Fight Facts: UFC Fight Night 164

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Fight Facts is a breakdown of all 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.

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The Ultimate Fighting Championship on Saturday made its yearly trip to Sao Paulo, Brazil, and did so with a card that was light on excitement. UFC Fight Night 164 featured a finisher in every stretch of the word, the winningest fighter in Brazil taking one more home and a disappointing footnote for a former champion.

ONCE A YEAR, EVERY YEAR: The promotion traveled to Sao Paulo for the seventh year in a row, and each year, it has put on exactly one event in the largest city in Brazil.

THANKS FROM A GRATEFUL PROMOTER: The UFC eschewed a standard “Fight of the Night” bonus, as four fights ended inside the distance at the event, and each of those four winners took home “Performance of the Night” bonuses.

LET US NEVER SPEAK OF IT AGAIN: In a disappointing performance by both men in the main event, Jan Blachowicz took a split decision from Ronaldo Souza after five less-than-stellar rounds. It was the first time in Blachowicz’s 33-fight career that he had ever competed beyond the third round, as KSW title fights used to be three-round affairs.

UNBREAKABLE: Paul Craig had never gone the distance in his career until he fought to a split draw with Mauricio Rua in the co-main event. He has competed into the third round numerous times, even recording a win and a loss with less than 10 seconds left in bouts.

SPLIT: The draw between Rua and Craig marked the 11th split draw in UFC history and the first for light heavyweights. It is the third fight ruled as such in 2019, more than any other year in company history.

GLASS: Charles Oliveira sparked Jared Gordon with punches in 86 seconds. All four of Gordon's career losses have come by knockout.

HE IS ONLY 30: By smashing Gordon, Oliveira earned his 15th stoppage win in the Octagon. The finish puts him into sole possession of the second-most wins inside the distance in promotional history. Only Donald Cerrone (16) holds more.

NO PERFORMANCE ANXIETY: With his knockout, Oliveira earned another POTN bonus, which is his fifth in his last six bouts. He has now earned nine of these awards, extending his lead for the most of any fighter in UFC history.

CHARLE$ DO BRONX: The bonus was Oliveira’s 15th with the organization, tying Nate Diaz and Joe Lauzon for the second-most all-time. Cerrone’s 18 remain the most.

EVERYBODY LOSES: Luiz Eduardo Garagorri suffered the first defeat of his career when he tapped to a rear-naked choke from Ricardo Ramos in the first round. Coming into this event, Garagorri was 13-0 with 10 stoppages, including nine in Round 1.

MR. BRAZIL: In taking a decision over Bobby Green, Francisco Trinaldo added to his record for the most appearances and wins in Brazil in UFC history. Across 36 events in the nation -- the second-most for a country, trailing far behind the United States -- Trinaldo has competed 15 times, winning 12 bouts.

MR. BRAZIL 2 ‘ELECTRIC BOOGALOO’: No other fighter has won more than seven times inside the Octagon in Brazil (Vitor Belfort, Iuri Alcantara). Additionally, only four other fighters have competed in Brazil at least 10 times (Alcantara, Belfort, Sergio Moraes and Erick Silva).

SINGLE UPSET ALERT: Randy Brown (+115) sprang the only betting upset of the night when he tapped Warlley Alves with a second-round triangle choke. Disregarding the draw, all of the remaining betting favorites came out with wins.

NOT SO RUDE NOW: It took “Rude Boy” nine bouts and four stoppages in the UFC to finally win a post-fight bonus, earning a POTN for tapping Alves.

YOU CAN NAME THE REST: After dropping a decision to Douglas Silva de Andrade, Renan Barao has reached the unfortunate distinction of dropping five consecutive bouts in the Octagon. While several fighters have amassed five straight UFC losses in multiple returns to the promotion, only a small number -- including Andrei Arlovski, B.J. Penn and Carlos Condit -- have seen this happen without being released.

STEP UP YOUR SCALE GAME: Both Tracy Cortez and Vanessa Melo hit the scales at 136.5 pounds, but the commission came back hours later claiming the backstage scales were not calibrated accurately. As the two women stopped cutting weight and assumed they were on target, only to miss by that amount, they were cleared and their results retroactively changed to 136 pounds each.

NEVER SAY NEVER AGAIN: Coming into UFC Fight Night 164, Souza had never lost consecutive bouts (34 fights), Alves had never been submitted (16 fights) and Antonio Arroyo (11 fights) and Isabela de Padua (six fights) had never lost on the scorecards.

VANILLA ICE SAYS HE OWNS THE RIGHTS TO THIS SONG: Rua changed up his walkout music from his normal track of “Sail” by Armin van Buuren to “Under Pressure” by Queen and David Bowie, and he subsequently fought to a draw with Craig. Following six recorded uses of tracks with David Bowie throughout company history, fighters walking out to The Thin White Duke have lost once.

KING EMINEM’S CURSE: Andre Muniz made a bold debut choice by walking out to “Lose Yourself” by Eminem and took a decision over Arroyo. The track now accompanies a low winning percentage of .300 -- among the lowest of any song with at least 20 recorded uses.

TRULY UNTOUCHABLE: When he won a decision over Green, Trinaldo earned the 25th win by a fighter utilizing “Can’t Be Touched” by Body Head Bangerz. It is now the third track in UFC history to accompany 25 recorded victories, along with “Gonna Fly Now” by Bill Conti and “My Time” by Fabolous featuring Jeremih. The latter was used by Souza on this card, although he lost.

BAM BAM DILLA, BAM BAM: Brown walked out to reggae classic “Bam Bam” by Sister Nancy and tapped Alves in the second frame. It was the 10th recorded use of the track throughout UFC history, and fighters post a solid record of 7-3 when using it. Advertisement
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