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UFC Fight Night 110 pre-event facts: Derrick Lewis then Conor McGregor on this KO list

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The UFC makes its second trip to New Zealand on Saturday when UFC Fight Night 110 takes place at Spark Arena in Auckland. The card airs on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

Headlining the promotion’s Oceania return is a heavyweight showcase between streaking knockout artist Derrick Lewis (18-4 MMA, 9-2 UFC) and struggling veteran Mark Hunt (12-11-1 MMA, 7-5-1 UFC).

For more on the numbers behind the UFC’s upcoming event, check below for 40 pre-fight facts about UFC Fight Night 110.

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Main event

Derrick Lewis

Lewis makes his 12th UFC heavyweight appearance since 2014, the most in the division and tied for third most among all UFC fighters behind Donald Cerrone (13) and Neil Magny (13).

Lewis competes in his third consecutive UFC main event since December. He’s 2-0 in his previous headliners.

Lewis’ six-fight UFC winning streak in heavyweight competition is the longest active streak in the division.

Lewis has earned 16 of his 18 career victories by knockout. That includes eight of his nine wins under the UFC banner.

Lewis’ eight knockout victories in UFC competition since 2014 are the most among active fighters in the organization. Conor McGregor is second with six.

Lewis’ eight knockout victories in UFC heavyweight competition are tied for the third most in divisional history behind Cain Velasquez (10) and Andrei Arlovski (nine).

Lewis is the only fighter in history to have his first eight UFC appearances end in a knockout.

Lewis absorbs 1.23 significant strikes per minute in UFC heavyweight competition, the second-best rate in divisional history behind Jon Madsen (1.18).

Mark Hunt

Hunt, 43, is the oldest active fighter in the UFC heavyweight division. He’s also the oldest of the 24 fighters scheduled to compete at the event.

Hunt has earned all nine of his career stoppage victories by knockout. That includes seven of his eight wins under the UFC banner.

Hunt defends 72.2 percent of all opponent takedown attempts in UFC heavyweight competition, the fourth highest rate among active fighters in the weight class behind Arlovski (84.3 percent), Travis Browne (83.3 percent) and Junior Dos Santos (80.5 percent).

Hunt has suffered all of his career losses by stoppage.

Co-main event

Derek Brunson

Derek Brunson (16-5 MMA, 7-3 UFC) 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 Arlovski also accomplished the feat.

Brunson’s five first-round stoppage victories in UFC middleweight competition are tied with Chris Leben for most in divisional history.

Daniel Kelly

Daniel Kelly’s (13-1 MMA, 6-1 UFC) four-fight UFC winning streak in middleweight competition is the fifth longest active streak in the division behind Yoel Romero (eight), Robert Whittaker (six), champ Michael Bisping (five) and Gegard Mousasi (five).

Kelly has won as the underdog in five of his six UFC victories.

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

Kelly defends 65.2 percent of all opponent significant strike attempts in UFC middleweight competition, the second highest rate among active fighters in the weight class behind Bisping (66.6 percent).

Remaining main card

Ross Pearson

Ross Pearson (19-13 MMA, 11-10 UFC) makes his 12th UFC appearance since 2014, tied with Lewis for third most among all UFC fighters behind Cerrone (13) and Magny (13).

Pearson enters the event on a career-worst three-fight losing skid. He’s 4-6 (with one no-contest) in his past 11 fights overall.

Pearson is 6-6 with one no-contest since he returned to the UFC lightweight division in December 2012.

Pearson’s five knockout victories in UFC lightweight competition are tied for fourth most in divisional history behind Melvin Guillard (seven), B.J. Penn (six) and Edson Barboza (six).

Pearson’s three split-decision losses in UFC competition are tied for second most in company history behind Jorge Masvidal (four).

Dan Hooker (13-7 MMA, 3-3 UFC) has earned 12 of his 13 career victories by stoppage. He’s finished nine of those wins in Round 1.

Tim Elliott

Tim Elliott (14-7-1 MMA, 3-5 UFC) is 1-1 since he returned to the UFC for a second stint in December.

Elliott’s 35 takedowns landed in UFC flyweight competition are second most in divisional history behind Demetrious Johnson (49).

Elliott lands 67.3 percent of his takedown attempts in UFC flyweight competition, the highest rate in divisional history.

Alex Volkanovski (14-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC) enters the event on an 11-fight winning streak. He hasn’t suffered a defeat since May 2013.

Preliminary card

Vinc Pichel

Vinc Pichel (9-1 MMA, 2-1 UFC) returns to competition for the first time since May 24, 2014. The 1,113-day layoff is the longest of his nearly eight-year career.

Dominique Steele (14-8 MMA, 1-3 UFC) is one of eight fighters in UFC history to earn a knockout stemming from a slam takedown. He accomplished the feat against Dong Hyun Kim at UFC Fight Night 79.

John Moraga (16-6 MMA, 5-5 UFC) competes in his 11th UFC flyweight bout, the third most appearances in divisional history behind champ Johnson (13) and Joseph Benavidez (12).

John Moraga

Moraga enters the event on a three-fight losing skid. He hasn’t earned a victory since December 2014.

Moraga’s four stoppage victories in UFC flyweight competition are tied for the second most in divisional history behind Johnson (six).

Moraga’s three submission victories in UFC flyweight competition are second most in divisional history behind Johnson (four).

Moraga is one of 22 fighters in UFC history to earn a knockout stemming from standing elbow strikes. He accomplished the feat against Ulysses Gomez at UFC on FOX 4.

Moraga was the first fighter in UFC flyweight history to be stopped between rounds when John Dodson defeated him by TKO (doctor’s stoppage) at UFC Fight Night 42.

Kiichi Kunimoto

Kiichi Kunimoto (18-6-2 MMA, 3-1 UFC) returns to competition for the first time since Feb. 4, 2015. The 857-day layoff is the longest of his more than 11-year career.

Chan-Mi Jeon (5-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC), 19, is the youngest of the 24 fighters scheduled to compete at the event.

”Maestro” Dong Hyun Kim (14-8-3 MMA, 1-2 UFC) is 1-1 since he dropped to the UFC lightweight division in June 2016.

For more on UFC Fight Night 110, 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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