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The UFC returns to Poland for the second time on Saturday with UFC Fight Night 118, which takes place Ergo Arena in Gdansk and streams on UFC Fight Pass.
The event is headlined by a key welterweight bout. Donald Cerrone (32-9 MMA, 19-6 UFC) adds yet another octagon trip to his resume when he takes on unbeaten rising prospect Darren Till (15-0-1 MMA, 3-0-1 UFC) in a clash of old guard vs. new guard.
Several other notable names fill the 12-fight lineup. For more on the numbers behind the matchups, check below for 55 pre-event facts about UFC Fight Night 118.
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Cerrone enters the event on the first losing skid of his career.
Cerrone fights outside of the United States or Canada for the first time since June 2007.
Cerrone makes his 36th UFC/WEC appearance, the most in the combined history of the two organizations.
Cerrone’s 36 appearances in UFC/WEC/PRIDE/Strikeforce competition are third most in combined organizational history behind Wanderlei Silva (40) and Dan Henderson (40).
Cerrone’s 15 appearances since 2014 in UFC competition are most in the company.
Cerrone’s 19 victories in UFC competition are tied with Georges St-Pierre and Demian Maia for second most in company history behind Michael Bisping (20).
Cerrone’s 25 victories in UFC/WEC/PRIDE/Strikeforce competition are tied with Henderson for the second most in combined organizational history behind W. Silva (27).
Cerrone is 4-2 since he moved up to the UFC welterweight division in February 2015.
Cerrone has earned all four of his UFC welterweight victories by stoppage.
Cerrone’s 13 stoppage victories in UFC competition are tied for third most in company history behind Vitor Belfort (14) and Anderson Silva (14).
Cerrone’s 17 stoppage victories in UFC/WEC competition are the most in combined organizational history.
Cerrone’s 17 stoppage victories in UFC/WEC/PRIDE/Strikeforce competition are tied for third most in combined organizational history behind Mirko Filipovic (21) and W. Silva (20).
Cerrone’s six knockout victories stemming from a head kick in UFC competition are the most in company history. No one else has more than four.
Cerrone’s 14 knockdowns landed in UFC competition are tied with Chuck Liddell for third most in company history behind A. Silva (18) and Jeremy Stephens (16).
Cerrone’s 18 fight-night bonuses in UFC/WEC bouts are the most in combined organizational history.
Cerrone’s 13 fight-night bonuses in UFC bouts are tied with A. Silva for third most in company history behind Nate Diaz (15) and Joe Lauzon (15).
Till’s 16-fight undefeated streak in MMA competition is the fifth longest among active UFC fighters behind Khabib Nurmagomedov (24), Jimmie Rivera (20), Cris Cyborg (19) and Justin Gaethje (18).
Till hasn’t suffered a loss in his nearly five-year MMA career.
Till has earned 11 of his 15 career victories by stoppage.
Till has earned two of his three UFC victories by decision.
Karolina Kowalkiewicz (10-2 MMA, 3-2 UFC) enters the event with consecutive losses after starting her career on a 10-fight winning streak.
Kowalkiewicz has earned all three of her UFC victories by decision. She hasn’t earned a stoppage since May 2014.
Kowalkiewicz defends 84.8 percent of all opponent takedown attempts in UFC strawweight competition, the highest rate in divisional history.
Jodie Esquibel (6-2 MMA, 0-0 UFC) has earned five of her six career victories by decision.
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Jan Blachowicz (19-7 MMA, 2-4 UFC) is 1-4 in his past five UFC appearances. He hasn’t earned a victory since April 2016.
Blachowicz is one of two light heavyweights in UFC history to earn a knockout stemming from a body kick. He accomplished the feat against Ilir Latifi at UFC Fight Night 53.
Blachowicz has suffered all four of his UFC losses by decision.
Devin Clark’s (8-1 MMA, 2-1 UFC) two-fight UFC winning streak in UFC light heavyweight competition is tied for the third longest active streak in the division behind Mauricio Rua (three) and Volkan Oezdemir (three).
Clark has earned both of his UFC victories by decision.
Jonathan Wilson (7-2 MMA, 1-2 UFC) drops the UFC middleweight division after making his first three octagon appearances at light heavyweight.
Wilson enters the event with consecutive losses after starting her career on a seven-fight winning streak. He hasn’t earned a victory since August 2015.
Oskar Piechota (9-0-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) has earned all of his career victories by stoppage.
Marcin Held’s (22-7 MMA, 0-3 UFC) three-fight losing skid is the longest of his career. He’s 1-4 in his past five fights overall and hasn’t earned a victory since May 2016.
Nasrat Haqparast (8-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) makes his UFC debut on an eight-fight winning streak. He hasn’t suffered a loss since his pro debut in December 2012.
Haqparast has earned all eight of his career victories by knockout. He’s earned six of his wins in Round 1.
Anthony Hamilton (15-8 MMA, 3-6 UFC), 37, is the oldest of the 24 fighters scheduled to compete at the event.
Hamilton’s three-fight losing skid is the longest of his career. He’s 1-4 in his past five fights overall and hasn’t earned a victory since July 2016.
Hamilton’s average fight time of 5:19 in UFC heavyweight competition is second shortest among active fighters in the weight class behind Francis Ngannou (4:35).
Hamilton has suffered five of his six UFC losses by stoppage.
Hamilton’s 14-second knockout of Damian Grabowski at UFC 201 is the second fastest in UFC heavyweight history. Only Todd Duffee’s seven-second knockout at UFC 102 was faster.
Damian Stasiak (10-4 MMA, 2-2 UFC) has suffered all four of his career losses by decision.
Brian Kelleher (17-8 MMA, 1-1 UFC) has suffered all five of his career stoppage losses by submission.
Sam Alvey’s (31-9 MMA, 8-4 UFC) makes his eighth UFC appearance since June 2016. No fighter has more UFC appearances in that stretch.
Alvey’s eight victories since 2014 in UFC middleweight competition are tied with Gegard Mousasi for most in the division.
Artem Lobov (13-13-1 MMA, 2-3 UFC) is 5-5-1 in his past 11 career fights.
Lobov has fought to a decision in all five of his UFC appearances.
Lobov has suffered 10 of his 13 career losses by decision. That includes all three of his UFC defeats.
Andre Fili (16-5 MMA, 4-4 UFC) has alternated wins and losses over his eight-fight UFC career. He was defeated in his most recent bout at UFC 214.
Warlley Alves (10-2 MMA, 4-2 UFC) returns to competition for the first time since Nov. 19, 2016. The 336-day layoff is the longest of his more than six-year career.
Alves enters the event with back-to-back losses after starting his career on a 10-fight winning streak.
Alves’ three guillotine-choke submission victories in UFC competition are tied for second most in company history behind Nate Diaz (four).
Aspen Ladd (5-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC), 22, is the youngest of the 24 fighters scheduled to compete at the event.
Felipe Arantes (18-8-1 MMA, 5-4-1 UFC) returns to the UFC featherweight division after a three-fight stint at bantamweight where he went 2-1.
Josh Emmett (11-1 MMA, 2-1 UFC) drops to the UFC featherweight division for the first time after making his first three octagon appearances at lightweight.
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