The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) returns to pay-per-view (PPV) for the fifth time this year on Saturday night (May 25, 2013) as UFC 160: "Velasquez vs. Bigfoot 2" goes down from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Throughout the history of UFC title bouts, the champion has been the more successful fighter going into a rematch with a previous opponent, and in the UFC 160 main event heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez will attempt to continue that trend by defeating Antonio Silva for the second time in a 365-day span.
Velasquez is one of few fighters in UFC history to achieve championship glory in the world's premier mixed martial arts (MMA) organization twice; however, no multi-time titleholder before him has failed to defend the belt on two separate occasions -- and the 30-year-old will do his best to avoid being the first in "Sin City."
Also on the card, Junior dos Santos will attempt to earn a title shot and chance to join Velasquez on the distinctive list of multi-time champions when he takes on surging heavyweight contender Mark Hunt in what UFC President Dana White has dubbed as a No. 1 contenders bout for "Cigano."
With the event just days away and lots on the line for all 24 fighters set to compete on the card, let's take a few minutes to review some event-related facts about UFC 160.
Check them out:
- Eight of the 10 main card fighters are ranked in the top-10 of their respective weight class, according to the official UFC rankings.
- Velasquez has successfully completed 27 takedowns in his 10-fight UFC career -- the most of any heavyweight in UFC history.
- Silva's last six fights have ended by (technical) knockout.
- Dos Santos' nine knockdowns are the most of any heavyweight in UFC history.
- Hunt's four-fight UFC win-streak is the longest of any active fighter in the heavyweight division.
- The winner of Gray Maynard vs. T.J. Grant will become the No. 1 contender to Ben Henderson's lightweight title.
- Grant's four-fight UFC win-streak is tied with Rafael dos Anjos for second longest in the lightweight division behind champion Henderson. Grant is 4-0 since dropping to 155-pounds.
- Maynard has the second highest takedown defense accuracy in UFC lightweight history at 86.4%. Gleison Tibau leads the category at 93%.
- Of a combined 36 MMA victories, Glover Teixeira and James Te Huna have defeated 30 opponents by (technical) knockout or submission.
- K.J. Noons makes his UFC debut against No. 5 ranked Donald Cerrone on the heels of four losses in his past five fights.
- Cerrone and/or his opponent have won a post-fight bonus in six of his last eight bouts.
- Velasquez is one of five two-time champions in UFC history along with Randy Couture, Tim Sylvia, Matt Hughes and Georges St. Pierre.
- Dos Santos will earn a heavyweight title shot with a win over Mark Hunt.
- Khabib Nurmagomedov's 19-fight MMA win streak is one behind interim 135-pound champion Renan Barao for the longest win-streak of any current UFC fighter. Teixeira, who is also on the card, has an 18-fight MMA win-streak, which ranks third among active UFC fighters.
- Mike Pyle, 37, is the oldest active fighter in the UFC welterweight division.
- Max Holloway, 21, is the youngest active fighter on the UFC roster. He will compete in his fifth UFC bout in a span of one year, three months and 22 days.
- Velasquez and dos Santos have fought their last four bouts on the same card.
- Hunt's 85% takedown defense accuracy in the UFC is second in heavyweight history behind Andre Arlovksi (89.5%). Dos Santos ranks sixth in the category at 74%.
- Robert Whittaker vs. Colton Smith is the seventh fight in UFC history between winners of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) reality show.
- No. 8 ranked bantamweight Brian Bowles competes for the first time since a submission loss to Urijah Faber at UFC 139 on Nov. 2011. The longest layoff of his 12-fight career.
- George Roop is one of three fighters in UFC history (Diego Sanchez, Kenny Florian) to earn victories in three different weight classes (155, 145, 135).
- Eight of Maynard's nine UFC wins have come by some form of decision. He has not finished an opponent since a knock out Joe Veres in Sept. 2007 -- a span of 2076 days (five-plus years) and 10 fights.
- Pyle has five career (technical) knockout victories, three of which came in his last three fights.
- Jeremy Stephens, who makes his featherweight debut, enters the event on a career-worst three-fight losing streak and is coming off the first knockout loss of his 29-fight professional career.
- Velasquez has the second most total strikes landed in UFC heavyweight history at 965. Cheick Kongo leads the category with 1025 total strikes landed.
That's a wrap for this set of UFC facts.
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