Should UFC 215 thrashing of Gavin Tucker been stopped? Rick Glenn says 'definitely'

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EDMONTON – Some violence is to be expected in the octagon. But every now and then, a beating gets so bad that it crosses into hard-to-watch territory.

We certainly got (at least) one of those this Saturday, at UFC 215, when the demolition of Gavin Tucker (10-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC) earned featherweight Rick Glenn (20-4 MMA, 2-1 UFC) a dominant decision win and ref Kyle Cardinal some serious heat from the MMA community.

With a rare 10-7 third-round score by one of the judges, many – including UFC President Dana White – argued that the brutal beating should have never been allowed to continue as long as it did.

Glenn, it turns out, is one of those people.

“Midway through the fight, definitely in the third round, I looked up to the ref and asked him, ‘Hey, you know, stop the fight?’” Glenn said backstage at Rogers Place in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, following the FS1-televised preliminary-card bout. “But (Tucker) would move just enough. But he was taking some unnecessary damage, I thought. It’s too bad.

“We’re in the hurting business, but I don’t want to see anyone getting hurt unnecessarily. It definitely should have been stopped.”

Despite scorecards weird enough to make MMA history, the bout ended with an obvious unanimous call for Glenn. Not only did the veteran win, but he cruised against a previously undefeated opponent who was the favorite coming in.

Glenn may have made it look easy in there. But, looking back, it took some hard times to get to this point.

“It wasn’t easy preparing for it and leading up to it,” Glenn said. “My whole career trickles down to this one match. Everything leading up to it is quite a bit – I really wanted the finish. It sucks that I didn’t get the finish. It should have been a finish.”

Glenn, who was balancing his training with a job at Costco not that long ago, credits his evolution to changes he’s only now been able to make. Thanks to two UFC wins – and a “Fight of the Night” bonus that stemmed from his ultimately unsuccessful debut – the featherweight is now a full-time fighter.

Not only that, he’s been able to relocate to Sacramento, where he currently trains with renowned Team Alpha Male. Now, happy with everything from the positive atmosphere at the gym and California’s weather, the 28-year-old celebrates the improvements in his game.

“Definitely my movement,” Glenn said. “Just constant level change and movement. We moved clear cross the country, something I’ve been wanting to do since I started fighting. I’ve been fighting over 11 years now.

“Since I was just a kid. I wanted to train with Urijah Faber, and now I’m financially able to do that. I’m doing what I love to do, fighting in the UFC. This is a dream come true for me, so I’m very blessed.”

With two UFC wins and a bonus under his belt, Glenn can dare to dream a little bigger in the exciting 145-pound division. But as far as callouts go, he’s got a reasonably modest one: Calvin Kattar, who recently beat Team Alpha Male’s own Andre Fili.

“(He’s) a good boxer,” Glenn said. “I thought that was a pretty close fight (with Fili), so it’d be nice to get that win back for the team. So that’s who I want next.”

To hear more from Glenn, check out the video above.

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

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UFC 214 medical suspensions: Donald Cerrone gets potential 6 months for eye issue

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UFC welterweight standout Donald Cerrone is facing a six-month suspension for a possible eye injury following his loss to ex-champ Robbie Lawler at UFC 214.

Cerrone, who was outpointed on the event’s pay-per-view main card, needs doctor clearance for a “possible fracture to the left eye,” according to medical suspensions issued by the California State Athletic Commission, which regulated the event at Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif.

According to cageside doctors notes, Cerrone’s (32-8 MMA, 19-5 UFC) pupil was constricted, indicating a possible fracture after his slugfest against Lawler (28-11 MMA, 13-5 UFC).

In other suspensions, headliner and now-former UFC light heavyweight champ Daniel Cormier (19-2 MMA, 8-2 UFC) must sit out 60 days after suffering a knockout loss to re-crowned champ Jon Jones (23-1 MMA, 17-1 UFC).

Additionally, the CSAC made official an order requiring lightweight Drew Dober move up to the welterweight division because his fight-day weight was 18 percent above the 155-pound limit, or approximately 183 pounds. The commission earlier this year passed a 10-point plan that recommends fighters move up a division if they are over 10 percent above their contracted weight on fight day.

Following his first-round knockout of Josh Burkman (28-16 MMA, 6-11 UFC), Dober (18-8 MMA, 4-4 UFC) advocated for a 165-pound weight class.

The full list of UFC 214 medical suspensions includes:

  • Jon Jones: suspended 7 days
  • Daniel Cormier: suspended mandatory 7 days; also suspended 45 days with 30 days no contact for knockout, and suspended 60 days with 60 days no contact, or until cleared by physician, for laceration to right eye. Neurological clearance required
  • Tyron Woodley: suspended 7 days
  • Demian Maia: suspended 7 days
  • Cristiane Justino: suspended 7 days
  • Tonya Evinger: suspended 7 days; also suspended 45 days with 30 days no contact for TKO
  • Robbie Lawler: suspended 7 days
  • Donald Cerrone: suspended 7 days; also suspended 180 days with 180 days no contact, or until cleared by physician, for possible left eye fracture (traumatic myosis)
  • Volkan Oezdemir: suspended 7 days
  • Jimi Manuwa: suspended mandatory 7 days; also suspended 45 days with 30 days no contact for knockout, and suspended 60 days with 60 days no contact, or until cleared by physician, for laceration to right eyebrow
  • Ricardo Lamas: suspended mandatory 7 days
  • Jason Knight: suspended 7 days; also suspended 45 days with 30 days no contact for TKO
  • Aljamain Sterling: suspended mandatory 7 days
  • Renan Barao: suspended mandatory 7 days
  • Brian Ortega: suspended mandatory 7 days
  • Renato Moicano: suspended 7 days; also suspended 180 days with 180 days no contact, or until cleared by physician, for possible jaw/facial fracture
  • Calvin Kattar: suspended mandatory 7 days
  • Andre Fili: suspended 7 days; also suspended 60 days with 60 days no contact, or until cleared by physician, for right upper eyelid
  • Alexandra Albu: suspended mandatory 7 days; also suspended 45 days with 30 days no contact for hard bout; suspended 60 days with 60 days no contact, or until cleared by physician, for laceration to nose; suspended 180 days with 180 days no contact, or until cleared via CT scan by physician, for possible fracture to left orbital
  • Kailin Curran: suspended 7 days; also suspended 45 days with 30 days no contact for hard bout
  • Jarred Brooks: suspended mandatory 7 days
  • Eric Shelton: suspended mandatory 7 days
  • Drew Dober: suspended mandatory 7 days; must be cleared by physician or must move up in weight due to greater than 18 percent weight increase. Fighter needs to be in a heavier weight class per medical evaluation
  • Josh Burkman: suspended 7 days; also suspended 45 days with 30 days no contact for KO

For more on UFC 214, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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UFC-debut winner Calvin Kattar when he got the UFC call: 'Holy (expletive)!'

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ANAHEIM, Calif. – Calvin Kattar knew opportunity knocked, and he wasn’t sure when it would come knocking again.

So when the UFC offered a late-notice fight – despite some less-than-ideal conditions – he knew he couldn’t turn it down.

“Opportunity waits for no one,” he said. “If I didn’t step up and take this shot, who knows when I’d get another one? I’m not trying to live with the regret.”

Luckily for Kattar (17-2 MMA, 1-0 UFC), he took the fight, and he ended up with a unanimous-decision victory over featherweight Andre Fili (16-5 MMA, 4-4 UFC) on Saturday at UFC 214. The preliminary-card bout kicked off the FXX-televised prelims prior to the pay-per-view main card at Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif.

Kattar took the fight on two weeks’ notice for injured Dooho Choi. He said was probably in his worst shape in 10 months. The UFC call came as a shock, but he didn’t consider saying no.

“It was more like, ‘Holy (expletive),” he said. “The phone call came in. ‘Am I ready?’ All these doubts. Filled with fears and doubts. To get that phone call and take it – but I notice I shine best when I put my back against the wall.”

However, the 29-year-old CES MMA vet, who’s also a regional MMA promoter, said his best is still to come. So when he puts his nine-fight winning streak on the line next time out, he said fans can expect an even better version of himself than the one who pulled off an upset over 3-1 favorite Fili.

“I’ve definitely got a lot more to put out there,” he said. “I definitely held back a little bit for debut purposes and trying to solidify the win, as well as the two-week camp. He’s a durable kid. He’s ranked. I didn’t want to get too cocky.”

For more on UFC 214, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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UFC 214 post-event facts: Jon Jones' resume makes it tough to argue against GOAT status

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Jon Jones put on one of the best performances of his career Saturday when he returned from a 15-month layoff to reclaim the light heavyweight title from Daniel Cormier in the UFC 214 headliner.

Jones (23-1 MMA, 17-1 UFC) defeated rival Cormier (19-2 MMA, 8-2 UFC) for the second time in the pay-per-view main event at Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif. (prelims aired on FXX and UFC Fight Pass). But this time he did it in a more decisive manner, finishing the fight by third-round knockout.

“Bones’” resume already was extraordinary coming into the fight, and it’s even better after it. For more on the numbers behind his win, as well as the 11 other fights that took place at the UFC’s seventh card in Anaheim, check out 60 post-event facts to come out of UFC 214.

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General

The Reebok Athlete Outfitting payout for the event totaled $327,500.

Jones, Volkan Oezdemir, Brian Ortega and Renato Moicano earned $50,000 UFC 214 fight-night bonuses.

Debuting fighters went 2-1 on the card.

UFC 214 drew an announced attendance of 16,610 for a live gate of $2,448,870.

Betting favorites went 7-5 on the card.

Total fight time for the 12-bout card was 2:26:16.

Main card

Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier

Jones’ 17 victories in UFC light-heavyweight competition are the most in divisional history.

Jones’ 14-fight UFC winning streak is the longest among active fighters in the company.

Jones 14-fight UFC winning streak is the second longest in company history behind Anderson Silva (16).

Jones’ 14-fight UFC winning streak in light-heavyweight competition is the longest active streak in the weight class and longest in divisional history.

Jones’ 11 victories in UFC championship fights are tied with Silva and Demetrious Johnson for second most in company history behind Georges St-Pierre (12).

Jones’ six stoppage victories in UFC title fights are tied for third most in company history behind Silva (nine) and Matt Hughes (nine).

Jones’ 10 stoppage victories in UFC light-heavyweight competition are the most in divisional history.

Jones’ 1,368 total strikes landed in UFC light-heavyweight competition are most in divisional history.

Jones’ 1,116 significant strikes landed in UFC light-heavyweight competition are the most in divisional history.

Jones’ eight fight-night bonuses for UFC light-heavyweight bouts are most in divisional history.

Jones’ total fight time of 4:13:13 in UFC light-heavyweight competition is most in divisional history.

Cormier has suffered both of his career losses by Jones.

Cormier fell to 6-2 since he dropped to the UFC light heavyweight division in February 2014.

Cormier suffered the first stoppage loss of his career.

Tyron Woodley and Demian Maia

Tyron Woodley (18-3-1 MMA, 8-2-1 UFC) extended his unbeaten streak to six consecutive fights. He hasn’t suffered a defeat since June 2014.

Woodley’s three consecutive UFC title defenses are tied for third most among current champions behind Johnson (10) and Joanna Jedrzejczyk (five).

Woodley’s fight consisted of just 85 combined significant strikes landed, the fewest in UFC history for a title fight that went all five rounds.

Demian Maia (25-7 MMA, 19-7 UFC) fell to 10-3 since he dropped to the UFC welterweight division in July 2012.

Maia fell to 0-2 in UFC championship fights.

Maia was unsuccessful on all 21 of his takedown attempts, the second worst title-fight output in UFC history behind Diego Sanchez’s 0-for-27 against B.J. Penn at UFC 107.

Maia has suffered six of his seven UFC losses by decision.

Cristiane Justino and Tonya Evinger

Cristiane Justino (18-1 MMA, 3-0 UFC) became the second UFC women’s featherweight champion.

Justino extended her unbeaten streak (18-0 with one no-contest) to 19 fights. She hasn’t suffered a defeat since her MMA debut in May 2005.

Justino has earned 16 of her 18 career victories by knockout.

Justino has earned all three of her UFC victories by knockout.

Justino has outlanded her three UFC opponents 184-48 in significant strikes.

Tonya Evinger (19-6 MMA, 0-1 UFC) had her 11-fight unbeaten streak snapped for her first defeat sine July 2011.

Evinger suffered the first knockout loss of her career.

Robbie Lawler, right, and Donald Cerrone

Robbie Lawler (28-11 MMA, 13-5 UFC) improved to 9-2 since he returned to the UFC for a second stint in February 2013.

Donald Cerrone (32-9 MMA, 19-6 UFC) fell to 4-2 since he moved up to the UFC welterweight division in February 2015.

Cerrone suffered consecutive losses for the first time in his career.

Oezdemir’s (15-1 MMA, 3-0 UFC) three-fight UFC winning streak in light-heavyweight competition is tied for the second longest active streak in the division behind Jones (14).

Oezdemir has earned 12 of his 15 career victories by stoppage.

Jimi Manuwa (17-3 MMA, 6-3 UFC) has suffered all three of his career losses by knockout.

Preliminary card

Ricardo Lamas and Jason Knight

Ricardo Lamas (18-5 MMA, 9-3 UFC) improved to 9-3 since he dropped to the UFC featherweight division in June 2011.

Lamas’ six stoppage victories in UFC featherweight competition are tied for second most in divisional history behind champ Max Holloway (eight).

Jason Knight (20-3 MMA, 4-2 UFC) suffered the first knockout loss of his career.

Renan Barao and Aljamain Sterling

Renan Barao (34-5 MMA, 9-4 UFC) fell to 2-4 in his past six fights after going on a 33-fight unbeaten streak that lasted more than nine years.

Barao was taken down for the first time in his UFC career. He stopped 33 consecutive takedowns prior to the fight.

Ortega’s (12-0 MMA, 4-0 UFC) four-fight UFC winning streak in featherweight competition is tied for the fourth longest active streak in the division behind Holloway (10), McGregor (seven) and Darren Elkins (five).

Ortega has earned all four of his UFC victories by stoppage.

Ortega’s four-fight stoppage streak in UFC featherweight bouts is the second longest active streak in the division behind McGregor (five).

Ortega is the only fighter UFC history to earn four consecutive third-round stoppage victories, breaking his own record of three.

Renato Carneiro (11-1-1 MMA, 3-1 UFC) had his 12-fight unbeaten streak snapped for the first defeat of his professional career.

Calvin Kattar and Andre Fili

Calvin Kattar (17-2 MMA, 1-0 UFC) extended his winning streak to nine fights. He hasn’t suffered a defeat since February 2010.

Andre Fili (16-5 MMA, 4-4 UFC) has alternated wins and losses over his eight-fight UFC career.

Fili suffered the first decision loss of his career.

Aleksandra Albu (3-0 MA, 2-0 UFC) earned the first decision victory of her career.

Kailin Curran’s (4-5 MMA, 1-5 UFC) five UFC losses are tied with Jessica Eye for most of any female in company history.

Curran suffered her third consecutive loss to extend the longest skid of her career.

Curran fell to 1-5 in her past six bouts.

Eric Shelton (10-4 MMA, 0-2 UFC) has suffered all four of his career losses by decision.

Josh Burkman (28-16 MMA, 6-11 UFC) fell to 1-6 (with one no-contest) since he returned to the UFC for a second stint in January 2015.

Burkman’s 11 UFC losses are tied for second most in company history behind Jeremy Stephens (13).

For complete coverage of UFC 214, 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 214 Athlete Outfitting pay: Event sees 2nd highest payout in program history

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ANAHEIM, Calif. – Fighters from Saturday’s UFC 214 event took home UFC Athlete Outfitting pay, a program that launched after the UFC’s deal with Reebok, totaling $327,500.

UFC 214 took place at Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif., and the main card aired on pay-per-view following prelims on FXX and UFC Fight Pass.

Leading the way were one current champion and one former one. Daniel Cormier (19-2 MMA, 8-2 UFC), who dropped the light heavyweight title to Jon Jones (23-1 MMA, 17-1 UFC) in the main event, and Tyron Woodley (18-3-1 MMA, 8-2-1 UFC), who defended the welterweight belt against Demian Maia (25-7 MMA, 19-7 UFC), each earned a maximum Athlete Outfitting Policy payout of $40,000.

The full UFC 214 UFC Athlete Outfitting payouts included:

Jon Jones: $30,000
def. Daniel Cormier: $40,000

Tyron Woodley: $40,000
def. Demian Maia: $30,000

Cristiane Justino: $30,000
def. Tonya Evinger: $30,000

Robbie Lawler: $20,000
def. Donald Cerrone: $20,000

Volkan Oezdemir: $2,500
def. Jimi Manuwa: $5,000

Ricardo Lamas: $15,000
def. Jason Knight: $5,000

Aljamain Sterling: $5,000
def. Renan Barao: $10,000

Brian Ortega: $2,500
def. Renato Moicano: $2,500

Calvin Kattar: $2,500
def. Andre Fili: $5,000

Alexandra Albu: $2,500
def. Kailin Curran: $5,000

Jarred Brooks: $2,500
def. Eric Shelton: $2,500

Drew Dober: $5,000
def. Josh Burkman: $15,000

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.

Full 2017 UFC-Reebok sponsorship payouts:

Year-to-date total: $3,657,500
2016 total: $7,138,000
2015 total: $3,185,000
Program-to-date total: $13,980,500

For complete coverage of UFC 214, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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Fight Tracks: The walkout songs of UFC 214, with Tupac, Johnny Cash and even Phil Collins

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 214 event in Anaheim, Calif., went with as their backing tracks.

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Jon Jones def Daniel Cormier via knockout (strikes) – Round 3, 3:01

Jon Jones: “God Gave Me Style/The Champ is Here” by 50 Cent/Jadakiss

Daniel Cormier: “When We Ride on Our Enemies/Right Above It” by Tupac/Lil’ Wayne

Tyron Woodley def. Demian Maia via unanimous decision (50-45, 49-46, 49-46)

Tyron Woodley: “DNA/I Ain’t Turning Back” by Kendrick Lamar/Thi’sl feat. Flame

Demian Maia: “Numb” by Linkin Park

Cristiane Justino def. Tonya Evinger via TKO (knees and punches) – Round 3, 1:56

Cristiane Justino: “Santo Esperito” by Gezi Monteiro

Tonya Evinger: “In the Air Tonight” by Phil Collins

Robbie Lawler def. Donald Cerrone via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Robbie Lawler: “Ain’t No Grave” by Johnny Cash

Donald Cerrone: “Cowboy” by Kid Rock

Volkan Oezdemir def. Jimi Manuwa via knockout (punches) – Round 1, 0:22

Volkan Oezdemir: “Pinocchio” by Booba feat. Damso & Gate

Jimi Manuwa: “California Love” by Tupac

Ricardo Lamas def. Jason Knight via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 4:34

Ricardo Lamas: “Cuba Isla Bella” by Orishas

Jason Knight: “Break Stuff” by Limp Bizkit

Aljamain Sterling def. Renan Barao via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-27, 30-26)

Aljamain Sterling: “Big Rich Town” by 50 Cent

Renan Barao: “All I do is Win” by DJ Khaled

Brian Ortega def. Renato Moicano via submission (guillotine choke) – Round 3, 2:59

Brian Ortega: “X Gon’ Give It To Ya” by DMX

Renato Moicano: “Bad Man” by Steel Pulse

Calvin Kattar def. Andre Fili via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Calvin Kattar: “Won’t Back Down” by Tom Petty

Andre Fili: “I’m Feeling Myself” by Mac Dre

Alexandra Albu def. Kailin Curran via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Alexandra Albu: “Like a Prayer” by We Are the Fallen

Kailin Curran: “Entourage” by Nick Lewis

Jarred Brooks def. Eric Shelton via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

Jarred Brooks: “Brooklyn Zoo” by Old Dirty Bastard

Eric Shelton: “Element” by Kendrick Lamar

Drew Dober def. Josh Burkman via knockout (punches) – Round 1, 3:04

Josh Burkman: “The Baddest Man Alive” by The Black Keys & RZA

Drew Dober: “No Diggity” by Backstreet

For complete coverage of UFC 214, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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UFC 214 results: Calvin Kattar upsets Andre Fili by clean-sweep decision on short notice

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Calvin Kattar knows how to make a last-minute impression in the cage.

Kattar (17-2 MMA, 1-0 UFC), a short-notice replacement for the injured Doo Hoo Choi, ended every one of his three rounds with a bang against Andre Fili (16-5 MMA, 4-4 UFC), taking home a unanimous decision in his octagon debut.

The featherweight bout was part of the preliminary card of today’s UFC 214 event at Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif. It aired on FXX following additional prelims on UFC Fight Pass and ahead of a main card on pay-per-view.

“I really put my faith in my team, my coaches and my management,” Kattar said. “We all jumped at the opportunity, Andre is a tough kid, and I took the fight on two weeks’ notice. I had a great camp, and I’m glad I got the job done.”

The final scorecards were 30-27 across the board for Kattar, who also held an accuracy advantage over Fili. Although Fili was the more active fighter in movement, his punches frequently missed the mark. Kattar repaid many an advance with a stiff jab that snapped Fili’s head back.

But throughout the fight, it was Kattar’s final sequences that made the loudest statement. In the opening frame, he got a takedown and pounded Fili against the fence. In the middle frame, he landed several big right hands that had Fili backpedaling. And to close things out, he caught a kick and doled out more ground and pound.

A sizable underdog, Kattar’s unanimous decision was the first big upset of the night. He ups his current win streak to nine and makes a successful UFC debut, while Fili, who most recently outpointed vet Hacran Dias at UFC Fight Night 96, has hopscotched between wins and losses in eight octagon bouts.

Up-to-the-minute UFC 214 results include:

For complete coverage of UFC 214, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

(MMAjunkie’s Dann Stupp, John Morgan, Ben Fowlkes, Mike Bohn and Ken Hathaway contributed to this report on site in Anaheim.)

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UFC 214 prelims pre-event facts: Renan Barao's takedown defense is absolutely flawless

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UFC 214 is hands down the most stacked event of the year – so much so that the preliminary card for Saturday’s event, which takes place at Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif., is worthy of its own pre-event facts showcase.

A pair of featherweight contenders get a prominent role on the preliminary card, which FXX and UFC Fight Pass carry, when former title challenger Ricardo Lamas (17-5 MMA, 8-3 UFC) takes on Jason Knight (20-2 MMA 4-1 UFC) in a potential “Fight of the Night” affair.

Check below for 25 pre-fight facts about the UFC 214 preliminary card.

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Featured FXX prelim

Ricardo Lamas

Lamas is 8-3 since he dropped to the UFC featherweight division in June 2011.

Lamas’ five stoppage victories in UFC featherweight competition are tied for fourth most in divisional history behind champ Max Holloway (eight), Conor McGregor (seven) and Charles Oliveira (six).

Lamas’ three submission victories in UFC featherweight competition are tied for third most in divisional history behind Oliveira (six) and Chas Skelly (four)

Lamas is 8-1 in UFC/WEC competition when he completes at least one takedown.

Jason Knight

Knight’s four-fight UFC winning streak in featherweight competition is tied for the third longest active streak in the division behind Holloway (10), McGregor (seven) and Darren Elkins (five).

Knight is 13-1 in his past 14 fights dating back to July 2012.

Knight has earned 16 of his 20 career victories by stoppage.

Knight attempts 2.8 submissions per 15 minutes in UFC featherweight competition, the highest rate in divisional history.

Other FXX prelims

Aljamain Sterling

Aljamain Sterling (13-2 MMA, 5-2 UFC) absorbs just 1.34 significant strikes per minute in UFC bantamweight competition, the second-best rate in divisional history behind Chico Camus (1.31).

Renan Barao (34-4 MMA, 9-3 UFC) is 2-3 in his past five fights after going on a 33-fight unbeaten streak that lasted more than nine years.

Barao’s seven stoppage victories in UFC/WEC bantamweight competition are tied with Urijah Faber and Eddie Wineland for most in combined divisional history.

Barao is one of two fighters in UFC history to earn a knockout stemming from a spinning back kick to the head. He accomplished the feat against Wineland at UFC 165.

Renan Barao

Barao is one of seven fighters in UFC history to register two arm-triangle victories.

Barao has defended 100 percent of all opponent takedown attempts in UFC competition, the highest rate in company history. He’s successfully stopped 33 consecutive takedown attempts, a UFC record.

Brian Ortega (11-0 MMA, 3-0 UFC) has earned all three of his UFC victories by stoppage.

Ortega’s three-fight stoppage streak in UFC featherweight bouts is the second longest active streak in the division behind McGregor (five).

Ortega is the only fighter UFC history to earn three consecutive third-round stoppage victories.

Andre Fili

Andre Fili (16-4 MMA, 4-3 UFC) has alternated wins and losses over his seven-fight UFC career. He won his most recent bout at UFC Fight Night 96.

Fili completes 46.2 percent of his takedown attempts in UFC featherweight competition, the second highest rate among active fighters in the weight class behind Mirsad Bektic (53.6 percent).

Calvin Kattar (16-2 MMA, 0-0 UFC) makes his UFC debut on a nine-fight winning streak. He hasn’t suffered a defeat since February 2010.

UFC Fight Pass prelims

Kailin Curran

Kailin Curran (4-4 MMA, 1-4 UFC) has suffered four losses in her past five fights after starting her career with four consecutive wins.

Aleksandra Albu (2-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) returns to competition for the first time since April 2015. She’s had just two pro bouts since her debut in June 2013.

Jarred Brooks (12-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC), 24, is the youngest of the 24 fighters scheduled to compete at the event.

Josh Burkman (28-15 MMA, 6-10 UFC) is 1-5 with one no-contest since he returned to the UFC for a second stint in January 2015.

Josh Burkman

Burkman is 1-2 since he dropped to the UFC lightweight division in February 2016.

Burkman is one of eight fighters in UFC history to earn a knockout stemming from a slam. He accomplished the feat against Sam Morgan at The Ultimate Fighter 2 Finale.

Burkman’s 21-second knockout of Morgan at the TUF 2 Finale is the fastest slam knockout in UFC history.

For more on UFC 214, 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 214 lineup again finalized as newcomer Calvin Kattar steps in

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The lineup is again set for this month’s UFC 214 event with the addition of a UFC newcomer.

CES MMA vet and octagon debutant Calvin Kattar (16-2) has replaced injured featherweight Dooho Choi (14-2 MMA, 3-1 UFC) and now meets Andre Fili (16-4 MMA, 4-3 UFC) at the event, officials recently announced. MMA-Today.com first reported it.

UFC 214 takes place July 29 at Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif., the main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FXX and UFC Fight Pass.

Fili vs. Kattar opens the FXX prelims.

Kattar, 29 dubbed “The Boston Finisher,” is a 10-year pro who’s currently riding an eight-fight winning streak. He most recently scored a decision victory over Chris Foster at CES MMA 38 in September. He owns nine stoppages in 16 career wins.

Fili, a 27-year-old Team Alpha Male fighter, upset Hacran Dias via unanimous decision at UFC Fight Night 96 in October. It extended the win-one, lose-one trend that has formed over the course of his seven-fight UFC tenure.

The official UFC 214 lineup now includes:

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

  • Champ Daniel Cormier vs. Jon Jones – for light heavyweight title
  • Champ Tyron Woodley vs. Demian Maia – for welterweight title
  • Cristiane Justino vs. Tonya Evinger – for vacant women’s featherweight title
  • Donald Cerrone vs. Robbie Lawler
  • Jimi Manuwa vs. Volkan Oezdemir

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

  • Jason Knight vs. Ricardo Lamas
  • Renan Barao vs. Aljamain Sterling
  • Renato Moicano vs. Brian Ortega
  • Andre Fili vs. Calvin Kattar

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

  • Jarred Brooks vs. Eric Shelton
  • Alexandra Albu vs. Kailin Curran
  • Josh Burkman vs. Drew Dober
  • Dmitrii Smoliakov vs. Adam Wieczorkowski

For more on UFC 214, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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