Typically this post only features eight facts, but seeing at UFC 148 is the biggest card of the year it only seems fitting that it deserves the biggest facts list of the year.
The event is headlined by a middleweight championship bout pitting Anderson “The Spider” Silva against Chael Sonnen for the second time and can be seen on live on pay-per-view (PPV) in the United States and Canada.
1 – The 315 day layoff between Anderson Silva’s last fight at UFC 134 and this bout at UFC 148 is the longest of his UFC career to date.
2 – Tito Ortiz has the most UFC fights in the history of the organization at 26. All but one of his professional fights have taken place inside the octagon.
3 – Neither Anderson Silva nor Chael Sonnen has ever been knocked out. Sonnen’s lone TKO loss came via stoppage due to cuts.
4 – Gleison Tibau comes into UFC 148 on the longest winning streak of his UFC career at three fights.
5 – After having his first six UFC fights ending by knockout or submission, Demain Maia has gone to decision in his last seven fights. Maia will also make his welterweight debut at UFC 148 after competing in his first 19-bouts as a middleweight.
6 – In the first Anderson Silva vs. Chael Sonnen fight, at UFC 117 in Aug. 2010, Sonnen landed a modern UFC record 320 total strikes. In second place is Georges St-Pierre’s 310 total strikes landed on BJ Penn at UFC 94.
7 – Nine out of 10 of Melvin Guillard’s losses come via submission (one armbar, two triangle chokes, three guillotine chokes, and three rear-naked chokes). His opponent, Fabricio Camoes, owns seven career submission wins.
8 – With 17-straight wins, Khabib Nurmagomedov is on the longest win-streak of any fighter on the UFC 148 fight card. Anderson Silva comes second with 15-straight wins.
9 – Anderson Silva and Forrest Griffin have competed on the same card in three of their past four bouts.
10 – Anderson Silva’s triangle choke submission of Chael Sonnen at the 3:10 mark of the fifth round at UFC 117 was the latest stoppage ever in a UFC fight.