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UFC 215 post-event facts: Which fighter tied an 11-year-old UFC record?

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The UFC made a successful debut in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, on Saturday with UFC 215, which took place at Rogers Place with a main card on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

The 11-fight card was capped off by a razor-thin title defense from UFC women’s bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes (15-4 MMA, 8-1 UFC), who edged rival Valentina Shevchenko (14-3 MMA, 3-2 UFC) by split decision in their anticipated title rematch.

Nunes’ victory continued to raise her profile in the divisional record books, but she wasn’t the only fighter on the card to make some history. For more, check below for 35 post-even facts to come out of UFC 215.

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General

Amanda Nunes

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

Rafael dos Anjos, Henry Cejudo, Jeremy Stephens and Gilbert Melendez earned $50,000 UFC 215 fight-night bonuses.

Debuting fighters went 1-0 on the card.

UFC 215 drew an announced attendance of 16,232 for a live gate of $2,028,307.14.

Betting favorites went 6-5 on the card.

Total fight time for the 11-bout card was 2:06:50.

Main card

Amanda Nunes and Valentina Shevchenko

Nunes’ six-fight UFC winning streak in women’s bantamweight competition is the longest active streak in the division.

Nunes’ eight victories in UFC women’s bantamweight competition are the most in divisional history.

Shevchenko has suffered both of her UFC losses to Nunes.

Shevchenko has suffered both of her UFC losses by decision.

Shevchenko failed to complete a takedown in a fight for the first time in her UFC career.

Rafael dos Anjos

Dos Anjos (27-9 MMA, 16-7 UFC) improved to 2-0 since he moved up to the UFC welterweight division in June 2017.

Dos Anjos earned his first submission victory since May 15, 2012 – a span of 1,943 days (more than five years) and 14 fights.

Neil Magny (19-6 MMA, 12-5 UFC) has suffered four of his six career losses by submission.

Henry Cejudo

Cejudo (11-2 MMA, 5-2 UFC) earned the first stoppage victory of his UFC career.

Wilson Reis (22-8 MMA, 6-4 UFC) fell to 5-3 since he dropped to the UFC flyweight division in August 2014.

Tyson Pedro (6-1 MMA, 2-1 UFC) had his six-fight winning streak snapped for the first defeat of his career.

Stephens (26-14 MMA, 13-13 UFC) improved to 6-5 since he dropped to the UFC featherweight division in May 2013.

Jeremy Stephens

Stephens has earned four of his six featherweight victories by decision.

Stephens’ five knockdowns landed tied the single-fight UFC record set by Forrest Petz vs. Sammy Morgan at UFC Fight Night 6 in 2006.

Melendez (22-7 MMA, 1-5 UFC) suffered his fourth consecutive loss to extend the longest skid of his career. He’s 1-5 in his past six bouts overall and hasn’t earned a victory since October 2013.

Melendez was unsuccessful in his UFC featherweight debut. He hasn’t earned a victory in the weight class since August 2005.

Melendez has suffered six of his seven career losses by decision.

Preliminary card

Ketlen Vieira and Sara McMann

Ketlen Vieira’s (9-0 MMA, 3-0 UFC) three-fight UFC winning streak in women’s bantamweight competition is tied for the third longest active streak in the division behind Nunes (six) and Raquel Pennington (four).

Sara McMann (11-4 MMA, 5-4 UFC) has suffered three of her four career losses by stoppage.

Ashlee Evans-Smith (5-3 MMA, 2-3 UFC) has suffered both of her career stoppage losses by submission.

Gavin Tucker (10-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC) had his 10-fight winning streak snapped for the first defeat of his career.

Mitch Clarke

Mitch Clarke (11-5 MMA, 2-5 UFC) suffered his third consecutive loss to extend the longest skid of his career.

Clarke retired from MMA following his defeat.

Alex White (12-3 MMA, 3-3 UFC) improved to 1-1 since he moved up to the UFC lightweight division in January.

White has earned 10 of his 12 career victories by stoppage.

Luis Henrique (10-4 MMA, 2-3 UFC) suffered the first decision loss of his career.

Henrique failed to complete a takedown for the first time in his UFC career.

Kajan Johnson

Kajan Johnson (22-11-1 MMA, 3-1 UFC) earned his first knockout victory since Nov. 6, 2009 – a span of 2,864 days (nearly eight years) and seven fights.

Adriano Martins (28-9 MMA, 4-3 UFC) has suffered both of his UFC stoppage losses by knockout.

For complete coverage of UFC 215, 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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UFC 215 Athlete Outfitting pay: 2017 payout total passes $4 million

EDMONTON – Fighters from Saturday’s UFC 215 event took home UFC Athlete Outfitting pay, a program that launched after the UFC’s deal with Reebok, totaling $185,000.

UFC 215 took place at Rogers Place in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, and the main card aired on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

Leading the way was UFC women’s bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes (15-4 MMA, 8-1 UFC), who as a titleholder earned a maximum program payout of $40,000. “The Lioness” earned a split-decision victory over Valentina Shevchenko (14-3 MMA, 3-2 UFC) in the main event.

With UFC 215 in the books, the UFC’s 2017 annual outfitting payout pushed past $4 million.

The full UFC 215 UFC Athlete Outfitting payouts included:

Amanda Nunes: $40,000
def. Valentina Shevchenko: $30,000

Rafael dos Anjos: $20,000
def. Neil Magny: $15,000

Henry Cejudo: $5,000
def. Wilson Reis: $5,000

Ilir Latifi: $5,000
def. Tyson Pedro: $2,500

Jeremy Stephens: $20,000
def. Gilbert Melendez: $5,000

Ketlen Vieira: $2,500
def. Sara McMann: $5,000

Sarah Moras: $2,500
def. Ashlee Evans-Smith: $2,500

Rick Glenn: $2,500
def. Gavin Tucker: $2,500

Alex White: $5,000
def. Mitch Clarke: $5,000

Arjan Bhullar: $2,500
def. Luis Henrique: $2,500

Kajan Johnson: $2,500
def. Adriano Martins: $5,000

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.

Year-to-date total: $4,050,000
2016 total: $7,138,000
2015 total: $3,185,000
Program-to-date total: $14,373,000

For complete coverage of UFC 215, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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Sarah Moras pulls off a submission so gross Daniel Cormier doesn't even want to see it again

Sarah Moras may have been a significant underdog coming into her UFC 215 fight with Ashlee Evans-Smith, but she pulled off a first-round submission win that seemed to surprise even herself – while totally grossing out commentator and UFC light heavyweight Daniel Cormier.

After getting taken down quickly by Evans-Smith (5-3 MMA, 2-3 UFC), Moras (5-2 MMA, 2-1 UFC) rebounded just as quickly, locking up the armbar from her back and continually adjusting until she flipped Evans-Smith onto her back and extended the arm.

That’s when things got a little icky, as Moras straightened the arm and Evans-Smith tried to break the grip with her leg. Before she could, her right arm bent in the wrong direction, prompted a quick tap and a stoppage (via Twitter):

The sight was unpleasant enough that even a professional tough guy like Cormier didn’t want to sit through it again. After the slow-motion replay confirmed the sudden give in Evans-Smith’s arm, Cormier confided to his broadcast partner Joe Rogan that he had to avert his eyes for that one.

“I didn’t want to see it,” Cormier said. “I looked away, Joe. I can’t even watch it.”

When informed during her post-fight interview that she’d likely dislocated her opponent’s arm, Moras was less queasy about it.

“Ah, I hope so,” she said.

For more on UFC 215, 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 215 results: Sarah Moras cranks Ashlee Evans-Smith's arm for first-round win

After more than two years away from the octagon, unheralded underdog Sarah Moras (5-2 MMA, 2-1 UFC) shocked Ashlee Evans-Smith (5-3 MMA, 2-3 UFC) with a gutsy first-round submission.

The strawweight bout was part of today’s UFC 215 prelims, which took place at Rogers Place in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, and aired on FS1.

The action started quickly, and the two immediately worked into a clinch, where Evans-Smith scored a takedown and moved quickly to side control. Moras swiftly regained guard and then showed incredible flexibility with her legs by bending her way into an armbar attempt. Evans-Smith put her foot on her opponent’s neck as she tried to work her way free, but Moras was in fantastic position and refused to let go of the limb. Evans-Smith tried desperately to work free, but Moras rolled and adjusted and stuck with the hold until she flipped her opponent to her back and cranked the arm to get the tap at the 2:51 mark of the first.

Moras improves to 3-1 in her past four fights, while Evans-Smith has now dropped back-to-back fights for the first time in her professinal career.

Up-to-the-minute UFC 215 results include:

For more on UFC 215, visit the UFC Events section of the site.

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In-depth main-card breakdown: 'UFC 215: Johnson vs. Borg'

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MMAjunkie Radio cohost and MMAjunkie contributor Dan Tom provides an in-depth breakdown of all of UFC 215’s main-card bouts.

UFC 215 takes place Saturday at Rogers Place in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

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Demetrious Johnson (26-2-1 MMA, 14-1-1 UFC)

Demetrious Johnson

Staple info:

  • Height: 5’3″ Age: 31 Weight: 125 lbs. Reach: 66″
  • Last fight: Submission win over Wilson Reis (April 15, 2017)
  • Camp: AMC Pankration (Kirkland, Wash.)
  • Stance/striking style: Switch-stance/kickboxing
  • Risk management: Excellent

Supplemental info:
+ UFC flyweight champion
+ Amateur MMA tites
+ 5 KO wins
+ 9 submission victories
+ 9 first-round finishes
+ Relentless pace and pressure
+ Incredible speed
+ Superb footwork
^ Finds and creates angles
+ Diverse arsenal of attack
^ Variates timing and techniques
+ Adjusts well throughout fight
+ Creative clinch game
^ Stifles, strikes, sets up takedowns
+ Excellent transitional grappler
+ Never slows / recovers well

Ray Borg (11-2 MMA, 5-2 UFC)

Ray Borg

Staple info:

  • Height: 5’4″ Age: 30 Weight: 125 lbs. Reach: 63″
  • Last fight: Decision win over Jussier Formiga (March 11, 2016)
  • Camp: Jackson-Wink MMA (New Mexico)
  • Stance/striking style: Orthodox/Kickboxing
  • Risk management: Fair

Supplemental info:
+ Regional MMA title
+ Wrestling base
+ 1 KO victory
+ 6 submission wins
+ 4 first-round finishes
+ Aggressive pace and pressure
+ Improved overall striking
^ Defensively and offensively
+ Excellent takedown ability
^ Solid level changes and chains
+ Superb scrambler / transitional grappler
^ Always looks for back
+ Works well from topside
^ Floats and rides smoothly
+ Effective ground striker
^ Dangerous elbows

Summary:

The main event for UFC 215 is a title fight in the flyweight division as Demetrious Johnson takes on Ray Borg.

Considered by many to be the sport’s best pound-for-pound tactician,“Mighty Mouse” Johnson has continued to display dominance amongst his contemporaries. Currently tied with Anderson Silva for most title defenses in UFC history (10), Johnson will attempt to further cement his name in the history books of MMA.

Seeking to spoil the party is “The Tazmexican Devil” Borg, the division’s No. 3-ranked contender (according to the UFC), who has long-been considered a dark horse by many. Now, tasked with his tallest order to date, Borg will attempt to upset the oddsmakers as he goes trophy hunting at the highest level.

Starting off on the feet, I suspect the champion, Johnson, will have his biggest on-paper advantages, as I see his speed and footwork playing his most crucial role for success. Since entering the organization in 2011, we have seen steady but tangible improvements from Johnson.

Demonstrating a preternatural sense of range, Johnson has been able to apply his speed to techniques, as he finds angles beautifully from both stances. Not only can the champion fight from each side, but he can also shift smoothly between southpaw and orthodox as he attacks in combination.

Still, Johnson will need to respect what is coming back at him, as Borg will have offense of his own to offer. A quick, explosive striker himself, the New Mexican native has been steadily sharpening his game under the care of Brandon Gibson and the rest of the staff at Jackson-Wink MMA.

Demonstrating improvements to his head movement and footwork, Borg can now better facilitate the strikes that he likes to throw. And considering that Borg throws sharp hooks and uppercuts with an occasional flying knee, he could come up big against an opponent who is consistently dipping and/or changing his level.

Regardless of how striking stanzas play out, I believe that the clinch battles will be the make-or-break point of this matchup, making it a key junction for both men.

Despite the clinch being a gateway for Borg to get this fight to the floor, it is also a pathway that can be deceptive to pass through considering the clinching acumen of the champion. A flow master and multi-tasker, there is no better examples of Johnson’s brilliance than when watching the evolution of his game inside of the clinch.

After being dropped in his first fight with John Dodson, Johnson intelligently adjusted by taking the fight into the clinch. Using a myriad of grips to trips, or strikes into high-crotch hikes, Johnson has developed quite the taste for breaking his opponents in close.

Since then, we have only seen these skills sharpened as we witnessed the champion dismember an Olympic wrestler within his comfort of the clinch, using brutal knees to break down his opposition.

Nevertheless, Johnson cannot afford to be caught sleeping or shifting gears in this space, as Borg is no slouch in tight. An excellent chain wrestler himself, Borg is relentless in his pursuit of the takedown, creatively utilizing his opponent’s levers against them.

Even if Borg fails to ground the champion, he could still create problems by simply doing enough to open up a scramble opportunity – a space the New Mexican native has proven to thrive within.

As his nickname would indicate, Borg is a ravenous scrambler who looks to snatch up submissions and positions in transit. That said, Borg’s game will need to be air-tight, as Johnson has shown that he can play the role of an escape artist when necessary.

Staying calm and composed at all times, Johnson typically uses textbook techniques to get out of very troublesome spots. Often utilizing a single-leg to lever himself to safety and or control a scramble, the champion will usually reverse position or break away with success.

The potential problem – in my opinion – is that the process of turtling out or into your opponent traditionally gives way to back-takes and front-headlocks, positions that are arguably Borg’s best spots.

Working well from the front-headlock, Borg has displayed an array of submission and positional threats as he sets up the back mount well from here. And given the success both Ian McCall and Tim Elliot had against Johnson from the front headlock, I would not be surprised to see Borg force the issue should he end up there.

Ultimately, it is hard to see either man easily getting ahead of the other on the mat without having to earn it first. Although the oddsmakers are not giving the challenger much of a chance at +800 odds, let’s not forget that there was a time where Borg was one of the few fighters pulling -800 lines in his favor.

Still, the numbers do arguably reflect the task at hand as the New Mexican native will need to venture deep into the woods to get his kill. And though I do not doubt Borg’s belief in himself for a second, it is hard to go against the best all-terrain fighter in the sport, as I see Johnson doing the bulk of his damage standing and in the clinch, frustrating the title challenger as he finds his finish in the later rounds.

Official pick: Johnson by decision

Official outcome: To be determined

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UFC 215 lineup set with 2 title fights in Edmonton, including Demetrious Johnson's quest for record

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The lineup is set for the UFC’s return trip to Canada next month, including a pair of title fights at the top of the bill.

The card features a dozen fights on Sept. 9 at Rogers Place in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. The main card airs on pay-per-view following four prelims on FS1 and three on UFC Fight Pass.

In the main event, flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson (26-2-1 MMA, 14-1-1 UFC) looks for his record 11th consecutive title defense when he takes on challenger Ray Borg (11-2 MMA, 5-2 UFC).

Johnson, who’s No. 1 in the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA flyweight rankings (and No. 2 pound-for-pound), will break middleweight great Anderson Silva’s longstanding title-defense record if victorious. “Mighty Mouse” currently is as much as a 12-1 favorite at some online sports books to beat No. 5 Borg, who’s won two straight and five of his past six – though he missed weight on two occasions.

In the co-headliner, women’s bantamweight titleholder and No. 1-ranked female 135-pounder Amanda Nunes (14-4 MMA, 7-1 UFC) rematches No. 2 Valentina Shevchenko (14-2 MMA, 3-1 UFC). Nunes, who took the title from Miesha Tate during her current five-fight winning streak, also defeated No. 2-ranked Shevchenko via unanimous decision during her run. Shevchenko has since rebounded with wins over ex-champ Holly Holm (decision) and Julianna Pena (submission).

To fill out the main card, former lightweight champ Rafael dos Anjos (26-9 MMA, 15-7 UFC) fights at welterweight for the second time when he meets Neil Magny (19-5 MMA, 12-4 UFC); Ilir Latifi (12-5 MMA, 5-3 UFC) takes on Tyson Pedro (6-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC) at light heavyweight; and former Strikeforce lightweight champ and two-time UFC title challenger Gilbert Melendez (22-6 MMA, 1-4 UFC) moves to featherweight to fight fellow veteran Jeremy Stephens (25-14 MMA, 12-13 UFC) to open up the pay-per-view portion.

The featured bout on the FS1-broadcast prelims is a women’s bantamweight fight between former title challenger and Olympic medalist Sara McMann (11-3 MMA, 5-3 UFC) and Ketlen Vieira (8-0 MMA. 2-0 UFC). McMann will be fighting for the first time since moving her training camp to the esteemed Team Alpha Male in California.

The featured bout on the UFC Fight Pass preliminary card is a lightweight matchup between Mitch Clarke (11-4 MMA, 2-4 UFC) and Alex White (11-3 MMA, 2-3 UFC). Clarke is based in Edmonton and gets a fight in front of his home fans.

The complete UFC 215 lineup includes:

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

  • Champ Demetrious Johnson vs. Ray Borg – for flyweight title
  • Champ Amanda Nunes vs. Valentina Shevchenko – for women’s bantamweight title
  • Rafael dos Anjos vs. Neil Magny
  • Ilir Latifi vs. Tyson Pedro
  • Gilbert Melendez vs. Jeremy Stephens

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

PRELIMINARY CARD (6:30 p.m. ET, UFC Fight Pass)

For more on UFC 215, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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UFC 216 in Edmonton gets Henry Cejudo vs. Wilson Reis, Sarah Moras vs. Ashlee Evans-Smith

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UFC 216, which marks the UFC’s return to Canada, has two new bouts.

They include former flyweight title challengers Henry Cejudo (10-2 MMA, 4-2 UFC) vs. Wilson Reis (22-7 MMA, 6-3 UFC) and female bantamweights Sarah Moras (4-2 MMA, 1-1 UFC) vs. Ashlee Evans-Smith (5-2 MMA, 2-2 UFC), officials announced via TSN.ca.

UFC 216 takes place Sept. 9 at Rogers Place in Edmonton. The event airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass, though the lineup hasn’t been finalized.

Cejudo is No. 3 in the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA flyweight rankings, and Reis is No. 7. Neither female fighter is ranked.

Cejudo, a 30-year-old Olympic gold medalist in wrestling, won his first 10 pro MMA bouts, which included UFC victories over Dustin Kimura, Chris Cariaso, Chico Camus and Jussier Formiga – all via decision. He then suffered a title loss to champ Demetrious Johnson via TKO, and in his most recent bout, he suffered a narrow split-decision defeat to Joseph Benavidez after a costly one-point deduction for low blows.

He takes on Reis, who went on a 5-1 run to earn a title shot against Johnson in April. However, the 32-year-old Brazilian fighter, jiu-jitsu specialist and former EliteXC champ suffered a submission loss in that UFC on FOX 24 championship headliner.

Meanwhile, Moras, a 29-year-old Canadian, fights for the first time in two years. She made her UFC in 2014 and posted a decision victory over Alexis Dufresne but suffered a decision defeat to Jessica Andrade in 2015. It remains her most recent bout due to injuries.

She takes on Evans-Smith, a 29-year-old who had posted back-to-back wins over Marion Reneau and Veronica Macedo. However, in her most recent appearance, she suffered a decision defeat to Ketlen Vieira.

The latest UFC 216 card includes:

  • Henry Cejudo vs. Wilson Reis
  • Rick Glenn vs. Gavin Tucker
  • Ashlee Evans-Smith vs. Sarah Moras

For more on UFC 216, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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