Angela Magana announces UFC release after 0-3 octagon run

One of the most polarizing fighters in MMA is no longer a member of the UFC roster.

Angela Magana (11-9 MMA, 0-3 UFC), who is coming off a second-round TKO loss to Amanda Cooper (3-3 MMA, 2-2 UFC) at UFC 218 last weekend, announced today on social media that she’s been informed of her release from the UFC following a three-fight stint (via Twitter):

Magana joined the UFC roster in late 2015 after appearing on Season 20 of “The Ultimate Fighter” reality series. On top of the defeat to Cooper, she also fell short against top strawweight contenders Michelle Waterson and Tecia Torres.

Overall, Magana has lost her past five fights and hasn’t won since August 2011. She did not win during her UFC career, and her most notable moments came outside the cage through controversial social media antics, as well as a physical encounter with UFC champ Cris Cyborg at the UFC athlete retreat in Las Vegas earlier this year.

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

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Angela Magana alleges sexism in Twitter rant after UFC 218 stoppage

UFC women’s strawweight Angela Magana promised to make Amanda Cooper feel her struggle at UFC 218.

Instead, Magana (11-9 MMA, 0-3 UFC) struggled to get much done as Cooper (3-3 MMA, 2-2 UFC) dominated her en route to a TKO stoppage at Saturday’s event.

Referee Keith Peterson stepped in to save Magana late in the second round of the UFC Fight Pass-streamed fight at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit. But Magana claims she wasn’t done, and indicated sexism was behind her stoppage loss (via Twitter):

Magana won notice from UFC commentators Joe Rogan and Jon Anik for improved standup in the early moments of the fight, but when Michigan native Cooper took the action to the ground, a different story emerged. Magana was completely overwhelmed and took several hard shots as Cooper held dominant position.

After a brief stint on her feet in the second round, Magana was taken down and nearly choked before Cooper settled into a devastating rhythm from top position. Unable to escape, Magana took several hard shots and didn’t appear to be intelligently defending herself.

But according to Magana, she was biding her time for a turnaround in the final frame (via Twitter)

Magana snapped pictures of her swollen face after the fight and took one last shot at her critics (via Twitter):

The loss marked Magana’s third straight setback in the octagon and followed an exceptionally difficult training camp. In a pre-fight interview with MMAjunkie, she spoke of living through Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico, her adopted home, and discovering a blood disease that limited her physical potential and required treatment.

A controversial presence during her appearance on “The Ultimate Fighter 20” and a brash Twitter presence, Magana drew headlines in May when she was punched by current women’s featherweight champion Cris Cyborg after an argument at the UFC fighter’s summit. Police were called and misdemeanor battery charges were filed against Cyborg.

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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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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Amanda Cooper after UFC 218 win: 'I don't think the sport needs' Angela Magana

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DETROIT – Amanda Cooper bludgeoned Angela Magana inside the octagon at UFC 218, then picked up where she left off during her post-fight interview.

Magana (11-9 MMA, 1-3 UFC) is among the most polarizing figures in the sport, and Cooper (3-3 MMA, 2-2 UFC) battered her to a second-round TKO in their strawweight bout on Saturday at UFC 218, which took place at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit.

With the loss, Magana’s winless skid is nearly seven years long. Afterward, Cooper said she doesn’t belong in the UFC, and perhaps the sport overall.

“I don’t think the sport needs her,” Cooper told reporters in her UFC 218 post-fight scrum, which MMAjunkie attended. “I don’t think the UFC needs her. Maybe she needs it. As soon as I called her out she was on Twitter freaking out. I think she gets something out of it. I don’t mean to be mean, but I think she probably needed that a little bit. I don’t think the sport needs her, but I think she needs it.”

Cooper elaborated her thoughts on Magana, and questioned why she continues in the sport after so many unsuccessful years.

“She convinces herself of false,” Cooper said. “I can’t imagine losing as many times as she has in a row or not fighting after two years. I can’t imagine going through all the things she went through. Hurricane, no electricity, not training. I can’t imagine going through all that and being confident. I don’t think she says the thing she says on Twitter and social media to amp herself up. I don’t think she’s faking it. I think she truly believes she’s great.

“Every time I’ve lost I’m like, ‘Man, I suck.’ I have to think about it and go home and build myself up. She’s lost and lost and lost and hasn’t fought in a few years and still thinks she’s the toughest (expletive) in the world. Maybe she’s just mentally stronger than most. I don’t know what she’s going to think after this. I feel bad for saying that, but good for her.”

Thoughts on her opponent aside, Cooper said UFC 218 marks the most memorable moment of her career thus far. The Michigan native got to put in work in front of a local audience, and she said she will never forget the win.

“I definitely think it’s got to be one of my favorite memories out of anything I’ve ever done,” Cooper said. “I’ve done a lot of stuff in my life. I have a lot of fight experience, 14 years. That’s going to rank the highest right now.”

With only six pro fights to her name and a .500 record in the UFC and overall, Cooper said she’s prepared to move on to the next challenge. She said she’s not interested in fighting anyone off “The Ultimate Fighter,” and would prefer a fresher face in the organization going forward.

“I want someone new, I want someone different,” Cooper said. “I know there’s a ton of fighters in this weight class right now. I want to be able to watch someone for the first few times and learn them and not see them on TV every single week and put them on a pedestal.”

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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UFC 218 results: Amanda Cooper puts on show for home fans, dominates Angela Magana for TKO

Amanda Cooper was so dominant that even the fence couldn’t save Angela Magana, no matter how she clung to it.

Cooper (3-3 MMA, 2-2 UFC) put a one-sided beatdown on Magana (11-9 MMA, 0-3 UFC) from start to finish, eventually earning a TKO stoppage with strikes on the mat at the 4:34 mark of Round 2.

The women’s strawweight 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.

Cooper wasted little time getting Magana to the ground in this one, and even a blatant fence grab by Magana early in the first round wasn’t enough to stop her from implementing her game plan.

After hauling Magana down, Cooper quickly took control from the top position, battering Magana with strikes and taking her back, nearly earning a stoppage before running out of time in the first.

Cooper got right back to work in the second, taking Magana down in the opening seconds of the round and then swarming her with strikes from back mount, which eventually forced referee Keith Peterson to call it off with just under 30 seconds left in the round.

The victory gets Cooper back in the win column for the first time since her submission loss to Cynthia Calvillo at UFC 209 in March. Magana has now lost three straight in the UFC, and five straight overall.

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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UFC 218's Angela Magana talks bouncing back from Hurricane Maria, blood disease

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DETROIT – UFC women’s strawweight Angela Magana has had a crazy journey on the way to her third UFC appearance.

When she fights Amanda Cooper at UFC 218, the veteran of “The Ultimate Fighter 20” will fight with a renewed vigor after getting treatment for a blood disease. But she’ll also carry her adopted home on her back, she said, after riding out Hurricane Maria, one of the worst natural disasters in history.

“She’s going to feel what I’ve been through with my fighting,” Magana (11-8 MMA, 0-2 UFC), who faces Cooper (2-3 MMA, 1-2 UFC) on the UFC Fight Pass-streamed opener of Saturday’s fight card at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit, told MMAjunkie.

In September 2016, Magana asked her Twitter followers for suggestions on a vacation. It was 14 months after a blowout loss to Michelle Waterson that had many fans writing her off. She settled on Puerto Rico, thinking it was tropical and didn’t require a visa. She fell in love with the island and its boxing roots, and decided to stay.

This past Tuesday, one week before she departed for Michigan, electricity finally came back on in Magana’s home. Much of the island had remained in blackness more than two months after the Category 5 hurricane. Critical infrastructure was completely wiped out, and help was slow to arrive.

The official estimate of dead from the hurricane is 58 people, but other reports claim the number is much higher, possibly as high as 1,095.

“I’ve been in the middle of gunfights over places to stay,” Magana said. “People burying their loved ones in their front yard because the hospitals don’t have refrigeration to keep the bodies. The hospitals being shut down because the bodies are rotting.

“I would get hungry, and I would cry, because to get food was such an assache. To get to the grocery store, you have to wait in lines. To get gas, it was an eight-hour line. Then there were gas rations. When you go to get water, you only get one gallon day. You need a gallon a day just for yourself for training, just because it’s so hot there.”

Magana could have left the island when the severity of the storm became apparent, but she said she couldn’t bear the thought of leaving when things got tough. She hunkered down in her house as the storm made landfall and fought the wind and flooding that soon arrived.

After the storm subsided, she and her training partners began to rebuild. Encouraged by the island’s Olympic boxing and wrestling teams, they joined training sessions set up outside on mats. To keep down water intake and beat the heat, they worked early in the mornings.

“We made it work,” she said. “Do soldiers get ready for war in air conditioning and sleeping in a nice bed? Those uncivilized conditions, I believe, made me more ready for war in the end.”

It didn’t hurt that Magana physically felt better than ever. Her training regimen over the past year had led to the discovery of a blood disease, which she said lead to heart palpitations and an enlarged left ventricle. With treatment, she felt like a new athlete.

“I have all this knowledge and life experience, and I get back to go back to high school … with his new body,” she said.

Now, she plans to use her newfound energy and pent-up emotion from the hurricane to beat Cooper, a runner-up on “The Ultimate Fighter 23.” She also plans to donate 10 percent of her purse to relief efforts, which she’s raised money for on Twitter since the disaster struck.

“It’s a very odd thing to have to live through,” Magana said. “Things are getting better slowly, but a lot of it has to do with the political crap that’s going on. Things could have been done a lot faster and a lot sooner. It’s just sad that the president and other people would rather focus on other things rather than human life.”

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UFC 218 pre-event facts: Champ Max Holloway's 'Blessed Era' coming together nicely

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The UFC heads to Michigan for the first time in more than seven years on Saturday with UFC 218, which takes place at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit with a main card on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

After the original main event fell apart, a featherweight championship rematch headlines the card. Reigning titleholder Max Holloway (18-3 MMA, 14-3 UFC) looks to repeat his third-round TKO of Jose Aldo (26-3 MMA, 8-2 UFC) at UFC 212 in June, while the Brazilian attempts to become just the third three-time titleholder in company history.

For more on the numbers behind the loaded UFC 218 lineup, check below for 75 pre-event facts.

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Main event

Max Holloway

Holloway is one of three fighters in UFC history to win the undisputed featherweight title, along with Aldo and Conor McGregor.

Holloway is one of two Hawaiian-born champions in UFC history. B.J. Penn also accomplished the feat.

Holloway competes in his 17th UFC featherweight bout, the most appearances in divisional history.

Holloway, 25, becomes the youngest fighter to make 18 UFC appearances.

Holloway, at 23, became the youngest fighter in UFC history to earn 10 victories with the organization at UFC Fight Night 74 in August.

Holloway enters the event on an 11-fight winning streak. He hasn’t suffered a defeat since August 2013.

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

Holloway’s 10-fight UFC winning streak in featherweight competition is the longest active streak in the division.

Max Holloway

Holloway’s 13 victories in UFC featherweight competition are the most in divisional history.

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

Holloway’s six knockout victories in UFC featherweight competition are tied with McGregor for most in divisional history.

Holloway’s eight knockdowns landed in UFC featherweight competition are most in divisional history.

Holloway is the only fighter in UFC/WEC featherweight history to land 100 or more significant strikes in four separate fights.

Holloway is one of four fighters in UFC history to land 100 or more significant strikes in five separate fights. Michael Bisping, T.J. Dillashaw and Joanna Jedrzejczyk also accomplished the feat.

Holloway’s submission of Cub Swanson at the 3:58 mark of Round 3 at UFC on FOX 15 is the second latest submission ever in a three-round UFC featherweight bout behind Charles Rosa’s submission of Sean Soriano at UFC Fight Night 59.

Jose Aldo

Aldo is the only two-time UFC featherweight titleholder in history and one of seven overall in company history to have two reigns in a single weight class.

Aldo can join Randy Couture as the only fighters in UFC history with three title reigns in a single weight class.

Aldo is 1-2 in his past three fights after going undefeated for more than a decade.

Aldo competes in his 19th UFC/WEC featherweight bout, the second most appearances in combined divisional history behind Swanson (21).

Aldo’s 16 victories in UFC/WEC featherweight competition are the most in combined divisional history.

Aldo’s 15-fight UFC/WEC winning streak before losing to McGregor at UFC 194 is the second longest in the combined history of the two organizations behind Anderson Silva (16).

Aldo’s nine stoppage victories in UFC/WEC featherweight competition are the most in combined divisional history.

Jose Aldo

Aldo’s eight knockdowns landed in UFC/WEC featherweight competition are tied for second most in combined divisional history behind Jeremy Stephens (nine).

Aldo has landed 86.3 percent (138 of 160) leg-kick attempts in his UFC/WEC career.

Aldo defends 92.3 percent (84 of 91) of opponent takedown attempts in UFC/WEC featherweight competition, the highest rate in combined divisional history.

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

Aldo absorbed 104 significant strikes in his loss to Holloway at UFC 212, the most of his 18-fight UFC/WEC career. His previous high was 79 against Frankie Edgar at UFC 200.

Co-main event

Alistair Overeem

Alistair Overeem (43-15 MMA, 8-4 UFC) is 7-1 in his past eight UFC appearances dating back to December 2014.

Overeem has earned 38 of his 43 career victories by stoppage. Of his 21 career knockout wins, 12 stemmed from either a kick or knee strike.

Overeem lands 73.2 percent of his significant strike attempts in UFC competition, the highest rate in company history.

Overeem has been on the losing end of the third and fourth largest statistical comeback finishes in UFC heavyweight history. He out-landed Antonio Silva by 30 significant strikes before being knocked out at UFC 156 and out-landed Travis Browne by 27 significant strikes before his demise at UFC Fight Night 26.

Overeem’s 10 knockout losses in MMA competition are the most of any active member on the UFC roster.

Francis Ngannou

Francis Ngannou’s (10-1 MMA, 5-0 UFC) five-fight winning streak in UFC heavyweight competition is tied with Stipe Miocic for the longest active streak in the division.

Ngannou’s five-fight stoppage streak in UFC competition is tied with Miocic and Mairbek Taisumov the longest among active fighters.

Ngannou is one of three heavyweights in UFC history to post a five-fight stoppage streak. Ricco Rodriguez and Junior Dos Santos also accomplished the feat.

Ngannou has earned all 10 of his career victories by stoppage.

Ngannou absorbs just 1.53 significant strikes per minute in UFC heavyweight competition, the best rate among active fighters in the division.

Henry Cejudo

Henry Cejudo (11-2 MMA, 5-2 UFC) is one of three Olympic gold medalists to fight in the UFC, along with Kevin Jackson and Mark Schultz. He accomplished the feat in freestyle wrestling at the 2008 Summer Olympics.

Cejudo is the only Olympic gold medalist to fight in the UFC since the organization was purchased by parent company Zuffa.

Cejudo is the only Olympic gold medalist to fight for a UFC championship in modern UFC history.

Sergio Pettis (16-2 MMA, 7-2 UFC), along with his older brother Anthony Pettis, are one of 18 pairs of siblings to compete under the UFC banner.

Pettis is 4-1 since he dropped to the UFC flyweight division in March 2015.

Pettis’ four-fight UFC winning streak in flyweight competition is the third longest active streak in the division behind champ Johnson (13) and Joseph Benavidez (six).

Pettis has earned all seven of his UFC victories by decision.

Pettis defends 68.3 percent of all opponent significant strike attempts in UFC flyweight competition, the second-best rate in divisional history behind Johnson (68.7 percent).

Eddie Alvarez

Eddie Alvarez (28-5 MMA, 3-2 UFC) is the only fighter in MMA history to win titles under the UFC and Bellator banners.

Alvarez’s 128-day UFC lightweight title reign, ended by McGregor at UFC 205, was the shortest of any champion in divisional history.

Justin Gaethje (18-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) enters the event on an 18-fight winning streak. He hasn’t suffered a defeat in his more than six-year career.

Gaethje’s 18-fight MMA winning streak is third longest among active UFC fighters behind Khabib Nurmagomedov (24) and Jimmie Rivera (20).

Gaethje had earned 16 of his 18 career victories by stoppage. He’s finished 16 of those wins by knockout.

Tecia Torres

Tecia Torres’ (9-1 MMA, 5-1 UFC) competes in her seventh UFC strawweight bout, tied for the second appearances in divisional history behind Joanna Jedrzejczyk (nine).

Torres’ five victories in UFC strawweight competition are tied with champ Rose Namajunas for second most in divisional history behind Jedrzejczyk (eight).

Torres’ two-fight UFC winning streak in strawweight competition is tied for the third longest active streak in the division behind Felice Herrig (three) and Cynthia Calvillo (three).

Torres defends 72.3 percent of all opponent significant strike attempts in UFC strawweight competition, the best rate in divisional history.

Michelle Waterson (14-5 MMA, 2-1 UFC) has earned 12 of her 14 career victories by stoppage. Both of her UFC wins are by submission.

Waterson’s six submission attempts in UFC strawweight competition are tied for third most in divisional history behind Cynthia Calvillo (eight) and Claudia Gadelha (seven).

Preliminary card

Charles Oliveira

Charles Oliveira (22-7 MMA, 10-7 UFC) was successful in his return to the UFC lightweight division when he submitted Will Brooks at UFC 210. He’s 3-3 in the organization at 155 pounds.

Oliveira has earned nine of his 10 UFC victories by submission.

Oliveira’s nine submission victories in UFC competition are tied with Nate Diaz and Demian Maia for second most in company history behind Royce Gracie (10).

Oliveira’s six submission victories in UFC featherweight competition are the most in divisional history.

Oliveira is one of two fighters in UFC history to earn submission victories with six different techniques. Frank Mir also accomplished the feat.

Oliveira is the only fighter in UFC history to earn a calf-slicer submission victory. He accomplished the feat against Eric Wisely at UFC on FOX 2.

Oliveira has earned 10 fight-night bonuses in his UFC career. His six bonuses for UFC featherweight bouts are tied with McGregor for most in divisional history.

Paul Felder (14-3 MMA, 6-3 UFC) has earned nine of his 14 career victories by knockout.

Felder is one of four fighters in UFC history to earn a knockout victory stemming from a spinning backfist. He accomplished the feat at UFC 182.

Alex Oliveira

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

Oliveira has earned 14 of his 17 career victories by stoppage. That includes five of his seven UFC wins.

Oliveira absorbs just 1.44 signifiant strikes per minute in UFC welterweight competition, the least among active fighters in the weight class.

Yancy Medeiros (14-4 MMA, 5-4 UFC) is 2-0 since he moved up to the UFC welterweight division in September 2016.

Felice Herrig

Felice Herrig’s (13-6 MMA, 4-1 UFC) four victories in UFC strawweight competition are tied for fourth most in divisional history behind Jedrzejczyk (eight), Namajunas (five) and Torres (five).

Herrig’s three-fight UFC winning streak in strawweight competition is tied with Calvillo for the longest active streak in the division.

Herrig has earned eight of her 13 career victories by decision.

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.

Cortney Casey (6-4 MMA, 2-3 UFC) competes in her seven UFC strawweight bout, tied for second most appearances in divisional history behind Jedrzejczyk (nine).

Casey’s two fight-night bonuses for UFC strawweight bouts are tied for second most in divisional history behind Jedrzejczyk (three).

Dominick Reyes

Dominick Reyes (7-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) has earned six of his seven career victories by first-round stoppage.

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.

Angela Magana (11-8 MMA, 0-2 UFC) enters the event on a four-fight losing skid. She hasn’t earned a victory since August 2011.

For more on UFC 218, 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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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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