Even if he is never able to settle the score with Jon Jones, Daniel Cormier’s place among the Ultimate Fighting Championship greats is secure.
Cormier claimed his second piece of championship hardware on Saturday night, as he knocked out Stipe Miocic 4:33 into the opening round of the UFC 226 headliner to claim heavyweight gold at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. “DC” is now the proud owner of both the heavyweight and light heavyweight straps, and judging by his post-fight altercation with ex-champ Brock Lesnar, he could already have his next opponent lined up.
Here is a by-the-numbers look at UFC 226, with statistics courtesy of FightMetric.com.
2: Fighters in UFC history to simultaneously hold titles in two divisions. With his win over Miocic, Cormier joined Conor McGregor as the only two athletes to accomplish the feat. McGregor briefly held both the featherweight and lightweight crowns at the same time in 2016.
5: Fighters in UFC history to be two-division champions. In addition to Cormier and McGregor, Randy Couture, B.J. Penn and Georges St. Pierre have held belts in two weight classes.
25: Significant strikes landed by Cormier. By comparison, Miocic landed 24. Cormier was more accurate, however, landing 67 percent of his attempts to Miocic’s 47 percent.
1: Takedown landed in the heavyweight bout. Miocic landed his only attempt, while Cormier did not try for a takedown.
31: Combined significant strikes landed by Derrick Lewis (20) and Francis Ngannou (11) in the lackluster heavyweight co-main event. That is the second-lowest figure for a three-round fight in UFC history. The lowest: Jens Pulver and Joao Roque combined to land 23 significant strikes at UFC 26 on June 9, 2000.
.370: Significant striking accuracy for Lewis, who landed 20 of 54 significant strikes. Ngannou, meanwhile, landed 11 of 46 attempts, a 23 percent clip.
62: Significant strikes landed by Mike Perry in a split-decision triumph over Paul Felder at welterweight. By comparison, Felder landed 56. Perry outlanded his his foe 23 to 22 in round one and 17 to 12 in round two. Both competitors landed 22 significant strikes in round three.
7: Submission victories from bottom position for Anthony Pettis following his triangle choke victory over Michael Chiesa. That gives “Showtime” more submission victories from the bottom than any other fighter in the combined history of the UFC/WEC/Pride/Strikeforce promotions.
9: Finishes in UFC/WEC competition for Pettis, tying him with B.J. Penn and Jim Miller for the fourth most among fighters with experience in those promotions. Only Donald Cerrone (13), Joe Lauzon (12) and Nate Diaz (11) have more finishes.
4: Consecutive knockouts by Paulo Henrique Costa to begin his UFC career, tying him with Derek Brunson, Gegard Mousasi and Thiago Santos for the longest active knockout streak in the history of the middleweight division. Costa stopped Uriah Hall 2:38 into the second-round of their 185-pound bout on Saturday night.
1: Fighter in UFC history to begin his career with four consecutive KO/TKO victories, as Costa has done. In addition to Hall, “Borrachinha” has finished Johny Hendricks, Oluwale Bamgbose and Garreth McLellan to begin his promotional tenure.
33: Significant body shots landed by Costa, who landed 75 significant strikes overall. By comparison, Hall landed eight significant body strikes and 33 overall.
11: Victories for Raphael Assuncao following his unanimous decision triumph over Rob Font. That ties him reigning champion T.J. Dillashaw for the most wins in the history of the UFC’s bantamweight division.
73: Total strikes by which Assuncao outlanded Font in the three-round affair. The Brazilian also outlanded his foe by 34 significant strikes.
4: Consecutive finishes for Dan Hooker, who stopped Gilbert Burns via technical knockout 2:28 into the first round of their preliminary lightweight tilt. That ties him with Paulo Henrique, Gregor Gillespie for the third-longest active finishing streak in the UFC behind only Brian Ortega (six) and Mairbek Taisumov (5).