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The UFC makes another stop in New York on Saturday when UFC on FOX 25 takes place at NYCB LIVE in Uniondale with a FOX-televised card following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.
A local favorite headlines the event when former UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman (13-3 MMA, 9-3 UFC) looks to snap his three-fight losing skid when he faces “The Ultimate Fighter 18” winner Kelvin Gastelum (13-2 MMA, 8-2 UFC).
There are quite a few other local fighters slated for competition, as well. For more on the numbers behind the card, check below for 60 pre-event facts about UFC on FOX 25.
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Weidman competes in his fifth career UFC main event. He’s 4-0 in previous headliners.
Weidman enters the event on a three-fight losing skid. He hasn’t earned a victory since May 2015.
Weidman became the first male fighter in UFC history to win a championship with an undefeated record and go on to successfully defend the belt more than once when he defeated Machida at UFC 175.
Weidman has completed at least one takedown against all 12 of his UFC opponents.
Weidman’s six stoppage victories in UFC middleweight competition since 2011 are tied with Yoel Romero and Ronaldo Souza for most among active fighters in the weight class.
Weidman has out-struck nine of the 12 opponents he’s faced in UFC competition.
Weidman has suffered all three of his career losses by stoppage due to strikes.
Gastelum competes in his third career UFC main event. He’s 0-1 (with one no contest) in previous headliners.
Gastelum is 1-0 (with one no contest) since he moved up to the UFC middleweight division in December. He’s 3-0 (with one no contest) in the organization at 185 pounds.
Gastelum has earned nine of his 13 career victories by stoppage.
Gastelum has landed five knockdowns in his past four fights.
Gastelum has suffered both of his career losses by split decision.
Darren Elkins (22-5 MMA, 12-4 UFC) competes in his 15th UFC featherweight bout, the second most appearances in divisional history behind champ Max Holloway (16).
Elkins is 11-3 since he dropped to the UFC featherweight division in June 2011.
Elkins’ 11 UFC featherweight victories are second most in divisional history behind Holloway (13).
Elkins’ four-fight UFC winning streak in featherweight competition is tied for the second longest active streak in the division behind Holloway (10).
Elkins has landed 1,412 total strikes in UFC featherweight competition, the most in divisional history.
Elkins’ 32 takedowns landed in UFC featherweight competition are second most in divisional history behind Dennis Bermudez (38).
Elkins’ 18 submission attempts in UFC featherweight competition are the most in divisional history.
Elkins was victorious against Mirsad Bektic at UFC 209 despite a -91 total strike differential (146 to 72), the third-largest deficit for a winner by stoppage in UFC history.
Dennis Bermudez (16-6 MMA, 9-4 UFC) competes in his 14th UFC featherweight bout, the third most appearance in divisional history behind Holloway (16) and Elkins (15).
Bermudez’s nine victories in UFC featherweight competition are tied for fourth most in divisional history behind Holloway (13), Elkins (11) and Cub Swanson (10).
Bermudez has earned six of his nine UFC victories by decision.
Bermudez is the only fighter in UFC featherweight history to register three knockdowns in a single fight. He accomplished the feat against Jimy Hettes at UFC 171.
Bermudez’s 38 takedowns landed in UFC featherweight competition are the most in divisional history.
Bermudez has defended 91.7 percent of all opponent takedown attempts in UFC featherweight competition, the highest rate in divisional history.
Bermudez has suffered all six of his career losses by stoppage.
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Patrick Cummins (9-4 MMA, 5-4 UFC) competes in his 10th UFC bout since he joined the organization in February 2014. No other light heavyweight has made more octagon appearances in that time.
Cummins lands 6.15 takedowns per 15 minutes of fighting in UFC competition, the highest rate in light heavyweight history.
Cummins completed 10 takedowns against Kyle Kingsbury at UFC on FOX 12, the second most in a UFC light-heavyweight bout. Rodney Wallace holds the record with 11 takedowns at UFC 111.
Gian Villante (15-8 MMA, 5-5 UFC) has alternated wins and losses over his past six UFC appearances. He was defeated in his most recent bout at UFC Fight Night 106.
Villante is the only light-heavyweight fighter in UFC history to absorb 100 or more significant strikes in three consecutive fights.
Villante and Sean O’Connell combined for 202 significant strikes landed at UFC Fight Night 43, a three-round light-heavyweight record.
Villante’s knockout of Corey Anderson at the 4:18 mark of Round 3 at UFC on FOX 15 marked the second latest knockout in a three-round UFC light-heavyweight contest. Mauricio Rua’s victory over Mark Coleman at UFC 93 holds the record.
Villante has defended 88.5 percent of all opponent takedown attempts in UFC light-heavyweight competition, the fourth highest rate in divisional history behind Jones (94.6 percent), Ryan Jimmo (87.5 percent) and Alexander Gustafsson (85.4 percent).
Jimmie Rivera (20-1 MMA, 4-0 UFC) enters the event on a 19-fight winning streak. He hasn’t suffered a defeat since November 2008.
Rivera’s 19-fight winning streak in MMA competition is second longest among active UFC fighters behind Khabib Nurmagomedov (24).
Rivera’s four-fight UFC winning streak in bantamweight competition is the second longest active streak in the division behind champ Cody Garbrandt (five).
Rivera has earned 14 of his 20 career victories by decision. That includes three of his four UFC wins.
Thomas Almeida (21-1 MMA, 5-1 UFC) has earned 20 of his 21 career victories by stoppage. He’s earned 16 of those finishes in Round 1.
Almeida’s four knockout victories in UFC bantamweight competition are tied for second most in divisional history behind T.J. Dillashaw (five).
Almeida lands 6.46 significant strikes per minute in UFC bantamweight competition, the highest rate among active fighters in the weight class.
Almeida earned a fight-night bonus in his first four UFC appearances. He’s the only bantamweight in UFC history to start his career with four-straight bonuses.
Almeida’s five fight-night bonuses for UFC bantamweight bouts are tied for second most in divisional history behind Dillashaw (six).
Lyman Good (19-3 MMA, 1-0 UFC) returns to competition for the first time since July 15, 2015. The 738-day layoff is the longest of his more than 11-year career.
Rafael Natal (22-7-1 MMA, 9-6-1 UFC) has earned seven of his nine UFC victories by decision.
Natal’s 36 takedowns landed in UFC middleweight competition are most in divisional history.
Alex Oliveira (16-3-1 MMA, 6-2 UFC) is 4-1 with one no-contest in UFC welterweight competition.
Ryan LaFlare (13-1 MMA, 6-1 UFC) is 7-1 since he returned from a two-and-a-half year layoff in January 2013.
LaFlare has fought to a decision in all seven of his UFC appearances.
LaFlare’s average fight time of 16:26 in UFC welterweight competition is the longest in divisional history.
Chase Sherman (10-3 MMA, 1-2 UFC) has earned all of his career victories by stoppage.
Damian Grabowski (22-4 MMA, 0-2 UFC), 37, is the oldest of the 26 fighters scheduled to compete at the event.
Grabowski has suffered both of his UFC losses by first-round knockout in a total fight time 2:31. He’s landed just three total strike in those bouts.
Jeremy Kennedy (10-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC) has completed 13 total takedowns in his two UFC appearances.
Brian Kelleher (17-7 MMA, 1-0 UFC) and Marlon Vera (9-3-1 MMA, 3-2 UFC) enter the event off victories where they received “Performance of the Night” awards.
Timothy Johnson (11-3 MMA, 3-2 UFC) has alternated wins and losses over his five-fight UFC career. He was victorious in his most recent bout at UFC Fight Night 107.
Godofredo Pepey (13-4 MMA, 5-4 UFC) has earned 12 of his 13 career victories by stoppage. He’s earned 11 of those finishes in Round 1.
Pepey’s four first-round stoppage victories in UFC featherweight competition are tied for most in divisional history.
Pepey’s average fight time of 7:04 in UFC featherweight competition is third shortest in divisional history behind Mike de la Torre (4:25) and Conor McGregor (5:35).
Pepey is one of 18 fighters in UFC history to earn a knockout stemming from a flying knee strike. He accomplished the feat at UFC Fight Night 38.
Frankie Perez (10-3 MMA, 1-2 UFC) has alternated wins and losses over his past six fights. He was defeated in his most recent bout at UFC Fight Night 102.
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FightMetric research analyst and live statistics producer Michael Carroll contributed to this story. Follow him on Twitter @MJCflipdascript.
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