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Random Land! 13 tidbits, facts and storylines | UFC Vegas 75

After a solid return to Canada last weekend, Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) returns to UFC Apex in Las Vegas, Nevada, for a 12-fight card. In UFC Vegas 75’s main event, two top four-ranked Middleweight contenders throwdown as Marvin Vettori (No. 3) battles Jared Cannonier (No. 4). While UFC Vegas 75 doesn’t have many notable names, it is loaded with fun fights and up-and-coming fighters.

So, before it goes down on ESPN/ESPN+, let’s check out some random storylines, tidbits and statistics ahead of showtime ...

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HIGH STAKES LIGHTWEIGHT MATCHUP! Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) returns to UFC APEX on Sat., Sept. 23, 2023, with a high stakes 155-pound showdown as No. 6-ranked contender, Rafael Fiziev, takes on No. 7-seeded Mateusz Gamrot. In UFC Vegas 79’s co-main event, No. 12-ranked Featherweight contender, Bryce Mitchell, steps back into the Octagon against No. 13-seeded Dan Ige.

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Back-to-Back-to-Back Main Events

Cannonier fights in his third straight main event at UFC Vegas 75. The run started at UFC 276 when he fought Israel Adesanya in a stinker, and then he followed that up with a headliner against Sean Strickland.

Main Event Records

Between “The Killa Gorilla” and “The Italian Dream,” they have fought in eight main events (four each). Here are their records in those fights:

Vettori (3-1): He beat Jack Hermansson, Kevin Holland and Paulo Costa but lost to Adesanya.

Cannonier (3-1): He defeated Hermansson, Kelvin Gastelum and Strickland, but lost to Adesanya.

Pointless Main Event?

Obviously, competing in a UFC main event is always a big deal, but looking forward, the fight between Vettori and Cannonier seems meaningless. Both guys are in an odd position where they are ranked very high in the division and have beaten many of the guys beneath them; however, they both lost to the champion in uncompetitive fights.

For Vettori, he has lost to Adesanya twice, and a third crack seems impossible at the moment. Cannonier lost to Adesanya last July in an uneventful fight that saw him get picked apart for five rounds.

So, as long as “Stylebender” remains champion, they will fight fellow contenders, hoping he gets beat.

Hey Arman, Who TF Are You Fighting?

If you knew who Joaquim Silva was before he got booked against Arman Tsarukyan, congrats! You get an award.

Silva has been in UFC since 2015, but has only had eight fights in the organization, fighting just once per year. Oh, and he’s never sniffed the Top 15 Lightweight rankings. The Brazilian is fighting Tsarukyan, who is the boogeyman of the division and has a chance to snatch the No. 8 ranking.

Dead Ducks?

One of the reasons Tsarukyan has to fight Silva in UFC Vegas 75’s co-main event is that the rest of the division apparently does not want to fight him. At UFC Vegas 75 media day, Tsarukyan listed a few names to who turned down fights with him. The Lightweights who allegedly turned down the Armenian fighter were: Dan Hooker, Grant Dawson, Drew Dober and Bobby Green.

If true, it is understandable why no one wants to fight him. He is 6-2 in UFC, only losing to current champion, Islam Makhachev, and Mateusz Gamrot, which many people believe he won.

Coming To America

Christian Leroy Duncan fights in the United States for the first time in his career. The British fighter has 31 fights under his belt, including amateur fights, and has competed all over the world except stateside.

And he gets the fight capital of the world for his first fight on U.S. soil.

He is coming off a first-round injury technical knockout win at UFC 286, in which Dusko Todorovic hurt his knee less than two minutes into the fight. “CLD” holds a 88 percent finish rate, with six of his professional wins coming by way of knockout. Duncan faces Armen Petrosyan.

Co-Main Curtain Jerker

Light Heavyweight Zac Pauga opens UFC Vegas 75 this Saturday against Modestas Bukauskas. It is kind of an eyebrow-raising placement especially because Pauga was featured in UFC Vegas 69’s co-main event earlier this year. The reason behind the fall is that his last fight was very boring and he was unable to finish Jordan Wright, who had never been past the second round.

Banger Of The Week

There are a few fights this weekend that could qualify for MMAmania’s banger of the week, but ultimately the answer is Manuel Torres vs. Nikolas Motta.

Torres holds a 92 percent finish rate with all of his finishes coming in the first round (six by knockout and six by submission). Motta, meanwhile, holds a 69 percent finish rate with all of his finishes coming by knockout (all but one coming in the first round).

In short, the 155-pound fight is pure violence and will end with someone going to sleep.

Finally Back At Bantamweight

After two fights at Featherweight, Dan Argueta returns to the Bantamweight division. If you didn’t know, Argueta cuts a TON of weight and needs the full eight weeks to shed the extra baggage. At 135 pounds, Argueta could be a real player because of his power, endurance and his super strong wrestling.

Argueta faces another very strong wrestler, Ronnie Lawerence, at UFC Vegas 75.

Welcome Back, Denys

Denys Bondar has been out of action since suffering a nasty elbow injury at UFC Vegas 47 back in Feb. 2022 (check it out). He was supposed to return against Ode Osbourne in Feb. 2023, but was forced to pull out. Bondar faces Carlos Hernandez on UFC Vegas 75’s “Prelims” undercard.

Looking For A UFC Win

There are four fighters on UFC Vegas 75 looking for their first UFC wins:

  • Denys Bondar
  • Alessandro Costa
  • Tereza Bleda
  • Gabriella Fernandes

Winners And Losers

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


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

  • One Light Heavyweight fight
  • Two Middleweight fights
  • One Welterweight fight
  • Two Lightweight fights
  • One Featherweight fight
  • Two Bantamweight fights
  • Two men’s Flyweight fights
  • One women’s Flyweight fight

Remember that will deliver LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the entire UFC Vegas 75 fight card right here, starting with the ESPN/ESPN+ “Prelims” matches, which are scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. ET, then the remaining main card balance (also on ESPN/ESPN+) at 10 p.m. ET.

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