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Random Land! 13 tidbits, facts and storylines | UFC Vegas 72

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After a big Heavyweight fight last week, Ultimate Fighter Championship (UFC) stays at UFC Apex in Las Vegas, Nevada, for an intriguing Bantamweight headliner. No. 8-ranked Song Yadong defends his spot against No. 10-seeded Ricky Simon at UFC Vegas 72 tomorrow night (Sat., April 29, 2023).

While it isn't the most stacked card, there are some fun matches up and down the lineup, so before it goes down, let's check out some random storylines, tidbits and statistics ahead of showtime ...

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HIGH STAKES FLYWEIGHT MATCHUP! Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) returns home to UFC Apex in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Sat., June 3, 2023, with No. 3-seeded contender, Kai Kara-France, face rising No. 7-ranked Amir Albazi. In UFC Vegas 74’s ESPN+-streamed co-main event, an exciting Featherweight bout sees No. 15-ranked contender, Alex Caceres, lock horns with all-action Daniel Pineda.

Don’t miss a single second of face-punching action!

First UFC Main Event

After ten fights with the promotion, Simon is set to headline his first UFC card. Of course, this resulted in Arman Tsarukyan and Renato Moicano being canceled last week. Simon is riding a five-fight win streak, finishing his last two opponents.

Back-To-Back Main Events

In the other half of the main event, Yadong fights in his second consecutive main event. The Chinese fighter is coming off a seven-month layoff after his bloody fight with Cory Sandhagen. Before his loss to Sandhagen, Yadong was riding a three-fight win streak with two knockouts.


Simon will try and exact revenge against Team Alpha Male (TAM) this Saturday. The 30-year-old suffered his first UFC loss to founder and head coach Urijah Faber in 2019 (watch highlights). Now, he will turn his sights to TAM fighter, Yadong. While he won't be able to get revenge against Faber, a win over one of his top fighters Yadong, will probably do the trick.

Bad Blood

Buried on the "Prelim" portion of UFC Vegas 72 is a very fun Flyweight matchup that actually has some heat attached to it as Cody Durden takes on Charles Johnson. Unfortunately, what started as a simple call-out has escalated severely with both Flyweights poking at each other with memes.

Durden is riding a two-fight win streak, while Johnson is coming off a split decision to Ode Osbourne.

"InnerG" Staying Active

Speaking of Johnson, he has been go-go-go ever since being signed to UFC. On Saturday at UFC Vegas 72, Johnson will have his fifth fight in a year's time, and more impressive, it is his fourth fight in five months. "InnerG" is currently 2-2 in UFC.

Welcome To UFC

Six fighters are making their UFC debuts at UFC Vegas 72 - with two of the fighters taking their fights on less than a week's notice.

  • Fernando Padilla, 26, fights UFC veteran Julian Erosa coming off nearly a two-year layoff. He holds a 14-4 record.
  • Dana White Contender Series alumni Trey Waters, 28, makes a quick turnaround after winning the Legacy Fighting Alliance (LFA) Welterweight belt on April 14. He takes on fellow knockout artist Josh Quinlan and holds a 7-1 record.
  • Irina Alekseeva, 32, takes on Stephanie Egger and has a record of 4-1. Her nickname is "Russian Ronda."
  • Marcus McGhee, 32, steps on three day's notice to face Journey Newson (watch his knockout from LFA). He is 6-1 with six finishes.
  • Jamey-Lyn Horth, 33, the lone Canadian on the card faces Hailey Cowan, who also makes her UFC debut.

Third Time's A Charm?

Speaking of Cowan, she has had horrible luck thus far in her UFC career. She was initially scheduled to make her UFC debut in February against Ailin Perez; however, the fight was canceled due to her getting sick. She was scheduled precisely one month later, but her opponent, Tamires Vidal, withdrew days before the event.

We are knocking on wood that she fights on Saturday.


Speaking of cancelations, Cody Brundage and Rodolfo Viera have been rebooked from their November 2022 scheduled fight. Viera pulled out during fight week, leaving Brundage without an opponent.

Brundage would end up taking another fight a month later against Michal Oleksiejczuk but would get finished in the first round (watch highlights)

'Banger Of The Card'

UFC Vegas 72 gets the privilege of being the first card to roll out MMA Mania's Banger of the Card. CONGRATS! ...

Quinlan vs. Waters is this week's Banger of the Card. Both men have a 100% finish rate and have nasty knockout power. There is absolutely no way this fight goes three rounds and someone will end up in the shadow realm.

Quinlan is coming off a nasty knockout of Jason Witt (watch highlights), while Waters is coming off a knockout win over Jalin Fuller, as mentioned above.

Do not blink.

Wins And Losses

Fifteen fighters are coming off wins, while seven are coming off losses.


Here are the divisions that will be on display this Saturday:

  • One Heavyweight fight
  • Two Middleweight fights
  • One Featherweight fight
  • One Flyweight fight
  • Two women's Bantamweight fights
  • One Catchweight fight (140 pounds)

Beta Dog

According to DraftKings, the "biggest" underdog at UFC Vegas 72 is Oleksiejczuk at +300.

Damn You, MMA Gods

Six fights have been canceled thus far for UFC Vegas 72 and let’s knock on wood that it stays at six.

Botched Weight Cuts

Two fighters missed weight during the UFC Vegas 72 weigh-ins.

Cowan continues to be cursed as she missed by 2.5 pounds. She was fined 20 percent of her purse. The other fighter, Alekseeva, is also making her debut and missed by four pounds and was fined 30 percent — yikes.

Remember that will deliver LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the entire UFC Vegas 72 fight card right here, starting with the ESPN+ "Prelims" matches, which are scheduled to begin at 4 p.m. ET, then the remaining main card balance (also on ESPN+) at 7 p.m. ET.

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