The UFC puts on the last of five August events on Saturday with UFC on ESPN+ 33, which takes place at UFC Apex in Las Vegas and streams on ESPN+ following prelims on ESPN.
A key light heavyweight matchup takes center stage in the headliner. Anthony Smith (32-15 MMA, 8-5 UFC) meets Aleksandar Rakic (12-2 MMA, 4-1 UFC) in a matchup between two men attempting to rebound from notable losses.
For more on the numbers behind the main event, as well as the rest of the card, check below for 45 pre-event facts about UFC on ESPN+ 33.
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Anthony Smith vs. Aleksander Rakic
Smith competes in his sixth consecutive UFC headliner. He’s 3-2 in previous main event appearances.
Smith is 4-2 since he moved up to the UFC light-heavyweight division in June 2018.
Smith is 8-4 since he returned to the UFC for a second stint in February 2016.
Smith has earned 30 of his 32 career victories by stoppage. That includes seven of his eight UFC wins.
Smith’s four stoppage victories since 2018 in UFC light heavyweight competition are tied with Paul Craig for most in the division.
Smith has been awarded a fight-night bonus in his past three UFC wins.
Rakic has earned 10 of his 12 career victories by stoppage. He’s finished nine of those wins by knockout.
Rakic is one of eight fighters in UFC history to earn a knockout stemming from a spinning backfist. He accomplished the feat at UFC 231.
Rakic lands 5.17 significant strikes per minute in UFC light heavyweight competition are second most among active fighters in the division behind Ion Cutelaba (5.29).
Rakic landed 78 significant ground strikes at UFC Fight Night 134, the single-fight record for a UFC light heavyweight bout.
Robbie Lawler vs. Neil Magny
Robbie Lawler (28-14 MMA, 13-8 UFC), 38, is the oldest of the 22 fighters scheduled to compete at the event.
Lawler’s three-fight losing skid is the longest of his career. He hasn’t earned a victory since July 2017.
Lawler is 9-5 since he returned to the UFC for a second stint in February 2013.
Lawler became the first fighter in UFC history to force a belt to change hands by split decision when he defeated Johny Hendricks at UFC 181 in December 2014.
Lawler is one of two fighters in UFC history to win two title fights by split decision. Benson Henderson also accomplished the feat.
Lawler’s significant strike disadvantage of -84 against Carlos Condit at UFC 195 marked the largest disparity in UFC title-fight history for a fighter who won a bout.
Lawler completes 77.3 percent of his takedown attempts in UFC competition, the highest accuracy rate in company history.
Neil Magny (23-7 MMA, 16-6 UFC) competes in his 23rd UFC welterweight bout, tied for fourth most in divisional history behind Thiago Alves (26), Matt Brown (26) and Josh Koscheck (24).
Magny’s 16 victories in UFC welterweight competition are tied with Matt Hughes for second most in divisional history behind Georges St-Pierre (19).
Magny’s 10 decision victories in UFC welterweight competition are second most in divisional history behind St-Pierre (12).
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’s five UFC victories in 2014 tied Roger Huerta’s record for most octagon wins in a calendar year. Huerta accomplished the feat in 2007.
Magny’s 100 significant ground strikes landed against Hector Lombard at UFC Fight Night 85 stand as the single-fight UFC record.
Magny’s 142 total strikes landed in the second round of his victory against Lombard stand as the third most in a single UFC round.
Ji Yeon Kim vs. Alexa Grasso
Ji Yeon Kim (9-2-2 MMA, 3-2 UFC) is 3-1 since she dropped to the UFC flyweight division in January 2018.
Alexa Grasso (11-3 MMA, 3-3 UFC) moves up to the women’s flyweight division after spending her previous six UFC appearances at strawweight.
Grasso has alternated wins and losses over her past six fights. She lost her most recent bout at UFC on ESPN+ 17 in September 2019.
Ricardo Lamas vs. Bill Algeo
Ricardo Lamas’ (19-8 MMA, 10-6 UFC) 10 victories in UFC featherweight competition are tied for fourth most in divisional history behind Max Holloway (16), Darren Elkins (13) and Cub Swanson (11).
Lamas’ seven stoppage victories in UFC featherweight competition are second most in divisional history behind Holloway (10).
Lamas’ three submission victories in UFC featherweight competition are tied for third most in divisional history behind Charles Oliveira (six) and Chas Skelly (four).
Magomed Ankalaev vs. Ion Cutelaba
Magomed Ankalaev’s (13-1 MMA, 4-1 UFC) four-fight UFC winning streak at light heavyweight is tied with Ryan Spann and Glover Teixeira for the longest active streak in the division.
Ankalaev absorbs 1.24 significant strikes per minute in UFC light heavyweight competition, the best rate in divisional history.
Ankalaev is the only light heavyweight in UFC history to earn multiple knockout victories stemming from kicks.
Ion Cutelaba (15-5 MMA, 4-4 UFC) has earned 14 of his 15 career victories by stoppage. He’s finished 12 of those wins by knockout.
Cutelaba has earned eight of his career victories in 30 seconds or less.
Cutelaba lands 5.29 significant strikes per minute in UFC light heavyweight competition, the highest rate among active fighters in the weight class.
Mallory Martin vs. Hannah Cifers
Mallory Martin (6-3 MMA, 0-0 UFC), 26, is the youngest of the 22 fighters scheduled to compete at the event.
Hannah Cifers (10-6 MMA, 2-4 UFC) becomes the first fighter to make four UFC appearances in 2020.
Cifers’ three-fight losing skid is the longest of her career. She hasn’t earned a victory since August 2019.
Alessio Di Chirico vs. Zak Cummings
Zak Cummings (23-7 MMA, 8-4 UFC) is 2-1 since he moved up to the middleweight division in December 2018.
Alex Caceres vs. Kevin Croom
Alex Caceres (16-12 MMA, 11-10 UFC) is 6-4 since he returned to the UFC featherweight division in January 2015.
Caceres has earned eight of his 11 UFC victories by decision.
Polyana Viana vs. Emily Whitmire
Polyana Viana’s (10-4 MMA, 1-3 UFC) three-fight losing skid is the longest of her career. She hasn’t earned a victory since February 2018.
Emily Whitmire’s (4-3 MMA, 2-2 UFC) 61-second victory at UFC on ESPN 1 marks the fastest submission in UFC strawweight history.