Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) hits London, England, for the second time in five months with its latest mixed martial arts (MMA) event as UFC on FUEL TV 7: "Barao vs. McDonald" goes down this Saturday afternoon (Feb. 16, 2013).
An interim Bantamweight championship bout serves as the main event as Renan Barao puts his 135-pound title on the line for the first time against Michael McDonald, who will look to become the youngest champion in UFC history with a victory.
With the event just days away and anticipation growing for the UFC's first FUEL TV event of 2013, let's take a moment to review some event-related facts about UFC on FUEL TV 7.
Check them out:
- Barao and McDonald, who meet in the main event, make up for the youngest combined age for a modern-era UFC championship fight at 47 years, one month and 13 days of age.
- Cub Swanson has won three consecutive fights by (technical) knockout.
- Terry Etim competes for the fist time since a sensational spinning wheel kick knockout loss to Edson Barboza at UFC 141 in Jan. 2012.
- Dustin Poirier will fight for the second time in a 63-day span.
- Gunnar Nelson has won seven of his 10 professional bouts by submission. His opponent, Jorge Santiago, has never been submitted in 35 professional fights.
- McDonald can become the youngest champion in UFC history at 22 years, one month and two days of age.
- Ryan Jimmo fights for the first time since a seven-second knockout of Anthony Perosh in his Octagon debut at UFC 149.
- The two main event competitors share a combined record of 44-2 with one "No Contest."
- Josh Grispi enters UFC on FUEL TV 7 on a three-fight losing streak and has not won a fight since submitting L.C. Davis in June 2010.
- In a combined 38 professional fights, Jimmo nor his opponent, James Te Huna, has ever lost a fight by decision.
- Santiago has not won a UFC fight since defeating Justin Levens in his UFC debut at UFC Fight Night 5 in June 2006.
- Barao is the first non-heavyweight interim champion in UFC history to attempt to defend his belt before a championship unification bout or being promoted to undisputed champion.
- All 12 fighters competing on the "Prelims" under card did not win in their most recent fights.
- The UFC returns to England for the second time in less than five months, the shortest span between events in the country since 2008.
- Jimmo is on a 17-fight win-streak and has not lost since his professional debut in Feb. 2007.
- Undefeated Stanislav Nedkov makes his Middleweight debut against Tom Watson on the "Prelims" portion of the card.
- Barao is undefeated in 30 consecutive fights.
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's fights? Let us know below!
Remember, too, that MMAmania.com will provide LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the entire card on fight day (Sat., Feb. 16, 2013), starting with the Facebook "Prelims," which are scheduled to begin at 12 p.m. ET, as well as the main card, which is slated to air at 3 p.m. ET on FUEL TV.