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Any fight involving Donald Cerrone or Niko Price promises the potential for spectacular violence, so it should come as little surprise that Ultimate Fighting Championship matchmakers elected to pit them against one another.
“Cowboy” will attempt to snap a career-worst four-fight losing streak when he confronts Price in the UFC Fight Night 178 co-feature on Saturday at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas. The two welterweights have combined for 40 finishes in 50 combined wins between them. Cerrone has fallen into a downward spiral following consecutive defeats to a veritable murderer’s row of opponents: Tony Ferguson, Justin Gaethje, Conor McGregor and Anthony Pettis. Price, meanwhile, finds himself on the rebound after a third-round technical knockout loss to Vicente Luque in their UFC 249 rematch on May 9.
As Cerrone and Price make final preparations for their three-round battle, a look at some of the numbers that have accompanied them to this point:
37: Years of age for Cerrone, who was born in Colorado Springs on March 29, 1983.
17: Submission victories on the Cerrone resume, accounting for 47 percent of his career total (36). His methods of choice: eight triangle chokes, five rear-naked chokes and four armbars.
18: Post-fight bonuses banked by Cerrone in his 35 appearances under the UFC flag, most in the promotion’s history. He has been awarded “Performance of the Night” seven times, “Fight of the Night” six times, “Knockout of the Night” three times and “Submission of the Night” twice, resulting in $1,010,000 of additional income.
20: Knockdowns landed by Cerrone in UFC competition, making him the organization’s all-time leader in the category. He ranks ahead of Anderson Silva (18), Jeremy Stephens (18), Chuck Liddell (14), Lyoto Machida (14), Mauricio Rua (14) and Junior dos Santos (14).
15: First-round finishes to Cerrone’s credit. His list of victims includes Mike Perry, Edson Barboza, Charles Oliveira, James Krause and Melvin Guillard.
30: Years of age for Price, who was born on Sept. 29, 1989 in Cape Coral, Florida.
22: Seconds needed for Price to chop down Danilo Padilha da Silva with punches at Fight Time 21 a little less than six years ago. Having occurred in his fourth professional appearance, it remains the fastest finish of his 19-fight career.
.778: Cumulative winning percentage between the three men—Luque (twice), Geoff Neal and Abdul Razak Alhassan—who have beaten Price.
1: Submission loss on the Price ledger. He tapped to a brabo choke from Luque in the second round of their UFC Fight Night 119 encounter on Oct. 28, 2017.
10: Price victories by knockout or technical knockout, accounting for 71 percent of his career total (14). Eight of those 10 wins have taken place inside one round.
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