Chase Sherman roasted fans who posted selfies on Twitter by telling them what they do for a living

Chase Sherman probably has the best social media game in all of MMA, and the UFC heavyweight showed us why again with a legendary Twitter thread.

Sherman on Friday (the 13th) asked fans to post a selfie so he could predict what they do for a living, and the results were hilarious, with Sherman (11-3 MMA, 2-2 UFC) roasting fan after fan after fan.

Here are just a few of my favorite responses, though the entire thread is worth a scroll:

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Shamil Abdurakhimov vs. Chase Sherman set for UFC Fight Night 122 in Shanghai

The card for the UFC’s debut in mainland China continues to grow with the addition of a heavyweight fight.

Shamil Abdurakhimov (17-4 MMA, 2-2 UFC) is set to take on Chase Sherman (11-3 MMA, 2-2 UFC) at UFC Fight Night 122 next month. Promotion officials announced the new booking, which first was reported by MMA Today.

UFC Fight Night 122 takes place Nov. 25 at Mercedes-Benz Arena in Shanghai. The card will stream in full on UFC Fight Pass.

Shamil Abdurakhimov

Abdurakhimov will be trying to rebound from a TKO loss to Derrick Lewis in the UFC Fight Night 102 main event in Albany, N.Y., in December 2016. It was the Russian’s first UFC headlining opportunity, and though he fought well early, Lewis eventually got to him for a fourth-round TKO. Prior to that, he had his first two UFC victories – decisions over Anthony Hamilton and Walt Harris to rebound from a promotional debut TKO loss to Timothy Johnson.

Sherman lost his first two UFC fights by decision to Justin Ledet on short notice and by knockout to Harris in January. But in May, he bounced back in a big way and picked up a $50,000 “Fight of the Night” bonus for his knockout of Rashad Coulter at UFC 211 in Dallas. In July, he took a unanimous decision from Damian Grabowski at UFC on FOX 25 to make it two straight.

With the addition, the latest UFC Fight Night 122 card now includes:

  • Anderson Silva vs. Kelvin Gastelum
  • Kailin Curran vs. Xiaonan Yan
  • Gina Mazany vs. Yanan Wu
  • Shamil Abdurakhimov vs. Chase Sherman

For more on UFC Fight Night 122, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Alex Nicholson picks up heavyweight win, aims for UFC return

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Four-time UFC veteran Alex Nicholson (8-4) is looking for a return to the sport’s top promotion, but he’s hoping to do so in a new division.

“The Spartan,” who competed in the UFC once at light heavyweight and three times more at middleweight, picked up a win on the regional stage at heavyweight and believes he could potentially make some noise in the octagon in the class, as well.

Nicholson earned a first-round stoppage over Demoreo Dennis at Saturday night’s Next Level Fight Club 8 event in Raleigh, N.C. Check out the video above to see the action.

Nicholson’s win did not come without some controversy. His opponent’s brother, fellow MMA fighter Myron Dennis, took to Facebook prior to the fight to suggest in a since-deleted post that Nicholson had been caught taking performance-enhancing drugs “in the bathroom just before the fight.”

Nicholson said the claims were ridiculous and insisted he had simply been in the bathroom with his wife and 12-week-old son, who accompanied him on the eight-hour drive to the fight.

“We were in the bathroom with our baby,” Nicholson told MMAjunkie. “All I brought was her and my baby to come do this fight. I didn’t have anybody, but Marcus Davis happened to be there – the old ‘Irish Hand Grenade.’ He held mitts for me and wrapped my hands.

“Not many guys can say that they took a drive with their wife and baby to go fight, knocked the guy out and got back in the car and drove back home. Derek Brunson was there, and he was like, ‘No way I’d be able to do that. It’s giving my anxiety just looking at you.’”

Further supporting his case, Nicholson fought most recently under the UFC banner in May and said he was still enrolled in the UFC’s official anti-doping program, administered by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, until just before stepping into the cage on Saturday night.

“I got tested by USADA like last week, too, just before they cut me off of the testing pool,” Nicholson said. “A guy showed up at the gym. So it’s just ridiculous that people would say that. I’m like, ‘Do you even know what guys on steroids look like?’ I’ve been eating Oreos in public. Leave me the (expletive) alone.”

Nicholson currently plans to fight again next month in Florida but would happily change his plans should the UFC come calling – and he’d really like the opportunity to fight at November’s UFC Fight Night 121 event in Sydney.

“I would really like to get on the Australia card,” Nicholson said. “I’d be willing to be a Fight Pass guy or whatever. I don’t know if they’re totally interested in bringing me back at heavyweight until I make a little more noise, but I knocked out Chase Sherman at heavyweight, so I beat a guy who’s having success in the UFC in that division. I beat a dude who was 9-0 and on his way, apparently – that Dillon Cleckler kid – and I don’t think he ever fought again.

“I’m doing this because I love it, but I’m doing this to support my family, so I’m going to be picking up as many fights as possible until Sean Shelby or Mick Maynard calls me.”

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UFC-Pittsburgh results: Daniel Spitz derails Anthony Hamilton in just 24 seconds, calls out Chase Sherman

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Following a disappointing UFC debut, Daniel Spitz rebounded in fine fashion with a lightning-quick win over Anthony Hamilton.

The heavyweight contest took place on the FS1-televised prelims of Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 116 from PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh.

It was Hamilton who moved to the center at the start, as Spitz shifted laterally on the outside. Hamilton calmly walked forward to engage, and both men launched right hands. Spitz’s landed, and Hamilton dropped to the canvas. Spitz unleashed more shots on the ground, earning a quick stoppage from referee Dan Miragliotta, despite Hamilton’s ensuing protests.

The win marked Spitz’s (6-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC) fifth career first-round stoppage. Afterward, the towering heavyweight asked for a UFC 218 bout with Chase Sherman (11-3 MMA, 2-2 UFC).

A disappointed Hamilton (15-8 MMA, 3-6 UFC) has dropped three consecutive outings.

Up-to-the-minute UFC Fight Night 116 results include:

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UFC on FOX 25 post-event facts: Despite 1-3 run, Chris Weidman's resume still pretty darn good

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Chris Weidman’s grappling prowess was again on display at UFC on FOX 25. “All-American” rebounded from a three-fight skid when he grounded and submitted Kelvin Gastelum in Saturday’s FOX-televised main event at NYCB LIVE in Uniondale, N.Y.

Weidman (14-3 MMA, 10-3 UFC) returned to the win column after more than two years when he finished Gastelum (13-3 MMA, 8-3 UFC) with a third-round submission that will likely set up another important fight for the former UFC middleweight champion.

The main event wasn’t the only result of note at the UFC’s Long Island debut. For more, check below for 55 post-event facts to come out of UFC on FOX 25.

* * * *

General

Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos

The UFC-Reebok Athlete Outfitting payout for the event totaled $140,000.

Debuting fighters went 2-0 at the event.

Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos, Lyman Good, Alex Oliveira and Junior Albini earned $50,000 UFC on FOX 25 fight-night bonuses. UFC Fight Night 99 in November 2017 was last event without any main-card bonus winners.

UFC on FOX 25 drew an announced attendance of 11,918 for a live gate of $1,088,332.

Betting favorites went 6-7 on the card. More underdogs than favorites won for the first time since UFC Fight Night 101 in November.

Total fight time for the 13-bout card was 2:28:38.

* * * *

Main card

Chris Weidman

Weidman improved to 5-0 in UFC headliners.

Weidman snapped his three-fight losing skid for his first victory since May 2015.

Weidman became the eighth fighter in UFC history to earn 10 middleweight victories.

Weidman has earned seven of his 10 UFC victories by stoppage.

Weidman’s seven stoppage victories in UFC middleweight competition are tied for fourth most in divisional history behind Anderson Silva (11), Nate Marquardt (nine) and Chris Leben (eight).

Weidman’s seven stoppage victories since 2011 in UFC middleweight competition are most among active fighters in the weight class.

Weidman has out-struck his opponent in all 10 of his UFC victories.

Weidman has completed at least one takedown in all 13 of his UFC appearances.

Weidman’s 36 takedowns landed in UFC middleweight competition are tied with Rafael Natal for most in divisional history.

Kelvin Gastelum

Gastelum fell to 0-2 (with one no-contest) in UFC headliners.

Gastelum fell to 2-1 (with one no-contest) since he moved up to the UFC middleweight division in December. He’s 3-1 (with one no-contest) in the organization at 185 pounds.

Gastelum suffered the first submission loss of his career.

Gastelum has landed six knockdowns in his past five fights.

Darren Elkins

Darren Elkins (23-5 MMA, 13-4 UFC) improved to 12-3 since he dropped to the UFC featherweight division in June 2011.

Elkins’ 12 UFC featherweight victories are second most in divisional history behind champ Max Holloway (13).

Elkins’ five-fight UFC winning streak in featherweight competition is the second longest active streak in the division behind Holloway (10).

Elkins has earned 10 of his 13 UFC victories by decision.

Elkins has landed 1,511 total strikes in UFC featherweight competition, the most in divisional history.

Elkins’ 35 takedowns landed in UFC featherweight competition are second most in divisional history behind Dennis Bermudez (38).

Elkins’ 20 submission attempts in UFC featherweight competition are the most in divisional history.

Dennis Bermudez (16-7 MMA, 9-5 UFC) fell to 2-4 in his past six UFC appearances.

Bermudez suffered the first decision loss of his career.

Patrick Cummins

Patrick Cummins (10-4 MMA, 6-4 UFC) improved to 2-3 in his past five UFC appearances.

Cummins has earned four of his six UFC victories by decision.

Gian Villante (15-9 MMA, 5-6 UFC) has alternated wins and losses over his past seven UFC appearances.

Jimmie Rivera (21-1 MMA, 5-0 UFC) extended his winning streak to 20 fights. He hasn’t suffered a defeat since November 2008.

Jimmie Rivera

Rivera’s 20-fight winning streak in MMA competition is second longest among active UFC fighters behind Khabib Nurmagomedov (24).

Rivera’s five-fight UFC winning streak in bantamweight competition is tied with champ Cody Garbrandt for the longest active streak in the division.

Rivera has earned 15 of his 21 career victories by decision. That includes four of his five UFC wins.

Thomas Almeida (21-2 MMA, 5-2 UFC) suffered the first decision loss of his career.

Preliminary card

Lyman Good and Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos

Good (19-4 MMA, 1-1 UFC) has suffered all four of his career losses by decision.

Rafael Natal (22-8-1 MMA, 9-7-1 UFC) suffered his third consecutive loss, the longest skid of his career. He hasn’t earned a victory since January 2016.

Natal has suffered six of his nine career losses by knockout.

Oliveira (17-3-1 MMA, 7-2 UFC) improved to 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.

Ryan LaFlare (13-2 MMA, 6-2 UFC) suffered the first knockout loss of his career.

Chase Sherman

Chase Sherman (11-3 MMA, 2-2 UFC) earned the first decision victory of his career.

Sherman has landed a combined 214 significant strikes in his past two UFC appearances.

Damian Grabowski (22-5 MMA, 0-3 UFC) suffered his first decision loss since Sept. 16, 2010 – a span of 2,501 days (nearly seven years) and 11 fights.

Jeremy Kennedy (11-0 MMA, 3-0 UFC) has earned all three of his UFC victories by decision.

Kennedy has completed 21 total takedowns in his three UFC appearances.

Kyle Bochniak (7-2 MMA, 1-2 UFC) has suffered both 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.

Junior Albini

Albini (14-2 MMA, 1-0 UFC) has earned 12 of his 14 career victories by stoppage.

Timothy Johnson (11-4 MMA, 3-3 UFC) has alternated wins and losses over his six-fight UFC career.

Johnson suffered the first knockout loss of his career.

Frankie Perez (10-4 MMA, 1-3 UFC) fell to 0-2 since he came out of retirement in December.

For complete coverage of UFC on FOX 25, 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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Has social-media stud Chase Sherman entertained you?

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UNIONDALE, N.Y. – Chase Sherman has embraced social media and put himself out there for MMA fans. He’s learned it can be a double-edged sword.

Sherman has become a must-follow on Twitter (he’s at @chaseshermanufc). He’s got jokes. He’s got tweets. Memes. Contests. Photoshops.

I mean, check out a sampling:

Sherman’s social-media efforts have really been kicked up a notch in the past few months, so heading into Saturday’s UFC on FOX 25 event, he knew some eyes were on him. He can entertain fans in 140 characters, but if he didn’t also entertain them in the cage, he knew the support could disappear.

“It almost seemed like I had a little more pressure this time than last time because I don’t want to let my fans down,” he said. “They invest a lot in me, and they’re constantly watching.”

Luckily for Sherman (11-3 MMA, 2-2 UFC), his supporters were rewarded. Fighting on network TV – a FOX-televised preliminary-card bout at NYCB LIVE at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale, N.Y. – he scored a dominant decision victory over Damian Grabowski (20-5 MMA, 0-3 UFC).

“I always want to prove them right,” he said of his growing legion of supporters. “I always want to make them proud, make my family proud, make my friends proud. So there’s a little more pressure there because I told myself I’d much rather just go 0-3 and completely fail at it than be a one-hit wonder – to get that little bit of fame and then fizzle out and no one remember who you are.”

The 27-year-old, who went 9-1 on the regional circuit with nine knockout victories, then joined the UFC and promptly suffered losses to Justin Ledet and Walt Harris. However, with a current winning streak that includes a knockout of Rashad Coulter and the decision victory over Grabowski, he’s now looking to move up the ranks – and a fight with Mark Godbeer (12-3 MMA, 1-1 UFC) would do just fine, he said.

“We’ve got two (UFC wins) under the belt,” he said. “Let’s go for three and evaluate the top 15 and see where we’re at.

For complete coverage of UFC on FOX 25, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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UFC on FOX 25 Athlete Outfitting pay: Headliners combine for $20,000 payout

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UNIONDALE, N.Y – Fighters from Saturday’s UFC on FOX 25 event took home UFC Athlete Outfitting pay, a program that launched after the UFC’s deal with Reebok, totaling $140,000.

UFC on FOX 25 took place at NYCB LIVE in Uniondale, N.Y., and the card aired on FOX following early prelims UFC Fight Pass.

Leading the way were a pair of longtime octagon veterans. Darren Elkins (23-5 MMA, 13-4 UFC), who beat Dennis Bermudez in the co-main event, and Rafael Natal (22-8-1 MMA, 9-7-1 UFC), who lost to Eryk Anders on the preliminary card, each received $15,000 for their 17th UFC appearance.

The full UFC on FOX 25 UFC Athlete Outfitting payouts included:

Chris Weidman: $10,000
def. Kelvin Gastelum: $10,000

Darren Elkins: $15,000
def. Dennis Bermudez: $10,000

Patrick Cummins: $5,000
def. Gian Villante: $10,000

Jimmie Rivera: $2,500
def. Thomas Almeida: $5,000

Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos: $2,500
def. Lyman Good: $2,500

Eryk Anders: $2,500
def. Rafael Natal: $15,000

Alex Oliveira: $5,000
def. Ryan LaFlare: $5,000

Damian Grabowski: $2,500
def. Chase Sherman: $2,500

Jeremy Kennedy: $2,500
def. Kyle Bochniak: $2,500

Marlon Vera: $5,000
def. Brian Kelleher: $2,500

Junior Albini: $2,500
def. Timothy Johnson: $5,000

Shane Burgos: $2,500
def. Godofredo Pepey: $5,000

Chris Wade: $5,000
def. Frankie Perez: $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: $3,330,000
2016 total: $7,138,000
2015 total: $3,185,000
Program-to-date total: $13,653,000

For complete coverage of UFC on FOX 25, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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Fight Tracks: The walkout songs of UFC on FOX 25, including Chris Weidman's multiple selections

While it take 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 on FOX 25 event in Uniondale, N.Y., went with as their backing tracks.

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Chris Weidman def. Kelvin Gastelum via submission (arm-triangle choke) – Round 3, 3:45

Chris Weidman: “Coming Home/I Won’t Back Down” by Diddy feat. Skylar Grey/Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers

Kelvin Gastelum: “Aguanile” by Marc Anthony

Darren Elkins def. Dennis Bermudez via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-29)

Darren Elkins: “Get Ready” by Eric Herzog

N/A

Dennis Bermudez: “Hall of Fame” by The Script feat. will.i.am

Patrick Cummins def. Gian Villante via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

Patrick Cummins: “Oblivion” by Grimes

Gian Villante: “The Downeaster Alexa” by Billy Joel

Jimmie Rivera def. Thomas Almeida via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-26, 30-27)

Jimmie Rivera: “Conteo” by Don Omar

Thomas Almeida: “Hypnotize” by The Notorious B.I.G.

Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos def. Lyman Good via split decision (30-27, 28-29, 30-27)

Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos: “The Final Countdown” by Europe

Lyman Good: “This is Now” by Hatebreed

Eryk Anders def. Rafael Natal via knockout (punches) – Round 1, 2:54

Eryk Anders: “Set it Off” by Lil’ Boosie

Rafael Natal: “Bad Moon Rising” by Credence Clearwater Revival

Alex Oliveira def. Ryan LaFlare via knockout (punch) – Round 2, 1:50

Alex Oliveira: “Balada Tch Tcherere Tch Tch” by Gusttavo Lima

Ryan LaFlare: “Put On” by Young Jeezy

Chase Sherman def. Damian Grabowski via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-26, 30-27)

Chase Sherman: “The Chain” by Fleetwood Mac

Damian Grabowski: “40:1” by Sabaton

Jeremy Kennedy def. Kyle Bochniak via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28

Jeremy Kennedy: “Jungle” by Andre Nickatina

Kyle Bochniak: “Into My Fist” by Mailman Carl

N/A

Marlon Vera def. Brian Kelleher via submission (armbar) – Round 1, 2:18

Marlon Vera: “Latinoamerica” by Calle 13

Brian Kelleher: “Shine” by Meek Mill

Junior Albini def. Timothy Johnson via knockout (punches) – Round 1, 2:51

Junior Albini: “It’s a Fight” by Three 6 Mafia

Timothy Johnson: “Money for Nothing” by Dire Straits

Shane Burgos def. Godofredo Pepey via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-26, 29-28)

Shane Burgos: “Invincible” by Machine Gun Kelly

Godofredo Pepey: “Till I Collapse”

Chris Wade def. Frankie Perez via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)

Chris Wade: “HUMBLE” by Kendrick Lamar

Frankie Perez: “Suavemente” by Elvis Crespo

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UFC on FOX 25 results: Aggressive Chase Sherman wins unanimous decision vs. Damian Grabowski

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Chase Sherman walked Damian Grabowski down and suffocated him with combination punching and leg kicks, slowly chipping away over the course of three rounds.

In the end, Grabowski (20-5 MMA, 0-3 UFC) was left exhausted and all out of ideas while Sherman (11-3 MMA, 2-2 UFC) kept his work rate high en route to a unanimous decision victory with scores of 30-27, 30-26, and 30-27.

The heavyweight bout was part of the preliminary card of today’s UFC on FOX 25 event at NYCB LIVE at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale, N.Y. It aired on FOX following additional prelims on UFC Fight Pass and ahead of a main card on FOX.

Sherman was the aggressor right from the start in this fight, marching Grabowski backward with his crisp punching and then punishing his lead leg with kicks to limit his mobility. That kept Grabowski on the outside for much of the fight, often with his back nearly touching the fence, and well out of takedown range, forcing him to play Sherman’s game on the feet.

That had somewhat predictable results, as Sherman controlled the distance and peppered Grabowski with punches, eating only the occasional overhand right in response.

When Grabowski did attempt to take the fight down, Sherman easily shut him down. As Grabowski faded, sucking in air as his hands gradually lowered, Sherman kept the pressure on, mixing in head kicks and knees to keep his attack unpredictable.

The result was a one-sided win for Sherman, who won every round on all three judges’ scorecards.

The win is Sherman’s second in a row in the UFC. Grabowski has now lost all three of his UFC outings.

Up-to-the-minute UFC on FOX 25 results include:

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(MMAjunkie’s Matt Erickson contributed to this report on site in New York.)

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UFC on FOX 25 pre-event facts: Can Long Island's Chris Weidman stay unbeaten as a headliner?

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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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Main event

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.

Co-main event

Darren Elkins

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

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.

Remaining main card

Patrick Cummins

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

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

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

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).

Preliminary card

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

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

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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