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Top 15 middleweights with violent tendencies will share the Ultimate Fighting Championship stage when “The Ultimate Fighter” Season 17 finalist Uriah Hall confronts former King of the Cage champion Sean Strickland in the UFC on ESPN 28 main event this Saturday at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas.
Hall enters the cage on a run of four consecutive victories. The Fortis MMA export last competed at UFC 261, where he was awarded a technical knockout after Chris Weidman broke his leg while throwing a low kick just 17 seconds into the first round of their April 24 rematch. Strickland, meanwhile, has pieced together a four-fight winning streak of his own. The Team Quest representative last appeared on May 1, when he took a three-round unanimous decision from Krzysztof Jotko at UFC on ESPN 23.
While Hall and Strickland pore over the remaining details associated with their forthcoming showdown, a look at some of the numbers that have accompanied them to this point:
36: Years of age for Hall, who was born on July 31, 1984 in Spanish Town, Jamaica—a city of some 160,000 people in the southeastern quadrant of the island nation.
13: Hall wins by knockout or technical knockout, accounting for 76% of his career total (17). His list of UFC victims includes Anderson Silva, Gegard Mousasi and Chris Leben. Hall owns one other win by submission and three more by decision.
198: Combined victories between the nine men—Weidman, Paulo Costa, Gegard Mousasi, Derek Brunson, Robert Whittaker, Rafael Natal, John Howard, Kelvin Gastelum and Costas Philippou—who have defeated Hall. They sport a cumulative winning percentage of .747 (198-63-4).
8: Knockdowns landed by Hall as a UFC middleweight, tying him with Jorge Rivera for sixth on the promotion’s all-time list at 185 pounds. Only Silva (13), Nate Marquardt (12), Israel Adesanya (11), Yoel Romero (10) and Thiago Santos (nine) have been credited with more.
1,120: Days since Hall experienced a setback. Costa was responsible for his most recent loss, having put away “Primetime” with punches in the second round of their featured UFC 226 prelim on July 7, 2018.
30: Years of age for Strickland, who was born in Anaheim, California on Feb. 27, 1991. “The Silence of the Lambs,” “Sleeping with the Enemy,” “King Ralph,” “Home Alone” and “Dances with Wolves” were the Top 5 movies at the domestic box office at the time.
10: Strickland victories by knockout or technical knockout, accounting for 43% of his career total (23). His list of UFC victims includes Brendan Allen and Nordine Taleb. Strickland holds four other victories by submission and nine more by decision.
106: Significant strikes landed by Strickland in a unanimous decision over Jack Marshman in their three-round UFC Fight Night 181 pairing on Oct. 31. It marks the only time he has exceeded 100 such strikes in a single bout inside the Octagon.
.852: Cumulative winning percentage between the three men—Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos, Kamaru Usman and Santiago Ponzinibbio—who have beaten Strickland. They boast a combined record of 69-12.
63: Seconds needed by Strickland to punch out Brett Sbardella under the King of the Cage banner in August 2011. Having occurred in his seventh professional appearance, it remains the fastest finish of his 26-fight career.