The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) returns to pay-per-view (PPV) for the seventh time this year on Saturday night (July 6, 2013) as UFC 162: "Silva vs. Weidman" goes down from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
While the annual July 4th weekend event is a strong card from top to bottom, the match up garnering the most attention is the middleweight championship headliner pitting the man many consider to be the greatest mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter of all time, Anderson Silva, against undefeated rising star Chris Weidman.
Every time Silva enters the Octagon he is attempting to add to what is already a one-of-a-kind resume. To see exactly what kind of records "The Spider" holds and is looking to build on in "Sin City," check out his sensational career stat sheet right here.
As for Weidman, he will try and bring an end to Silva's incredible run in the UFC and start something special of his own by joining women's bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey as one of two UFC titleholders with an undefeated record.
Also on the card, former lightweight champion and featherweight title challenger Frankie Edgar will look to snap a career-worst three-fight losing streak when he does battle with talented Brazilian prospect Charles Oliveira.
With the event just days away and lots on the line for all 22 fighters set to compete on the card, let's take a few minutes to review some event-related facts about UFC 162.
Check them out:
- Weidman's 4.47 completed takedowns per 15 minutes is the highest among active UFC middleweights.
- Silva has the fourth highest takedown defense in UFC middleweight history at 83.7%.
- Gabriel Gonzaga will compete in the UFC for the 16th time, the third most of any heavyweight in the organization's history behind Cheick Kongo (18) and Frank Mir (21).
- Edgar will compete in his first non-title bout since Dec. 5, 2009 a span of 1309 days (over 3.5 years) and seven fights.
- Mark Munoz enters the event on a 360-day layoff, the longest of his 15-fight MMA career.
- Weidman is one of two fighters in the UFC middleweight division with an undefeated MMA record. Luke Barnett (6-0) is the other.
- Dennis Siver has not finished an opponent since Nov. 13, 2010 -- a span of 969 (over 2.5 years) days and five fights.
- Edgar has the third longest average fight time of any fighter in UFC history at 18 minutes and 18 seconds. His opponent, Oliveira, has the 10th shortest average fight time of any fighter in UFC history at four minutes and 37 seconds.
- Chris Leben holds the UFC middleweight record for total strikes landed at 1653. He is second to Michael Bisping (764) in significant strikes landed at 531.
- Dave Herman enters the event on the heels of a six-month drug suspension and a career-worst three-fight losing streak.
- Roger Gracie is the fourth member of the Gracie family to fight in the UFC.
- Silva holds the UFC record for consecutive title defenses at 10.
- Edgar has won post-fight bonuses in four of his last five fights for a total of $250,000.
- Cub Swanson's four-fight UFC win-streak is tied with Jose Aldo, Ricardo Lamas and Dennis Bermudez for the longest active win-streak in the UFC featherweight division.
- Gonzaga has defeated his opponent by (technical) knockout or submission in all 14 of his career victories. "Napao" has lost by (technical) knockout in six of his seven professional defeats.
- Tim Boetsch enters the event on the heels of his first loss in five fights since dropping to the middleweight division - a TKO loss to Constantinos Philippou at UFC 155.
- Oliveira has only fought to a decision once in his 20-fight career. His opponent, Edgar, has gone to a decision 12 times in his 20-fight career. Edgar has gone the distance in 11 of his 14 UFC fights.
- Brian Melancon makes his UFC debut off a 652-day layoff, the longest of his eight-fight career.
- In a combined 47 professional fights, Gonzaga and Herman have only gone to a decision twice.
- Weidman is tied with Constantinos Philippou and Francis Carmont for the second longest UFC win-streak of any middleweight fighter with five-in-a-row. Silva leads the category at 16 in a row.
- Siver is 2-0 since dropping to the UFC featherweight division.
- Leben will fight in the UFC for the 21st time, tying him with Frank Mir for the sixth most fights in UFC history.
- Weidman has outstruck every opponent he has faced in the UFC.
- Silva has the most knockdowns landed of any fighter in UFC history at 17.
- Gonzaga has attempted 10 submissions in the Octagon, that's third to only Stefan Struve (19) and Mir (20) for the most in UFC heavyweight history.
That's a wrap for this set of UFC facts.
Did you learn anything new/interesting? Do any of the facts change your perspective on Saturday night's fights?
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