The UFC makes its return to San Diego for the first time in more than seven years on Saturday with UFC on ESPN 41, which takes place at Pechanga Arena and airs on ESPN/streams on ESPN+.
A massive bantamweight fight serves as the main event of the card. Marlon Vera (19-7-1 MMA, 13-6 UFC), who has won nine of his past 11 fights, will look to continue his climb up the divisional pecking order when he meets former UFC/WEC champion Dominick Cruz (24-3 MMA, 7-2 UFC).
For more on the numbers behind the headliner, as well as the rest of the card, check below for MMA Junkie’s pre-event facts about UFC on ESPN 41.
Vera competes in his 17th UFC bantamweight bout, tied with Urijah Faber for the second-most appearances in divisional history behind Pedro Munhoz (18).
Vera’s 11 victories in UFC bantamweight competition are tied for third-most in divisional history behind T.J. Dillashaw (13) and Aljamain Sterling (12).
Vera’s nine stoppage victories in UFC bantamweight competition are most in divisional history.
Vera’s five knockout victories in UFC bantamweight competition are tied for second-most in divisional history behind Dillashaw (seven).
Vera’s four submission victories in UFC bantamweight competition are tied for third-most in divisional history behind Faber (six) and Rani Yahya (six).
Vera’s 14 submission attempts in UFC bantamweight competition are most in divisional history.
Vera is one of eight fighters in UFC history stemming from a front kick. He accomplished the feat at UFC 268.
Vera is one of nine fighters in UFC history to record three knockdowns in a bantamweight fight. He accomplished the feat at UFC on ESPN 35.
Vera’s -112 significant strike differential (159 vs. 271) at UFC on ESPN 35 is the largest negative differential for a fighter to win by decision in UFC history. The previous record belonged to Robbie Lawler’s -84 in his championship decision victory over Carlos Condit at UFC 195.
Vera’s five fight-night bonuses for UFC bantamweight bouts are tied for fourth-most in divisional history behind Dillashaw (eight), Munhoz (seven) and Sean O’Malley (six).
Cruz’s average fight time of 18: 27 in UFC bantamweight competition is the second-longest in divisional history behind Jose Aldo (18: 41).
Cruz’s 14 victories in UFC/WEC bantamweight competition are the most in combined divisional history.
Cruz has earned six of his seven UFC victories by decision. He has earned 16 of his 24 career wins overall by going the distance.
Cruz’s 53 takedowns landed in UFC/WEC bantamweight competition are the most in combined divisional history.
Cruz defends 83.8 percent of opponent takedown attempts in UFC bantamweight competition, the third-highest rate among active fighters in the weight class behind Petr Yan (90 percent) and Dillashaw (86.5 percent).
Cruz’s five fight-night bonuses for UFC bantamweight bouts are tied for fourth-most in divisional history behind Dillashaw (eight), Munhoz (seven) and O’Malley (six).
Nate Landwehr vs. David Onama
David Onama (10-1 MMA, 2-1 UFC) makes his second UFC appearance in a 35-day stretch. He earned a victory July 9 at UFC on ESPN 39.
Cynthia Calvillo vs. Nina Nunes
Cynthia Calvillo’s (9-4-1 MMA, 6-4-1 UFC) three-fight losing skid is the longest of her career. She hasn’t earned a victory since June 2020.
Calvillo is 1-3 since she moved up to the women’s flyweight division in June 2020.
Calvillo has completed at least one takedown against nine of her 11 UFC opponents.
Nina Nunes (10-7 MMA, 4-4 UFC) moves up to the UFC women’s flyweight division after spending her previous eight promotional appearances at strawweight.
Bruno Silva vs. Gerald Meerschaert
Gerald Meerschaert (33-15 MMA, 9-7 UFC) has earned 31 of his 33 carer victories by stoppage. That includes all nine of his UFC wins.
Meerschaert’s nine stoppage victories in UFC middleweight competition are tied for second-most in divisional history behind Anderson Silva (11).
Meerschaert’s eight submission victories in UFC middleweight competition are most in divisional history.
Angela Hill vs. Loopy Godinez
Angela Hill (13-11 MMA, 8-12 UFC) competes in her 21st UFC bout, tied with Jessica Andrade for the most appearances by any female in company history.
Hill’s three-fight losing skid is the longest of her career. She hasn’t earned a victory since March 2021.
Hill is 7-10 since she returned 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 Andrade (three).
Hill’s three knockdowns landed in UFC strawweight competition are third most in divisional history behind Amanda Lemos (five) and Rose Namajunas (four).
Hill’s 12 losses in UFC competition are the most by any female in company history.
Loopy Godinez (8-2 MMA, 3-2 UFC) holds the modern-era record for shortest time between three UFC appearances at 42 days. She competed on Oct. 9, Oct. 16 and Nov. 20 of 2021.
Youssef Zalal vs. Da’Mon Blackshear
Youssef Zalal’s (10-5 MMA, 3-3 UFC) three-fight losing skid is the longest of his career. He hasn’t earned a victory since August 2020.
Zalal drops to the UFC bantamweight division after spending his previous six octagon appearances at featherweight.
Ariane Lipski vs. Priscila Cachoeira
Ariane Lipski (14-7 MMA, 3-4 UFC) has scored three knockdowns in UFC women’s flyweight competition, tied with Taila Santos for most in divisional history.
Priscila Cachoeira’s (10-4 MMA, 2-4 UFC) 40-second knockout at UFC Fight Night 168 is the fastest stoppage in UFC women’s flyweight history.
Cachoeira’s two knockout victories in UFC women’s flyweight competition are tied for second-most in divisional history behind Valentina Shevchenko (four).
For more on the card, visit MMA Junkie’s event hub for UFC on ESPN 41.
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