Fight Facts: UFC on ESPN 6

By: Jay Pettry
Oct 21, 2019

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Fight Facts is a breakdown of all 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 Friday traveled up to Beantown with a card that produced some thrilling results and instant contenders. UFC on ESPN 6 at the TD Garden in Boston featured a rare verbal submission, a few undefeated prospects gunning for title shots and the rise and fall of “Inhalergate.”

STILL DEVASTATING: Dominick Reyes remained unbeaten at 12-0 when he devastated Chris Weidman with a left hand and follow-up hammerfists. Nine of his 12 wins have come inside the distance, and each of those stoppages took place in the opening round.

STICK TO THE SCRIPT: Although Weidman lost in less than two minutes due to strikes, he managed to secure a takedown. He has landed at least one takedown in every single one of his UFC bouts.

I GOT MY CHIN CHECKED: Weidman suffered his fifth loss in six fights after starting his career at 13-0. Each of those five defeats has been by knockout.

THEY WANT THAT WEIDMONEY: Four of the five men to beat Weidman earned a post-fight bonus after their wins. That list now includes Reyes, who was awarded “Performance of the Night” honors for his sub-two-minute stoppage of the former middleweight champion.

$TEPHEN$: By scoring “Fight of the Night” for his battle with Rodriguez, Stephens became the 11th member of the 10-plus post-fight bonus club in the UFC.

HE FIGHTS, WE WATCH: The “Fight of the Night” was Stephens’ sixth such bonus and ties several other fighters for the sixth-most FOTNs in UFC history. Only Nate Diaz (eight), Diego Sanchez (seven), Edson Barboza (seven), Frankie Edgar (seven) and Joe Lauzon (seven) have earned more.

HE WOULD FIGHT IN DECEMBER IF HE COULD: The appearance against Rodriguez was Stephens’ 32nd inside the Octagon, as he maintained his place with the third-most bouts in promotional history. He trails Jim Miller (33) and Donald Cerrone (33). No other fighter has more than 30 fights in the organization, though Demian Maia will reach the 31-appearance plateau when he meets Ben Askren in the UFC Fight Night 162 headliner on Oct. 26.

FULLY HEATHENIZED: “Lil’ Heathen” dropped his 16th bout inside the Octagon, extending his record for the most defeats in company history. With the loss, Stephens fell below .500 in the UFC. He now owns a 15-16 mark with one no-contest.

SALUTE THAT CHIN: The decision defeat was Stephens’ 12th under the UFC banner, putting him even further ahead of the pack. No other UFC fighter has dropped more than 10 bouts on the scorecards, with Roy Nelson the next closest with nine.

IT WAS HARDLY A CONTEST TO BEGIN WITH: Although Greg Hardy initially prevailed by unanimous decision over Ben Sosoli, his win was later overturned to a no-contest due to his use of an inhaler between the second and third rounds. It is the sixth no-contest in UFC heavyweight history and the first since Walt Harris took a split decision from Andrei Arlovski in December before testing positive for SARMs after the fight.

THE J-LAU SHOW IS A GO: Lauzon picked up a dramatic win in front of his home crowd, finishing Jonathan Pearce in the first round. His victory snapped a three-fight losing streak -- the longest of his career. When competing in his home state of Massachusetts, Lauzon is now 14-1 with 14 stoppages. His lone loss came by unanimous verdict against Michael Johnson in 2013.

AND HE IS ONLY 35: In his UFC debut in October 2006, Lauzon knocked out former lightweight champion Jens Pulver in 48 seconds. When he appeared for the promotion the first time, the only other fighter on the entire UFC on ESPN 6 card that had made his pro debut at that point was Stephens.

LEGENDS, YOUNG AND OLD: After earning the 13th finish of his UFC career, Lauzon is now tied with Matt Hughes and Frank Mir for the fifth-most stoppage wins in organizational history. They all trail Cerrone (16), Vitor Belfort (14), Anderson Silva (14) and Charles Oliveira (14).

YOUNG WHIPPERSNAPPER: Maycee Barber finished Gillian Robertson with elbows and punches to pick up a first-round stoppage. After lifting her record to 8-0 with the win, she has finished seven of those opponents before the final bell.

MAYCEE TODD, THE DEMON BARBER OF 100 LEGENDS WAY: In just her third Octagon appearance, Barber already holds the third-most knockouts in UFC women’s divisional history. She is tied with three other women. Only Amanda Nunes (seven) and Cristiane Justino (four) hold more.

A MINI CYBORG: Barber is the second female fighter in UFC history -- Justino was the first -- to start her career with three consecutive knockouts. She previously finished Hannah Cifers and J.J. Aldrich with strikes.

DERON LOSE: By taking a contentious split decision over Deron Winn, Darren Stewart handed the American Kickboxing Academy export his first career defeat.

HE REALLY DID SAY ‘MATTE’: In forcing Manny Bermudez to verbally tap due to an armbar, Charles Rosa picked up the sixth recorded verbal submission in UFC history. Half of those have come by armbar. It is the first to come from a division other than welterweight, as the two competed at a 148-pound catchweight.

YOU CAN PROBABLY NAME MOST OF THEM: Even after moving to featherweight, Bermudez missed weight by two pounds. He was advised to go up in weight when he came in four pounds heavy at bantamweight against Benito Lopez in February. Bermudez is one of only seven UFC fighters to miss weight in multiple divisions.

LIVE BY THE POUND, DIE BY THE POUND: Because he defeated Lopez at UFC on ESPN 1, Bermudez is now one of 12 fighters to ever win and lose a fight after missing weight.

BOSTON-BOUND: Randy Costa rebounded from his first career defeat by smashing Boston Salmon in the first round. All five of Costa’s career victories have come by first-round knockout, with each of them occurring in Massachusetts. His lone loss took place in Atlanta.

YOU WILL SPEND ALL DAY IN COURT: By dropping a decision to Sean Brady, Court McGee has now gone the distance in each of his last six outings and 13 of his last 14. McGee started his UFC career by tapping Kris McCray and Ryan Jensen, and he has not finished a fight since then.

THEY WERE FINED TOO: Winn and Bermudez missed weight, and both lost. It is the third time this year that multiple fighters came in heavy and all lost at an event. It previously occurred at UFC Fight Night 144 and UFC on ESPN 5.

NEVER SAY NEVER AGAIN: Coming into UFC on ESPN 6, Hardy had never fought beyond the second round (six fights), Pearce (12 fights) and Robertson (10 fights) had never been knocked out and Bermudez (15 fights) had never been submitted.

WE JUST WANNA PARTY: Stephens changed his entrance music for this bout to “This Is America” by Childish Gambino, making him the first recorded fighter in UFC history to use a Childish Gambino track. Stephens lost by thrilling decision.

I AIN’T JUST HURTIN’ YOUR REP: McGee went with his tried-and-true walkout tune of “Cinderella Man” by Eminem, just as he has done in each of his last eight recorded appearances. After McGee’s loss, “Cinderella Man” holds the lowest winning percentage (.238) of any song used at least 20 recorded times.

Sherdog contributing editor Jay Pettry is an attorney and a statistician. Writing about MMA since he started studying the “Eminem Curse” in 2012 and working for Vice Sports and Combat Docket along the way, he put together many fight result and entrance music databases to better study the sport. You can find him on twitter at @jaypettry. Advertisement

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