Jimmie Rivera never saw it coming.
Former World Series of Fighting titlist Marlon Moraes put an emphatic end to Rivera’s 20-fight winning streak, as he knocked out the Team Tiger Schulmann representative with a head kick just 33 seconds into the opening round of their headlining encounter at UFC Fight Night 131 in Utica, N.Y., on Friday night. Moraes is now undoubtedly on the short list of top contenders to challenger the winner of the T.J. Dillashaw-Cody Garbrandt bantamweight title rematch at UFC 227 in August.
Here is a by-the-numbers look at UFC Fight Night 131, with statistics courtesy of FightMetric.com.
33: Seconds needed by Moraes to finish Rivera, making it the sixth-fastest knockout in Ultimate Fighting Championship/World Extreme Cagefighting bantamweight history. The five men ahead of him: Erik Perez (0:17), Damacio Page (0:18), Francisco Rivera (0:21), Nick Denis (0:22) and Iuri Alcantara (0:25).
0: Significant strikes landed by Rivera, who went 0-for-3 before the devastating knockout defeat. Moraes, meanwhile, landed seven of nine attempts.
1:40: Combined time of Moraes’ last two UFC victories, knockouts of Rivera and Aljamain Sterling.
16-1: Record for Moraes in his last 17 bouts. His only setback during that time was a split-decision defeat to Raphael Assuncao at UFC 212.
4: Consecutive finishes for Gregor Gillespie after submitting Vinc Pichel with an arm-triangle choke 4:06 into the second round of their co-main event bout. That is currently the third-longest active finishing streak in the UFC behind Brian Ortega (six) and Mairbek Taisumov (five).
7: Takedowns landed in nine attempts for Gillespie, a UFC best for the former collegiate wrestler. Gillespie has landed 17 takedowns in his five Octagon appearances. Gillespie also passed guard seven times against Pichel.
2-8: Record for Jake Ellenberger in his last 10 UFC appearances. Ellenberger fell victim to a knee to the liver from Ben Saunders in the opening round of their welterweight clash. “The Juggernaut” has been finished in five of those defeats.
7: Total losses in which he has been finished for Ellenberger in UFC competition. That ties him with Matt Brown and Matt Hughes for the most defeats via finish in welterweight history. Mike Pyle is No. 1 with eight losses via knockout, technical knockout or submission.
49: Significant strike advantage when landing to the head (37 to 5) and body (21 to 4) for Julio Arce in a third-round submission win over Daniel Teymur. Teymur, meanwhile, outlanded his foe by a 28-to-5 count in significant leg strikes.
9: Occasions in UFC history in which brothers have competed on the same card after Daniel and David Teymur both graced the Octagon in Utica, N.Y., on Friday night.
5: Consecutive victories for David Teymur after outpointing Nik Lentz. That ties him with Rustam Khabilov, Sage Northcutt, Gregor Gillespie and Mairbek Taisumov for the longest active winning streak in the UFC lightweight division. Only Tony Ferguson (10), Khabib Nurmagomedov (nine) and Michel Prazeres (six) have longer winning streaks.
.130: Significant striking accuracy for Chance Rencountre in a decision loss to Belal Muhammad at welterweight. Rencountre landed just 16 of 123 significant strike attempts after taking the bout on short notice. That is the third lowest significant striking accuracy for a welterweight fight in UFC history behind Josh Koscheck (16 of 134 at UFC 124) and Diego Sanchez (12 of 116 at UFC 69).
54: Significant strikes by which Muhammad outlanded Rencountre. “Remember the Name” has won four straight fights in the UFC.
17: Fights involving Gleison Tibau that have ended in a decision after the Brazilian dropped a three-round verdict to Desmond Green in a preliminary lightweight bout. That figure is the second most in UFC history behind only Diego Sanchez, who has gone to the judges 18 times.
28: UFC appearances for Tibau, tying him with Demian Maia for third most in promotion history. Only Michael Bisping and Jim Miller have more, with 29 apiece.
5:01:30: Total fight time for Tibau after spending 15 minutes in the Octagon with Green. That moves him into No. 1 all-time among UFC lightweights. Miller is No. 2 at 5:00:53.