Twenty-six bouts into his Ultimate Fighting Championship tenure, Jeremy Stephens remains as dangerous as ever.
“Lil Heathen” showcased his trademark punching power in the UFC Fight Night 124 main event, defeating South Korean prospect Doo Ho Choi via technical knockout 2:36 into round one of their featherweight clash. Stephens dropped Choi with a right hand to the temple and then sealed his victory with some massive ground-and-pound. With consecutive wins over Choi and Gilbert Melendez, Stephens remains a dangerous foe for anyone at 145 pounds.
Here is a by-the-numbers look at UFC Fight Night 124, with statistics courtesy of FightMetric.com.
18: KO/TKO victories for Stephens since the beginning of his professional career in 2005. That includes seven such triumphs in the Octagon.
918: Days since Stephens’ last KO/TKO win, a third-round stoppage of Dennis Bermudez at UFC 189.
17: Career knockdowns for Stephens in UFC competition. “Lil Heathen” floored Choi in the second stanza, moving him just one knockdown behind Anderson Silva (18) on the UFC’s all-time list.
49: Significant strikes landed by Stephens. By comparison, Choi landed 44. “The Korean Superboy” outlanded his opponent 30 to 22 in round one, while Stephens held a 27-to-14 edge in round two.
133: Significant strikes thrown by Stephens in the abbreviated contest. He was significantly more active than Choi, who attempted 80 significant strikes before the stoppage.
1-3: Record for Paige VanZant after beginning her UFC tenure with three consecutive triumphs. “12 Gauge” dropped a unanimous decision to Jessica-Rose Clark in Sunday’s flyweight co-main event.
7: Consecutive wins for Kamaru Usman, the longest active streak in the UFC’s welterweight division. Usman authored a workmanlike three-round verdict over Emil Meek in a featured 170-pound tilt at UFC Fight Night 124.
2: Fighters since 2008 to win their first seven UFC welterweight fights. With his win over Meek, Usman joined former title challenger Jon Fitch in this category.
8: Takedowns landed in 19 attempts for Usman, a UFC best for the up-and-coming welterweight talent. “The Nigerian Nightmare” also held a 112-to-86 edge in total strikes landed.
27: Takedowns landed by Usman in seven career UFC appearances. The 29-year-old has landed at least one takedown in all but one of his Octagon bouts.
6: Consecutive victories for Darren Elkins, the second-longest active winning streak in the UFC featherweight division behind reigning champion Max Holloway (11). “The Damage” survived a rough opening stanza to submit Michael Johnson with a guillotine in the second round of their featured matchup.
28: Significant strikes by which Johnson outlanded Elkins during a dominant opening round. Elkins failed on all three of his takedown attempts in the frame.
13: Featherweight victories in UFC competition for Elkins. That’s the second most in promotion history behind only Hollway (14). Cub Swanson is No. 3 with 10.
21: Significant strikes by which Alex White outlanded James Krause in their lightweight scrap. However, Krause landed a UFC career high three takedowns to propel him to a unanimous decision victory.
148: Total strikes landed by Irene Aldana in a decision victory over Talita Berardo at bantamweight. The Mexican fighter outlanded her opponent 57 to 19 in round one, 55 to 34 in round two and 36 to 21 in round three. Aldana also held a 70-to-46 advantage in significant strikes.
10: Takedowns successfully defended in 11 attempts by Aldana.
1,156: Days since Jessica Eye’s last UFC triumph, a second-round TKO of Leslie Smith at UFC 180 on Nov. 15, 2014. The Ohio native ended a four-bout skid with a split verdict over Kalindra Faria on Sunday night.
6: Submissions attempted by Eye during the three-round flyweight contest. Eye had attempted a grand total of one submission in her previous seven UFC appearances combined.
2: Consecutive victories for J.J. Aldrich following her decision victory over Danielle Taylor. That modest winning streak is currently the third-longest in the strawweight division, behind only Felice Herrig (four) and Tecia Torres (three).