UFC on ESPN 26 post-event facts: Miesha Tate impacts record books in return

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UFC Fight Night results: Miesha Tate returns from near five-year retirement with TKO of Marion Reneau. ... It was Tate who got the storybook moment, scoring a third-round TKO as she restarted her Octagon career with a bang. CBSSports.comUFC Fight Night results: Miesha Tate returns from near five-year retirement with TKO of Marion Reneau

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UFC on ESPN 26 at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas was among the most finish-heavy events of the year, with eight of the 10 scheduled fights ending inside the distance.

Headliner Islam Makhachev (20-1 MMA, 9-1 UFC) was among those to net a stoppage, as he submitted Thiago Moises (15-5 MMA, 4-3 UFC) in the fourth round of their lightweight bout to extend his winning streak in the division to eight fights.

For more on the numbers to come out of the main event, as well as the rest of the card, check below for 35 post-event facts from UFC on ESPN 26.

The UFC Promotional Guidelines Compliance payout for the event totaled $126,000.

Debuting fighters went 0-1 at the event.

Miesha Tate, Mateusz Gamrot, Rodolfo Vieira, Rodrigo Nascimento, Billy Quarantillo and Gabriel Benitez earned $50,000 UFC on ESPN 26 fight-night bonuses.

The UFC sold VIP tickets to fans for UFC on ESPN 26, but the promotion did not make public the total number of tickets sold or the gate.

Betting favorites went 7-3 on the card.

Betting favorites improved to 11-6 with one no contest in UFC headliners this year.

Total fight time for the 10-bout card was 1:37:01.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – JULY 17: (L-R) Islam Makhachev of Russia punches Thiago Moises of Brazil in their lightweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on July 17, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

Makhachev’s eight-fight UFC winning streak at lightweight is the second-longest active streak in the division behind Charles Oliveira (nine).

Moises suffered the first stoppage loss of his career with a submission defeat.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – JULY 17: (L-R) Miesha Tate punches Marion Reneau in their bantamweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on July 17, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

Tate (19-7 MMA, 6-4 UFC) was successful in her return to competition. She earned her first victory since March 2016.

Tate’s six victories in UFC women’s bantamweight competition are tied for third-most in divisional history behind Amanda Nunes (11) and Raquel Pennington (eight).

Tate’s three fight-night bonuses for UFC women’s bantamweight fights are tied for third-most in divisional history behind Ronda Rousey (seven) and Nunes (four).

Marion Reneau’s (9-8-1 MMA, 5-7-1 UFC) five-fight losing skid is the longest of her career. She hasn’t earned a victory since February 2018.

Reneau suffered the first stoppage loss of her career with a knockout defeat.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – JULY 17: (L-R) Mateusz Gamrot of Poland battles Jeremy Stephens in their lightweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on July 17, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

Gamrot (19-1 MMA, 2-1 UFC) has earned both of his UFC victories by stoppage.

Jeremy Stephens (28-19 MMA, 15-18 UFC) was unsuccessful in his return to the UFC lightweight division.

Stephens’ 18 losses in UFC competition are the most in company history.

Stephens’ six-fight winless skid is the longest of his career. He hasn’t earned a victory since February 2018.

Stephens suffered his first submission loss since Feb. 7, 2009 – a span of 4,543 days (more than 12 years) and 28 fights.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – JULY 17: (L-R) Rodolfo Vieira of Brazil takes down Dustin Stoltzfus in their middleweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on July 17, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

Vieira (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.

Dustin Stoltzfus (13-3 MMA, 0-2 UFC) suffered the first stoppage loss of his career with a submission defeat.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – JULY 17: (L-R) Billy Quarantillo punches Gabriel Benitez of Mexico in their featherweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on July 17, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

Quarantillo (16-3 MMA, 4-1 UFC) has earned three of his four UFC victories by stoppage.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – JULY 17: (L-R) Daniel Rodriguez punches Preston Parsons in their welterweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on July 17, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

Daniel Rodriguez (15-2 MMA, 5-1 UFC) has earned 12 of his 15 career victories by stoppage. That includes three of his UFC wins.

Preston Parsons (9-3 MMA, 0-1 UFC) has suffered all three of his career losses by stoppage.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – JULY 17: (L-R) Amanda Lemos of Brazil punches Montserrat Conejo of Mexico in their strawweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on July 17, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

Amanda Lemos’ (10-1-1 MMA, 4-1 UFC) four-fight UFC winning streak at strawweight is tied with Mackenzie Dern for the second-longest active streak in the division behind Carla Esparza (five).

Lemos has earned nine of her 10 career victories by stoppage. She’s finished seven of those wins by knockout.

Lemos’ four knockdowns landed in UFC strawweight competition are tied with Rose Namajunas for most in divisional history.

Lemos’ 35-second knockout victory marked the second-fastest finish in UFC strawweight history behind Poliana Botelho’s 33-second win at UFC Fight Night 129.

Montserrat Conejo (10-2 MMA, 1-1 UFC) suffered the first stoppage loss of her career with her a knockout defeat.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – JULY 17: (R-L) Malcolm Gordon of Canada punches Francisco Figueiredo of Brazil in their flyweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on July 17, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

Malcolm Gordon (13-5 MMA, 1-2 UFC) earned his first decision victory since Aug. 8, 2015 – a span of 2,170 days (nearly six years) and 10 fights.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – JULY 17: (L-R) Rodrigo Nascimento of Brazil punches Alan Baudot of France in their heavyweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on July 17, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

Rodrigo Nascimento (9-3 MMA, 2-1 UFC) has earned all nine of his career victories by stoppage.

Alan Baudot (8-3 MMA, 0-2 UFC) has suffered all three of his career losses by knockout.

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UFC· July 18, 2021 2:40 pm ET · By: Mike Bohn and Abbey Subhan

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UFC· July 18, 2021 11:53 am ET · By: Nolan King and Farah Hannoun

At UFC on ESPN 28, Trevin Jones and Ronnie Lawrence will square off after John Castaneda and Aaron Phillips withdrew from planned bouts.

UFC· July 18, 2021 11:20 am ET · By: Mike Bohn

Thiago Moises was all class in the wake of his main event loss to Islam Makhachev at UFC on ESPN 26.

UFC· July 18, 2021 10:30 am ET · By: Mike Bohn

Jeremy Stephens is eager to make things right after suffering the quickest loss of his career at UFC on ESPN 26.

UFC· July 18, 2021 8:50 am ET · By: Mike Bohn

UFC on ESPN 26 fighters took home UFC Promotional Guidelines Compliance pay, a program that continued after the UFC’s deal with Venum.

UFC· July 18, 2021 2:56 am ET · By: Danny Segura and Ken Hathaway

Islam Makhachev takes aim at Tony Ferguson following his latest win at UFC on ESPN 26.

UFC· July 18, 2021 2:32 am ET · By: Danny Segura and Ken Hathaway

Following return win at UFC on ESPN 26, Miesha Tate responds to Holly Holm’s call for a rematch.

UFC· July 18, 2021 12:30 am ET · By: Matthew Wells

Check out how the main event of UFC on ESPN 26 unfolded between Islam Makhachev and Thiago Moises.

UFC· July 18, 2021 12:00 am ET · By: Danny Segura

Miesha Tate makes a successful return to MMA, picking up a TKO win at UFC on ESPN 26.

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Tate interested in Holm rematch: ‘They can all get it, respectfully’

MMA Mania 18 July, 2021 - 10:00am

After a solid start to her comeback run, Miesha Tate is ready to take on all challengers en route to a UFC title shot.

There was some serious doubt as to whether Tate would still be able to hang in the UFC after a five year retirement that saw her have two kids. But Tate made it clear through two and a half rounds against Marion Reneau at UFC Vegas 31 that she still had a lot to give, and could potentially be about to show off the best Miesha ever.

“Cupcake” was all smiles at the post-fight press conference after her third round TKO victory (watch the finish here).

“I guess those big moments, when I started fighting I imagined I would get to the top,” she said. “But when I stopped, I never thought I would be right back here. And so happy and at peace, such a different experience. This training camp was phenomenal. Fight week was amazing. Today was incredible, the whole day. I just love the process, so I feel like this is how it’s supposed to be.”

Tate gave a lot of credit to her coaching team for making her comeback fight such a smooth process. She also cited former UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz as inspiration for what could be done after a long layoff.

“Dominick Cruz was a huge inspiration for me for this fight,” Tate said. “Because he took such a long time off and I remember when he came back and had an epic finish and a win. And I debated going out there hot in the first round and just taking everything to her. But I wanted to play a smarter game plan so I stayed more reserved.”

“I think all the questions were answered, if there were any,” she added. “I knew this already in my heart, my team knew what we were bringing tonight. But I think everyone else was ... the betting odds said it was pretty close when it opened up, no one really knew what to think, right? So fair enough. But I think those questions have been answered now.”

“I think I want to let this victory settle, I don’t want to be in a rush for anything,” she said. “But of course I am a woman on a mission here, so I do want to get to the top. I think a fight by the end of the year is reasonable. Now I’m going to go home, kiss my babies, enjoy this hard earned victory. And in the next few weeks we’ll regroup, talk to UFC and get something lined up.”

“I’m just going to do what’s right for me. This is the first time I can say in my life that I’m the CEO, there is no one else making decisions. Everybody that’s around me is here to support what I want, my dreams, and my goals. So if it feels right, yeah we’ll do it. But I’m in no rush. I want to make the most, when I do fight for the title against whoever that may be, it’ll be the right time. And we’ll make sure that we’re ready. We’re not going to rush anything but we won’t miss any opportunities either.”

Asked whether she might be interested in a rematch against Holly Holm, who she won the belt from, Tate sounded open to everything.

“They’re all fair game,” she declared. “They can all get it, respectfully.”

“I expected them to come out of the woodwork, so that’s great. I think a fight with Holly a second time would be great. There’s a lot of women in the division, so name em all. I don’t know where I’ll come in at the rankings now, I’m never one to say I deserve this or that, I got to continue to climb. But whoever’s name is on that list to get to the top, that’s fine with me. And I’m sure Holly and I, I have no doubt about it, before I retire her and I will fight again.”

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