The UFC returns to its home base of the UFC Apex in Las Vegas on Saturday with UFC on ESPN 38, which has a main card that airs on ESPN following prelims on ESPN2.
A matchup of surging lightweight contenders is featured in the main event. Arman Tsarukyan (18-2 MMA, 5-1 UFC) and Mateusz Gamrot (20-1 MMA, 3-1 UFC) will look to break through into the next tier of the division when they meet in a five-round bout.
For more on the numbers behind the headliner, as well as the rest of the 12-fight lineup, check below for MMA Junkie’s pre-event facts about UFC on ESPN 38.
Arman Tsarukyan vs. Mateusz Gamrot
Tsarukyan’s five-fight UFC winning streak at lightweight is tied for the fourth-longest active streak in the division behind Charles Oliveira (10), Islam Makhachev (nine) and Beneil Dariush (seven).
Tsarukyan absorbs 1.36 significant strikes per minute in UFC lightweight competition, the third-best rate in divisional history behind Makhachev (0.79) and Matt Serra (1.24)
Gamrot has earned all three of his UFC victories by stoppage.
Neil Magny vs. Shavkat Rakhmonov
[autotag]Neil Magny[/autotag] (26-8 MMA, 19-7 UFC) competes in his 27th UFC welterweight bout, the second-most appearances in divisional history behind Matt Brown (29).
Magny’s 19 victories in UFC welterweight competition are tied with Georges St-Pierre for most in divisional history.
Magny’s 13 decision victories in UFC competition are most in company history.
Magny is the only fighter in modern UFC history to make five or more octagon appearances in consecutive years. He went 4-1 in 2015 after going 5-0 in 2014.
Magny is one of three fighters in UFC history to earn five victories in a calendar year, as he did in 2014. Kevin Holland (2020) and Roger Huerta (2007) also accomplished the feat.
Magny’s 100 significant ground strikes landed against Hector Lombard at UFC Fight Night 85 stand as the single-fight UFC record.
[autotag]Shavkat Rakhmonov[/autotag] (15-0 MMA, 3-0 UFC) has earned all 15 of his career victories by stoppage.
Rakhmonov is one of 13 fighters in UFC history to earn a knockout stemming from a spinning wheel kick. He accomplished the feat at UFC Fight Night 200.
Josh Parisian vs. Alan Baudot
[autotag]Alan Baudot[/autotag]’s (8-3 MMA, 0-2 UFC) three-fight winless skid is the longest of his career. He hasn’t earned a victory since April 2019.
Chris Curtis vs. Rodolfo Vieira
[autotag]Chris Curtis[/autotag] (28-8 MMA, 2-0 UFC) has earned 16 of his 17 career stoppage wins by knockout. He’s finished both of his UFC wins by knockout.
[autotag]Rodolfo Vieira[/autotag] (8-1 MMA, 3-1 UFC) has earned all eight of his career victories by stoppage.
Vieira has earned all three of his UFC victories by submission.