Numbers and Notes: UFC 87

By Ben Zeidler Aug 9, 2008
Just hours away from the opening bell for UFC 87, crunches some numbers and notes some minutiae on the UFC’s first show in Minnesota.

Georges St. Pierre (Pictures) vs. Jon Fitch (Pictures)

.897 -- The combined winning percentage of St. Pierre and Fitch, highest of all main event pairs in 2008.

2 -- Losses for each main event fighter, the lowest for any main event fighter this year with at least five appearances.

15 -- Consecutive wins for Fitch, the longest streak for any fighter on the card

161 -- Days between fights for Fitch

0 -- Shared opponents between St. Pierre and Fitch

1 -- Welterweight title fight this year (St. Pierre vs. Serra)

2 -- Welterweight champions this year (St. Pierre, Serra)

Brock Lesnar (Pictures) vs. Heath Herring (Pictures)

3 -- Years since Brock Lesnar (Pictures) held a professional wrestling championship belt

39 -- More fights that Heath Herring (Pictures) has had than Lesnar

.955 -- Collegiate wrestling winning percentage of Lesnar

Kenny Florian (Pictures) vs. Roger Huerta (Pictures)

.667 -- Percentage of fights Florian ends by submission

.520 -- Percentage of fights Huerta ends by KO or TKO

2 -- Times that Florian has gone the distance -- both losses

6 -- Times that Huerta has gone the distance -- four wins, one draw and one no contest

The Event

0 -- UFC events previously held in Minnesota

1 -- Fighters on the card who hold or have held UFC gold (St. Pierre)

2 -- Fighters on the card fighting out of Minnesota (Huerta, Lesnar)

3 -- Fighters who will enter the event undefeated in their MMA career (Demian Maia (Pictures), Andre Gusmao (Pictures), Jon Jones)

6 -- Countries represented by the fighters at UFC 87 (United States, Brazil, Canada, France, Norway, Armenia)

19,500 -- Capacity of the Target Center

Other notes:

• At least one of the undefeated fighters will suffer his first loss when Andre Gusmao (Pictures) takes on Jon Jones.

Tomasz Drwal (Pictures) was slated to fight Gusmao, but he had to pull out due to an undisclosed injury.

• The Jason MacDonald (Pictures) vs. Demian Maia (Pictures) bout will be the first meeting between two fighters who have each won “Submission of the Night” honors twice. Even better, each fighter accomplished the feat in back-to-back bouts.

• Despite losing during the sixth season of “The Ultimate Fighter,” Ben Saunders has never lost a professional MMA fight.

• Prior to fighting in the UFC, Manny Gamburyan’s only loss was to former lightweight champion Sean Sherk (Pictures).

Robert Emerson (Pictures), Gamburyan’s opponent, was one half of the infamous “double KO” that took place at “The Ultimate Fighter 5” finale.

Cheick Kongo (Pictures)’s last four fights have gone to a decision. Only one of opponent Dan Evensen (Pictures)’s last four fights has gone to a decision.
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