted 728 significant strikes at UFC 171, the third most in single UFC bout. Cole Miller and Nam Phan hold the record for 788 significant strikes attempted at UFC on FOX 4.

Hendricks’ 61 takedowns landed in UFC welterweight competition are second most in divisional history behind Georges St-Pierre (87).

Tim Boetsch (20-11 MMA, 11-10 UFC) is 2-1 since he returned to the UFC middleweight division this past July.

Boetsch is 2-4 in his past six UFC appearances.

Boetsch has suffered eight of his 10 UFC losses by stoppage.

Remaining main card

Felice Herrig’s (12-6 MMA, 3-1 UFC) two-fight UFC winning streak in women’s strawweight competition is tied for the second longest active streak in the division behind Joanna Jedrzejczyk (eight).

Felice Herrig

Herrig’s two submission victories in UFC strawweight competition are tied for second most in divisional history behind Rose Namajunas (three).

Herrig’s submission of Kailin Curran at the 1:59 mark of Round 1 at UFC on FOX 20 marked the second-fastest stoppage in UFC strawweight history. Maryna Moroz holds the record with a 90-second win at UFC Fight Night 64.

Justine Kish’s (6-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC) two-fight UFC winning streak in women’s strawweight competition is tied for the second longest active streak in the division behind Jedrzejczyk (eight).

Kish has earned both of her UFC victories by decision.

Tim Means (26-8-1 MMA, 8-5 UFC) is 6-3 (with one no-contest) since he returned to the UFC for a second stint in May 2014.

Means has earned 22 of his 26 career victories by stoppage. That includes five of his eight UFC wins.

Means’ four stoppage victories since 2015 in UFC welterweight competition are tied with Donald Cerrone and Vicente Luque for the most in the division.

Alex Garcia (14-3 MMA, 4-2 UFC) has earned 11 of his 13 career victories by stoppage. He’s earned 10 of those finishes in the first round.

Garcia has earned two of his three UFC victories by knockout.

Garcia has completed 20 takedowns in his past five UFC appearances.

B.J. Penn (16-11-2 MMA, 12-10-2 UFC) enters the event on a five-fight winless skid. He hasn’t earned a victory since a 21-second knockout of Matt Hughes at UFC 123 in November 2010.

B.J. Penn

Penn is 1-6-1 in his past eight UFC appearances dating back to April 2010.

Penn is 0-2 since he dropped to the UFC featherweight division in July 2014.

Penn is one of three fighters in UFC history to win championships in two weight classes. Conor McGregor and Randy Couture also accomplished the feat.

Penn has earned 11 of his 12 UFC victories by stoppage.

Dennis Siver (22-11 MMA, 11-8 UFC) returns to competition for the first time since June 20, 2015. The 736-day layoff is the longest of his more than 13-year career.

Siver is 3-3 (with one no-contest) since he dropped to the UFC featherweight division in April 2012.

Siver has earned his past five UFC victories by decision. He hasn’t finished an opponent since November 2010.

Dennis Siver

Siver is one of three fighters in UFC history to earn a knockout stemming from a spinning back kick to the body. Jake Collier, James Moontasri and David Loiseau also accomplished the feat.

Siver has suffered eight of his 11 career losses by stoppage.

Siver landed 222 total strikes against Phan at UFC on FOX 5, the third most ever in a UFC/WEC featherweight bout behind Frankie Edgar’s 259 total strikes at UFC Fight Night 57 and Cub Swanson’s 251 total strikes at UFC Fight Night 108. Siver’s +104 significant strike differential in the bout stands as the largest in UFC/WEC featherweight history.

Preliminary card

Clay Guida (32-17 MMA, 12-11 UFC) returns to the UFC lightweight division for the first time since June 2012. He hasn’t earned a victory in the weight class since Anthony Pettis at the TUF 13 Finale in June 2011.

Guida’s 61 takedowns landed in UFC competition are tied for fifth most in company history behind St-Pierre (87), Gleison Tibau (84), Frankie Edgar (67) and Demetrious Johnson (65).

Clay Guida

Guida has attempted 164 takedowns during his UFC career, third most in company history behind Maia (189) and Edgar (189)

Erik Koch (14-4 MMA, 4-3 UFC) competes in just his second bout since May 2014.

Koch is 2-1 since he returned to the UFC lightweight division in February 2014.

Carla Esparza (11-4 MMA, 2-2 UFC) was the first UFC women’s strawweight champion. She lost the belt to current titleholder Jedrzejczyk at UFC 185 in March 2015.

Esparza has completed at least one takedown against all four of her UFC opponents.

Maryna Moroz (8-1 MMA, 3-1 UFC) landed just 6.7 percent (17 of 251) of her significant strikes attempts against Danielle Taylor at UFC Fight Night 92, the lowest accuracy rate in UFC history (minimum of 100 attempts).

Jared Gordon (12-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) and Michel Quinones (8-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) meet in a featherweight bout after their original meeting from UFC 211 in March was scrapped when Gordon fell ill.

Johnny Case (22-5 MMA, 4-1 UFC) returns to competition for the first time since Mar. 19, 2016. The 463-day layoff is the longest of his more than nine-year career.

Tony Martin (11-3 MMA, 3-3 UFC) has earned eight of his 11 career victories by submission. That includes both of his UFC stoppage wins.

Vitor Miranda (12-4 MMA, 3-1 UFC) has earned 11 of his 12 career victories by stoppage.

Miranda has earned all three of his UFC victories by knockout.

For more on UFC Fight Night 112, check out the UFC Rumors 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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Alex Garcia wishes his UFC Fight Night 112 opponent was better than Tim Means

No disrespect to Tim Means, but Alex Garcia would rather be fighting someone else at this Sunday’s UFC Fight Night 112.

Garcia (14-3 MMA, 4-2 UFC) meets fellow welterweight Means (26-8-1 MMA, 8-5 UFC) on the heels of the devastating one-punch knockout of Mike Pyle at UFC 207. Garcia, who’s been ready since “five days” after that, is certainly glad to finally get a chance to get back in the octagon.

But he admits he wasn’t entirely pleased with the choice of opponent. Nothing personal against the octagon veteran. But coming off a UFC Fight Night 106 loss to Alex Oliveira, Means just doesn’t represent the type of step-up that Garcia would’ve liked.

“I am a little disappointed in this way,” Garcia told MMAjunkie Radio. “Not because of Tim Means, just because I’m coming from a win, from a great KO. I want to be in the top 10, top 15. Like I said in the interview after my fight, no disrespect toward Tim Means, but I want to move forward.

“I’m still going to move forward with him when I fight him. I wanted somebody in the top 10, top 15. I want to challenge myself. The bigger the challenge, the bigger the reward afterward.”

The main card welterweight affair takes place this Sunday at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Okla. It airs on FS1 following prelims on FS2 and early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

While Garcia certainly carries some momentum after the demolition of Pyle, which also earned him his first fight night bonus, his UFC run has lacked consistency. After a 2-0 start, “The Dominican Nightmare” took losses to Neil Magny and Sean Strickland, with a UFC 189 win over Mike Swick sandwiched in between.

Means had some momentum of his own before Oliveira came onto the scene.  Before the most recent submission loss, a UFC 207 matchup between them ended in a no-contest due to illegal knees by Means. His seven fights prior to that, however, amounted to a 6-1 record.

The ultimate reward Garcia is looking to reap by facing increasingly tougher competition is, of course, making it all the way to the 170-pound belt. But, before that, he has simpler goals.

“Now I’ve got to kick ass on June 25,” Garcia said. “And hopefully next time there’ll be a shorter waiting time (between fights).”

For more on UFC Fight Night 112, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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MMAjunkie reader predictions: Make your picks for UFC Fight Night 112 in Oklahoma City

We want your predictions for Sunday’s UFC Fight Night 112 event in Oklahoma City.

Our staff picks feature includes the consensus picks from MMAjunkie readers. Simply cast your vote for each bout below, and we’ll use the official tallies that are registered by Thursday at noon ET (9 a.m. PT).

Those MMAjunkie MMA reader consensus picks will be part of the UFC Fight Night 112 staff picks we release on Friday ahead of the event. UFC Fight Night 112 takes place Sunday at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Okla. The main card airs on FS1 following prelims on FS2 and UFC Fight Pass.

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Michael Chiesa vs. Kevin Lee

Records: Michael Chiesa (14-2 MMA, 7-2 UFC) vs. Kevin Lee (15-2 MMA, 8-2 UFC)
Past five: Chiesa 4-1, Lee 4-1
Division: Lightweight
Rankings: Chiesa No. 9, Lee honorable mention
Odds (as of 6/19/17): Lee -125, Chiesa -105

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Tim Boetsch vs. Johny Hendricks

Records: Tim Boetsch (20-11 MMA, 11-10 UFC) vs. Johny Hendricks (18-6 MMA, 13-6 UFC)
Past five: Boetsch 2-3, Hendricks 2-3
Division: Middleweight
Rankings: None
Odds (as of 6/19/17): Hendricks -225, Boetsch +175

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Felice Herrig vs. Justine Kish

Records: Felice Herrig (12-6 MMA, 3-1 UFC) vs. Justine Kish (6-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC)
Past five: Herrig 3-2, Kish 5-0
Division: Women’s strawweight
Rankings: None
Odds (as of 6/19/17): N/A

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Joachim Christensen vs. Dominick Reyes

Records: Joachim Christensen (14-5 MMA, 1-2 UFC) vs. Dominick Reyes (6-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC)
Past five: Christensen 3-2, Reyes 5-0
Division: Light heavyweight
Rankings: None
Odds (as of 6/19/17): N/A

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Alex Garcia vs. Tim Means

Records: Alex Garcia (14-3 MMA, 4-2 UFC) vs. Tim Means (26-8-1 MMA, 8-5 UFC)
Past five: Garcia 3-2, Means 3-2
Division: Welterweight
Rankings: None
Odds (as of 6/19/17): N/A

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B.J. Penn vs. Dennis Siver

Records: B.J. Penn (16-11-2 MMA, 12-10-2 UFC) vs. Dennis Siver (22-11 MMA, 11-8 UFC)
Past five: Penn 0-4-1, Siver 2-3
Division: Featherweight
Rankings: None
Odds (as of 6/19/17): N/A

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For more on UFC Fight Night 112, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Stream or download MMAjunkie Radio #2464 with Alex Garcia and Ryan Parsons

Stream or download Thursday’s edition of MMAjunkie Radio with guests Alex Garcia and Ryan Parsons.

Garcia fights Tim Means on June 25 at UFC Fight Night 112. Parsons, longtime MMA manager and coach, co-authored “The Four Pack Revolution” with MMA vet Chael Sonnen.

You can listen below or download the episode from SoundCloud.

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