By the Numbers: UFC 229

By Tristen Critchfield Oct 7, 2018



UFC 229 will live in infamy for what happened after the main event concluded.

While there will be plenty of time to dissect what happened in the aftermath, there was still a winner in the main event at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Saturday night. That, of course, was Khabib Nurmagomedov, who submitted Conor McGregor in the fourth round to retain his lightweight crown. Nurmagomedov was his usual suffocating self in victory, and if he is allowed to keep his belt, will be a difficult man to dethrone from the top of the division.

Here is a by-the-numbers look at UFC 229, with statistics courtesy of FightMetric.com.

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70: Significant strikes landed by Nurmagomedov. By comparison, McGregor landed 51. Nurmagomedov outlanded his foe 7 to 6 in round one, 41 to 5 in round two, and 7 to 6 in round four. Meanwhile, McGregor outlanded his foe 34 to 15 in round three.

.580: Significant striking accuracy for Nurmagomedov, who landed 70 of 119 attempts. McGregor was slightly more accurate, landing 51 of 81 strikes for a 62 percent clip.

3: Takedowns landed in seven attempts for Nurmagomedov. Only Chad Mendes, who took McGregor down four times at UFC 189, has landed more against the Irishman.

5: Guard passes executed by Nurmagomedov, who was able to outgrapple and smother McGregor for large portions of the fight.

27: Consecutive professional victories without a defeat for Nurmagomedov. That includes 11 triumphs in UFC competition.

1: Round lost for Nurmagomedov within the Las Vegas-based promotion. McGregor became the first fighter to take a frame from the Dagestani, as Derek Cleary, Sal D’Amato and Junichiro Kamijo all awarded the third round to the Irishman.

11: Consecutive victories for Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson, the second-longest active win streak in the UFC behind only Max Holloway. “El Cucuy” returned to the Octagon after knee surgery to earn a stoppage over Anthony Pettis in the co-main event.

9: Finishes for Ferguson, tying him with Donald Cerrone and B.J. Penn for third most in UFC lightweight history. Joe Lauzon is first with 12 and Jim Miller is No. 2 with 10. Saturday’s fight was stopped after two rounds when Pettis said he couldn’t continue due to a broken hand.

114: Significant strikes landed by Ferguson in just two rounds. By comparison, Pettis landed 45. Ferguson landed 66 strikes to the head, 21 to the body and 27 to the leg and survived a knockdown in the second stanza.

4: Consecutive victories for Dominick Reyes following his decision triumph against Ovince St. Preux. That ties him with Jan Blachowicz for the longest active winning streak in the light heavyweight division.

7:03: Combined time of Reyes’ first three UFC wins, finishes of Jared Cannonier, Jeremy Kimball and Joachim Christensen.

15:00: Total time of Reyes’ fight with St. Preux, the first time he has gone the distance in a professional fight since a King of the Cage win over Kelly Gray in October 2015.

10: KO/TKO victories in UFC competition for Derrick Lewis, tying him with Cain Velasquez for the most in heavyweight history. Lewis earned his 10th such triumph in memorable fashion, as he rallied to stop Alexander Volkov 4:49 into the third stanza of their featured clash.

12: Heavyweight wins for Lewis, tying him for fourth most in the history of the division.

82: Significant strikes by which Volkov outlanded Lewis. The Russian was comfortably ahead until the surprising finish, outlanding his foe 40 to 15 in round one, 40 to 6 in round two and 41 to 18 in round three. Lewis’ rally is the greatest statistical comeback in UFC history.

8: Victories in UFC competition for Jussier da Silva, tying him with John Moraga and Dustin Ortiz for the third most in the history of the flyweight division. Only Demetrious Johnson (13) and Joseph Benavidez (10) have won more.

7: Finishes in UFC competition for Vicente Luque following his first-round knockout of Contender Series prospect Jalin Turner. That puts the welterweight in a three-way tie with Derrick Lewis and Alex Oliveira for second-most finishes in the promotion during that time. Only Thiago Santos (eight) has more.

83: Combined significant strikes by which Tonya Evinger has been outlanded in her first two UFC appearances, stoppage losses to Aspen Ladd and Cristiane Justino. Prior to making her Octagon debut, the former Invicta FC queen had been unbeaten in 11 consecutive fights.

40: Significant ground strikes landed by Scott Holtzman against Alan Patrick Silva Alves. That included a series of vicious elbows to the head from mount that forced a stoppage at the 3:42 mark of round three. All told, Holtzman held a 73-to-25 edge in significant strikes against his Brazilian opponent.

159: Total strikes landed by Yana Kunitskaya in a unanimous decision triumph over Lina Lansberg at bantamweight. By comparison, Lansberg landed 61.

62: Significant strikes by which Nik Lentz outlanded Gray Maynard en route to a second-round stoppage at lightweight. That included a whopping 64-to-5 edge in significant strikes in the first frame. Maynard has lost six of his last eight fights.

2: Knockdowns for Tony Martin in a third-round technical knockout triumph over Ryan LaFlare at welterweight. In his previous nine Octagon appearances, Martin did not have a single knockdown against any of his opponents. Martin improved to 2-0 since moving to 170 pounds.

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