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UFC Fight Night 112 pre-event facts: Michael Chiesa-Kevin Lee fight flow depends on 1 thing?

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The UFC makes its fifth stop in Oklahoma on Sunday when UFC Fight Night 112 unfolds from Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City.

Headlining the FS1-televised card, which follows prelims on FS2 and UFC Fight Pass, is a lightweight grudge match between “The Ultimate Fighter 15” winner Michael Chiesa (14-2 MMA, 7-2 UFC) and rising star Kevin Lee (15-2 MMA, 8-2 UFC).

The supporting card for the card features three former UFC champions, meaning there are a number of athletes with an extensive history in the octagon set to compete. For more, check below for 55 pre-event facts about UFC Fight Night 112.

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Main event

Chiesa returns to competition for the first time since Apr. 16, 2016 – a span of 435 days.

Michael Chiesa

Chiesa has earned five of his seven UFC victories by submission.

Chiesa’s five submission victories in UFC competition since 2012 are tied with Urijah Faber, Tony Ferguson and Erick Silva for third most in the company behind Charles Oliveira (seven) and Gunnar Nelson (six).

Chiesa’s five submission victories via rear-naked choke in UFC competition are third most in company history behind Kenny Florian (seven) and Demian Maia (seven).

Chiesa has completed at least one takedown against all nine of his UFC opponents.

Lee’s four-fight UFC winning streak in lightweight competition is tied for the fourth longest active streak in the division behind Ferguson (nine), Khabib Nurmagomedov (seven) and Al Iaquinta (five).

Kevin Lee

Lee’s eight UFC victories since 2012 in lightweight competition are tied with Ferguson, Beneil Dariush and Francisco Trinaldo for most in the division.

Lee has earned his past three victories by stoppage.

Lee has completed at least one takedown against nine of his 10 UFC opponents.

Lee’s 24 takedowns since 2014 in UFC lightweight competition are tied with Rustam Khabilov for most in the division.

Co-main event

Johny Hendricks (18-6 MMA, 13-6 UFC) was successful in his UFC middleweight debut against Hector Lombard at UFC Fight Night 105 in February.

Johny Hendricks

Hendricks has earned eight of his 13 UFC victories by decision.

Hendricks is one of five fighters in UFC history to record three or more knockout victories in less than one minute each.

Hendricks and Robbie Lawler combined for 308 significant strikes landed at UFC 171, tied for second most ever for a UFC title fight behind Joanna Jedrzejczyk vs. Valerie Letourneau at UFC 193 (323 combined significant strikes).

Hendricks and Lawler attempted 728 significant strikes at UFC 171, the third most in single UFC bout. Cole Miller and Nam Phan hold the record for 788 significant strikes attempted at UFC on FOX 4.

Hendricks’ 61 takedowns landed in UFC welterweight competition are second most in divisional history behind Georges St-Pierre (87).

Tim Boetsch (20-11 MMA, 11-10 UFC) is 2-1 since he returned to the UFC middleweight division this past July.

Boetsch is 2-4 in his past six UFC appearances.

Boetsch has suffered eight of his 10 UFC losses by stoppage.

Remaining main card

Felice Herrig’s (12-6 MMA, 3-1 UFC) two-fight UFC winning streak in women’s strawweight competition is tied for the second longest active streak in the division behind Joanna Jedrzejczyk (eight).

Felice Herrig

Herrig’s two submission victories in UFC strawweight competition are tied for second most in divisional history behind Rose Namajunas (three).

Herrig’s submission of Kailin Curran at the 1:59 mark of Round 1 at UFC on FOX 20 marked the second-fastest stoppage in UFC strawweight history. Maryna Moroz holds the record with a 90-second win at UFC Fight Night 64.

Justine Kish’s (6-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC) two-fight UFC winning streak in women’s strawweight competition is tied for the second longest active streak in the division behind Jedrzejczyk (eight).

Kish has earned both of her UFC victories by decision.

Tim Means (26-8-1 MMA, 8-5 UFC) is 6-3 (with one no-contest) since he returned to the UFC for a second stint in May 2014.

Means has earned 22 of his 26 career victories by stoppage. That includes five of his eight UFC wins.

Means’ four stoppage victories since 2015 in UFC welterweight competition are tied with Donald Cerrone and Vicente Luque for the most in the division.

Alex Garcia (14-3 MMA, 4-2 UFC) has earned 11 of his 13 career victories by stoppage. He’s earned 10 of those finishes in the first round.

Garcia has earned two of his three UFC victories by knockout.

Garcia has completed 20 takedowns in his past five UFC appearances.

B.J. Penn (16-11-2 MMA, 12-10-2 UFC) enters the event on a five-fight winless skid. He hasn’t earned a victory since a 21-second knockout of Matt Hughes at UFC 123 in November 2010.

B.J. Penn

Penn is 1-6-1 in his past eight UFC appearances dating back to April 2010.

Penn is 0-2 since he dropped to the UFC featherweight division in July 2014.

Penn is one of three fighters in UFC history to win championships in two weight classes. Conor McGregor and Randy Couture also accomplished the feat.

Penn has earned 11 of his 12 UFC victories by stoppage.

Dennis Siver (22-11 MMA, 11-8 UFC) returns to competition for the first time since June 20, 2015. The 736-day layoff is the longest of his more than 13-year career.

Siver is 3-3 (with one no-contest) since he dropped to the UFC featherweight division in April 2012.

Siver has earned his past five UFC victories by decision. He hasn’t finished an opponent since November 2010.

Dennis Siver

Siver is one of three fighters in UFC history to earn a knockout stemming from a spinning back kick to the body. Jake Collier, James Moontasri and David Loiseau also accomplished the feat.

Siver has suffered eight of his 11 career losses by stoppage.

Siver landed 222 total strikes against Phan at UFC on FOX 5, the third most ever in a UFC/WEC featherweight bout behind Frankie Edgar’s 259 total strikes at UFC Fight Night 57 and Cub Swanson’s 251 total strikes at UFC Fight Night 108. Siver’s +104 significant strike differential in the bout stands as the largest in UFC/WEC featherweight history.

Preliminary card

Clay Guida (32-17 MMA, 12-11 UFC) returns to the UFC lightweight division for the first time since June 2012. He hasn’t earned a victory in the weight class since Anthony Pettis at the TUF 13 Finale in June 2011.

Guida’s 61 takedowns landed in UFC competition are tied for fifth most in company history behind St-Pierre (87), Gleison Tibau (84), Frankie Edgar (67) and Demetrious Johnson (65).

Clay Guida

Guida has attempted 164 takedowns during his UFC career, third most in company history behind Maia (189) and Edgar (189)

Erik Koch (14-4 MMA, 4-3 UFC) competes in just his second bout since May 2014.

Koch is 2-1 since he returned to the UFC lightweight division in February 2014.

Carla Esparza (11-4 MMA, 2-2 UFC) was the first UFC women’s strawweight champion. She lost the belt to current titleholder Jedrzejczyk at UFC 185 in March 2015.

Esparza has completed at least one takedown against all four of her UFC opponents.

Maryna Moroz (8-1 MMA, 3-1 UFC) landed just 6.7 percent (17 of 251) of her significant strikes attempts against Danielle Taylor at UFC Fight Night 92, the lowest accuracy rate in UFC history (minimum of 100 attempts).

Jared Gordon (12-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) and Michel Quinones (8-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) meet in a featherweight bout after their original meeting from UFC 211 in March was scrapped when Gordon fell ill.

Johnny Case (22-5 MMA, 4-1 UFC) returns to competition for the first time since Mar. 19, 2016. The 463-day layoff is the longest of his more than nine-year career.

Tony Martin (11-3 MMA, 3-3 UFC) has earned eight of his 11 career victories by submission. That includes both of his UFC stoppage wins.

Vitor Miranda (12-4 MMA, 3-1 UFC) has earned 11 of his 12 career victories by stoppage.

Miranda has earned all three of his UFC victories by knockout.

For more on UFC Fight Night 112, 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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