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Kamaru Usman’s winning streak nears history

The UFC is back again on Saturday with UFC 258, which takes place at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas with a main card that airs on pay-per-view following prelims on ESPN and ESPN+.

A welterweight championship fight with a number of underlying storylines takes place in the main event. Reigning titleholder Kamaru Usman (17-1 MMA, 12-0 UFC) faces former teammate Gilbert Burns (19-3 MMA, 12-3 UFC) in a curious clash of two fighters who know each other well.

For more on the headliner, as well as the rest of the card, check below for 50 pre-event facts about UFC 258.

Kamaru Usman vs. Gilbert Burns

Usman enters the event on a 16-fight winning streak. He hasn’t suffered a defeat since May 2013.

Usman is one of three fighters in UFC history to start 12-0 with the promotion. Anderson Silva and Khabib Nurmagomedov also accomplished the feat.

Usman’s 12-fight UFC winning streak is the longest active streak in the company.

Usman is the only welterweight in history to start his UFC career with 12 consecutive victories.

Usman’s 12-fight UFC winning streak at welterweight is the longest active streak in the division.

Usman’s 12-fight UFC winning streak at welterweight is tied with Georges St-Pierre for longest in divisional history.

Usman has earned nine of his 12 UFC victories by decision.

Usman outlanded Tyron Woodley by a margin of 336-60 (+275) in total strikes at UFC 235, the record for a UFC championship fight.

Usman landed 192 body strikes at UFC 235, the single-fight UFC record.

Usman has defended 100 percent of all opponent takedown attempts in UFC competition, which includes 17 total.

Usman’s 12 takedowns landed against Rafael dos Anjos at the TUF 28 Finale are tied for second most in a single UFC welterweight fight. Luigi Fioravanti holds the record with 13 at UFC 82.

Usman has been controlled for just two seconds in UFC competition, the least amount of time in company history for anyone with at least 10 appearances.

Burns can become the first Brazilian welterweight champion in UFC history.

Burns is 4-0 since he returned to the welterweight division in August 2019. He’s 5-0 overall when fighting at the weight class.

Burns’ five-fight UFC winning streak at welterweight is tied for the third longest active streak in the division behind Usman (12) and Leon Edwards (eight).

Maycee Barber vs. Alexa Grasso

Maycee Barber (8-1 MMA, 3-1 UFC) returns to competition for the first time since Jan. 18, 2020. The 392-day layoff is the longest of her nearly four-year career.

Barber is 2-1 since she moved up to the UFC women’s flyweight division in March 2019.

Barber has earned seven of her eight career victories by stoppage. She’s earned all three of her UFC wins by knockout.

Barber’s two knockout victories in UFC women’s flyweight competition are tied with Valentina Shevchenko and Shana Dobson for most in divisional history.

Alexa Grasso (12-3 MMA, 5-3 UFC) was successful in her UFC women’s flyweight debut at UFC on ESPN+ 33 in August.

Grasso has alternated wins and losses over her past seven fights. She was victorious in her most recent bout at UFC on ESPN+ 33.

Grasso has earned all four of her UFC victories by decision.

Kelvin Gastelum vs. Ian Heinisch

Kelvin Gastelum’s (15-6 MMA, 10-6 UFC) three-fight losing skid is the longest of his career. He hasn’t earned a victory since May 2018.

Gastelum is 3-4 (with one no contest) since he returned to the UFC middleweight division in December 2016.

Jim Miller vs. Bobby Green

Jim Miller’s (32-15 MMA, 21-14 UFC) competes in his 37th UFC bout, the most appearances in company history. His 35th lightweight appearance is also a divisional record.

Miller’s total fight time of 5:36:47 in UFC lightweight competition is most in divisional history.

Miller’s 21 victories in UFC competition are third most in company history behind Donald Cerrone (23) and Demian Maia (22).

Miller’s 19 victories in UFC lightweight competition are the most in divisional history.

Miller’s 12 stoppage victories in UFC lightweight competition are second most in divisional history behind Joe Lauzon (13).

Miller’s 10 submission victories in UFC competition are tied with Royce Gracie for third most in company history behind Charles Oliveira (14) and Maia (11).

Miller’s nine submission victories in UFC lightweight competition are most in divisional history.

Miller’s 45 submission attempts in UFC competition are the most in company history.

Miller’s 11 fight-night bonuses for UFC lightweight bouts are tied with Nate Diaz for third most in divisional history behind Cerrone (15) and Lauzon (15).

Bobby Green (27-11-1 MMA, 8-6-1 UFC) makes his fifth UFC appearance since June.

Maki Pitolo vs. Julian Marquez

Julian Marquez (7-2 MMA, 1-1 UFC) returns to competition for the first time since July 6, 2018. The 953-day layoff is the longest of his nearly seven-year career.

Rodolfo Vieira vs. Anthony Hernandez

Rodolfo Vieira

Rodolfo Vieira (7-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC) has earned all seven of his career victories by stoppage. He’s finished both of his UFC wins by submission.

Anthony Hernandez (7-2 MMA, 1-2 UFC) is the only fighter in UFC history to earn a victory and suffer a loss by anaconda choke submission.

Belal Muhammad vs. Dhiego Lima

Belal Muhammad

Belal Muhammad (17-3 MMA, 8-3 UFC) is 7-1 in his past eight fights dating back to February 2017. His lone defeat came against Neal at UFC on ESPN+ 1.

Muhammad has earned 12 of his 17 career victories by decision. That includes six of his eight UFC wins.

Dhiego Lima (15-7 MMA, 4-5 UFC) is 3-2 since he returned to the UFC for a second stint in July 2017.

Polyana Viana vs. Mallory Martin

Polyana Viana

Polyana Viana (11-4 MMA, 2-3 UFC) has earned all 11 of her career victories by stoppage. She’s finished both of her UFC wins by first-round submission.

Mallory Martin’s (7-3 MMA, 1-0 UFC) stoppage victory despite a -27 significant strike advantage for her opponent at UFC on ESPN+ 33 marked the second biggest comeback in UFC strawweight history behind Alex Chambers (-37) over Kailin Curran at UFC Fight Night 65.

Ricky Simon vs. Brian Kelleher

Ricky Simon (17-3 MMA, 5-2 UFC) makes his second UFC appearance in a 24-day stretch. He earned a victory at UFC on ESPN 20 on Jan. 20.

Simon has landed 33 takedowns in UFC bantamweight competition, the second most in divisional history behind Merab Dvalishvili (41).

Gillian Robertson vs. Miranda Maverick

Gillian Robertson (9-4 MMA, 6-2 UFC) becomes the first in UFC history to make 10 women’s flyweight appearances.

Robertson’s six victories in UFC women’s flyweight competition are tied with Shevchenko and Katlyn Chookagian for most in divisional history.

Robertson’s five stoppage victories in UFC women’s flyweight competition are most in divisional history.

Robertson’s four submission victories in UFC women’s flyweight competition are most in divisional history.

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

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