UFC Fight Night 112 post-event facts: Don't let controversy overshadow Kevin Lee's success

The UFC’s return to Oklahoma City, Okla., provided plenty of fight time, with eight of the 13 fights on Sunday’s UFC Fight Night 112 lineup at Chesapeake Energy Arena going to a decision.

Kevin Lee (16-2 MMA, 9-2 UFC) didn’t need the scorecards to win the lightweight main event against Michael Chiesa (14-3 MMA, 7-3 UFC), but he could have used better officiating; his first-round submission win was overshadowed by a premature stoppage from referee Mario Yamasaki.

Nevertheless, “The Motown Phenom” got another notable win, helping advance his status in the UFC lightweight division. For more on the numbers to come out of Sunday’s event, check out 50 post-event facts from UFC Fight Night 112.

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General

Clay Guida

The UFC-Reebok Athlete Outfitting payout for the event totaled $182,500.

Debuting fighters went 2-1 at the event.

Lee, Tim Boetsch, Dominick Reyes and Jeremy Kimball earned $50,000 UFC Fight Night 112 fight-night bonuses.

UFC Fight Night 112 drew an announced attendance of 7,605 for a live gate of $549,302.

Betting favorites went 9-4 on the card.

Total fight time for the 13-bout card was 2:21:37.

Main card

Michael Chiesa and Kevin Lee

Lee’s five-fight UFC winning streak in lightweight competition is tied with Al Iaquinta for the third longest active streak in the division behind Tony Ferguson (nine) and Khabib Nurmagomedov (seven).

Lee’s nine UFC victories since 2012 in lightweight competition are most in the division.

Lee has earned eight of his nine career stoppage victories by submission.

Lee’s three-fight submission streak in UFC competition is the longest among active fighters.

Michael Chiesa

Lee has earned his past four victories by stoppage.

Lee has completed at least one takedown against 10 of his 11 UFC opponents.

Lee’s 25 takedowns since 2014 in UFC lightweight competition are most in the division.

Chiesa has suffered all three of his career losses by stoppage.

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

Tim Boetsch (21-11 MMA, 12-10 UFC) improved to 3-1 since he returned to the UFC middleweight division in July 2016.

Tim Boetsch

Boetsch has earned his past four UFC victories by stoppage.

Johny Hendricks (18-7 MMA, 13-7 UFC) fell to 1-1 since he moved up to the UFC middleweight division in February.

Hendricks fell to 1-4 in his past five fights.

Hendricks has suffered both of his career stoppage losses by knockout.

Felice Herrig

Felice Herrig’s (13-6 MMA, 4-1 UFC) four victories in UFC strawweight competition are tied for second most in divisional history behind champ Joanna Jedrzejczyk (eight).

Herrig’s three-fight UFC winning streak in strawweight competition is the second longest active streak in the division behind Jedrzejczyk (eight).

Herrig has earned eight of her 13 career victories by decision.

Justine Kish (6-1 MMA, 2-1 UFC) had her six-fight winning streak snapped for the first defeat of her career.

Dominick Reyes

Reyes (7-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) has earned six of his seven career victories by first-round stoppage.

Reyes’ 29-second victory marked the second fastest stoppage by any debuting light heavyweight in UFC history behind Ryan Jimmo’s seven-second win at UFC 149.

Joachim Christensen (14-6 MMA, 1-3 UFC) suffered the first knockout loss of his career.

Tim Means (27-8-1 MMA, 9-5 UFC) improved to 7-3 (with one no-contest) since he returned to the UFC for a second stint in May 2014.

Dennis Siver

Dennis Siver (23-11 MMA, 12-8 UFC) returned to competition after a more than two-year layoff and earned his first victory since October 2014.

Siver improved to 4-3 (with one no-contest) since he dropped to the UFC featherweight division in April 2012.

Siver has earned his past six UFC victories by decision. He hasn’t earned a stoppage victory since November 2010.

B.J. Penn (16-12-2 MMA, 12-11-2 UFC) suffered his fifth consecutive loss to extend the longest skid of his career. He hasn’t earned a victory since November 2010.

B.J. Penn

Penn fell to 1-7-1 in his past nine UFC appearances dating back to April 2010.

Penn fell to 0-3 since he dropped to the UFC featherweight division in July 2014.

Penn has been outlanded 747 to 312 in significant strikes during his past nine UFC fights.

Penn has suffered eight of his 12 career losses by decision.

Preliminary card

Clay Guida

Clay Guida (33-17 MMA, 13-11 UFC) was successful in his return to the UFC lightweight division. He earned his first victory in the weight class since June 2011.

Guida’s 63 takedowns landed in UFC competition are fifth most in company history behind Georges St-Pierre (87), Gleison Tibau (84), Frankie Edgar (67) and Demetrious Johnson (65).

Guida has attempted 172 takedowns during his UFC career, third most in company history behind Demian Maia (189) and Edgar (189).

Erik Koch (14-5 MMA, 4-4 UFC) fell to 2-4 in his past six UFC appearances.

Koch fell to 2-2 since returning to the UFC lightweight division in February 2014.

Carla Esparza

Carla Esparza (12-4 MMA, 3-2 UFC) improved to 2-1 since losing the UFC strawweight title to Joanna Jedrzejczyk in March 2015.

Esparza has completed at least one takedown against all five of her UFC opponents.

Esparza has completed 16 takedowns in her three UFC victories.

Maryna Moroz (8-2 MMA, 3-2 UFC) has suffered both of her career losses by decision.

Devin Powell (8-3 MMA, 0-2 UFC) has suffered all three of his career losses by decision.

Michel Quinones (8-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC) had his five-fight winning streak snapped for his first defeat since November 2012.

Quinones suffered the first knockout loss of his career.

Johnny Case (22-5 MMA, 4-2 UFC) suffered consecutive losses for the first time in nearly 10 years.

Jeremy Kimball

Case suffered the first decision loss of his career.

Kimball (15-6 MMA, 1-1 UFC) has earned 12 of his 15 career victories by stoppage.

Josh Stansbury (8-4 MMA, 1-2 UFC) suffered the first knockout loss of his career.

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 112, 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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10 reasons to watch UFC Fight Night 112, with a main event that matters in the rankings

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If fans were looking for a little something to push Sunday’s UFC Fight Night 112 main event bout between Michael Chiesa and Kevin Lee into the red, the two fighters delivered at the UFC Summer Kickoff press conference in mid-May.

Lee, looking like he had raided Russell Westbrook’s closet and had his findings tailored on the way to the event, was in full trash-talk mode from the start. For the most part, Chiesa seemed amused by Lee’s antics, but that changed when Lee said he knew Chiesa’s mother had tickets to the event.

“Don’t you ever talk about my (expletive) mom, or I’m going to smack the (expletive) out of you right now,” Chiesa said before charging Lee.

The two met behind the podium with Lee throwing a right hand before the fighters could be separated and removed from the event by security. The only casualty during the confrontation was Lee’s $3,000 glasses.

As for the rest of the card, there’s a bit to get reacquainted with as several of the fighters, including Chiesa, are competing for the first time in more than a year.

UFC Fight Night 112 takes place Sunday at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City. The main card airs on FS1 following prelims on FS2 and UFC Fight Pass.

Here are 10 reasons to watch the event.

1. Time to make the jump

The top of the lightweight division features names like McGregor, Nurmagomedov, Ferguson, and Alvarez, but not too far beneath those combatants lurk the two fighters competing in the main event of UFC Fight Night 112. Chiesa (14-2 MMA, 7-2 UFC) currently sits at No. 9 in the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA lightweight rankings, while Lee (15-2 MMA, 8-2 UFC) is a rankings honorable mention. A win here and the victor could join the aforementioned group at the top of the weight class.

Chiesa is currently on a three-fight winning streak, earning fight night bonuses in each of his last two outings, both submission wins. Lee’s winning streak is at four straight, three by stoppage, with one fight night bonus to his name during that stretch.

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2. The future is now

Former welterweight champion Johny Hendricks was in the doldrums. After twice missing weight and losing three straight fights, Hendricks was contemplating retirement before his middleweight debut against Hector Lombard in February.

A decision win over Lombard changed Hendricks’ attitude, and now he sounds downright giddy at his middleweight prospects.

What’s in store for Hendricks (18-6 MMA, 13-6 UFC) is Tim Boetsch (20-11 MMA, 11-10 UFC), a man who fought at light heavyweight as recently as January 2016 and whose last fight was a submission loss to Ronaldo Souza.

The Lombard bout felt like a test run for Hendricks. Now that he has a gauge on his cardio and striking in a heavier division, it’s time to see if he can up his game.

3. Feeling overlooked

Felice Herrig earned the biggest win of her UFC career in her last bout, earning an upset decision over previously unbeaten Alexa Grasso, who was the No. 6 ranked strawweight at the time. After the fight, Herrig said she hoped the “UFC would do the right thing” and give her the chance to fight Paige VanZant or Michelle Waterson.

Herrig didn’t get either of those fights. Instead, she faces another unbeaten opponent in Justine Kish, who is coming off a decision win over Ashley Yoder in December.

If Herrig (12-6 MMA, 3-1 UFC) can extend her winning streak to three straight by handing Kish (6-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC) her first loss, expect Herrig to speak up about what she wants next.

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4. Hard act to follow

When Azamat Murzakanov was forced from his bout with Joachim Christensen (14-5 MMA, 1-2 UFC, the UFC gave Dominick Reyes (6-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) a call to step in as a late replacement.

You might not recognize Reyes’ name, but if you’re a fan of highlight-reel finishes, you saw the head-kick knockout he delivered at LFA 13 earlier this month. That knockout is going to be a hard act to follow.

Christensen enters the fight coming off a submission loss to Gadzhimurad Antigulov at UFC 211.

5. Making up for lost time

Things haven’t been easy for Tim Means. In February 2016 he was set to headline UFC Fight Night 83 vs. Donald Cerrone, but Means was pulled from the event due to a failed USADA drug test, which earned him a six-month suspension thanks to a tainted supplement. Since then, means has a TKO win, a no-contest vs. Alex Oliveira thanks to illegal knees and was submitted in their rematch.

Means (26-8-1 MMA, 8-5 UFC) looks to get back on track against Alex Garcia (14-3 MMA, 4-2 UFC), who is coming off a “Performance of the Night” bonus-winning knockout of Mike Pyle in December. This matchup has bonus-winning potential written all over it.

6. A legend tries again

It’s been more than six years since B.J. Penn’s hand was raised in victory. In his last four fights, Penn has been soundly defeated, losing two bouts by decision and two via TKO while being outstruck 597 to 227. Penn is on the kind of skid that would get almost any other fighter released from the UFC roster. The promotion is giving the former two-division champion at least one more chance to land in the win column, matching him up against Dennis Siver who has not fought since a June 2015 loss to Tatsuya Kawajiri.

With his struggles, it feels like Penn (16-11-2 MMA, 12-10-2 UFC) is looking to go out on a win. If he does manage to get the best of Siver (22-11 MMA, 11-8 UFC), it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him retire. On the other hand, with the resurgence of Hawaiian fighters in the UFC, it wouldn’t be too surprising to see Penn call for a fight in his home state.

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7. Giving lightweight another try

Not that long ago, Erik Koch was a top contender in the featherweight division. In 2012 the UFC attempted to book Koch against then-champion Jose Aldo, but injuries prevented either of those fights from taking place. Since then Koch has gone 2-3 and continued to struggle staying healthy. Koch last fought in May 2016, defeating Shane Campbell via second-round submission.

While Koch (14-4 MMA, 4-3 UFC) has been at lightweight for three fights now, his opponent, Clay Guida (32-17 MMA, 12-11 UFC), has not fought at that weight since dropping decisions to Benson Henderson in 2011 and Gray Maynard in 2012. Guida returns to 155 following a 3-4 run at featherweight.

8. Staying alive

In December 2014 Carla Esparza was on top of the strawweight division as the inaugural champion following a submission win over Rose Namajunas, and her future looked bright. She lost the title in her first defense, falling to Joanna Jedrzejczyk. Since then, Esparza has had a rough go due to injury and facing tough financial times while she healed and waited for a fight. Esparza is 1-1 since her loss to Jedrzejczyk, most recently dropping a split decision to Randa Markos in February.

Esparza (11-4 MMA, 2-2 UFC), now ranked No. 5 in the division, faces No. 11 Maryna Moroz (8-1 MMA, 3-1 UFC). Moroz is coming off a split-decision win over Danielle Taylor last August. The winner of this fight will still be a long way away from a title shot, but they will remain in the mix, and that’s the important thing.

9. That wasn’t even fair

Darrell Horcher made his UFC debut on very short notice, facing No. 2 ranked lightweight Khabib Nurmagomedov in a catchweight contest. Not surprisingly, Nurmagomedov ran over Horcher, stopping him via TKO in the second round.

Horcher (12-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC), a former Cage Fury lightweight champion, who was on a five-fight winning streak before facing Nurmagomedov, gets another chance in the UFC, facing Devin Powell (8-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC), who is coming off a decision loss to Drakkar Klose in January.

Needless to say, this is a much better matchup for Horcher.

10. Four years in the making

Tony Martin has been pining for his chance to fight Johnny Case for the past four years and finally gets that chance.

“I just don’t like him,” Martin told MMAjunkie. “There’s nothing that I like about him. I’ve been trying to fight him for the last four years, and every single time there’s an excuse. He’s known that I’ve wanted to fight him.”

Martin is on the first two-fight winning streak of his UFC career, most recently defeating Alex White by decision in January. If Martin (11-3 MMA, 3-3 UFC) can get a win over Case (22-5 MMA, 4-1 UFC), who saw a 12-fight winning streak come to a close after a March 2016 submission loss to Jake Matthews, he expects a big jump in competition later in 2017.

For more on UFC Fight Night 112, check out the UFC Rumorssection of the site.

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UFC Fight Night 112 pre-event facts: Michael Chiesa-Kevin Lee fight flow depends on 1 thing?

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The UFC makes its fifth stop in Oklahoma on Sunday when UFC Fight Night 112 unfolds from Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City.

Headlining the FS1-televised card, which follows prelims on FS2 and UFC Fight Pass, is a lightweight grudge match between “The Ultimate Fighter 15” winner Michael Chiesa (14-2 MMA, 7-2 UFC) and rising star Kevin Lee (15-2 MMA, 8-2 UFC).

The supporting card for the card features three former UFC champions, meaning there are a number of athletes with an extensive history in the octagon set to compete. For more, check below for 55 pre-event facts about UFC Fight Night 112.

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Main event

Chiesa returns to competition for the first time since Apr. 16, 2016 – a span of 435 days.

Michael Chiesa

Chiesa has earned five of his seven UFC victories by submission.

Chiesa’s five submission victories in UFC competition since 2012 are tied with Urijah Faber, Tony Ferguson and Erick Silva for third most in the company behind Charles Oliveira (seven) and Gunnar Nelson (six).

Chiesa’s five submission victories via rear-naked choke in UFC competition are third most in company history behind Kenny Florian (seven) and Demian Maia (seven).

Chiesa has completed at least one takedown against all nine of his UFC opponents.

Lee’s four-fight UFC winning streak in lightweight competition is tied for the fourth longest active streak in the division behind Ferguson (nine), Khabib Nurmagomedov (seven) and Al Iaquinta (five).

Kevin Lee

Lee’s eight UFC victories since 2012 in lightweight competition are tied with Ferguson, Beneil Dariush and Francisco Trinaldo for most in the division.

Lee has earned his past three victories by stoppage.

Lee has completed at least one takedown against nine of his 10 UFC opponents.

Lee’s 24 takedowns since 2014 in UFC lightweight competition are tied with Rustam Khabilov for most in the division.

Co-main event

Johny Hendricks (18-6 MMA, 13-6 UFC) was successful in his UFC middleweight debut against Hector Lombard at UFC Fight Night 105 in February.

Johny Hendricks

Hendricks has earned eight of his 13 UFC victories by decision.

Hendricks is one of five fighters in UFC history to record three or more knockout victories in less than one minute each.

Hendricks and Robbie Lawler combined for 308 significant strikes landed at UFC 171, tied for second most ever for a UFC title fight behind Joanna Jedrzejczyk vs. Valerie Letourneau at UFC 193 (323 combined significant strikes).

Hendricks and Lawler attempted 728 significant strikes at UFC 171, the third most in single UFC bout. Cole Miller and Nam Phan hold the record for 788 significant strikes attempted at UFC on FOX 4.

Hendricks’ 61 takedowns landed in UFC welterweight competition are second most in divisional history behind Georges St-Pierre (87).

Tim Boetsch (20-11 MMA, 11-10 UFC) is 2-1 since he returned to the UFC middleweight division this past July.

Boetsch is 2-4 in his past six UFC appearances.

Boetsch has suffered eight of his 10 UFC losses by stoppage.

Remaining main card

Felice Herrig’s (12-6 MMA, 3-1 UFC) two-fight UFC winning streak in women’s strawweight competition is tied for the second longest active streak in the division behind Joanna Jedrzejczyk (eight).

Felice Herrig

Herrig’s two submission victories in UFC strawweight competition are tied for second most in divisional history behind Rose Namajunas (three).

Herrig’s submission of Kailin Curran at the 1:59 mark of Round 1 at UFC on FOX 20 marked the second-fastest stoppage in UFC strawweight history. Maryna Moroz holds the record with a 90-second win at UFC Fight Night 64.

Justine Kish’s (6-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC) two-fight UFC winning streak in women’s strawweight competition is tied for the second longest active streak in the division behind Jedrzejczyk (eight).

Kish has earned both of her UFC victories by decision.

Tim Means (26-8-1 MMA, 8-5 UFC) is 6-3 (with one no-contest) since he returned to the UFC for a second stint in May 2014.

Means has earned 22 of his 26 career victories by stoppage. That includes five of his eight UFC wins.

Means’ four stoppage victories since 2015 in UFC welterweight competition are tied with Donald Cerrone and Vicente Luque for the most in the division.

Alex Garcia (14-3 MMA, 4-2 UFC) has earned 11 of his 13 career victories by stoppage. He’s earned 10 of those finishes in the first round.

Garcia has earned two of his three UFC victories by knockout.

Garcia has completed 20 takedowns in his past five UFC appearances.

B.J. Penn (16-11-2 MMA, 12-10-2 UFC) enters the event on a five-fight winless skid. He hasn’t earned a victory since a 21-second knockout of Matt Hughes at UFC 123 in November 2010.

B.J. Penn

Penn is 1-6-1 in his past eight UFC appearances dating back to April 2010.

Penn is 0-2 since he dropped to the UFC featherweight division in July 2014.

Penn is one of three fighters in UFC history to win championships in two weight classes. Conor McGregor and Randy Couture also accomplished the feat.

Penn has earned 11 of his 12 UFC victories by stoppage.

Dennis Siver (22-11 MMA, 11-8 UFC) returns to competition for the first time since June 20, 2015. The 736-day layoff is the longest of his more than 13-year career.

Siver is 3-3 (with one no-contest) since he dropped to the UFC featherweight division in April 2012.

Siver has earned his past five UFC victories by decision. He hasn’t finished an opponent since November 2010.

Dennis Siver

Siver is one of three fighters in UFC history to earn a knockout stemming from a spinning back kick to the body. Jake Collier, James Moontasri and David Loiseau also accomplished the feat.

Siver has suffered eight of his 11 career losses by stoppage.

Siver landed 222 total strikes against Phan at UFC on FOX 5, the third most ever in a UFC/WEC featherweight bout behind Frankie Edgar’s 259 total strikes at UFC Fight Night 57 and Cub Swanson’s 251 total strikes at UFC Fight Night 108. Siver’s +104 significant strike differential in the bout stands as the largest in UFC/WEC featherweight history.

Preliminary card

Clay Guida (32-17 MMA, 12-11 UFC) returns to the UFC lightweight division for the first time since June 2012. He hasn’t earned a victory in the weight class since Anthony Pettis at the TUF 13 Finale in June 2011.

Guida’s 61 takedowns landed in UFC competition are tied for fifth most in company history behind St-Pierre (87), Gleison Tibau (84), Frankie Edgar (67) and Demetrious Johnson (65).

Clay Guida

Guida has attempted 164 takedowns during his UFC career, third most in company history behind Maia (189) and Edgar (189)

Erik Koch (14-4 MMA, 4-3 UFC) competes in just his second bout since May 2014.

Koch is 2-1 since he returned to the UFC lightweight division in February 2014.

Carla Esparza (11-4 MMA, 2-2 UFC) was the first UFC women’s strawweight champion. She lost the belt to current titleholder Jedrzejczyk at UFC 185 in March 2015.

Esparza has completed at least one takedown against all four of her UFC opponents.

Maryna Moroz (8-1 MMA, 3-1 UFC) landed just 6.7 percent (17 of 251) of her significant strikes attempts against Danielle Taylor at UFC Fight Night 92, the lowest accuracy rate in UFC history (minimum of 100 attempts).

Jared Gordon (12-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) and Michel Quinones (8-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) meet in a featherweight bout after their original meeting from UFC 211 in March was scrapped when Gordon fell ill.

Johnny Case (22-5 MMA, 4-1 UFC) returns to competition for the first time since Mar. 19, 2016. The 463-day layoff is the longest of his more than nine-year career.

Tony Martin (11-3 MMA, 3-3 UFC) has earned eight of his 11 career victories by submission. That includes both of his UFC stoppage wins.

Vitor Miranda (12-4 MMA, 3-1 UFC) has earned 11 of his 12 career victories by stoppage.

Miranda has earned all three of his UFC victories by knockout.

For more on UFC Fight Night 112, 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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