Jarred Brooks got nods from Jose Aldo, Anthony Kiedis, now wants to replace Henry Cejudo

UFC flyweight Jarred Brooks is not all bent out of shape after his first professional loss, even if the people around him are.

There was talk in his camp of an appeal of a split-call loss to Deiveson Figueiredo (13-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC) at UFC Fight Night 119, which took place Oct. 28 at Ibirapuera Gymnasium in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Brooks (13-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC) isn’t interested in going that route.

“Everyone’s like, ‘Oh, this undefeated thing,’ and it’s not a big deal,” Brooks told MMAjunkie. “I don’t really care if I take a loss. I’m still looking down the road, and I’m still looking at a UFC belt. If I take losses on the way to the UFC belt, that’s my learning process.”

Brooks appeared to control much of the fight with his wrestling and avoid Figueiredo’s power shots. But the ones that landed convinced two of three judges to give the Brazilian the fight via scores of 29-28.

It didn’t take long for Brooks to arrive at the conclusion he had to let it go. Five minutes after the fight, he was already thinking about his next step.

“I’ve lost in wrestling, and I’ve tried to dwell on my losses too much in wrestling, and it made me hate the sport,” he said. “So I’m not going to do that in this sport. I love it too much.”

The blow of Brooks’ first loss certainly was softened by the response he got when he left the cage. He was approached by UFC executive Reed Harris, who said Red Hot Chili Peppers frontman Anthony Kiedis was watching the fight and thought he got the shaft. Then he saw former UFC featherweight champ Jose Aldo, who said the same thing.

“Man, I was really starstruck,” Brooks said. “I was like, in awe.”

What would help the up-and-comer really get over the whole experience is a quick turnaround. Brooks is eyeing a short-notice replacement if the opportunity arises. A fight with Sergio Pettis would be top on his list, of course, if Pettis’ opponent, onetime title challenger Henry Cejudo, is unable to fight at UFC 218 after a close call in the recent fires in Northern California.

Then there’s up-and-comer Ben Nguyen, who’s won four of five in the octagon and most recently dispatched onetime title challenger Tim Elliott.

Whoever it is, Brooks is undeterred by his recent setback.

“I’m going to get that UFC belt,” he said.

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 119, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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Before split call was announced, Deiveson Figueiredo thought he'd lost to Jarred Brooks

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SAO PAULO – When the flyweight bout between Deiveson Figueiredo and Jarred Brooks ended on Saturday, both fighters raised their arms in celebration.

But at least one of them wasn’t that convinced the UFC Fight Night 119 contest would go his way.

After dropping his first career loss in a split decision to Figueiredo (13-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC), Brooks (13-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC) said that, while he did factor in his opponent’s home advantage, he’d “definitely” thought he’d earned a 30-27 win – thought with which one of the octagon-side judges, as well as the majority of MMAjunkie readers, agreed.

Figueiredo, on his end, wasn’t exactly expecting to hear his name.

“It was a tough fight,” Figueiredo said after the preliminary card bout, which streamed live on UFC Fight Pass from Ibirapuera Gymnasium in Sao Paulo, Brazil. “I thought, by the end, that I’d lost. But I celebrated anyway.

“Yes, I was (nervous I wouldn’t get the nod). But I think one day I’ll have to lose. If I’d lost (on Saturday), it’d be with honor because I fought to the end and didn’t give up. Thankfully, I got the win. Fortunately, he said I was going to come out crying but he was the one who left crying.”

Which is not to say that Figueiredo lacks self-awareness when it comes to his display on Saturday. After a rough weight cut that had him crying as he made his way to the scale – and Brooks subsequently mocking him for it at the ceremonial weigh-ins – he does consider the possibility that took a toll.

But, mostly, Figueiredo believes there was simply not enough preparation to stop Brooks’ takedowns.

“I don’t know if it was the weight cut that left my legs weaker, or if it was more about training,” Figueiredo said. “But I believe it was the training. (I have to) improve this takedown defense. I lacked explosion – getting back up quickly if he takes me down.

“He took me down too easily. I’m going to work to work on that, so I can come back even stronger.”

Controversial as it was, only one fighter left with an unblemished record from the UFC Fight Night 119 encounter – an outcome that Figueiredo ultimately attributes to his will power, and some powerful shots he started landing in the second frame.

“From the second to the third, he started gassing, and I got better,” Figueiredo said. “I think that’s what made me win the fight.”

Figueiredo admits to some frustration as Brooks kept escaping the same guillotine choke that the Brazilian had used to finish three of his previous opponents. But he’s not willing to give up on the move just yet.

“I’ll have to find that adjustment,” Figueiredo said. “I’ll switch arms. I’ll use my right one, since the left one isn’t working.”

In order to make the improvements that he has in mind, Figueiredo is eyeing a training stint in the U.S. While he’s still waiting on talks with his coaches and negotiations for financial support, he’s already got three different gyms in mind – though he’d only name one, Jacksonwink-MMA, where longtime friend and MMA mentor Iuri Alcantara trains.

When it comes to adding to his 2-0 octagon record, Figueiredo says he would be open to fighting again before the end of the year. But he would also love to be part of the UFC’s next Brazilian outing, which is set for Jan. 3 in his home state of Para.

As for whom he’d like to share the octagon with in either of those dates? Well, let’s just say potential opponents don’t really faze Figueiredo.

“The only thing I’m afraid of is crying again in my weight cut,” Figueiredo joked.

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 119, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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Hometown cooking or right call? Here's the Figueiredo vs. Brooks scorecard from UFC-Sao Paulo

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Flyweight prospects Deiveson Figueiredo and Jarred Brooks entered UFC Fight Night 119 on Saturday with a combined professional record of 25-0. One man had to experience a setback for the first time, and it came in one of the more frustrating fashions possible.

Brooks (13-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC) suffered his first career defeat when he dropped a narrow split decision to Figueiredo (13-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC) in the 125-pound bout, which streamed on UFC Fight Pass prior to the televised prelims on FS2 and main card on FS1 at Ibirapuera Gymnasium in Sao Paulo.

It was clear once the scorecards were read that Brooks was in disbelief over the result. One judge game him a 30-27, but the others had it 29-28 in favor of Figueiredo.

Check out the official scorecard below to see how each round was scored.

Although it was a close fight, Brooks scored six more takedowns and 11 more significant strikes than his opponent over the course of three rounds. Figueiredo landed the more damaging blows and attacked with submission, and the result was a split decision.

Brooks said afterward he felt he won all three rounds.

“Deiveson grabbed the fence at least four or five times when I could have slammed him on his head,” Brooks said after the fight. “I am in Sao Paulo, Brazil, so you have got to expect that when it goes to a decision, but I definitely thought I won that 30-27 like the first judge did. I would love to fight Deiveson in the future. He is a good opponent, don´t get me wrong, but I think I won the fight.”

Several fighters watching gave their thoughts on social media, and the majority felt the judges got it wrong.

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UFC Fight Night 119 results: Deiveson Figueiredo takes questionable split call from Jarred Brooks

Just about every time Jarred Brooks shot for a takedown, a guillotine was waiting from Deiveson Figueiredo.

It was Figueiredo’s (13-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC) heavy punches, however, that made the difference on the judges’ scorecards, resulting in a split decision over Brooks (13-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC).

The lightweight bout was part of the preliminary card of today’s UFC Fight Night 119 event at Ibirapuera Gymnasium in Sao Paulo. It streamed on UFC Fight Pass ahead of additional prelims on FS2 and a main card on FS1.

One judge scored the fight 30-27 for Brooks, a likely reflection of his wrestling dominance throughout the fight. The other two, however, gave Figueiredo 29-28 scores. Despite a brutal weight cut and a hometown advantage, the Brazilian Figueiredo didn’t get much love from the crowd after the decision was announced.

Figueiredo and Brooks jawed at the weigh-ins and were amped as they entered the octagon. But instead of slug it out, they mostly played a game of cat and mouse as Brooks circled away from Figueiredo’s punches and timed takedowns. The American’s early efforts were hugely successful, with high-amplitude slams putting Figueiredo on his back. By the end of the first, Figueiredo was eating a steady diet of shots from his back.

The Brazilian adjusted in the second round, however, and gave Brooks more of a reason to respect his distance. A stinging right forced Brooks backward, and when he went for a takedown, a guillotine attempt followed. The choke looked good for a few seconds. But Brooks hung tough and popped his head out, a sequence that would repeat itself for the rest of the fight.

In the final frame, Figueiredo had figured out Brooks’ timing even better and managed to stay upright for most of the round. He gave chase on the feet and landed several power shots. Brooks pulled off a big suplex, only to fight off a kimura attempt. But that submission attempt, like all the other guillotines, were not sound enough to succeed.

Figueiredo now improves to two straight UFC wins, while Brooks suffers the first loss of his professional career after 13 wins including a successful octagon debut.

Up-to-the-minute UFC Fight Night 119 results include:

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 119, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

(MMAjunkie’s John Morgan and Fernanda Prates contributed to this report on site in Sao Paulo.)

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UFC Fight Night 119 pre-event facts: Jim Miller sets a major UFC record

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The UFC makes its final stop in Brazil this year with Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 119 event, which takes place at Ibirapuera Gymnasium in Sao Paulo with a main card on FS1 following prelims on FS2 and UFC Fight Pass.

A middleweight fight heads a fairly deep lineup. In the main event, Derek Brunson (17-5 MMA, 8-3 UFC) welcomes former UFC champion Lyoto Machida (22-7 MMA, 14-7 UFC) back to the octagon after more than two years away, while several other notables are also scheduled to compete.

For more on the numbers behind the UFC’s next fight card, check below for 60 pre-event facts about UFC Fight Night 119.

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Main event

Brunson’s eight UFC victories since 2012 in middleweight competition are tied for second most in the division behind Brad Tavares (nine).

Brunson has earned six of his eight UFC victories by stoppage.

Brunson’s six first-round stoppage victories in UFC middleweight competition are most in divisional history.

Brunson’s six UFC stoppage victories since 2012 in middleweight competition are tied for most in the division.

Brunson is one of five fighters in modern UFC history to register both a knockout and submission victory in less than one minute each. Joe Lauzon, Ronda Rousey, Tom Lawlor and Andrei Arlovski also accomplished the feat.

Brunson is 0-4 against fighters who have held or competed in a UFC/Strikeforce title fight.

Machida returns to competition for the first time since June 27, 2015. The 854-day layoff is the longest of his more than 14-year career.

Machida competes in his 12th UFC main event. He’s 5-6 in his previous headliners.

Machida is 3-3 since he dropped to the UFC middleweight division in October 2013.

Machida is the only fighter in UFC history to absorb zero strikes in two main events. He accomplished the feat against C.B. Dollaway at UFC Fight Night 58 and Mark Munoz at UFC Fight Night 31.

Machida has earned nine career victories against fighters who once held a UFC, Bellator, Strikeforce or PRIDE title.

Machida’s 13 knockdowns landed in UFC competition are tied for fifth most in company history behind Anderson Silva (17), Jeremy Stephens (16), Chuck Liddell (14) and Donald Cerrone (14).

Machida has earned a fight-night bonus in four of his past six UFC appearances.

Co-main event

Demian Maia (25-7 MMA, 19-7 UFC), 39, is the oldest of the 24 fighters scheduled to compete at the event.

Maia’s 19 victories in UFC competition are tied with Cerrone and Georges St-Pierre for second most in UFC history behind Michael Bisping (20).

Maia’s 19 victories in UFC competition are the most of any Brazilian fighter in company history.

Maia is 10-3 since he dropped to the UFC welterweight division in July 2012.

Maia’s nine submission victories in UFC competition are tied with Nate Diaz and Charles Oliveira for second most in company history behind Royce Gracie (10).

Maia’s six submission victories via rear-naked choke in UFC competition are second most in company history behind Kenny Florian (seven).

Maia is 19-2 in UFC bouts in which he completes at least one takedown. He’s completed at least one takedown against 21 of his 26 UFC opponents.

Maia was unsuccessful on all 21 of his takedown attempts against champ Tyron Woodley at UFC 214, the second worst title-fight output in UFC history behind Diego Sanchez’s 0-for-27 effort against B.J. Penn at UFC 107.

Maia completed just two of 22 takedown attempts in his unanimous-decision loss to Rory MacDonald at UFC 170. Those 22 takedown attempts were the most in a single UFC welterweight bout.

Colby Covington’s (12-1 MMA, 7-1 UFC) four-fight UFC winning streak in welterweight competition is tied for the second longest active streak in the division behind Kamaru Usman (six).

Covington absorbs 1.4 significant strikes per minute in UFC welterweight competition, the best rate among active fighters in the weight class.

Covington has completed 41 takedowns in eight UFC appearances.

Covington’s 41 takedowns landed in UFC welterweight competition are most among active fighters in the weight class.

Covington lands 7 takedowns per 15 minutes of fighting in UFC competition, the highest rate in company history.

Covington’s 12 takedowns landed at UFC on FOX 22 are tied for the second most in a single UFC welterweight fight. Luigi Fioravanti holds the record with 13 at UFC 82.

Remaining main card

Pedro Munhoz’s (14-2 MMA, 4-2 UFC) three-fight UFC winning streak in bantamweight competition is tied for the third longest active streak in the division behind Cody Garbrandt (five) and Jimmie Rivera (five).

Rob Font (14-2 MMA, 4-1 UFC) has earned all four of his UFC victories by stoppage.

Francisco Trinaldo (21-5 MMA, 11-4 UFC) is one of six fighters in UFC history to earn two arm-triangle-choke victories. He’s one of only three fighters to earn the submission from half-guard.

Jim Miller (28-10 MMA, 17-9 UFC) competes in his 28th UFC bout, the most appearances in company history.

Miller competes in his 27th UFC lightweight bout, tied with Gleison Tibau for most in divisional history.

Miller’s total fight time of 4:42:53 in UFC lightweight competition is second most in divisional history behind Tibau (4:45:33).

Miller’s 16 victories in UFC lightweight competition are tied with Tibau for most in divisional history.

Miller’s nine stoppage victories in UFC lightweight competition are tied for second most in divisional history behind Joe Lauzon (12).

Miller’s six submission victories in UFC lightweight competition are tied for third most in divisional history behind Lauzon (seven) and Diaz (seven).

Miller’s 39 submission attempts in UFC competition are the most in company history.

Thiago “Marreta” Santos (15-5 MMA, 7-4 UFC) has earned six of his seven UFC victories by knockout.

Santos’ six knockout victories in UFC middleweight competition are tied for fourth most in divisional history behind A. Silva (eight), Bisping (seven) and Chris Leben (seven).

Santos is one of four fighters in UFC history to earn two sub-one-minute knockout victories in middleweight competition.

Jack Hermansson (16-3 MMA, 3-1 UFC) has earned 13 of his 16 career victories by stoppage.

Hermansson has earned both of his UFC stoppage victories by first-round knockout.

John Lineker (29-8 MMA, 10-3 UFC) is 4-1 since he moved up to the UFC bantamweight division in September 2015.

Lineker has landed 10 knockdowns in UFC competition, but he’s never been knocked down, himself.

Lineker is one of three fighters in UFC history to score three knockdowns in two different fights. A. Silva and Conor McGregor also accomplished the feat.

Lineker’s seven knockdowns landed in UFC flyweight competition are most in divisional history.

Lineker and Francisco Rivera’s 100 combined strike attempts at UFC 191 are the most in UFC history for any fight to last a half round or less.

Lineker has missed weight ahead of five UFC fights, the most in company history.

Preliminary card

Vicente Luque (11-6-1 MMA, 4-2 UFC) has earned 10 of his 11 career victories by stoppage. That includes all four of his UFC wins.

Luque is one of six welterweights in UFC history to earn four consecutive stoppage victories.

Luque is one of nine fighters in UFC history to earn a submission victory by anaconda choke. He accomplished the feat at UFC on FOX 17.

Niko Price (10-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC) has earned nine of his 10 career victories by stoppage. That includes both of his UFC wins.

Antonio Carlos Junior (8-2 MMA, 5-2 UFC) is 4-1 with one no-contest since he dropped to the UFC middleweight division in June 2015.

Carlos Junior’s three-fight UFC winning streak in middleweight competition is tied for the third longest active streak in the division behind interim champ Robert Whittaker (seven) and current champ Bisping (five).

Carlos Junior absorbs just 1.55 significant strikes per minute in UFC middleweight competition, tied for the best rate among active fighters in the weight class.

Carlos Junior’s submission at the 4:46 mark of Round 3 at UFC Fight Night 94 stands as the second-latest finish in a three-round UFC middleweight fight. Garreth McLellan holds the record for his win at the 4:58 mark of Round 3 at UFC Fight Night 76.

Carlos Junior has earned six of his eight career victories by submission.

Hacran Dias (23-4-1 MMA, 3-3 UFC) has fought to a decision in all seven of his UFC appearances.

Jarred Brooks (13-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC), 24, is the youngest of the 24 fighters scheduled to compete at the event.

For more on UFC Fight Night 119, 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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Deiveson Alcantara meets Jarred Brooks in battle of unbeatens at UFC Fight Night 119

A flyweight bout between Deiveson Alcantara and Jarred Brooks is the latest addition to November’s UFC Fight Night 119 lineup.

Alcantara (12-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) confirmed the 125-pound matchup with Brooks (13-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) on social media following an initial report from Combate (via Instagram):

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UFC Fight Night 119 takes place Oct. 28 at Ibirapuera Gymnasium in Sao Paulo. The card airs on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass, though the bout order hasn’t been finalized.

Alcantara made a successful UFC debut in June when he earned a second-round TKO of Marco Beltran at UFC 212. The Brazilian has earned 11 of his 12 career victories by stoppage, with eight of those wins coming inside the opening round.

Brooks went the distance in his octagon debut when he defeated Eric Shelton by split decision at UFC 214 in July. “The Monkey God” promised big things for his sophomore UFC appearance, vowing to “fight like a god” the next time he enters the cage.

The latest UFC Fight Night 119 card now includes:

  • Misha Cirkunov vs. Glover Teixeira
  • Lyoto Machida vs. Derek Brunson
  • Deiveson Alcantara vs. Jarred Brooks

For more on UFC Fight Night 119, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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After disappointment in UFC 214 debut, Jarred Brooks to 'fight like a god' next time

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ANAHEIM, Calif. – Jarred Brooks his not happy with the performance he delivered in his UFC debut, despite picking up the win.

Brooks (13-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) earned a split-decision victory over Eric Shelton (10-4 MMA, 0-2 UFC) on Saturday’s UFC 214 card, which took place at Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif., and aired on pay-per-view following prelims on FXX and UFC Fight Pass.

The debuting flyweight, who was part of the early prelims on UFC Fight Pass, talked a lot of smack in the lead-up to the contest. The result narrowly went his way, but he pointed to feeling off in the days prior to the event as one of the reasons behind what he considered an underwhelming effort. He promised to do much better in his sophomore outing.

“I felt like crap leading up to the fight, but everything happens for a reason,” Brooks said after his win. “Usually when I do things first off, I do things really (expletive) – then I always end up doing really good. I beat a qualified opponent. Eric Shelton is really good. … Hats off to him. He’s a hell of an opponent. Hopefully in the future I will show a better form of Jarred Brooks. They call me ‘The Monkey God.’ I’m going to come out there and fight like a god in the future.”

Brooks said his long layoff also contributed to his performance. He was originally scheduled to make his UFC debut on short notice against Ian McCall at UFC 208 in February, but the matchup fell apart on fight day when “Uncle Creep” was hospitalized with illness.

He doesn’t want another similar break between fights, and said he hopes the UFC will book him again immediately.

“I haven’t fought in almost year,” Brooks said. “People like Ian McCall, I wish I could have fought Ian in February. I felt a lot better leading up to that fight. Eric Shelton is a hell of an opponent, hell of a striker. He’s well-rounded. Thank God for giving me that win, but expect more out of me, guys. I’m going to come out, and I’m going to bring the ruckus within the next few months.

“Hopefully they can get me a fight every two months. I’m like ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone. I only weigh about 129. I’m probably weighing around 125 sopping wet right now. If they’re putting me to fight in the next two months, two weeks – whatever.”

If Brooks can’t get a quick fight, though, he has a more longterm plan. He would like to fight on the rumored December UFC card in Detroit, and he named Magomed Bibulatov (14-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) and Ben Nguyen (17-6 MMA, 4-1 UFC) as two opponents he’d like to face in the 125-pound division.

“I’m ready to go,” Brooks said. “I would really like to fight Magomed Bibulatov in Detroit in December or Ben Nguyen. I think those are really good fights for me in the future.”

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

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UFC 214 results: Jarred Brooks edges Eric Shelton for split decision in UFC debut

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Jarred Brooks and Eric Shelton played for points over three rounds, rarely committing to a sustained scrap in a lackluster affair.

Brooks (13-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC), who made his debut after his scheduled octagon debut in February was canceled, squeaked out more points over Shelton (10-4 MMA, 0-2 UFC) to pick up a split-call.

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

The final scores were 29-28 twice for Brooks with one judge giving the same score to Shelton, who suffers his second straight split-decision loss since his turn on “The Ultimate Fighter 24.”

The perpetually amped Brooks, meanwhile, keeps his unbeaten record intact after a UFC 208 fight with Ian McCall was scrapped when McCall fell ill.

For as much noise as Brooks made in the leadup to that ill-fated fight and tonight’s debut, his approach was muted. He spent most of the first round stuffing Shelton against the cage, trying to wrap the head for a choke. A last-minute attempt wasn’t good enough to take home the submission.

“I think the takedowns I got were the difference,” Brooks said. “I really had octagon jitters. I said that it wasn’t going to happen, but it was for real. The UFC jitters are for real and just the process of everything is crazy. My next time out, fans will see a lot more striking and a lot more versatility out of me.”

Brooks avoided Shelton for the bulk of the middle frame, bouncing around yet doing little to advance his agenda. When his uppercut glanced off Shelton’s temple and appeared to do damage, he missed the cue and kept his hit-and-run strategy.

By the final frame, Shelton had finally mastered Brooks’ rhythm and made his mark with a right hand that made Brooks take a knee. But the impact of that punch – and a flying knee into a guillotine in the final seconds – wasn’t enough to convince the judges.

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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Champ Demetrious Johnson took his UFC feud public, and here's how the flyweights responded

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Could the UFC flyweight division be disbanded just five years after it was introduced? Champion and pound-for-pound great Demetrious Johnson claims that’s been one of the threats made by the organization.

Johnson (26-2-1 MMA, 14-1-1 UFC), who’s largely been a company friendly fighter while reigning as the only 125-pound champion in history, revealed this week that his relationship with UFC brass has taken a sharp turn south in recent weeks after it was suggested his next title defense be against former bantamweight champ T.J. Dillashaw (14-3 MMA, 10-3 UFC).

Among other things, “Mighty Mouse” claims UFC President Dana White threatened to shut down the entire flyweight division if MMA’s top pound-for-pound fighter didn’t accept the fight with Dillashaw for UFC 215 in August. Johnson thought it was unfair for Dillashaw to receive an immediate title shot without having competed in the weight class, and he wanted financial assurances if his opponent missed weight.

Moreover, Johnson said No. 5-ranked flyweight Ray Borg (11-2 MMA, 5-2 UFC) was most deserving of the next shot, and making that fight would keep the division in order as “Mighty Mouse” attempts to set the all-time UFC title defense record with his 11th in his next fight.

The reactions to Johnson’s stance have varied, but for the most part, his fellow fighters – and specifically fellow flyweights – have stood behind the champion’s stance. Henry Cejudo, Ben Nguyen, Tim Elliott, Zach Makovsky and Jarred Brooks also weighed in.

Here they are:

What happens next remains to be seen. Johnson has aired his grievances in a very public way, but he said his relationship with the UFC is far from irreparable. He would be willing to fight Dillashaw or Borg, but first his conditions must be met, which Johnson doesn’t view that as an unreasonable request.

If Johnson is to be believed, the UFC is willing to ax a weight class with more than 25 active fighters because the champion won’t play ball. Johnson encouraged the company to follow through on that threat if it’s something truly even being considered.

Fighter unrest has been a common theme for the UFC in recent months. Johnson is just the latest example, but if his situation gets worse, the ramifications could be more extreme than any previous feud.

For more on the UFC’s upcoming schedule, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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