A new star may have been born on Saturday in Gdansk, Poland.
By finishing Donald Cerrone 4:20 into the opening round of the UFC Fight Night 118 headliner, Darren Till announced himself as a serious player in the welterweight division. The confident Englishman had the popular “Cowboy” on his heels from the outset to earn the signature victory of his Octagon tenure. After the win, Till added to the intrigue surrounding his burgeoning career by calling out knockout artist Mike Perry.
Till’s next steps in the Octagon will be interesting to follow, but for now, here is a by-the-numbers look at UFC Fight Night 118 “Cerrone vs. Till,” with statistics courtesy of FightMetric.com.
16-0-1: Career record for Till following his victory over Cerrone. The lone blemish on his record is a draw against Nicolas Dalby in his sophomore Octagon appearance at UFC Fight Night 76.
3: Consecutive UFC defeats for Cerrone, who has also fallen to Robbie Lawler and Jorge Masvidal during his current skid. The Jackson-Wink MMA staple had never lost two consecutive bouts in his professional career prior to 2017.
23: Significant strikes, of the 24 landed by Till against Cerrone, that were to the head. Cerrone, meanwhile, landed just two significant head strikes in the abbreviated contest.
4: Strawweight victories for Karolina Kowalkiewicz, tying her for the third-most wins in the history of the division. The former title challenger earned a dominant three-round verdict over Jodie Esquibel in the co-main event on Saturday.
127: Significant strikes landed by Kowalkiewicz. By comparison, Esquibel landed just 65. The Polish strawweight outlanded her foe 29 to 24 in round one, 51 to 19 in round two and 47 to 22 in round three.
95: Significant head strikes landed by Kowalkiewicz. By comparison, Esquibel landed 37.
27: Significant clinch strikes for Kowalkiewicz. Esquibel, meanwhile, landed just four.
.600: Significant striking accuracy for Oskar Piechota in a three-round verdict over Jonathan Wilson at middleweight. Piechota landed 56 of his 93 significant strike attempts. Wilson, meanwhile, landed just 17 of 60 significant strikes, a 28 percent success rate.
12: Standing rear-naked choke finishes in UFC history after Jan Blachowicz accomplished the feat against Devin Clark on Saturday. The Polish light heavyweight brought an end to the bout with 3:02 into the second frame.
36: Significant strikes by which Brian Kelleher outlanded Damian Stasiak in their bantamweight tilt. Kelleher improved as the fight advanced, outlanding his opponent by five strikes in round one, 11 in round two and 20 in round three. Kelleher also held a 116-to-45 advantage in total strikes landed.
1: Takedown landed in 10 attempts for Stasiak.
5: Takedowns landed in six attempts by Team Alpha Male’s Andre Fili in a three-round verdict over Artem Lobov at featherweight. Fili went 4-for-4 on takedown attempts in a victory-clinching third stanza.
4: Knockdowns landed by Josh Emmett in the opening round of his unanimous decision triumph over Felipe Arantes at featherweight. That’s a UFC record for knockdowns in a single round and tied for the third-most ever in a UFC bout.
26: Significant strikes by which Emmett outlanded Arantes in that first stanza. Arantes outlanded Emmett by a 37-to-35 count over the course of the final two rounds.