When: Saturday Sept 21st
Where: Ontario, Canada
Time: 8:00 pm MST
Pay Per View: 8:00 pm MST
PRELIMS: (FOX Sports 1, 6 p.m. MST)
FACEBOOK PRELIMS: 4:00 pm MST
OK Colorado fight fans, here we go again baby!.... UFC 165 will provide one of the most interesting match-ups in a long time as the Swedish sensation, Alex “The Mauler” Gustafsson will look to continue his winning ways against none other than the reigning World Champion at 205 lbs, Jon “Bones” Jones for the UFC Light Heavyweight Title.
We also get to see the return of former Colorado fighter, Brendan “The Hybrid” Schaub as he tangles with super athletic heavyweight and another former NY Giant, Matt “Meathead” Mitrione in what could be a telling fight to see who advances in the ranks, and who may go home.
The Co-Main event is this Examiner’s pick for Fight of the Night. This fight matches the super experienced bantamweight and former WEC champion, Eddie Wineland and none other than current interim bantamweight champion, Renan Barao. Both of these guys are absolute killers and this fight should be nothing short of pure fireworks! Both of these guys are prolific fighters with outstanding power for this division, and both guys will be looking to make a statement in this fight….don’t blink because these guys are going to put on a dynamic show.
Truthfully speaking, this entire card is really, really good. You may not recognize some of the fighter’s names, but these guys on this card have the potential to make UFC 165 really scream. It takes place in Ontario, Canada and with 6 of the fighters on the card coming from Canada….we all know that our Canadian MMA brothers & sisters will pack the house!
Check out the rest of the fight card….and enjoy some really interesting facts behind it (as provided by MMAJunkie.com):
Jon Jones owns (or is on the verge of owning) several light heavyweight and overall UFC records:
- Gustafsson’s 6-fight UFC winning streak is the 2nd longest among light heavyweight fighters.
- Gustafsson’s 5 knockout or submission wins in UFC competition are tied for the 3rd most stoppage victories in divisional history. "The Mauler" has finished his opponent in 5 of 7 UFC victories.
- Gustafsson earned 5 stoppage victories in the UFC as quickly as any light heavyweight in history, accomplishing the feat in just 6 bouts.
- Gustafsson can become the 1st European-born fighter to wear UFC gold since Andrei Arlovski held the heavyweight belt in 2005. Only 2 European fighters (Arlovski and Bas Rutten) have ever won UFC gold.
- Gustafsson’s 50% takedown accuracy ranks 3rd best in 205 lb history behind Jones and Lyoto Machida.
- Gustafsson has successfully defended 16 of 19 takedowns in his UFC career for a takedown defense rate of 84.2%.
- Gustafsson’s average fight time of 7:19 is the 3rd shortest among active 205ers.
- Gustafsson’s 41-second knockout of Jared Hamman at UFC 105 is the 2nd fastest KO finish by a debuting 205 lbs in the modern era. The fastest was Ryan Jimmo's 7 second knockout of Anthony Perosh at UFC 149.
- Barao’s 20-fight MMA winning streak is tied with Khabib Nurmagomedov and Glover Teixeira for the longest among active UFC fighters. The Brazilian is undefeated (29 wins and 1 no-contest) in 30 consecutive fights.
- Barao’s current 5-fight UFC winning streak is the longest in bantamweight history.
The 26-year-old was also the 1st in UFC history to record 5 Bantamweight wins.
- Barao’s 7 wins in UFC/WEC competition are tied for the 4th most in bantamweight history.
Only Scott Jorgensen (10), Dominick Cruz (9) and Miguel Torres (8) have more wins at 135 lbs.
- Barao’s 104 significant strikes landed against Jorgensen at UFC 143 are the 4h most ever landed by a bantamweight in a single UFC/WEC fight.
- Barao’s 95.2% takedown defense rate is the best in UFC/WEC bantamweight history (minimum of 5 fights and 20 opponent attempts).
- Barao’s average fight time of 15:37 is tied with Urijah Faber for the longest in UFC/WEC bantamweight history.
- Barao’s 66.8% significant strike defense rate is the 2nd best in UFC bantamweight history behind Urijah Faber (67.3%).
- Barao has never been out-struck in 7 career UFC/WEC fights.
- Barao’s 391 total strikes landed in UFC competition are the 3rd most ever behind Faber (500) and Takeya Mizugaki (544).
- Barao’s submission of Michael McDonald at 3:57 of Round 4 on FUEL TV 7 marked the 5th latest submission in UFC history.
- Wineland was the first-ever WEC bantamweight champion and reigned from May 2006 to March 2007.
- Wineland can become just the 7th fighter in history to have held both UFC and WEC championship belts.
- Wineland’s 6 knockdowns landed in UFC/WEC bantamweight competition are tied with McDonald for most in history.
- Wineland’s only losses in the past 4 years came to top 125 lb and 135 lb contenders Joseph Benavidez and Faber.
REMAINING MAIN CARD:
- Matt Mitrione (6-2 MMA, 6-2 UFC) is one of 2 active fighters on the UFC roster (Amir Sadollah) to have competed under the UFC banner for all of his pro fights.
- Mitrione’s 67.6% significant strike defense rate is the second best percentage in heavyweight history. His 51.7% significant strike accuracy rates 6th best in heavyweight history.
- Mitrione’s 6 knockdowns landed in heavyweight competition are tied for 5th most in divisional history.
- Schaub (9-3 MMA, 5-3 UFC) has been knocked out in the 1st round in all 3 of his career defeats.
- Constantinos Philippou (12-2 MMA, 5-1 UFC) and Francis Carmont (21-7 MMA, 5-0 UFC) both enter the event on 5-fight UFC winning streaks, which are tied for the 2nd longest UFC winning streak in the 185lb division behind champion Chris Weidman (6).
- Philippou vs. Carmont is the 1st non-title fight in history featuring 2 fighters who enter the event on a minimum of a 5-fight UFC winning streak.
- Philippou’s 88.9% takedown defense percentage rates tops in UFC middleweight history while Carmont's 85.7% rate ranks 2nd in divisional history.
- Nurmagomedov's (20-0 MMA, 4-0 UFC) 20-fight MMA winning streak is tied with Teixeira and Barao for the longest among active UFC fighters.
- Nurmagomedov's 21 completed takedowns against Abel Trujillo at UFC 160 are the most ever in a single UFC bout.
Sean Sherk, who completed 16 takedowns against Hermes Franca in a 5-round title fight at UFC 73 in July 2007, held the previous record.
- Pat Healy (29-16 MMA, 0-1 UFC) returns to competition after a failed UFC 159 post-fight drug test that led to a 3-month suspension.
- Healy’s 28 completed takedowns under the now-defunct Strikeforce banner were the most in the promotion's existence.
- Healy’s 7 victories in the Strikeforce lightweight division were the 3rd most in history behind former champions Gilbert Melendez (11) and Josh Thomson (10).
- Healy’s 12 submission attempts in Strikeforce competition were the 3rd most in organizational history.
- In the 14 events the UFC has held in Canada, Canadian fighters are 44-35 when facing opponents from other countries. 6 of the 8 preliminary-card bouts pit a Canadian fighter against a foreign opponent.
- Undefeated 155 lber Myles Jury (12-0 MMA, 3-0 UFC) has finished his opponent by knockout or submission in all but 1 of his professional victories, with 10 coming in the 1st round.
- Ivan Menjivar's (25-10 MMA, 4-3 UFC) average fight time of 5:31 is the shortest in UFC 135 lb history.
- Dustin Kimura (10-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) is the only fighter currently signed to the UFC 135 lb division with an undefeated MMA record.
- John Makdessi's (11-2 MMA, 4-2 UFC) 76.2% significant strike defense rate is 3rd best in UFC history behind Chad Mendes (81.2%) and Jon Madsen (81.4%).
- Polish heavyweight Daniel Omielanczuk (15-3-1, 0-0 UFC) makes his octagon debut on an 11-fight winning streak.
- Roland Delorme's (9-1 MMA, 3-1 UFC) 9 takedowns landed in UFC competition are tied for the 6th most in 135 lb history.
- Alex Caceres (8-5 MMA, 3-3 UFC) returns to competition after a failed UFC on FUEL TV 8 drug test that led to a 6-month suspension.
- Caceres has suffered just 1 loss in 5 fights since dropping to the UFC bantamweight division.
- Caceres' 11 submission attempts in UFC 135 lb competition are the most in divisional history.
His 2.48 submission attempts per 15 minutes of fighting rates 3rd best in history.
- Caceres' 57.1% significant strike accuracy rates highest in UFC 135 lb history.
His 3.91 strikes landed per minute are the 4th most in 135-pound history while his 1.66 strikes absorbed per minute are 2nd least in history.
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