UFC on ESPN+ 10 post-event facts: Charles Oliveira climbs the all-time finishes list

The UFC made its debut in Rochester, N.Y., on Saturday with UFC on ESPN+ 10, which took place at Blue Cross Arena and streamed on ESPN+.

In the main event, former UFC champ Rafael dos Anjos (29-11 MMA, 18-9 UFC) avoided what would have been the first three-fight losing skid of his career when he earned a fourth-round submission victory over Kevin Lee (17-5 MMA, 10-5 UFC) in the welterweight headliner.

The main event tapout was one of nine finishes on the card, which was the most of any UFC show this year. For more on the numbers, check below for 45 post-event facts to come out of UFC on ESPN+ 10.

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General

UFC on ESPN+ 10 featured nine stoppage results, the most of any UFC event this year.

The UFC Promotional Guidelines Compliance payout for the event totaled $194,000.

Debuting fighters went 2-3 at the event.

Aspen Ladd, Sijara Eubanks, Michel Pereira and Grant Dawson earned $50,000 UFC on ESPN+ 10 fight-night bonuses.

UFC on ESPN+ 10 drew an announced attendance of 8,132 for a live gate of $643,840.50.

Betting favorites went 7-6 on the card.

Betting favorites improved to 7-9 in UFC headliners this year.

Total fight time for the 13-bout card was 2:09:57.

Main card

Dos Anjos’ 18 UFC victories are tied for sixth most in company history.

Dos Anjos improved to 4-2 since he moved up to the UFC welterweight division in June 2017.

Dos Anjos has earned both of his UFC welterweight stoppage victories by submission.

Lee suffered consecutive losses for the first time in his career. He’s 1-3 in his past four fights dating back to October 2017.

Lee was unsuccessful in his welterweight debut.

Lee has completed at least one takedown in 14 of his 15 UFC fights.

Ian Heinisch (13-1 MMA, 2-0 UFC) has earned both of his UFC victories by decision.

Antonio Carlos Junior (10-3 MMA, 7-3 UFC) fell to 6-2 (with one no contest) since he dropped to the UFC middleweight division in June 2015.

Carlos Junior has suffered two of his three career losses by decision.

Felicia Spencer (7-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) has earned five of her seven career victories by stoppage.

Megan Anderson (9-4 MMA, 1-2 UFC) has suffered both of her career stoppage losses by submission.

Vicente Luque (16-6-1 MMA, 9-2 UFC) has earned 15 of his 16 career victories by stoppage. That includes all nine of his UFC wins.

Luque’s nine stoppage victories since 2015 in UFC welterweight competition are most in the division during that span.

Luque’s nine stoppage victories in UFC welterweight competition are tied for third most in divisional history behind Matt Brown (12) and Matt Hughes (12).

Luque became the sixth fighter in UFC history to earn their first nine victories with the promotion by stoppage. Vitor Belfort, Don Frye, Gabriel Gonzaga, Royce Gracie and Joe Lauzon also accomplished the feat.

Charles Oliveira (27-8 MMA, 15-8 UFC) improved to 6-1 since he returned to the UFC lightweight division in April 2017. He’s 8-3 (with one no contest) in the organization at 155 pounds.

Oliveira’s 14 stoppage victories in UFC competition are tied with Anderson Silva and Vitor Belfort for second most in company history behind Donald Cerrone (16).

Oliveira’s five-fight UFC stoppage streak in lightweight competition is tied with Gregor Gillespie and Luque for the longest such active winning streak in the company

Oliveira earned his first knockout victory since Feb. 14, 2010 – a span of 3,380 days (more than nine years) and 24 fights.

Nik Lentz (30-10-2 MMA, 14-7-1 UFC) fell to 5-3 since he returned to the UFC lightweight division in December 2015.

Lentz suffered the first true knockout loss of his career. His previous two TKO defeats came by doctor stoppage.

Lentz’s 68 takedowns landed in UFC competition are fourth most in company history behind Georges St-Pierre (90), Gleison Tibau (84) and Demetrious Johnson (74).

Preliminary card

Ladd (8-0 MMA, 3-0 UFC) owns a three-fight UFC winning streak in women’s bantamweight competition, which is tied for the third-longest active streak in the division behind Amanda Nunes (seven) and Ketlen Vieira (four).

Eubanks (4-3 MMA, 2-1 UFC) was unsuccessful in her UFC women’s bantamweight debut

Eubanks has suffered all three of her career losses by decision.

Desmond Green (23-8 MMA, 4-3 UFC) earned his second UFC victory in a 49-day stretch. He also won at UFC on ESPN 2 in March.

Green has earned 16 of his 23 career victories by decision. That includes three of his four UFC wins.

Danny Roberts (16-5 MMA, 5-4 UFC) has suffered all five of his career losses by stoppage.

Dawson (14-1 MMA, 2-0 UFC) has earned 13 of his 14 career victories by stoppage.

Mike Trizano (8-1 MMA, 2-1 UFC) had his eight-fight winning streak snapped for the first defeat of his career.

Trizano was unsuccessful in his featherweight debut.

Ed Herman (24-14 MMA, 11-10 UFC) improved to 2-2 since he returned to the light heavyweight division in January 2016.

Herman has earned 20 of his 24 career victories by stoppage. That includes eight of his 11 UFC wins.

Patrick Cummins (10-7 MMA, 6-7 UFC) fell to 3-6 in his past nine UFC appearances dating back to April 2015.

Cummins has suffered six of his seven career losses by stoppage.

Cummins’ six stoppage losses in UFC light heavyweight competition are tied with Mauricio Rua for most in divisional history.

Zak Cummings (23-6 MMA, 8-3 UFC) improved to 2-0 since he moved up to the middleweight division in December.

Trevin Giles (11-1 MMA, 2-1 UFC) had his 11-fight winning streak snapped for the first defeat of his career.

Julian Erosa (22-8 MMA, 1-4 UFC) fell to 0-3 since he returned to the UFC for a second stint in November.

Erosa has suffered three of his four UFC losses by knockout.

For complete coverage of UFC on ESPN+ 10, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

UFC research analyst and live statistics producer Michael Carroll contributed to this story. Follow him on Twitter @MJCflipdascript.

Trading Shots: Did Sage Northcutt’s painful ONE Championship debut teach us something about life outside the UFC?

What did Sage Northcutt’s painful debut for ONE Championship tell us about the tiers of MMA competition around the globe, and about the perception of any organization not named UFC? Retired UFC and WEC fighter Danny Downes joins MMA Junkie columnist Ben Fowlkes to discuss in this week’s Trading Shots.

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Downes: Ben, this may come as a shock to you, but people on the internet are mad at something a website posted. This week the culprit was a Deadspin headline that read, “Poor Sage Northcutt Gets Knocked Out 30 Seconds Into Minor League MMA Debut.”

As you might have guessed, a number of fans took umbrage with the use of “minor league” to describe ONE.

I’m not here to try to drag the author (who’s already admitted it was a mistake). Furthermore, we don’t even know if he’s the one who chose the headline. You know how editors can be, right?

Plus, the average sportswriter can be forgiven for not knowing the intricacies of the global MMA structure. We should just be thankful Skip Bayless and Shannon Sharpe won’t have opinions on Northcutt vs. Cosmo Alexandre.

There are clearly tiers in professional MMA, so how would you characterize “minor league” MMA? Why do the majority of American fans still think of the landscape as UFC and everything else? Also, what does it mean when former UFC fighters like Eddie Alvarez and Northcutt head over to ONE and lose their debut fights?

Fowlkes: If your fight promotion has Demetrious Johnson, you’re not minor league. The real minor leagues in this sport are what we often refer to as “regional” promotions.

If you have clauses in your contracts to let fighters bolt the moment they get an offer from the UFC? If you brag about being a feeder for the UFC, or about how many fighters have jumped straight from your roster to the UFC’s? Then yeah, odds are you’re the minor leagues of MMA.

Maybe it’s just my view from inside the bubble, but the responses to this that I saw made it pretty clear that most fight fans don’t regard ONE Championship as the minors. And some of the recent matchmaking has made me wonder if ONE’s goal is to use former UFC fighters in order to make that point.

Giving Northcutt a very tough fight against Alexandre in his debut? Matching Alvarez up against “Tim Nasty” in the first round of the tournament? These don’t seem like the fights you make if you regard your recent UFC free agent signings as precious commodities that must be nurtured and protected.

Maybe instead, the goal was to show that ONE Championship has some very tough fighters on its roster, even if they’re not backed by the three special letters.

That had serious consequences for Northcutt, though. The boy wonder got his face smashed in particularly grisly fashion (though even that couldn’t dampen his general enthusiasm for life). That’s a rough start overseas after leaving the UFC on a winning streak. Does it make you think the UFC was right to let him walk, having squeezed what value it could out of him? Did the attempt to make him a star by simply telling us he already was one teach us anything?

Downes: I don’t know what you mean by “right.” Was it a tactical decision with fairly sound business logic? Sure. Did Northcutt probably ask for more money, and UFC executives realized they didn’t have the clout or the energy to make him a “thing”? You know it. A popular early narrative in the UFC on ESPN era so far is that UFC officials don’t really have to try. They’re getting the money up front. Case in point, last night’s UFC Rochester card.

Then again, I don’t know if the ESPN deal has made UFC officials consciously change their business decisions, or if we’re seeing the continuation of a trend started a few years ago. The UFC has always assumed the brand is bigger than any fighter not named Conor McGregor. The powers that be in the company may have spent some time and capital on Northcutt, but he was a sunk cost by the time his contract ended. At least they still have Paige VanZant, I guess.

As for what we’ve learned from how the UFC handled Northcutt, there are two competing points of view. One side can laugh at the UFC for putting promotional muscle behind an unproven kid who fizzled out. Lots of people say the UFC can’t build stars and simply got “lucky” the Ronda Rouseys and McGregors of the world showed up.

On the other hand, I think the Sage Experience shows how beneficial it can be to have the UFC on your side. Sure, Northcutt never became a champion, but he’s earned a lot more money and fame than any other MMA fighter of his caliber.

Part of that can be attributed to the backlash. Once a lot of MMA fans know you’re  a company guy, they’ll do whatever they can to dunk on you as often as possible. That just means more attention.

You also have to give Northcutt credit for adapting to the situation. Whether he’s tearing apples, washing his car without a shirt on, or doing whatever the hell this is, I have a hard time imagining he’s not in on the joke. Maybe we learned that a muscular, conventionally attractive guy who can do flippy stuff can make some decent money in this sport. Wait a minute. That can’t be all we learned, can it?

Fowlkes: Maybe we learned that you can only conceal a fighter’s flaws for so long. The UFC desperately wanted Northcutt to be a thing, even when that desperation prompted some backlash among both fans and fighters. He got advantageous matchups, good card placement, plus the benefit of the UFC hype machine. Then when it was time to negotiate a new deal the UFC decided that maybe he wasn’t going to be a thing after all – or at least a thing worth paying for.

He took his talent to ONE Championship, but by then all the attention the UFC gave him made him a target as well as a symbol. If one of your guys beats up one of the UFC’s guys, maybe you’ve made a point that was worth the price tag. And maybe that point is that you’re not so minor league after all.

Still, it’s not exactly a revelation that there are good fighters outside the UFC. There’s talent all over the place in this sport. The challenge for other promoters has been getting fans to care. Seeing the UFC’s former golden boy get his whole stuff broke might make a strong impression. It might also end up swiftly forgotten.

Ben Fowlkes is MMA Junkie and USA TODAY’s MMA columnist. Danny Downes, a retired UFC and WEC fighter, is an MMA Junkie contributor who has also written for UFC.com and UFC 360. Follow them on twitter at @benfowlkesMMA and @dannyboydownes.

Callout Collection: Who UFC on ESPN+ 10 winners want next – and how likely they’ll get them

Earning wins in the UFC is certainly no easy task, but what comes next is often even more important: the post-fight callout.

So after Saturday’s UFC on ESPN+ 10 event in Rochester, N.Y., who took advantage of their time on the mic? See below for this week’s Callout Collection – and just how realistic each one is.

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First up, let’s take a look at the night’s prelim winners.

Ed Herman

Wants to fight: EA Sports

EA Sports UFC 3

The callout: “Hey, can I get on the damn video game? I’ve been in the UFC for 13 years. I’m not on one video game. Come on, now. That’s all I want, so my son can play me on the damn game. Come on, baby.”

The reality: After a wild win over Patrick Cummins on the prelims of UFC on ESPN+ 10, Ed Herman (24-14 MMA, 11-11 UFC) made it clear he wants to be in the official UFC video game, even adding the caveat that it’s not just for him to fill some ego need, but because he wants his son to be able to use his dad as a character in the game.

Granted, “Short Fuse” might not be the most in-demand character in the game, but as he said, the man has been on the roster since “The Ultimate Fighter 3,” way back in 2006 – the same season that Michael Bisping won to launch his now-UFC Hall of Fame career. Surely that type of longevity is enough to get this man rendered in digital form? Maybe just a slight tweak of the C.B. Dollaway model or something? Just saying.

Grant Dawson

Wants to fight: Shane Young

Shane Young

The callout: “Shane Young – that fight still intrigues me. He’s super exciting. I’m super exciting. I think that’s bonus money written all over it. I’m down for that fight.”

The reality: Two fights into his UFC career, Grant Dawson (14-1 MMA, 2-0 UFC) has two UFC wins under his belt and is looking like quite the featherweight prospect, notching a “Performance of the Night” bonus while becoming the first man to defeat Mike Trizano.

After his debut back in March, Dawson asked for a fight with New Zealand’s Young, (13-4 MMA, 2-1 UFC), who has also shown a penchant for exciting fights, including one “Fight of the Night” bonus already to his name. On Saturday night, Dawson relayed that sentiment once again.

Honestly, who doesn’t love a respectful callout, especially when it’s one that appears motivated by an opportunity to put on the type of fight that fans enjoy most? That seems to be Dawson’s driving interest. He went on to mention he’d like a quick turnaround, fighting perhaps as soon as August. But maybe a trip to Australia in October could be in the cards, which certainly would have to tempt Young into action, especially if the UFC does end up going for a stadium show to host the Robert Whittaker vs. Israel Adesanya unification fight.

If that date makes sense for both guys, I say pull the trigger on matching up these two young guns.

Desmond Green

Wants to fight: “Someone who will get me closer to that title”

The callout: “I’m not going to call out any names. I just want someone who will get me closer to that title. Whoever is ranked higher than me, so I can climb that ladder.”

The reality:

Next up, let’s check out the main card.

UFC on ESPN+ 10 rookie report: Grading the newcomers in Rochester

Fighters from around the globe dream of the day they’ll step into the UFC octagon for the first time. For five athletes, Saturday’s UFC on ESPN+ 10 event marked that special moment in their career.

Check out this week’s rookie report to see what kind of first impression those fighters made on the sport’s biggest stage from Blue Cross Arena in Rochester, N.Y.

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Michel Pereira

Michel Pereira and Danny Roberts

Division: Welterweight
Result: Michel Pereira def. Danny Roberts via knockout (flying knee, punch) – Round 1, 1:47
Record: (23-9 MMA, 1-0 UFC)
Grade: A+

Talk about a first impression.

Michel Pereira made an impact before he ever set foot in the cage, fighting back tears in one of the more emotional walks you’ll ever witness. Moments later, Pereira was showing off a few breakdancing moves while he as introduced by Joe Martinez. Of course, there was still the small matter of a fight.

Pereira impressed there, as well.

In less than two minutes of cage time, Pereira showed off the flash that has become his hallmark. Rolling thunder? Check. Bit of capoeira dancing? Check. Jumping off the cage? Did that twice, bro.

But it wasn’t just the flash that impressed, it was the substance of the finish that ultimately ended up winning Pereira a “Performance of the Night” bonus. A leaping knee landed clean, and then Pereira fired a devastating straight right to finish off his wounded prey. It was jaw-dropping, even without anything that had happened up that moment. It was, in a word, spectacular. Pay attention when this man steps in the cage.

5 biggest takeaways from UFC Rochester – from RDA’s needed win to Pereira’s dazzling debut

What mattered most at UFC on ESPN+ 10? Here’s a thing or five…

1. RDA gets a win when he needs it most

You know what’s a baller move? Starting a round with a flying knee when it’s getting late in the fight and you know your opponent is feeling it. This turns out to be a great way to show him that you’re not tired, that you’re not going to be tired any time soon, that in fact you’ve got energy to spare, and you’re fine with wasting some of it just to prove this point.

For Rafael dos Anjos, cardio and mental toughness might have been his greatest assets. He knew he could go five hard rounds, and he also knew that Kevin Lee couldn’t stay with him at that pace. This is how RDA managed to wear Lee down before cinching the choke for the finish. The result was a win that dos Anjos desperately needed after a two-fight skid.

Clearly, the former lightweight champ still has a lot to give. Unfortunately for him, he’s already lost to both the current champ and the most recent interim one in his new weight class. That’s a bit of a road block, but maybe not the most pressing concern at the moment. The important thing here was reminding us that he still knows how to win. And a smart, savvy veteran performance like that accomplishes that goal nicely.

Alex Gilpin Predicts Finish Within 3 Rounds in PFL Main Event

Alex Gilpin (12 -1 MMA) is set to take on Lance Palmer (17 – 3 MMA) in the main event of PFL 2019 #2: Regular Season. The event takes place May 23rd in the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Long Island, New York. This featherweight clash has Fight of the Night written all over it, as pure skills collide with these two elite mixed martial artists.

Different than most fighters, Gilpin maintains high-level training just days before his scheduled match. Speaking exclusively with MMASucka, Gilpin explains how he takes an unorthodox approach to camps. “I’m feeling great, man. [Training camp] is not quite done yet. I typically go pretty hard until 3-4 days before the fight, then obviously I taper off. I mean, it’s tappered a little bit, I’m not sparring as hard, but I go hard pretty much close to the fight, yeah. Probably closer than I should.”

Making weight has never been an issue for Gilpin. He has always maintained a professional approach to weight cutting, and has a deep understand of how his body works. With just a week away, his weight cutting is approaching the goals he needs at this point. “My weight is good. I was a little heavier after an injury in my last fight at the [Dana White’s Contender Series], but man, the weight is just falling off. I’ve been eating good, been eating plenty. All the training sessions have melted it off me. I’m feeling great.”

Feeling the Momentum

Gilpin has been on a tear. Going on a 7 fight win streak, with 6 finishes, is an incredible feat. He has amassed a 12 – 1 professional record, with his only loss coming via split decision to Dan Moret (13-5 MMA) in 2016. His last appearance was at Dana White’s Contender Series, where he successfully landed a D’arce Choke finish over highly touted JR Coughran (6-2 MMA). As he is now approaching his first fight in 2019, he believes in more in his improvement, and not the hype that has come with his recent string of success. “You know, I just feel my skillet improves every single time I step into that cage. If you look at my fights now, versus what I looked like 2-3 years ago, I drastically improved. And I drastically improved since my last fight as well. My last fight obviously wasn’t a great performance but I got it done. I’m just looking to get better each time. Yeah, I got momentum, but so does Lance. and I understand that.”

Gilpin vs. Palmer

In what can be argued as one of the better featherweight matches this year, Gilpin is ready to take on experienced veteran Lance Palmer in the main event. Stylistically, both these fighters compliment each other very well. Palmer is riding a 6-fight win streak of his own. All 6 have been under the PFL banner, and he is currently undefeated with the promotion.

“Lance is a tough opponent.” Gilpin began explaining. “I looked up to him since I got into this sport – I know what he brings to the table. I like how I fair against him and I love this match-up. It’s think it’s great for me. And I think a lot of people are going to write me off, and that’s great. I’m looking forward to getting my hand raised and finishing him.”

With mutual respect, Gilpin is never one to make predictions for his fights. However, this time, he truly believes in his growth and evolution as a mixed martial artist. “I’m not the biggest with predictions, but I’ll give you one here though. Either a knockout or a submission. So that’s any sort of finish, right? That’s the way I see it going. Within the first three rounds.”

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UFC on ESPN+ 10 results: Rafael dos Anjos wears down Kevin Lee, earns finish in fourth


Kevin Lee pushed a furious pace at the outset of his UFC on ESPN+ 10 main event against Rafael dos Anjos on Saturday night.

The fast start figured to make for an exciting fight but also hard to maintain over the course of 25 minutes, especially when Lee was fighting up at welterweight after a career spent at lightweight.

Indeed, that’s precisely how things unfolded. After three rounds of back-and-forth, up-and-down, all-over-the-place action, Lee (17-5 MMA, 10-5 UFC) started to fade, and that’s when dos Anjos (29-11 MMA, 18-9 UFC) pounced. The former UFC lightweight champion finished things off with an arm-triangle choke at 3:47 of the fourth round to snap a two-fight losing streak.

“I knew he was coming strong in the first rounds, and he pushed to the third. I was just using my experience,”dos Anjos said after his 15th career victory via finish.

Each of the first three rounds could have been scored for either fighter. Lee frequently pressed forward to initiate his takedown attempts, which frequently ended in clinch battles along the fence.

Both fighters scored multiple takedowns, both managed reversals and scrambles to get out of trouble afterwards. Both managed to land with a variety of standup offense from head kicks to jabs to knees, and both managed to land effective counters.

In the fourth, though, Lee visibly tired. The first big sign the tide was turning came when RDA connected with a vicious calf kick. Soon thereafter, Lee shot for a takedown, didn’t get it, and dos Anjos expertly weaved his way into position for the finishing choke.

Dos Anjos is now 4-2 since going up to welterweight. Lee has now dropped three of his past four fights.

The welterweight bout was the main event of UFC on ESPN+ 10 at Blue Cross Arena in Rochester, N.Y.

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