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UFC Fight Night 108 pre-event facts: Diego Sanchez hits rare mark in UFC history

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UFC Fight Night 108 takes place on Saturday with a six-fight main card on FS1 following prelims on FS2 and UFC Fight Pass from Bridgestone Arena in Nashville.

The 13-bout lineup features a featherweight headliner between two well-traveled veterans of the sport. Cub Swanson (24-7 MMA, 9-3 UFC) looks to build momentum from his “Fight of the Year” victory over Dooho Choi at UFC 206 in December when he takes on Artem Lobov (13-12-1 MMA, 2-2 UFC), who despite his .500 record in UFC competition gets his first main-event assignment.

A number of interesting matchups serve as the supporting cast, with four former UFC title challengers featured on the undercard. For more on the numbers behind the UFC’s fourth visit to Nashville, check out 65 pre-event facts about UFC Fight Night 108.

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Main event

Cub Swanson

Swanson competes in his 21st UFC/WEC featherweight bout, the most appearances in combined divisional history.

Swanson’s 14 victories in UFC/WEC featherweight competition are second most in combined divisional history behind Jose Aldo (16).

Swanson’s nine victories in UFC featherweight competition are tied for the third most in divisional history behind Max Holloway (12) and Darren Elkins (11).

Swanson’s six stoppage victories in UFC/WEC featherweight competition are tied for fourth most in the combined divisional history behind Aldo (nine), Holloway (seven) and Urijah Faber (seven).

Swanson’s six knockdowns landed in UFC featherweight competition are tied for second most in divisional history behind Holloway (seven).

Swanson’s nine fight-night bonuses for UFC/WEC featherweight bouts are the most in combined divisional history.

Lobov enters the event on his first two-fight winning streak since 2013.

Lobov is 5-4-1 in his past 10 career fights.

Lobov has earned both of his UFC victories by decision.

Co-main event

Diego Sanchez

Diego Sanchez (27-9 MMA, 16-9 UFC) competes in his 26th UFC bout, tied for the fourth most appearances in company history behind Michael Bisping (27), Frank Mir (27) and Tito Ortiz (27).

Sanchez’s total fight time of 5:24:23 is fourth most in company history behind Frankie Edgar (6:17:49), Bisping (5:48:40) and Georges St-Pierre (5:28:12).

Sanchez is the only active UFC fighter who was a cast member on “The Ultimate Fighter 1.”

Sanchez is one of two fighters in UFC history to compete in four different weight classes. Kenny Florian also accomplished the feat.

Sanchez has earned his past eight victories by decision. He hasn’t finished an opponent since Luigi Fioravanti at The Ultimate Fighter 7 Finale in June 2008.

Sanchez has fought to a decision 18 times in UFC competition, the most in company history.

Sanchez has absorbed 1,117 total head strikes in his UFC career, the second most among active fighters behind B.J. Penn (1,282) and third most overall in company history behind Penn and Tito Ortiz (1,167).

Sanchez has earned six “Fight of the Night” bonuses in UFC competition, tied for fourth most in company history behind Nate Diaz (eight), Edgar (seven) and Joe Lauzon (seven).

Al Iaquinta (12-3-1 MMA, 7-2 UFC) returns to competition for the first time since Apr. 4, 2014. The 749-day layoff is the longest of his more than eight-year career.

Iaquinta’s four-fight UFC winning streak in lightweight competition is tied for the third longest among active fighters in the division behind Tony Ferguson (nine) and Khabib Nurmagomedov (seven).

Remaining main card

Ovince Saint Preux

Ovince Saint Preux (19-10 MMA, 7-5 UFC) enters the event on a career-worst three fight losing skid. He hasn’t earned a victory since February 2016.

Saint Preux fell to 1-4 in his past five UFC appearances.

Saint Preux has earned 14 of his 19 career victories by stoppage. That includes five of his seven wins under the UFC banner.

Saint Preux’s five stoppage victories since 2013 in UFC light-heavyweight competition are tied with Anthony Johnson, Glover Teixeira, and Nikita Krylov for the most in the division.

Saint Preux registered just the second Von Flue choke in UFC history when he tapped out Krylov at UFC 171. No other UFC fighter has successfully finished a fight with the technique since namesake Jason Von Flue submitted Alex Karalexis at UFC Fight Night 3.

Marcos Rogerio de Lima

Marcos Rogerio de Lima (15-4-1 MMA, 4-2 UFC) has earned 14 of his 15 career victories by stoppage. He’s finished 13 of those wins in Round 1.

De Lima has earned all four of his UFC victories by first-round stoppage in a total fight time of 9:21.

De Lima’s average fight time of 2:31 in UFC light heavyweight competition is the shortest among active fighters in the weight class.

De Lima lands 5.23 significant strikes per minute in UFC light heavyweight competition, the second highest rate among active fighters in the weight class behind Sean O’Connell (5.46).

De Lima attempts 3.6 submissions per 15 minutes in UFC light heavyweight competition, the highest rate in divisional history.

John Dodson (18-8 MMA, 7-3 UFC) is 1-1 since he returned to the UFC bantamweight division in April. He’s 2-1 in the weight class overall.

Dodson’s 37-second knockout of Manny Gamburyan in April stands as the fifth fastest knockout in UFC bantamweight history.

Dodson has suffered all eight of his career losses by decision.

Eddie Wineland

Eddie Wineland (23-11-1 MMA, 5-5 UFC) competes in his 18th UFC/WEC bantamweight bout, tied with Scott Jorgensen for the second most appearances in combined divisional history behind Takeya Mizugaki (19).

Wineland’s 10 victories in UFC/WEC bantamweight competition are tied for third most in combined divisional history behind Dominick Cruz (12) and Urijah Faber (11).

Wineland’s seven stoppage victories in UFC/WEC bantamweight competition are tied with Faber (seven) and Renan Barao (seven) for most in combined divisional history.

Wineland has earned four of his five UFC victories by knockout.

Wineland’s seven knockout victories in UFC/WEC bantamweight competition are the most in combined divisional history.

Wineland’s 11 knockdowns landed in UFC/WEC bantamweight competition are the most in combined divisional history.

Wineland’s six knockdowns landed in UFC bantamweight competition are the most in divisional history.

Wineland has defended 92.7 percent of all opponent takedown attempts in UFC bantamweight competition, the second highest rate in divisional history behind Barao (100 percent).

Joe Lauzon

Joe Lauzon (27-12 MMA, 14-9 UFC) competes in his 24th UFC lightweight bout, the third most appearances in divisional history behind Gleison Tibau (26) and Jim Miller (25).

Lauzon’s 14 victories in UFC lightweight competition are tied for the fourth most in divisional history behind Miller (16), Tibau (16) and Donald Cerrone (15).

Lauzon has alternated wins and losses over his past seven UFC appearances. He earned a victory in his most recent bout at UFC Fight Night 103.

Lauzon has earned 25 of his 27 career victories by stoppage. He’s recorded 18 of those finishes by submission.

Lauzon’s 12 stoppage victories in UFC lightweight competition are the most in divisional history.

Lauzon’s seven submission victories in UFC lightweight competition are tied with Diaz for the most in divisional history.

Lauzon’s 28 submission attempts in UFC competition are third most in company history behind Miller (38) and Chris Lytle (31).

Lauzon has been awarded 15 fight-night bonuses during his UFC career, tied with Diaz for most in company history. Cerrone holds the all-time combined promotional record with 18 total bonuses.

Jake Ellenberger

Jake Ellenberger (31-12 MMA, 10-8 UFC) is 2-6 in his past eight UFC appearances.

Ellenberger’s six knockout victories in UFC welterweight competition are tied for third most in divisional history behind Matt Brown (nine) and Thiago Alves (eight).

Ellenberger’s 11 knockdowns landed in UFC welterweight competition are second most in divisional history behind Alves (13).

Ellenberger is one of four fighters in UFC history to earn a north-south choke submission victory. He accomplished the feat against Josh Koscheck at UFC 184.

Ellenberger defends 86.2 percent of all opponent takedown attempts in UFC welterweight competition, the second highest rate among active fighters in the weight class behind Tyron Woodley (95.2 percent).

Mike Perry (9-1 MMA, 2-1 UFC) has earned all his career victories by knockout. He’s earned six of those finishes in Round 1.

Preliminary card

Sam Alvey

Sam Alvey’s (30-8 MMA, 7-3 UFC) makes his sixth UFC appearance since June.

Alvey’s seven victories since 2014 in UFC middleweight competition second most in the division behind Gegard Mousasi (eight).

Alvey’s five stoppage victories since 2014 in UFC middleweight competition are tied with Luke Rockhold and Ronaldo Souza for second most in the division behind Mousasi (six).

Alvey defends 85 percent of all opponent takedown attempts in UFC middleweight competition, the second highest rate in divisional history behind Krzysztof Jotko (89.1 percent).

Thales Leites

Thales Leites (26-7 MMA, 11-6 UFC) is 6-3 since he returned to the UFC in August 2013.

Leites’ seven stoppage victories in UFC middleweight competition are tied for fourth most in divisional history behind Anderson Silva (11), Chris Leben (nine) and Nate Marquardt (nine).

Leites’ five submission victories in UFC middleweight competition are tied with Rousimar Palhares and Demian Maia for most in divisional history.

Leites has attempted 17 submissions in UFC middleweight competition, tied with Kendall Grove for most in divisional history.

Dustin Ortiz

Dustin Ortiz (16-6 MMA, 5-4 UFC) competes in his 10th UFC flyweight bout, tied for the third most in divisional history behind Demetrious Johnson (13) and Joseph Benavidez (12).

Ortiz has completed at least one takedown against eight of his nine UFC opponents.

Brandon Moreno (13-3 MMA, 2-0 UFC), 23, is the youngest of the 26 fighters scheduled to compete at the event.

Moreno enters the event on a 10-fight winning streak. He hasn’t suffered a defeat since July 2012.

Moreno’s submission of Louis Smolka at 2:23 of Round 1 at UFC Fight Night 96 marked the fastest victory by a debuting flyweight in UFC history.

Scott Holtzman

Scott Holtzman (9-2 MMA, 2-2 UFC) has alternated wins and losses over his four-fight UFC career. He was defeated in his most recent bout at UFC on FOX 22 in December.

Michael McBride (8-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC) has earned all eight of his career victories by submission. He’s finished six of those wins in Round 1.

Jessica Penne (12-4 MMA, 1-2 UFC) competes in her first fight of 2017. She’s competes just once each in 2016, 2015 and 2014.

Danielle Taylor (8-2 MMA, 1-1), at 5-feet tall, is the shortest fighter on the UFC roster.

Bryan Barberena (12-4 MMA, 3-2 UFC) is 2-1 since he moved up to the UFC welterweight division in January 2016.

Barberena is one of seven fighters in UFC history to earn an arm-triangle submission from either half or full guard. He accomplished the feat against Northcutt at UFC on FOX 18.

Joe Proctor (11-4 MMA, 4-3 UFC) returns to competition for the first time since Dec. 12, 2015. The 497-day layoff is the longest of his more than seven-year career.

Proctor moves up to the UFC welterweight division after spending his first seven octagon appearances at lightweight.

Proctor’s submission of Justin Edwards at 4:58 of Round 3 at UFC Fight Night 68 marked the latest submission ever in a three-round UFC lightweight fight.

For more on UFC Fight Night 108, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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



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