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.

Sage Northcutt post ‘nine-hour’ surgery: I’ll be back

Sage Northcutt suffered a knockout defeat this past Friday (May 17) in Singapore. American mixed martial artist was making his ONE Championship debut against multiple Muay Thai and kickboxing world champion Cosmo Alexandre of Brazil. The scheduled for three rounds welterweight MMA bout ended in favor of the latter, who scored a one punch knockout win in 29 seconds of Round 1. The pair was featured on “Enter the Dragon” card.

Post-fight Northcutt was admitted to the hospital where he has undergone a “nine hour intense” surgery. The fighter took it to social media providing some of the details on suffered injury, such as “8 fractures”. Yet, “Super Sage” is looking to “be back”.

“Fresh out of surgery… I had 8 fractures and a nine hour intense operation. Feeling blessed for the amazing care and all the support from ONE Championship, my family / friends and fans! My Terminator face is not too Shabby.. ‘I’ll be back!’ Next post is catheter removal… stay tuned-JK,” Sage Northcutt wrote in the caption.

Prior signing with ONE Championship, Sage Northcutt (11-3) won six out of eight bouts in the UFC, including three previous outings. His resume includes the victories against Zak Ottow, Thibault Gouti, Michel Quinones, among others. The 23-year-old has also become the youngest person ever to be featured on the cover of Sport Karate Magazine at the age of 9, as well as won as many as 77 youth World Championships in karate.

Sage Northcutt shares a photo of X-ray on Instagram
Sage Northcutt shared a photo of X-ray in social media | Pic: via Instagram / supersagenorthcutt

FIGHTMAG team wishes Sage Northcutt a speedy recovery.

The former “Lion Fight” Muay Thai Super Middleweight champion Cosmo Alexandre is riding the eight-fight win streak in MMA. Three of his latest bouts he won by way of stoppage in the first round against Northcutt, Musu Nuertiebieke and Rey Trujillo.

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MMA’s week out of the cage: UFC champ Dustin Poirier receives key to city in Lafayette

Social media has become a significant part of the sporting landscape. But few, if any, professional sports match the level of interaction and personal access provided by MMA.

In an individual competition in which nearly every athlete is chasing the same goal of financial success and championship glory, it’s important for fighters to provide insight into their lives in order to connect with fans and gain followings.

Although the life of a fighter often can be mundane and repetitive, there still are moments of interest that take place outside the cage, ring or training room. Here are some of the most interesting of those occurrences from the past week.

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Dustin Poirier’s big honor

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What an incredible day! Thank you Lafayette, La! 🔑🏛🖤⚜

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Weekly eats

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How I feel about eating salads… 🤬

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Birthdays anniversaries

Children of MMA

Activities and adventures

Random leftovers

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UFC on ESPN+ 10: Ed Herman says TKO win may have staved off retirement

ROCHESTER, N.Y. – Ed Herman beat Patrick Cummins with a first-round TKO Saturday night on the prelims at UFC on ESPN+ 10 in Rochester, N.Y.

Take a look inside the fight with Herman, who landed a big right knee to Cummins’ head, sent him wobbling, then put him away with punches on the canvas.

Result: Ed Herman def. Patrick Cummins via TKO (knee, punches) – Round 1, 3:39
Updated records: Herman (24-14 MMA, 11-11 UFC), Cummins (10-7 MMA, 6-7 UFC)
Key stat: Herman snapped the first three-fight skid of his career; Cummins has lost three straight for the first time.

On the fight’s key moment

“I kind of envisioned that – catching him with a knee and him wobbling. It was kind of surreal. I hit him, I felt it connect, and I brought my eyes up and it was great to see. I knew I could finish him at that point.”

On the possibility he was going to retire

“I’ve never lost three in a row. I didn’t want to make it four. That would’ve been possibly the end of my career. It was nice to get the ‘W.’ It’s really hard to say – sometimes you think that, but as a competitor, it’d be hard to hang it up.”

On what he wants next

“I’ll get back home and talk with my team and my family. I’d like to get back in there again maybe toward the end of summer – see how I’m feeling. I’d like to get back in there before the year’s end. Getting two in in one year would be nice – it’s been a while since I was able to do that.”

To hear more from Herman, check out the video of the full post-fight interview above.

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

UFC on ESPN+ 10: Davi Ramos wants to see if Khabib Nurmagomedov can handle his jiu-jitsu

ROCHESTER, N.Y. – Davi Ramos beat Austin Hubbard with a unanimous decision Saturday night to open the main card at UFC on ESPN+ 10 in Rochester, N.Y.

Take a look inside the fight with Ramos, who won for the fourth straight time. After three straight rear-naked choke wins, he won Saturday with a trio of 30-27 scores from the judges.

Result: Davi Ramos def. Austin Hubbard via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Updated records: Ramos (10-2 MMA, 4-1 UFC), Hubbard (10-3 MMA, 0-1 UFC)
Key stat: Ramos went to the judges for the first time in a four-fight streak after three straight submission wins

Ramos on the fight’s key moment

“I had some good kicks, some good takedowns, I gave him some good punches – he has a very hard chin, so I couldn’t knock him out.”

Ramos on being unhappy with his performance

“I’m really disappointed in my performance. The fight is the fight – you can’t say much about that. You’re not doing the same thing at the gym that you’re doing in the cage. … But I can do much more than I showed in there. I want to finish the fight.”

Ramos on what he wants next

“I don’t care about any guy. I’m a lightweight UFC fighter. Anyone the UFC puts against me, I have to fight. I’ve never chosen an opponent in my career. … One day, if it’s possible to fight against (lightweight champion) Khabib (Nurmagomedov), yeah, for sure. I really respect him – he’s a real warrior. But I want to test his wrestling against my jiu-jitsu.”

To hear more from Ramos, check out the video of the full post-fight interview above.

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