The UFC returns to its home base UFC Apex in Las Vegas on Saturday with UFC on ESPN 38which has a main card that airs on ESPN after prelims on ESPN2.
The main event features a matchup of rising lightweight contenders. Arman Tsarukyan (18-2 MMA, 5-1 UFC) and Mateusz Gamroth (20-1 MMA, 3-1 UFC) will be looking to break into the next division tier 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 out the MMA Junkie facts about the UFC tournament on ESPN 38 below.
Arman Tsarukyan vs Mateusz Gamrot
Tsarukyan’s five-fight UFC lightweight winning streak is the fourth longest active streak in the division behind Charles Oliveira (10), Islam Makhachev (nine) and Beneil Dariush (seven).
Tsarukyan absorbs 1.36 significant punches per minute in the UFC lightweight division, which is the third best in divisional history behind Makhachev (0.79) and Matt Serra (1.24).
Gamroth has won all three UFC victories by stoppage.
Neil Magny vs. Shavkat Rakhmonov
[autotag]Neil Magny[/autotag] (26-8 MMA, 19-7 UFC) is in his 27th UFC welterweight fight, the second most appearances in divisional history behind Matt Brown (29).
Magny’s 19 UFC welterweight wins are the most wins in divisional history with Georges St-Pierre.
Magni’s 13 UFC tournament decision wins are the company’s all-time record.
Magni is the only fighter in modern UFC history to have entered the octagon five or more times in a row. He went 4-1 in 2015 after going 5-0 in 2014.
Magni is one of only three fighters in UFC history to have five victories in a calendar year, the same as in 2014. Kevin Holland (2020) and Roger Huerta (2007) also accomplished the feat.
Magni’s 100 ground punches to Hector Lombard at UFC Fight Night 85 set a UFC singles record.
[autotag]Shavkat Rakhmonov[/autotag] (15-0 MMA, 3-0 UFC) won all 15 career victories ahead of schedule.
Rakhmonov is one of 13 fighters in UFC history to be knocked out after kicking off a spinning wheel. He accomplished the feat at UFC Fight Night 200.
Josh Parisian vs Alan Bodo
[autotag]Alan Bodo[/autotag]The three-fight winless drift (8-3 in MMA, 0-2 in UFC) is the longest of his career. He has not won since April 2019.
Chris Curtis vs. Rodolfo Vieira
[autotag]Chris Curtis[/autotag] (28-8 MMA, 2-0 UFC) won 16 of his 17 career knockout wins. He ended both of his UFC victories with knockouts.
[autotag]Rodolfo Vieira[/autotag] (8-1 MMA, 3-1 UFC) he won all eight victories in his career ahead of schedule.
Vieira has earned all three UFC victories by submission.