Fight Facts: UFC on ESPN 10

By: Jay Pettry
Jun 15, 2020

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Fight Facts is a breakdown of all of the interesting information and Octagon oddities on every card, with some puns, references and portmanteaus to keep things fun. These deep stat dives delve into the numbers, providing historical context and telling the stories behind those numbers.

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The Ultimate Fighting Championship on Saturday remained at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas with a card that delivered far more action than most critics expected. UFC on ESPN 10 featured the most sub-minute finishes in modern UFC history, the 400th women’s bout inside the Octagon and a slew of heavy fighters who all lost.

BREAKING IN THE BUILDING: The last three fight cards have taken place at the UFC Apex, making this venue one of the few in organizational history to host three consecutive events. The VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Florida, did so in May. The first venue to do so was the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas in 2004.

WE CAN STILL DO IT!: Both UFC 250 and UFC on ESPN 10 were headlined by women. It is the first time since 2016 where back-to-back events featured women in the marquee matchup. At that time, UFC on Fox 22 saw Michelle Waterson take on Paige VanZant in the top billing, while the following show, UFC 207, was topped by Amanda Nunes toppling Ronda Rousey.

NO REALLY, DON’T BLINK: The first three fights of the night ended in less than a minute. UFC on ESPN 10 tied the modern-era record with UFC 84, as well as UFC Fight Night 13, UFC Fight Night 26 and UFC Fight Night 65, for the most sub-minute stoppages at an event in promotional history.

MARQUEE MELTDOWN: In the main event, Jessica Eye came in heavy and co-headlining competitor Karl Roberson also weighed in above his weight limit. UFC on ESPN 10 is the first event since UFC Fight Night 96 in 2016 where a fighter in the headliner (John Lineker) and co-main event (Alex Oliveira) both missed weight.

PANDEMIC WEIGHT CUTS: Four of the 10 fights on the card took place at a catchweight, including three fighters who missed weight and one bout that was moved to 140 pounds on short notice. The last card to feature at least that many catchweight contests was UFC Fight Night 121 in 2017, when five fights took place outside of standard weight classes.

SHOULD HAVE TRIED THE TOWEL TRICK: All three of the fighters on the card who missed weight lost. This is the first time in UFC history where at least three competitors missed weight and each suffered a defeat.

THEY’RE ON TO YOU: Dating back to March, the last six UFC fighters to come in over their respective marks have lost, with five of those six getting stopped.

YOU’RE NOT WELCOME HERE: On four occasions throughout the night, fighters competed against short-notice replacements: Mariya Agapova, Merab Dvalishvili, Julia Avila and Tyson Nam. All four defeated their substitute opponents.

THE GRIM ADVENTURES OF DRE AND MANDY: UFC on ESPN 10 and UFC 250 both awarded four “Performance of the Night” bonuses in lieu of a “Fight of the Night” and two POTNs. The last time this happened for back-to-back events was in July 2019.

AND YET THE HE-MAN WOMEN HATERS CLUB STILL PERSISTS: The Eye-Cynthia Calvillo main event was the 400th women’s bout in UFC history. Since women’s divisions were implemented in 2013, they have accounted for 11.7 percent of all UFC bouts.

KEEPING AN EYE ON THE JUDGES: Eye went the distance in a losing effort to Calvillo. Throughout her career, 18 of Eye’s 24 fights (75 percent) have ended in the hands of the judges.

TUDOR’S CHAMPION: Marvin Vettori’s first-round submission of Roberson notched his third win in a row inside the Octagon. This ties Alessio Sakara’s record from 2008-10 for the most consecutive wins by an Italian fighter under the UFC banner.

CLIPPING THE WINGS OF ‘THE ANGEL OF DEATH’: Charles Rosa edged Kevin Aguilar via split verdict and in doing so earned just the second decision win of his career. In victory, “Boston Strong” lowered his finish rate to 85 percent.

MORE UPS AND DOWNS THAN AN APPROVAL RATING: By taking a decision over Aguilar, Rosa has alternated wins and losses in his last nine bouts dating back to his time in CES MMA.

AIR OR GROUNDED: Charles Jourdain lost a decision to Andre Fili. Throughout his career, all of his wins have come by stoppage and all of his defeats have come on the scorecards.

CHASING GSP: Dvalishvili already held the record for the most takedowns landed in UFC bantamweight history coming into his match with Gustavo Lopez. Throughout the fight, he broke his own single-fight record by hitting 13 more. With 52 in total he has double the number of the next-closest fighters—Urijah Faber and Ricky Simon, with 26 each.

WRATH OF THE RAGING PANDA: Avila, aka “Raging Panda,” destroyed Gina Mazany in 22 seconds, earning the fourth-fastest finish in women’s divisional history. Rousey holds two of the top four, with a 14-second stoppage of Cat Zingano and a 16-second beatdown of Alexis Davis. Germaine de Randamie’s 16-second demolition of Aspen Ladd rounds out the list. All four fights took place in the bantamweight division.

DID YOU KNOW AVILA WAS IN SOUTH PARK?: Avila’s finish stemmed from a knee to the body, making her victory the sixth-quickest from a knee strike in promotional history. The fastest came from Jorge Masvidal, who slept Ben Askren with a flying knee in five seconds.

NO BETTER WAY TO WIN YOUR FIRST UFC FIGHT: Although technically contested at a catchweight after Zarrukh Adashev missed weight, Nam’s demolition of Adashev in 32 seconds rates as the sixth-fastest knockout in UFC bantamweight competition.

GOTTA FEEL FOR THE GUY: Ray Borg was originally slated to face Dvalishvili at this event but was forced to pull out of his contest for family matters. It is the eighth time that Borg has withdrawn from a UFC fight, one shy of the record held by Thiago Alves.

HIS SECRET ALTER EGO, ARTHUR CURRY: Christian Aguilera finished Anthony Ivy in less than a minute in a battle of UFC newcomers. Win or lose, “Aquaman” has still never gone the distance in his 11-fight career.

NEVER SAY NEVER AGAIN: Coming into UFC on ESPN 10, neither Calvillo (11 fights) nor Eye (23 fights) had ever competed beyond the third round, Ivy (10 fights) and Adashev (four fights) had never been knocked out and no UFC card had ever opened with three straight finishes in under a minute.

SHO NUFF, I GOT PROPS: For her entire UFC tenure, Calvillo has selected “Jump Around” by House of Pain as her walkout track. With it, she now sports a solid .750 winning percentage.

MORE THAN KARATE: Lopez is the first fighter other than Tim Elliott to walk out to a track by Kennedy. Lopez used “Let It Out” in contrast to Elliott’s staple of “Karate,” and lost a decision.

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