Angie Hill breaks 20 fight record
The UFC continues its May schedule on Saturday with UFC on ESPN 36, which takes place at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas. The entire card airs on ESPN2 and streams on ESPN+.
A light heavyweight match is featured in the main event. Former UFC champion Jan Blachowicz (28-9 MMA, 11-6 UFC) will begin his comeback to the championship he lost to Glover Teixeira in October when he faces Aleksandar Rakic (14-2 MMA , 6-1 UFC).
For more on the numbers behind the 11-fight card, check out MMA Junkie’s pre-event facts about UFC on ESPN 36 below.
Jan Blachowicz vs Aleksandar Rakic
Blachowicz is one of two Polish champions in UFC history. Joanna Jedrzejczyk also accomplished the feat.
Blachowicz is one of three light heavyweights in UFC history to get a knockout from a kick to the body. He accomplished the feat at UFC Fight Night 53.
Blachowicz lands 53.3% of his takedown attempts in UFC light-heavyweight competition, the third-highest rate in divisional history behind Lyoto Machida (65%) and Ion Cutelaba (60%). ).
Rakic has won four of his six UFC wins by decision.
Rakic defends 90% of all opponent takedown attempts in UFC light-heavyweight competition, the second-best rate in divisional history behind Jon Jones (95%).
Ion Cutelaba vs. Ryan Spann
Ion Cutelaba (16-6-1 MMA, 5-5-1 UFC) completes 60% of his takedown attempts in UFC light heavyweight competition, the second-best rate in divisional history behind Machida (65%).
Davey Grant vs. Louis Smolka
Louis Smolka (17-8 MMA, 8-8 UFC) is 3-3 since returning to the UFC for a second stint in November 2018.
Smolka is 3-3 since moving to the UFC bantamweight division in November 2018.
Smolka’s average fight time of 4:35 in UFC bantamweight competition is the second shortest in divisional history behind John Albert (4:24).
Smolka is one of two fighters in UFC history to get a knockout from a side kick. He accomplished the feat at UFC Fight Night 55. Khalil Rountree also won with the technique.
Smolka lands a significant 7.43 blows per minute in UFC bantamweight competition, the second-highest rate in divisional history behind Sean O’Malley (8.37).
Katlyn Chookagian vs. Amanda Ribas
Katlyn Chookagian (17-4 MMA, 10-4 UFC) is competing in her 12th UFC women’s flyweight bout, tied with Gillian Robertson for the most appearances in divisional history.
Chookagian is 8-3 since moving to the UFC flyweight division in January 2018.
Chookagian’s eight wins in UFC women’s flyweight competition are tied with Valentina Shevchenko for most in divisional history.
Chookagian has won 14 of his 17 career wins by decision. That includes his 10 UFC wins.
Chookagian is the only fighter in UFC history to earn his first 10 octagon wins by decision.
Amanda Ribas (11-2 MMA, 5-1 UFC) returns to the women’s flyweight division after a two-fight stint at strawweight. She is 1-0 in the octagon when fighting at 125 pounds.
Frank Camacho vs. Manuel Torres
Frank Camacho (22-9 MMA, 2-5 UFC) returns to competition for the first time since June 20, 2020. The 693-day layoff is the longest of his 16-plus-year career.
Camacho is 2-3 since moving to the UFC lightweight division in November 2017.
Viviane Araujo vs. Andrea Lee
Andrea Lee (13-5 MMA, 5-3 UFC) is one of eight fighters in UFC history to earn a triangle-arm submission victory. She accomplished the feat at UFC 262.
Michael Johnson vs. Alan Patrick
Michael Johnson’s (19-17 MMA, 11-13 UFC) four-fight losing slip is the longest of his career. He hasn’t won a win since October 2018.
Johnson is 0-3 since returning to the lightweight division in October 2019. He hasn’t had a weight class win since September 2016.
Johnson is 3-9 in his last 12 fights since August 2015.
Johnson’s nine knockdowns in UFC lightweight competition rank fourth in divisional history behind Melvin Guillard (13), Donald Cerrone (11) and Edson Barboza (10).
Alan Patrick’s (15-3 MMA, 5-3 UFC) three-fight winless slip is the longest of his career. He hasn’t won a win since February 2018.
Virna Jandiroba vs. Angela Hill
Angela Hill (13-11 MMA, 8-11 UFC) is making her 20th UFC strawweight bout, the most appearances in divisional history.
Hill is 7-9 since returning to the UFC for a second stint in February 2017.
Hill’s two knockout victories in UFC strawweight competition are tied for second most in divisional history behind Jessica Andrade (three).
Hill’s three knockdowns in UFC strawweight competition are the third in divisional history behind Amanda Lemos (five) and Rose Namajunas (four).
Hill’s 11 losses in UFC competition are the most by any woman in company history.
Tatsuro Taira vs. Carlos Candelario
Tatsuro Taira (10-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC), at 22, is the youngest fighter on the card and only the third fighter in UFC history to be born in the 2000s along with Zhu Rong and Muhammad Mokaev.
Nick Maximov vs Andre Petroski
Nick Maximov (8-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC) earned both of his UFC wins by decision.
Maximov’s 11 knockouts landed at UFC Fight Night 200 are tied for the single-fight record for most at a UFC middleweight belt. Marvin Vettori shares the record.
Andre Petroski (7-1 MMA, 2-0 UFC) has earned all seven of his career wins by stoppage.
Petroski’s stoppage at 4:46 of Round 3 at UFC 267 is tied for the third last result in a three-round UFC middleweight bout.