B.J. Penn faces the longest dribble in UFC history



The UFC makes its second stop of the year in Brazil on Saturday with UFC 237 at the Jeunesse Arena in Rio de Janeiro, with a main card that airs on pay-per-view after the ESPN and ESPN + preliminaries.

A strawweight championship fight heads the card. Rose Namajunas (8-3 MMA, 6-2 UFC) will return to action for the first time since April 2018, when she meets the challenger Jessica Andrade (19-6 MMA, 10-4 UFC), who will try to get the gold of UFC once it arrives It fell short on its first opportunity two years ago.

In addition to the main event, the card also features three former UFC champions and two other former challengers. For more information on the numbers behind the event, see below the 80 pre-event facts about UFC 237.

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Main event

Namajunas, 26, is the youngest of the current active UFC champions.

Namajunas is one of three wrestlers who have the UFC strawweight title.

Namajunas returns to the competition for the first time since April 7, 2018. The 399-day layoff is the longest of his career of more than six years.

Namajunas' three-fight losing streak in the UFC strawweight competition is tied for the third longest active streak in the division behind Tatiana Suarez (four) and Nina Ansaroff (four).

Namajunas' six victories in the UFC strawweight competition are tied for second place in the division's history behind Joanna Jedrzejczyk (nine).

The four Namajunas stop victories in the UFC strawweight competition are the majority in the history of the division.

The two Namajunas falls in the UFC strawweight competition are tied with Angela Hill for most in the history of the division.

Namajunas' three submission victories in the UFC strawweight competition are the majority in the history of the division.

Namajunas' performance by Paige VanZant at the 2:25 mark of Round 5 at UFC Fight Night 80 is the UFC's last straw halftime stoppage and the third overall stoppage in a UFC women's fight.

The three Namajunas bonuses on the night of the fight in the UFC strawweight competition are tied for second most in divisional history behind Andrade (four).

Andrade makes her 15th appearance in the UFC, the largest number of women in the company's history.

Andrade is 6-1 since he fell in the UFC strawweight division in June 2016.

The 10 victories of Andrade in the UFC are tied with Amanda Nunes for most of the women in the company's history.

The three-fight winning streak of Andrade in the UFC in the strawweight competition is tied for the third longest active streak in the division behind Suarez (four) and Ansaroff (four).

The six victories of Andrade in the UFC strawweight competition are tied for second place in the history of the division behind Jedrzejczyk (nine).

The three victories of Andrade's detention in the UFC strawweight competition are the second most in divisional history behind Namajunas (four).

Andrade's two knockout wins in the UFC strawweight competition are tied with Jedrzejczyk and Paige VanZant for most in the division's history.

Andrade got 242 total hits against Claudia Gadelha in UFC Fight Night 117, the most in a UFC strawweight fight.

Andrade overtook Gadelha with 194 total hits in UFC Fight Night 117, the biggest differential in a UFC strawweight bout.

Andrade gets 7.36 significant hits per minute in the UFC strawweight competition, the best rate in divisional history.

The 10 Andrade takedowns landed against Tecia Torres in the UFC on FOX 29 as the record of a single bout for a UFC women's bout.

All four Andrade bonuses on the night of the UFC strawweight fight are the most in divisional history

Main event

Jared Cannonier (11-4 MMA, 4-4 UFC) was successful in his middleweight debut at UFC 230 in November.

Cannonier has won nine of his 11 wins in his career for detention. That includes three of his four victories in the UFC.

Anderson Silva (34-9 MMA, 17-5 UFC), 44, is the oldest of the 26 fighters scheduled to compete in the event.

Silva becomes the fifth fighter to make 20 middleweight appearances in the UFC.

Silva has 1-4 (with a non-contest) in his last six UFC appearances since July 2013.

Silva holds the UFC record for most consecutive victories with 16.

Silva's 14 victories in the UFC middleweight competition are the second most in divisional history behind Michael Bisping (16).

Silva's 14 wins in the UFC competition are tied with Vitor Belfort for the second highest number in the company's history behind Donald Cerrone (16).

Silva's 11 Eighth-Final wins in the UFC competition are tied with Anthony Johnson for second place in history behind Belfort (12).

Silva's eight eighth-round wins in the UFC middleweight competition are tied with Thiago "Marreta" Santos for most in division history.

Silva's 18 falls in the UFC competition are tied with Jeremy Stephens for the second highest number in the company's history behind Cerrone (20).

Silva's 13 falls in the UFC middleweight competition are the majority in the history of the division.

The seven falls of Silva in the closing position in the UFC competition are the most in history.

Silva is one of five fighters in UFC history with three shots that fell against a single opponent in two separate bouts. Cerrone, Conor McGregor, Israel Adesanya and John Lineker also achieved the feat.

Silva gets 60.2 percent of his significant attack attempts in the UFC middleweight competition, the highest rate in the division's history.

The 10 defenders of the title of UFC de Silva during his reign are located as the second most in the history behind Demetrious Johnson (11).

Silva's 13 appearances in the UFC championship bouts are tied for fourth in the history behind Randy Couture (15), Georges St-Pierre (15) and Johnson (14).

Silva's 11 victories in the UFC championship bouts are tied for fourth most in history behind St-Pierre (13), Johnson (12) and Jon Jones (12).

Silva's 14 bonuses on the night of the UFC bout are tied with Charles Oliveira for the third most in history behind Cerrone (17), Nate Diaz (15), Joe Lauzon (15).

Remaining main card

Jose Aldo (28-4 MMA, 10-3 UFC) is the only two-time UFC featherweight champion in history and one of seven overall in the history of the company that has two reigns in a single weight category .

Aldo competes in his UFC / WEC featherweight fight number 22, the second-most appearances in combined divisional history behind Cub Swanson (25).

Aldo's 18 Udo / WEC featherweight wins are the most in combined divisional history.

Aldo's 15-win streak in UFC / WEC before losing to McGregor at UFC 194 is the second longest in the combined history of the two organizations behind A. Silva (16).

Aldo's 11 victories in the UFC / WEC featherweight competition are the most in the history of the combined division.

Aldo's 11 eighth-round wins in the UFC / WEC featherweight competition are the most in combined divisional history.

Aldo defends 90.6 percent of attempts to knock down opponents in the UFC featherweight competition, the second highest rate in the history of the combined division behind Shane Burgos (94.1 percent).

Aldo's nine bonuses on the night of the UFC / WEC featherweight bout are the second most in the combined divisional history behind Swanson (11).

Alexander Volkanovski (19-1 MMA, 6-0 UFC) enters the event with a streak of 16 consecutive victories. He has not suffered a defeat since May 2013.

Volkanovski's UFC four-fight winning streak in the featherweight competition is tied for the fourth longest active streak in the division behind Max Holloway (12), Zabit Magomedsharipov (five) and Arnold Allen (five).

Volkanovski has outscored his six UFC opponents by a margin of 364-128 in total hits.

Volkanovski gets 60.3 percent of his significant attack attempts in the UFC competition, the fifth best rate in the company's history.

Volkanovski has taken two or more shots against five of his six UFC opponents.

Thiago Alves (23-13 MMA, 15-10 UFC) competes in his 25th UFC welterweight bout, the most appearances in the history of the division.

Alves' 15 wins at the UFC welterweight competition are tied for third in division history behind St-Pierre (19) and Matt Hughes (16).

Alves' nine wins in the UFC welterweight competition are the third most in the division's history behind Hughes (12) and Matt Brown (12).

Alves' eight Eighth-Final wins in the UFC welterweight competition are the second most in divisional history behind Brown (10).

Alves' 13 falls in the UFC welterweight competition are the most in the history of the division.

The four victories by Alves knockout resulting from knee blows in the UFC competition are the majority in the company's history.

Alves has scored 354 kicks in the UFC competition, tied with Joanna Jedrzejczyk for the second highest number in the company's history behind Cerrone (367).

The 52 kicks in Alves' leg against Seth Baczynski in the UFC on FOX 11 are the second in a three-round UFC bout. Benson Henderson, who landed 53 kicks against Cerrone at UFC Fight Night 59, holds the record for a single fight.

Francisco Trinaldo (23-6 MMA, 13-5 UFC), 40, is the oldest active fighter in the UFC lightweight division.

Trinaldo is the only fighter in UFC history to have won two submission victories between triangles and half guard arms.

Preliminary card

Antonio Rogerio Nogueira (23-8 MMA, 6-5 UFC), 42, is the oldest active fighter in the UFC's light heavyweight division.

Kurt Holobaugh (17-6 MMA, 0-4 UFC) has 0-2 since returning to the UFC for a second season in July.

Irene Aldana's UFC two-fight winning streak (9-4 MMA, 2-2 UFC) in the women's bantamweight contest is tied for the fourth longest active streak in the division behind Amanda Nunes (seven), Ketlen Vieira (four) and Germaine de Randamie (Three).

Bethe Correia (10-3-1 MMA, 4-3-1 UFC) returns to the competition for the first time since June 17, 2017. The 693-day layoff is the longest of her nearly seven-year career.

Correia is 1-3-1 in his last five appearances at UFC since August 2015.

Correia has won eight of his 10 wins in his career by decision. That includes three of his four victories in the UFC.

Correia and Marion Reneau fought in the first draw in UFC women's history at UFC Fight Night 106.

B.J. Penn (16-13-2 MMA, 12-12-2 UFC) enters the event with a losing palette of six fights. He has not won a victory since November 2010.

The six-fight UFC skid in PFC is tied with three other fighters for the longest time in the company's history.

The UFC-winning UFC skid of seven Penn fights is the longest in UFC history.

Penn is 1-8-1 in his last 10 appearances at UFC since April 2010.

Penn is one of six fighters in UFC history to win championships in two weight clbades. Amanda Nunes, Daniel Cormier, Georges St-Pierre, Conor McGregor, Randy Couture also achieved the feat.

Penn's nine stopping victories in the UFC lightweight competition are tied for fourth most in divisional history behind Joe Lauzon (12), Jim Miller (11) and Donald Cerrone (10).

Penn's six round of 16 victories at the UFC lightweight competition are tied for third in division history behind Edson Barboza (seven) and Melvin Guillard (seven).

Penn has been overtaken by 753 to 315 in significant strikes during his last 10 fights.

Penn gets 66.7 percent of his demolition attempts in the UFC lightweight competition, the second best rate in divisional history behind Islam Makhachev (70.8 percent).

Clay Guida (34-18 MMA, 14-12 UFC) is 2-1 since returning to the UFC lightweight division in June 2017.

The 50 Guida knockdowns in the UFC lightweight competition are tied for second in the division's history behind Gleison Tibau (84).

Guida has attempted 173 demolitions during his UFC career, the fourth most in the company's history behind Demian Maia (238), Frankie Edgar (198) and Nik Lentz (192).

The three victories in the UFC contest at Warlley Alves (12-3 MMA, 6-3 UFC) in the UFC competition are tied for third in the company's history.

Carlos Quiroz (10-3-2 MMA, 0-0 UFC), 22, is the youngest of the 26 fighters scheduled to compete in the event.

For more information on UFC 237, see the UFC Rumors section of the site.

UFC research badyst and live statistics producer Michael Carroll contributed to this story. Follow him on Twitter @MJCflipdascript.


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