Fight Facts: UFC Fight Night 150

By Jay Pettry Apr 30, 2019

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Fight Facts is a breakdown of all of the interesting information and Octagon oddities on every card, with some puns, references and portmanteaus to keep things fun. These deep stat dives delve into the numbers, providing historical context and telling the stories behind those numbers.

TOTAL NUMBER OF UFC FIGHTS: 5,114
TOTAL NUMBER OF UFC EVENTS: 476

The Ultimate Fighting Championship on Saturday paid a visit to Sunrise, Florida, with a card that went through a slew of changes before taking place. UFC Fight Night 150 featured a man whose sole purpose was to win in front of his family, an unexpectedly massive betting favorite and the “Eminem Curse” striking again.

THIS MOVE, I LIKE IT. ANOTHER!: With three rear-naked chokes performed by the time it was over, UFC Fight Night 150 tied 19 other events for the fourth-most stoppages by rear-naked choke in UFC history. No event has ever had more than four.

IS EVERYTHING A JOKE TO YOU?: Jack Hermansson has been scheduled for five five-round fights during his career, and he has won them all. His main event with Ronaldo Souza reached the scorecards, and it was the first time “The Joker” had ever fought beyond the fourth round.

FINE, I’LL DO IT MYSELF: Hermansson attempted a guillotine choke on “Jacare” in the first round of their contest. The attempt was the third by an opponent in Souza’s career dating back to his Dream 2 appearance in 2008. Ed Herman and Jason Miller each tried to tap “Jacare,” and like Hermansson, they were unsuccessful.

THAT’S MY SECRET, I’M ALWAYS ANGRY: In the much-maligned co-main event, Greg Hardy smashed Dmitry Smoliakov with punches in under three minutes. All four of Hardy’s professional wins have come by first-round knockout.

YOU GET HURT, HURT ’EM BACK. YOU GET KILLED, WALK IT OFF: Win or lose, all 12 of Smoliakov’s career bouts have ended before the final bell. Only one has gotten out of the first round, as he tapped to a rear-naked choke from Luis Henrique Barbosa de Oliveira in Round 2 at UFC on Fox 20 in 2016.

OH MY GOD, THAT WAS REALLY VIOLENT: After engaging in a back-and-forth battle, Mike Perry and Alex Oliveira won “Fight of the Night” for their efforts. In his last six bouts, Oliveira has won four post-fight bonuses.

I AM BURDENED WITH GLORIOUS PURPOSE: Roosevelt Roberts went to the scorecards for the first time in his career when he faced UFC debutant Thomas Gifford. He prevailed and remained unbeaten at 8-0, earning his first victory at the hands of the judges.

YOU SHOULD HAVE GONE FOR THE HEAD: Takashi Sato finished Ben Saunders with punches and elbows in the second round. Throughout his UFC career, Saunders has been finished in the second round a total of six times -- more than any fighter in the organization’s history. No other fighter has more than four second-round stoppage losses.

NO HARD FEELINGS, ‘POINT BREAK’: By losing a controversial split decision in which none of the 13 scoring media members awarded the win to Augusto Sakai, Andrei Arlovski suffered his 12th loss in the Octagon -- the most in UFC heavyweight history.

FORGET EVERYTHING YOU THINK YOU KNOW: In her UFC debut, former Invicta Fighting Championships strawweight titleholder Virna Jandiroba lost for the first time in her career, suffering a decision loss at the hands of Carla Esparza.

BEFORE WE GET STARTED, DOES ANYONE WANT TO GET OUT?: Jim Miller won for the 19th time inside the Octagon. On the all-time list, he now trails only Donald Cerrone (22), Demian Maia (20), Michael Bisping (20) and Georges St. Pierre (20).

I CAN DO THIS ALL DAY: The bout was Miller’s 32nd under the UFC banner, extending his own record for the most in company history. Only Cerrone and Jeremy Stephens even have 30 appearances.

I’M JUST A KID FROM JERSEY: Miller picked up his eighth submission in the UFC, the most in UFC lightweight history. He has submitted fighters with four different moves: armbars, a kneebar, rear-naked chokes and a guillotine choke.

AIN’T NO THING LIKE ME, EXCEPT ME!: In scoring a “Performance of the Night” bonus for tapping Jason Gonzalez with a rear-naked choke, Miller earned his 10th post-fight bonus in the UFC. Only eight other fighters have accomplished this feat.

IF WE’RE GOING TO WIN THIS FIGHT, SOME OF US MIGHT HAVE TO LOSE IT: After tapping out to a rear-naked choke in the first round, Gonzalez has still never reached the scorecards in his 16-fight career.

I’M MARY POPPINS, Y’ALL: Despite holding a 3-6 record inside the Octagon across two stints and the fact that she took the fight on short notice, Angela Hill closed as a huge -610 favorite against Jodie Esquibel (+455). She ranks as the second-largest UFC betting favorite in 2019, trailing only Jon Jones (-800) when he faced Anthony Smith (+550) at UFC 235. Hill opened as a -210 favorite and won by decision.

I HAVE A PLAN -- ATTACK: After going the distance and losing to Dhiego Lima by split decision, Court McGee has reached the scorecards in 12 of his last 13 bouts dating back to 2011. The only fight ending before the final bell in that stretch was a first-round knockout loss to Santiago Ponzinibbio in 2016.

NEVER SAY NEVER AGAIN: Coming into UFC Fight Night 150, Roberts had never fought beyond the second round (seven fights), Sato had never competed outside of Japan (16 fights) and Mike Davis had never been submitted (seven fights).

I STILL BELIEVE IN HEROES: After walking out to “Wu-Tang Clan Ain’t Nuthing ta F’ Wit” by the Wu-Tang Clan, Saunders lost by knockout. No recorded fighter in UFC history has ever won while accompanied by a Wu-Tang Clan track.

I DON’T FEEL SO GOOD: McGee walked out to “Cinderella Man” by Eminem and dropped a split decision to Lima. “Cinderella Man” is now the first Eminem track to hold at least 15 losses. Fighters who have walked out to that song hold a winning percentage of just .250, the lowest of any song with at least 20 recorded uses.

Sherdog contributing editor Jay Pettry is an attorney and a statistician. Writing about MMA since he started studying the “Eminem Curse” in 2012 and working for Vice Sports and Combat Docket along the way, he put together many fight result and entrance music databases to better study the sport. You can find him on twitter at @jaypettry. Advertisement

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