Another event, another new market for the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) as this Saturday (June 15, 2013) night the Octagon touches down for the first time in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada for UFC 161: "Evans vs. Henderson".
It will be the second time this year and the fourteenth time overall that the UFC travels to "The Great White North," except this time around it will be in a city the organization has yet to visit.
The main event of the evening will see two of the most accomplished fighters in mixed martial arts (MMA) history collide as former UFC light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans meets former Strikeforce and two-division PRIDE champion Dan Henderson in a three-round bout.
With the original headliner of Renan Barao vs. Eddie Wineland unfortunately falling off the card due to an injury to the interim bantamweight champion, UFC 161 marks the third of the past five fight cards in Canada to go forward without the originally announced main event.
That's just one of many facts going into this weekend's event at the MTS Centre. To find out more, simply continue reading:
- The 22 fighters scheduled to compete on the card have a combined total of 441 professional mixed martial arts (MMA) fights with 90 losses. Of those losses, only 17 are by submission. Fourteen fighters on the card have never lost an MMA fight by submission.
- Evans fights in his 12th UFC main event and 10th pay-per-view (PPV) main event. He is 9-2 in those contests. Henderson is 2-2 in UFC main events.
- Roy Nelson is on his first three-fight win-streak since Dec. 2007-May 2008, earning all those victories by (technical) knockout in a total of five minutes and 52 seconds. "Big Country" has finished his opponent inside the distance in 17 of his 19 professional victories.
- James Krause will make his UFC debut against 15-fight veteran of the organization Sam Stout. The match up features the biggest disparity of UFC experience of any two opponents on the card.
- Ryan Jimmo is 17-1 in his career when fighting in his home country of Canada. "Big Deal" enters the event on the heels of his first loss since Feb. 2007.
- After entering the UFC with a perfect 9-0 record, Mitch Clarke is 0-2 in the organization with both losses coming to fighters who are no longer part of the UFC roster.
- Alexis Davis vs. Rosi Sexton is the second female fight in UFC history to appear on the main card of a PPV. Davis will also become the first Canadian female to step in the Octagon while Sexton will be England's first representative.
- Evans has the longest average fight time of any active light heavyweight on the UFC roster at 13 minutes and 47 seconds.
- In the 13 events the UFC has held in Canada, Canadian fighters are 38-34 when facing opponents from other countries. There are seven Canada vs. the world match ups on the card.
- Henderson is the oldest active fighter on the UFC roster.
- Whether he came out on the winning or losing end, Pat Barry's last five fights have received the "Knockout of the Night," "Submission of the Night," or "Fight of the Night" bonus.
- Nelson's four ‘Knockout of the Night' bonuses are tied with Vitor Belfort for the second most in UFC history behind Anderson Silva.
- Evans has the second most total fight time of any fighter in light heavyweight history at three hours, 26 minutes and 50 seconds. Tito Ortiz leads the category at three hours, 46 minutes and 49 seconds.
- Stout holds the UFC lightweight record for most significant strikes landed at 838.
- After fighting three UFC bouts in 57 days in 2012, Dustin Pague enters the event off a 308-day layoff, which is the longest of his 19-fight MMA career. Pague has lost two-straight UFC fights and three of four overall entering the event.
- Barry is tied with Cain Velasquez and Andrei Arlovski for second most knockdowns landed in UFC heavyweight history at eight. Junior dos Santos leads the category with 11 knockdowns landed.
- Sexton, 35, is the oldest female fighter on the UFC roster and will be the oldest female to compete inside the Octagon.
- Nelson is 6-3 in his UFC career. All of his wins are by (technical) knockout, while all his losses are by unanimous decision.
- Evans can tie Diego Sanchez for the second most UFC victories by a winner of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) reality show at 13. Michael Bisping leads the category with 14 wins.
- After a one-fight stint in the middleweight division, Jake Shields returns to welterweight to face Tyron Woodley in the preliminary card headliner.
- Sean Pierson, 37, the second oldest fighter in the UFC welterweight division behind Mike Pyle.
- Nelson fights for the second time in a 47-day span following a first-round knockout of Cheick Kongo at UFC 159 on April 27, 2013.
- Evans' 49 completed takedowns inside the Octagon are the most in light heavyweight history.
- Maguire makes his lightweight debut on the heels of a career-worst two-fight losing streak. "The One" has fought as high as 185-pounds in his career.
- Stout is currently tied with Jon Fitch for participating in the most UFC fights to ever go to a decision at 13. Five of those fight have ended in a split decision with Stout going 3-2.
That's a wrap for this set of UFC facts.
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