The third round is the charm for Max Holloway.
For the second time in a row, “Blessed” dispatched Jose Aldo in the third stanza, this time to defend his featherweight crown in the UFC 218 headliner in Detroit on Saturday night. Just like their first meeting at UFC 212, Holloway capitalized as Aldo faded, winning via technical knockout at the 4:51 mark of the period. At just 25 years old, the Hawaiian can make a legitimate claim to being the best featherweight ever, even if he did decline that title in his post-fight interview.
Meanwhile, Francis Ngannou sent a resounding message to the rest of the heavyweight division with a vicious knockout of former title challenger Alistair Overeem in the first round of the co-main event. With the victory, Ngannou appears destined for a showdown with reigning champion Stipe Miocic at some point in 2018.
Here is a by-the-numbers look at UFC 218, with statistics courtesy of FightMetric.com.
Related » UFC 218 Round-by-Round Scoring
14: UFC/WEC featherweight victories for Holloway, No. 3 all-time behind only Aldo (16) and Cub Swanson (15).
12: Consecutive victories for Holloway, the fifth-longest winning streak in UFC history. Anderson Silva is No. 1 with 16 straight wins, while Georges St. Pierre, Demetrious Johnson and Jon Jones are tied for No. 2 with 13.
7: KO/TKO victories in UFC/WEC competition for Holloway. That’s the second most in the combined history of the two promotions behind only Aldo, who has nine. Conor McGregor is No. 3 with six such triumphs.
174: Significant strikes landed by Holloway, which included a 108-to-38 advantage in the decisive third round. “Blessed” also outlanded his foe 25 to 18 in round one and 41 to 31 in round two. Aldo, meanwhile, landed 87 significant strikes in the bout. Holloway outlanded Aldo 104 to 55 in their first meeting.
397: Significant strikes attempted by Holloway, more than twice as many as Aldo (163).
6: Consecutive triumphs for Francis Ngannou, the longest active winning streak in the UFC heavyweight division. With his first-round knockout of Alistair Overeem, Ngannou moved past reigning champ Stipe Miocic and into sole possession of first place.
6: Consecutive finishes for Ngannou, tying him with Andrei Arlovski for the longest finish streak in UFC heavyweight history.
4: Modern era UFC fighters to begin their careers with six consecutive finishes. On Saturday, Ngannou joined Rich Franklin, Anderson Silva and Ronda Rousey in this elite group. Ngannou has stopped Overeem, Arlovski, Anthony Hamilton, Bojan Mihajlovic, Curtis Blaydes and Luis Henrique Barbosa de Oliveira to begin his promotional tenure.
23: Combined significant strikes landed by Ngannou in his last four victories, all of which ended in the first round. “The Predator” landed six significant strikes against Overeem.
277: Combined significant strikes landed by Eddie Alvarez (155) and Justin Gaethje (122), the fourth-highest combined total in UFC lightweight history. The all-time record is still held by Nate Diaz and Donald Cerrone, who combined to land 334 significant strikes in a Diaz victory at UFC 141. Alvarez defeated Gaethje via knockout 3:59 into the third round of their bout.
113: Significant head strikes for Alvarez. By comparison, Gaethje landed 69.
36: Significant body strikes landed by Alvarez; Gaethje landed 16.
37: Significant leg strikes landed by Gaethje. Alvarez, meanwhile, landed just six.
6: Strawweight triumphs for Tecia Torres, No. 2 all-time in the history of the division behind only Joanna Jedrzejczyk (eight) and one victory ahead of current champion Rose Namajunas. Torres earned a unanimous verdict over Michelle Waterson in a featured bout at UFC 218.
3: Consecutive 115-pound triumphs for Torres, tying her with Cynthia Calvillo for the second-longest active winning streak in the division.
95: Significant strikes landed by Torres, the second most of her UFC tenure. By comparison, Waterson landed 56 significant strikes.
26: Significant ground strikes landed by Paul Felder in his second-round stoppage victory over Charles Oliveira at lightweight. “The Irish Dragon” ended the contest with a series of elbows from top position 4:06 into round two. Felder landed 31 significant strikes overall.
25: Career submission attempts for Oliveira, tying him with Nate Diaz for No. 4 in UFC history. “Do Bronx” attempted a pair of submissions in his loss to Felder.
3: Knockdowns landed in the opening round of the welterweight showdown between Yancy Medeiros (one) and Alex Oliveira (two). While Oliveira had Medeiros reeling in the opening stanza, the Hawaiian survived to win via technical knockout 2:02 into round three.
6: UFC fights to feature a total of four knockdowns, including Medeiros and Oliveira. Medeiros vs. Oliveira was the first bout with four knockdowns where both fighters had two apiece.
33: Significant strike advantage for Oliveira in the opening stanza. “Cowboy” outlanded his foe 55 to 22 in that area in the first five minutes, only to be outlanded by a combined 54-to-38 total in rounds two and three combined.
15: Significant strikes by which Cortney Casey-Sanchez outlanded Felice Herrig in their 115-pound matchup. Casey-Sanchez outlanded her foe 29 to 22 to round one, 31 to 29 in round two and 31 to 25 in round three. Herrig, who landed the bout’s only takedown in round one, captured a split-decision triumph.
4: Consecutive triumphs for Herrig, the longest active winning streak in the UFC women’s strawweight division.
2,303: Days since Angela Magana’s last professional victory, a first-round submission of Avery Vilche at Clash in the Rockies “The New Generation” in Ignacio, Colo., on Aug. 13, 2011. “Your Majesty” has since lost five bouts in a row, including a second-round TKO defeat to Amanda Bobby Cooper on Saturday night.
114: Total strikes by which Cooper outlanded Magana before the strawweight contest was halted at the 4:34 mark of round two.