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UFC 83, the 108th event and the first time the promotion has ventured north to Canada. The Canadian fans (some of the best in the world) are stoked! The card is filled with Canadians and intriguing match ups!

23 Coming into UFC 83 welterweight Jonathan Goulet has won (2 of 3) fights. Most recently he submitted Paul Georgieff at TUF 6 Finale on December 8, 2007. His opponent, Kuniyoshi Hironaka has lost (2 of 3) fights. His last win came back in April of last year and was bracketed with losses to Thiago Alves and Jon Fitch. He'll hope to turn it around on Saturday against another Jon in Goulet. Currently Goulet's record is 21-9, Hironaka, 11-4.

558 Total time (5:58) heavyweight Cain Velasquez will have fought professionally coming into his UFC debut on Saturday. It's been productive; he's scored two TKO's. His opponent, Brad Morris, has a little more experience. He comes into the bout at 8-2 and riding a three fight win streak.

615 Percentage (61.5) of victories to come via (T)KO for Sam Stout. The lightweight Canadian is 13-3-1 with eight (T)KO's. His opponent 30-12-1 Rich Clementi has ten (T)KO's for a 33.3% mark so percentage-wise Stout has the advantage in striking. Clementi however has 14 submission victories (two by strikes) with seven coming by rear naked choke. Stout only has one submission victory so it seems Clementi has the advantage on the ground. Stout has won two fights in a row, Clementi four.

900 Percentage (90.0) of combined victories to come via stoppage for UFC 83 opponents Ed Herman and Demian Maia. Herman is 14-4 with 13 stoppages. His lone decision victory came just over three years ago against Glover Teixeira. He also has one decision loss to Kendall Grove at the TUF 3 Finale. Demian Maia has a record of 6-0 and he's finished five of the six, four by submission and one TKO. His only decision win came during the second of three victories on October 7, 2006. Chances seem good that somebody's going to get stopped in this one.

21 Date (2/1) of 2008 a little over two months ago when middleweight Jason Day earned his sixteenth win at Hardcore Championship Fighting's Destiny. The win over David Loiseau helped earn the Canadian "Dooms" Day his UFC debut this Saturday and he'll have his hands full against 12-4 Alan "The Talent" Belcher. The Mississippian is coming off a victory over another Canadian Kalib Starnes (who is also on this card). Belcher opened a gash above Starnes' eye in what was a great knock down drag out affair. Hopefully this one between Day and Belcher will be just as exciting.

744 The combined winning percentage (74.4) between 39-11 Joe Doerksen and 19-9 Jason MacDonald. Despite the high percentage both middleweights will be coming off losses when they tangle at UFC 83. On a card filled with Canadians, this one is the only to feature two Canadians pitted against each other and it is an important fight for both men.

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