TUF 17 Finale: Fun Facts and Stats to Know About the Faber vs. Jorgensen Card
The Ultimate Fighter 17 Finale Fight Card is just a few days away. In the main event of the April 13 event, Urijah Faber will meet Scott Jorgensen in a clash of two Top-10 bantamweights.
Fans will also get to see if Uriah Hall can complete his wrecking-machine run through the 17th season of TUF when he faces Kelvin Gastelum.
There's also Miesha Tate vs. Cat Zingano, which will determine who will coach opposite UFC women's bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey in the upcoming season of The Ultimate Fighter.
If that's not enough, Travis Browne and Gabriel Gonzaga will square off in a heavyweight contest that, if history tells us anything, will not go the distance.
What follows are some fun stats and facts to get you ready for the fight card.
Miesha Tate Is Pretty Resilient
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If you look at Miesha Tate's record, you'll see a third-round submission victory in her last bout, when she defeated Julie Kedzie via armbar, but that only tells part of the story.
Kedzie dropped Tate three times during the course of that fight. The most brutal of the three knockdowns occurred when Kedzie landed a perfectly timed and placed shin to the head of her opponent. Kedzie then pounced on the stunned Tate, working her ground-and-pound and looking for the finish. Tate cleared her head, found an opening and slapped on the armbar that eventually won her the fight.
The comeback from three knockdowns made Tate the first fighter in the history of WEC, UFC, Strikeforce or PRIDE to come back from that many knockdowns and finish an opponent.
It's not the type of record that one would really brag about, but still, it's pretty damn impressive.
Oh yeah, Kedzie outstruck Tate during the fight 52 to 17 as well.
Gabriel Gonzaga Is a Finisher
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Gabriel Gonzaga will enter his fight against Travis Browne with a record of 14-6. The interesting thing about that record is that every one of those 14 victories has come by way of stoppage, with five knockouts and nine submissions.
If you look at Gonzaga's stoppages in the UFC only, you'll find that his five knockouts and four submissions rank him at No. 3 and No. 2 in those respective categories in UFC history. Overall, Gonzaga is second only to Frank Mir in UFC heavyweight stoppages, trailing him by two.
Gonzaga's average UFC fight time is just 6:01, the fourth shortest in heavyweight history.
Travis Browne Is No Slouch in the Finishing Department Either
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The attached photo is not Travis Browne but the most recent victim of Travis Browne.
Chad Griggs learned an important lesson when he faced Browne in April 2012: Don't give Browne an opening to finish the fight. Griggs fell victim to a Browne arm-triangle choke in the first round, which earned Browne a nice bonus check for "Submission of the Night" and increased his number of career finishes to 11.
All but two of Browne's career wins have come via stoppage, with nine of those wins coming before the end of the first round, including his memorable superman-punch knockout of Stefan Struve.
Urijah Faber Is Stacking Cash
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The UFC's Fight Night bonus program allows fighters to take home some extra scratch on top of their salaries. Urijah Faber is well aware of this fact, as he has taken home more bonuses than all but Anderson Silva, Joe Lauzon and Donald Cerrone.
Over the course of his WEC/UFC career, Faber has racked up 10 bonuses, earning one "Knockout of the Night," five "Submission of the Night" and four "Fight of the Night" checks.
If Faber can land one of those bonuses this weekend, it will put him in a tie with Cerrone; if he pulls off the rare double bonus, he'll be tied with Silva and Lauzon for first all time.
Scott Jorgensen Has Quietly Set Records in the Bantamweight Division
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If you had to guess who has the record for most wins, fights and strikes in the history of the UFC/WEC bantamweight division, odds are that Scott Jorgensen's name would not be the first to pop into your head, but yet he sits on top of the heap.
When Jorgensen steps into the Octagon against Urijah Faber on Saturday night, it will be his 16th career fight in the bantamweight division. His 10 wins are the most in the history of the division.
As far as striking, Jorgensen's 630 significant strikes put him at the top of the list as far as bantamweights are concerned.
Barring something crazy happening on Saturday, Jorgensen will add another record to his list of accomplishments. If his bout against Faber lasts more than 21 seconds, he will pass Dominick Cruz's bantamweight record of 2:48:24 in total fight time.