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UFC on FOX 29 pre-event facts: Can Carlos Condit snap his skid?

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(This story was originally published on April 11, 2018.)

The UFC returns to Arizona today with UFC on FOX 29, which takes place at Gila River Arena in Glendale and airs on FOX following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

A main event between lightweight standouts tops the card. Dustin Poirier (22-5 MMA, 14-4 UFC) will look to continue his surge toward a title shot when he takes on former WSOF champ Justin Gaethje (18-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC), who enters the event following his first career loss.

For more on the numbers behind the UFC’s third trip to Arizona, check below for 55 pre-event facts about UFC on FOX 29.

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Main event

Poirier is 6-1 (with one no-contest) since he returned to the UFC lightweight division in April 2015.

Poirier has earned nine of his 14 UFC victories by stoppage.

Poirier’s 14 victories since 2011 in UFC competition are tied with Rafael dos Anjos for fourth most in the company behind Donald Cerrone (20), Demetrious Johnson (15) and Max Holloway (15).

Poirier’s nine stoppage victories since 2011 in UFC competition are tied with Tony Ferguson and Derrick Lewis for third most in the company behind Cerrone (14) and Holloway (10).

Poirier lands 6.26 significant strikes per minute in UFC lightweight competition, the best rate among active fighters in the weight class.

Poirier is one of three fighters in UFC history to earn two or more submission victories by D’Arce choke. Ferguson and Vicente Luque also accomplished the feat.

Gaethje is a former WSOF lightweight champion.

Gaethje enters the event following the first loss of his career against Eddie Alvarez at UFC 218.

Gaethje had earned 16 of his 18 career victories by stoppage. He’s finished 16 of those wins by knockout.

Gaethje and Alvarez combined for 277 significant strikes landed at UFC 218, the fourth highest single-fight total in UFC lightweight history.

Gaethje is the only fighter in UFC history to land 100 or more significant strikes in each of his first two UFC fights. He’s landed 226 significant strikes in his two UFC appearances.

Gaethje has been awarded three fight-night bonuses in two UFC appearances.

Co-main event

Israel Adesanya.

Israel Adesanya’s (12-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) 12-fight MMA winning streak is the longest among active UFC middleweights.

Adesanya has earned all of his career victories by knockout.

Marvin Vettori (12-3-1 MMA, 2-1-1 UFC), 24, is the youngest of the 28 fighters scheduled to compete at the event.

Vettori has suffered all three of his career losses by decision.

Remaining main card

Carlos Condit

Carlos Condit’s (30-11 MMA, 7-7 UFC) three-fight losing skid is the longest of his career. He hasn’t earned a victory since May 2015.

Condit is 2-6 in his past eight UFC appearances dating back to November 2012.

Condit has earned 28 of his 30 career victories by stoppage. He’s earned five of his seven UFC victories by knockout.

Condit’s 10 stoppage victories in UFC/WEC welterweight competition are the third most in combined divisional history behind Matt Brown (12) and Matt Hughes (12).

Condit is one of three welterweights in UFC history to land 100 or more significant strikes in three separate bouts. Georges St-Pierre and Chris Lytle have also accomplished the feat.

Condit has been taken down at least once in 16 of his 19 UFC/WEC appearances. He’s given up a total of 58 takedowns in that stretch.

Condit has received 10 fight-night bonuses for UFC/WEC welterweight bouts, tied with Lytle for most in combined divisional history.

Alex Oliveira (17-5-1 MMA, 7-3 UFC) is 5-2 (with one no-contest) in UFC welterweight competition.

Oliveira has earned 14 of his 17 career victories by stoppage. That includes five of his seven UFC wins.

Oliveira vs. Yancy Medeiros at UFC 218 is the first fight in UFC history to feature two knockdowns for each fighter.

Michelle Waterson (14-6 MMA, 2-2 UFC) enters the event on the first two-fight losing skid of her career. She hasn’t earned a victory since December 2016.

Waterson has earned 12 of her 14 career victories by stoppage. Both of her UFC wins are by submission.

Waterson’s six submission attempts in UFC strawweight competition are tied for third most in divisional history behind Cynthia Calvillo (eight) and Claudia Gadelha (seven).

Cortney Casey (7-5 MMA, 3-4 UFC) competes in her eighth UFC strawweight bout, tied for second most appearances in divisional history behind Joanna Jedrzejczyk (10).

Casey has suffered all four of her UFC losses by decision.

Preliminary card

Tim Boetsch (21-11 MMA, 12-10 UFC), 37, is the oldest of the 28 fighters scheduled to compete at the event.

Boetsch is 3-1 since he returned to the UFC middleweight division in July 2016.

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

Antonio Carlos Junior

Antonio Carlos Junior (9-2 MMA, 6-2 UFC) is 5-1 (with one no-contest) since he dropped to the UFC middleweight division in June 2015.

Carlos Junior’s four-fight UFC winning streak in middleweight competition is tied for the second longest active streak in the division behind Robert Whittaker (seven).

Carlos Junior absorbs just 1.47 significant strikes per minute in UFC middleweight competition, tied for the best rate among active fighters in the weight class.

Carlos Junior’s submission at the 4:46 mark of Round 3 at UFC Fight Night 94 stands as the second-latest finish in a three-round UFC middleweight fight. Garreth McLellan holds the record for his win at the 4:58 mark of Round 3 at UFC Fight Night 76.

Carlos Junior has earned all of his career stoppage victories by submission.

Muslim Salikhov (13-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC) has earned 12 of his 13 career victories by stoppage. He’s earned all of those finishes in Round 1.

Salikhov has earned his past two victories by first-round spinning hook kick knockout.

Ricky Rainey (13-4 MMA, 0-0 UFC) makes his UFC debut following a seven-fight Bellator stint where he went 5-2.

John Moraga

John Moraga (18-6 MMA, 7-5 UFC) competes in his 13th UFC flyweight bout, the second most appearances in divisional history behind Demetrious Johnson (14).

Moraga’s seven victories in UFC flyweight competition are third most in divisional history behind Johnson (13) and Joseph Benavidez (10).

Moraga has earned five of his seven UFC victories by stoppage.

Moraga’s five stoppage victories in UFC flyweight competition are second most in divisional history behind Johnson (seven).

Moraga’s three submission victories in UFC flyweight competition are tied for second most in divisional history behind Johnson (five).

Moraga was the first fighter in UFC flyweight history to be stopped between rounds when John Dodson defeated him by TKO (doctor’s stoppage) at UFC Fight Night 42.

Wilson Reis (22-8 MMA, 6-4 UFC) is 5-3 since he dropped to the UFC flyweight division in August 2014.

Reis’ submission of Hector Sandoval at 1:49 of Round 1 at UFC 201 stands as the fastest submission finish in UFC flyweight history.

Reis’ 28 takedowns landed in UFC flyweight competition are fourth most in divisional history behind Johnson (57), Tim Elliott (35) and Dustin Ortiz (32).

Reis lands 4.91 takedowns per 15 minutes of fighting in UFC flyweight competition, the highest rate in divisional history.

Brad Tavares

Brad Tavares (16-4 MMA, 11-4 UFC) has earned his past nine UFC victories by decision. His most recent stoppage win was a first-round knockout of Phil Baroni at UFC 125 in January 2011.

Krzysztof Jotko (19-3 MMA, 6-3 UFC) defends 86.8 percent of all opponent takedown attempts in UFC middleweight competition, the highest rate in divisional history.

Gilbert Burns (12-2 MMA, 5-2 UFC) has earned 11 of his 12 career victories by stoppage.

Burns’ three armbar victories in UFC competition are tied for second most in company history behind Royce Gracie (four) and D. Johnson (four).

Shana Dobson (3-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC) is one of two fighters to earn a knockout in UFC women’s flyweight competition. She accomplished the feat the TUF 26 Finale.

Yushin Okami (34-11 MMA, 13-6 UFC) makes his UFC welterweight debut. He’s previously fought for the organization at middleweight and light heavyweight.

Okami is 5-3 since his initial UFC release in late 2013.

Okami vs. Ovince Saint Preux was just the second fight in UFC history to feature zero combined significant strike attempts. Ilir Latifi vs. Cyrille Diabate at UFC on FUEL TV 6 was the other.

Dhiego Lima

Dhiego Lima (12-6 MMA, 1-4 UFC) is winless over his past three UFC appearances. He hasn’t earned an octagon victory since November 2014.

Lima is the only fighter to reach “The Ultimate Fighter” finals on two seasons.

Adam Wieczorek (9-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC) enters the event on an eight-fight winning streak. He hasn’t suffered a defeat since November 2011.

Patrick Williams’ (8-5 MMA, 1-2 UFC) 23-second submission of Alejandro Perez at UFC 188 stands as the fastest submission in UFC/WEC combined bantamweight history.

Luke Sanders (11-2 MMA, 1-2 UFC) has suffered consecutive losses after starting his career on an 11-fight winning streak.

For more on UFC on FOX 29, 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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