UFC Fight Night 211 pre-event facts: 45-year-old Aleksei Oleinik goes for submission record

The UFC kicks off a tame October schedule Saturday with UFC Fight Night 211, which takes place at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas and streams on ESPN+.

A card relatively thin on ranked names features an important fight in the main event. Mackenzie Dern (12-2 MMA, 7-2 UFC) looks to make good on her second headlining opportunity and continue climbing toward a title shot. In her way, though, is dangerous Chinese standout Yan Xiaonan (13-3 MMA, 6-2 UFC), who gets a five-round fight for the first time in the UFC and will look to make the most of it.

For more on the numbers behind the entire card, check below for MMA Junkie’s pre-event facts about UFC Fight Night 211.

Mackenzie Dern

Mackenzie Dern

Dern’s four stoppage victories in UFC strawweight competition are tied for third-most in divisional history behind Rose Namajunas (five) and Jessica Andrade (five).

Dern’s four submission victories in UFC strawweight competition are the most in divisional history.

Dern’s four submission victories in UFC competition are second-most of any female in company history behind Gillian Robertson (six).

Dern’s four fight-night bonuses for UFC strawweight bouts are tied for third most in divisional history behind Andrade (eight) and Namajunas (six).

Yan Xiaonan

Yan Xiaonan

Xiaonan enters the event on the first losing skid of her career.

Xiaonan has earned all six of her UFC victories by decision.

Xiaonan lands 5.66 significant strikes per minute in UFC strawweight competition, the fourth-highest rate in divisional history behind Andrade (6.7), Joanna Jedrzejczyk (6.59) and Zhang Weili (5.78).

Xiaonan landed 150 significant strikes at UFC Fight Night 141, the single-fight record for a three-round UFC strawweight fight.

Randy Brown vs. Francisco Trinaldo

Francisco Trinaldo

Francisco Trinaldo (28-8 MMA, 18-7 UFC) is 2-1 since he moved up to the UFC welterweight division in June 2021.

Trinaldo’s 12 UFC victories in Brazil are the most in company history.

Trinaldo is the only fighter in UFC history to earn two arm-triangle submission victories from half-guard.

Trinaldo’s nine decision victories in UFC lightweight competition are tied for second-most in divisional history behind Gleison Tibau (11).

Mike Davis vs. Viacheslav Borshchev

Mike Davis

Mike Davis (8-2 MMA, 2-1 UFC) returns to competition for the first time since Jan. 20, 2021. The 619-day layoff is the longest of his more than seven-year career.

Ilir Latifi vs. Aleksei Oleinik

Ilir Latifi

Ilir Latifi (15-8 MMA, 8-6 UFC) is 1-1 since he moved up to the UFC heavyweight division in February 2020.

Aleksei Oleinik (60-15-1 MMA, 9-6 UFC), 45, is the oldest active fighter on the UFC roster.

Oleinik was the first fighter in MMA history to earn victories in four different decades (1990s, 2000s, 2010s, 2020s).

Oleinik has earned 55 of his 60 career victories by stoppage.

Oleinik has earned 47 of his 60 career victories by submission. Of those stoppages, 38 have come in the first round.

Oleinik’s seven submission victories in UFC heavyweight competition are second-most in divisional history behind Frank Mir (eight).

Oleinik has earned two of the three Ezekiel-choke submission victories in UFC history. He accomplished the feat at UFC 224 and UFC Fight Night 103. Remco Pardoel also won with the technique at UFC 2.

Jessica Penne vs. Tabatha Ricci

Jessica Penne

Jessica Penne (13-6 MMA, 2-4 UFC) is 2-1 since she returned from a more than four-year layoff in April 2021.

Joaquim Silva vs. Jesse Ronson

Jesse Ronson

Jesse Ronson (21-11 MMA, 0-4 UFC) is 0-1 with one no contest since he returned to the UFC for a second stint in December 2018.

Krzysztof Jotko vs. Brendan Allen

Krzysztof Jotko

Krzysztof Jotko (24-5 MMA, 11-5 UFC) has earned 10 of his 11 UFC victories by decision.

Jotko’s 10 decision victories in UFC middleweight competition are tied for second-most in divisional history behind Brad Tavares (12).

Jotko defends 83.1 percent of all opponent takedown attempts in UFC middleweight competition, the highest rate among active fighters in the weight class.

Julija Stoliarenko vs. Chelsea Chandler

Jul 2, 2022; Las Vegas, Nevada, USA; Julija Stoliarenko (blue gloves) reacts after defeating Jessica-Rose Clark (red gloves) in a bout during UFC 276 at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

Julija Stoliarenko’s (10-6-2 MMA, 1-4 UFC) 42-second win marked the second-fastest submission in UFC women’s bantamweight history behind Ronda Rousey’s 14-second stoppage over Cat Zingano at UFC 184 in February 2015.

For more on the card, visit MMA Junkie’s event hub for UFC Fight Night 211.

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

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