UFC on FOX 8 preview: 30 facts about ‘Johnson vs. Moraga' in Seattle on July 27

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Are you hungry for some UFC knowledge? Good, because MMAmania.com has you covered with 30 facts about UFC on FOX 8, which is scheduled for this Saturday night (July 27, 2013) from KeyArena in Seattle, Washington.

The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) returns to network television for the eighth time this Saturday night (July 27, 2013) as UFC on FOX 8: "Johnson vs. Moraga" goes down from KeyArena in Seattle, Washington.

A flyweight championship match up takes headlining role at the event as reigning titleholder Demetrious Johnson puts his belt on the line for the second time against top-ranked contender John Moraga.

Also on the card, welterweight contenders Rory MacDonald and Jake Ellenberger battle for a top spot in the 170-pound pecking order, heavy-handed strikers Robbie Lawler and Bobby Voelker go to war and, finally, in the first-ever female UFC fight on network TV, Liz Carmouche meets Jessica Andrade.

With the event just days away, let's take a few minutes to review some event-related facts about UFC on FOX 8.

Check them out:

  1. Moraga is just one of nine fighters in UFC history to finish a fight with standing elbows.
  2. Johnson is one of three fighters in UFC history (Michihiro Omigawa, Benson Henderson) to start his career in the Octagon with seven-straight decisions.
  3. MacDonald's four-fight UFC win-streak is tied with Mike Pierce and Mike Pyle for fourth longest in the welterweight division.
  4. Ellenberger has landed eight career UFC knockdowns, tied with Georges St. Pierre for second in welterweight history. Thiago Alves leads the category with nine knockdowns landed.
  5. Carmouche will become the first female fighter to compete in the Octagon twice.
  6. Andrade will compete in her eighth mixed martial arts (MMA) fight in an 11-month span.
  7. Lawler meets Voelker on short notice after originally scheduled opponents Tarec Saffiedine and Siyar Bahadurzada withdrew from the event due to injury.
  8. Melvin Guillard's average fight time is six minutes and 45 seconds, which is fourth shortest in UFC lightweight history.
  9. Mac Danzig (5-6 UFC) is one of two (Jonathan Brookins) of the 21 active The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) reality show winners with a sub .500 record in the Octagon.
  10. Johnson has the second longest average fight time in UFC history at 19 minutes and 17 seconds. Benson Henderson leads the category at 20 minutes and 43 seconds.
  11. MacDonald (No. 3) is the youngest fighter in the top-10 of the official UFC welterweight rankings.
  12. Julie Kedzie makes her UFC debut on the heels of back-to-back losses.
  13. Ed Herman has completed 27 takedowns in his UFC career, tied with Nate Marquardt and Yushin Okami for second in UFC middleweight history behind Chael Sonnen (35 complete takedowns).
  14. Johnson has landed the most total strikes in flyweight history with 485.
  15. Aaron Riley competes for the first time since suffering a broken jaw at the hands of Tony Ferguson at UFC 135 in Sept. 2011. Riley has only fought twice in the past three years and eight months.
  16. Lawler's last 12 victories have come by (technical) knockout or submission. "Ruthless" has not won a fight by decision since a Nov. 21, 2003 win over Chris Lytle at UFC 45.
  17. Ellenberger owns a 58.1% takedown accuracy, seventh best in UFC welterweight history. His opponent, MacDonald, owns a 57.7% accuracy, eighth in 170-pound history.
  18. Andrade, 21, will become the youngest female fighter to ever compete in the UFC.
  19. Johnson's three 125-pound wins are tied with Joseph Benavidez for the most in UFC history.
  20. Jorge Masvidal has fought to a decision in his last eight fights for a total of 130 consecutive minutes without a stoppage.
  21. Guillard has the third most knockdowns in UFC history with 12. Chuck Liddell is second at 14 while Anderson Silva leads the category with 17.
  22. Yves Edwards will compete in his 17th UFC lightweight bout, the most of any fighter in UFC history.
  23. Kedzie's 27 professional fights are the most of any female currently signed to the UFC roster.
  24. Herman is one of two fighters to hold a victory over top-ranked UFC light heavyweight contender Glover Teixeira.
  25. Despite owning five UFC victories, Danny Castillo only holds one win over fighters still signed to the UFC roster.
  26. Michael Chiesa has won his last five MMA fights by rear-naked choke submission, four in the first round.
  27. Johnson, 26, is the third youngest male UFC champion behind light heavyweight titleholder Jon Jones and featherweight titleholder Jose Aldo.
  28. After a five-fight UFC win-streak in 2010-2011, Guillard has lost four of his past five fights.
  29. Edwards' 19 professional defeats are the most of any fighter currently signed to the UFC roster.
  30. Three fights on the card pit a fighter coming off a win vs. one coming off a loss (Castillo vs. Means, Carmouche vs. Andrade and Lawler vs. Voelker).

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?

Let us know below!

MMAmania.com will provide LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the entire card on fight night (Sat., July 27, 2013), starting with the Facebook "Prelims," which are scheduled to begin at 3:30 p.m. ET, right on through the FX-televised under card bouts and then main card action, which is slated to air at 8 p.m. ET on FOX.

For more news and notes on UFC on FOX 8 be sure to check out our complete event archive right here.

(Some stats courtesy of UFC and Fight Metric)

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