The ultimate occasion of the UFC’s inaugural “Struggle Island” stint goes down Saturday with UFC on ESPN 14, which aires on ESPN and streams on ESPN+ from Flash Discussion board at Yas Island in Abu Dhabi.

A high-stakes matchup between middleweight contenders takes heart stage in the primary occasion. Former champ Robert Whittaker (20-5 MMA, 11-Three UFC) returns for the primary time since dropping the belt to Israel Adesanya in October when he meets Darren Until (18-2-1 MMA, 6-2-1 UFC), who appears to be like to go 2-Zero since shifting to 185 kilos.

For extra on the numbers behind the primary 15-fight lineup in fashionable UFC historical past (and second total together with UFC 2 in 1993), examine under for 55 pre-event info about UFC on ESPN 14.

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Principal occasion

Robert Whittaker

Whittaker is the one New Zealand-born fighter in historical past to win a UFC championship.

Whittaker is 8-1 since he moved as much as the UFC middleweight division in November 2014.

Whittaker and Yoel Romero mixed for 239 important strikes landed at UFC 225, the single-fight file for a five-fight UFC middleweight battle.

Whittaker’s seven fight-night bonuses for UFC middleweight bouts are tied for third most in divisional historical past behind Anderson Silva (11) and Romero (eight).

Darren Until

Until was profitable in his middleweight debut when he beat Kelvin Gastelum at UFC 244 in November.

Until has outlanded his opponent in all however one among his UFC victories.

Until is one among 5 fighters in UFC historical past to land zero important strikes in a championship bout defeat, as he did towards Tyron Woodley at UFC 228. His 9:19 of cage time is probably the most of any fighter within the group. The earlier excessive was 3:54.

Co-main occasion

Mauricio Rua

Mauricio Rua (26-11-1 MMA, 10-9-1 UFC) competes in his 21st UFC mild heavyweight bout, the second most appearances in divisional historical past behind Jon Jones (22).

Rua’s 22 victories in UFC/PRIDE light-heavyweight competitors are probably the most in mixed divisional historical past.

Rua’s 18 stoppage victories in UFC/PRIDE/WEC/Strikeforce competitors are fourth most in mixed organizational historical past behind Mirko Filipovic (21), Wanderlei Silva (20) and Donald Cerrone (20).

Rua’s 17 knockout victories in UFC/PRIDE light-heavyweight competitors are probably the most in mixed divisional historical past.

Rua’s eight knockout victories in fashionable UFC light-heavyweight competitors are second most in divisional historical past behind Chuck Liddell (9).

Rua is the one mild heavyweight in UFC historical past to earn his first six victories with the group by knockout.

Rua’s 14 knockdowns landed in UFC light-heavyweight competitors are tied with Liddell for many in divisional historical past.

Rua’s eight fight-night bonuses for UFC light-heavyweight fights are tied with Jones for many in divisional historical past.

Antonio Rogerio Nogueira (23-9 MMA, 6-6 UFC), 44, is the oldest energetic fighter within the UFC light-heavyweight division.

Nogueira, 44, is the oldest of the 30 fighters scheduled to compete on the occasion.

Remaining primary card

Fabricio Werdum

Fabricio Werdum (23-9-1 MMA, 11-6 UFC) is 9-Four since he returned to the UFC for a second stint in February 2012.

Werdum and Marcin Tybura mixed for 282 important strikes landed at UFC Struggle Night time 121, the second most in a UFC heavyweight bout Stipe Miocic vs. Daniel Cormier (304) at UFC 241.

Alexander Gustafsson (18-6 MMA, 10-6 UFC) strikes as much as the UFC heavyweight division for the primary time. He made his earlier 16 octagon appearances at mild heavyweight.

Gustafsson is one among eight fighters UFC historical past to go at the very least 0-Three in championship fights. Joseph Benavidez Dan Henderson, Chad Mendes, Kenny Florian, Urijah Faber, Pedro Rizzo and Chael Sonnen have additionally come up brief in three title fights.

Carla Esparza (16-6 MMA, 7-Four UFC) was the primary UFC strawweight champion. She misplaced the belt to Joanna Jedrzejczyk at UFC 185 in March 2015.

Esparza is 6-Three since dropping the UFC strawweight title to Jedrzejczyk in March 2015.

Esparza competes in her 12th UFC strawweight bout, tied for the fourth most appearances in divisional historical past behind Angela Hill (15), Randa Markos (14) and Jedrzejczyk (13).

Esparza’s seven victories in UFC strawweight competitors are tied for second most in divisional historical past behind Jedrzejczyk (10).

Esparza has earned six of her seven UFC victories by resolution.

Esparza has accomplished at the very least one takedown towards 10 of her 11 UFC opponents.

Esparza’s 34 takedowns landed in UFC strawweight competitors are tied with Claudia Gadelha for many in divisional historical past.

Marina Rodriguez (13-0-2 MMA, 2-0-2 UFC) four-fight UFC unbeaten streak at strawweight is tied for the fourth longest energetic streak within the division behind Tatiana Suarez (5), Yan Xiaonan (5) and Zhang Weili (5).

Rodriguez is the one feminine fighter in UFC historical past to battle to a number of attracts.

Paul Craig (12-4-1 MMA, 4-4-1 UFC) has earned all 12 of his profession victories by stoppage.

Craig’s victory at 4:59 of Spherical Three at UFC Struggle Night time 127 is the most recent submission in a three-round UFC battle.

Gadzhimurad Antigulov (20-6 MMA, 2-2 UFC) has earned 19 of his 20 profession victories by stoppage. He’s earned 17 of these wins in Spherical 1.

Alex Oliveira (20-8-1 MMA, 10-6 UFC) is 8-5 (with one no contest) over his a number of stints in UFC welterweight competitors.

Oliveira vs. Yancy Medeiros at UFC 218 is the one battle in UFC historical past to function two knockdowns for every fighter.

Peter Sobotta (17-6-1 MMA, 4-5 UFC) is 4-2 since he returned to the UFC for a second stint in Could 2014.

Khamzat Chimaev

Khamzat Chimaev (7-Zero MMA, 1-Zero UFC) makes his second UFC look in a 10-day stretch. He gained at UFC on ESPN 13 on July 15.

Chimaev can set the file for quickest time between UFC wins with a victory at 11 days.

Chimaev has earned all seven of his profession victories by stoppage. He’s completed 4 of these wins in Spherical 1.

Rhys McKee (10-2-1 MMA, 0-Zero UFC), 24, is the youngest of the 30 fighters scheduled to compete on the occasion.

Preliminary card

Francisco Trinaldo

Francisco Trinaldo (25-7 MMA, 15-6 UFC) 12 UFC victories in Brazil are probably the most in firm historical past.

Trinaldo is the one fighter in UFC historical past to earn two arm-triangle submission victories from half-guard.

Trinaldo’s 9 resolution victories in UFC light-weight competitors are second most in divisional historical past behind Gleison Tibau (11).

Nicolas Dalby (18-3-1 MMA, 2-2-1 UFC) was profitable in his return to the UFC for a second stint when he gained at UFC on ESPN+ 18 in September.

Jesse Ronson (21-10 MMA, 0-Three UFC) returns to the UFC for the primary time since July 2014. He went 8-5 between stints with the promotion.

Jake Collier (11-Three MMA, 3-Three UFC) returns to competitors for the primary time since Nov. 11, 2017. The 987-day layoff is the longest of his almost 10-year profession.

Collier strikes as much as the UFC heavyweight division after spending his earlier octagon appearances at mild heavyweight and middleweight.

Collier can develop into the 11th fighter in UFC historical past to win in three weight courses.

Collier has alternated wins and losses over his previous seven fights. He gained his most up-to-date bout at UFC Struggle Night time 120 in November 2017.

Collier is one among 5 fighters in UFC historical past to earn a knockout stemming from a spinning again kick to the physique. He achieved the feat at UFC Struggle Night time 88.

Tanner Boser

Tanner Boser (18-6-1 MMA, 2-1 UFC) makes his second UFC look in a 28-day stretch. He gained at UFC on ESPN 12 on June 27.

Bethe Correia (11-4-1 MMA, 5-4-1 UFC) competes in her 11th UFC ladies’s bantamweight bout, tied for the third most appearances in divisional historical past behind Raquel Pennington (13) an Amanda Nunes (12).

Correia and Marion Reneau fought to the primary attract ladies’s UFC historical past at UFC Struggle Night time 106.

Nathaniel Wooden (16-Four MMA, 3-1 UFC) has earned 14 of his 16 profession victories by stoppage. That features all three of his UFC wins.

Wooden’s three submission victories in UFC bantamweight competitors are tied for fifth most in divisional historical past behind Urijah Faber (six), Rani Yahya (5), Aljamain Sterling (4) and Marlon Vera (4).

UFC analysis analyst and stay statistics producer Michael Carroll contributed to this story. Observe him on Twitter @MJCflipdascript.





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