By The Numbers: UFC 232

By Tristen Critchfield Dec 30, 2018

Yet another light heavyweight championship reign has begun for Jon Jones.

“Bones” reclaimed the 205-pound throne with an impressive third-round technical knockout of Alexander Gustafsson in the UFC 232 headliner on Saturday at The Forum in Inglewood, California. It is his third time atop the division, although factors other than defeat in the cage have knocked him from his perch on previous occasions. Meanwhile, Amanda Nunes staked her claim to being the best fighter in female MMA history with a shocking 51-second knockout of Cristiane Justino in the co-main event. Not only did Nunes end Justino’s 20-fight unbeaten streak, but she became a simultaneous two-division champion in the process.

Here is a by-the-numbers look at UFC 232, with statistics courtesy of

17: Light heavyweight wins for Jones, who passed Chuck Liddell for the most victories in the history of the division.

10: Finishes in Ultimate Fighting Championship competition for Jones, which ties him with Liddell for the most in the history of the Las Vegas-based promotion.

59: Significant strikes landed by Jones. By comparison, Gustafsson landed 22. Jones landed 26 significant strikes to the head, 15 to the body and 18 to the legs. Gustafsson, meanwhile, landed 12 to the head, four to the body and six to the legs.

.570: Significant striking accuracy for Jones, who landed 59 of 102 attempts. Gustafsson was far less accurate, landing 22 of 83 significant strikes -- a 26 percent rate.

1: Female fighter to simultaneously hold championships in two divisions after Nunes, the reigning 135-pound queen, stunned Justino to capture the featherweight crown. “Lioness” became just the third fighter in UFC history to hold two belts at the same time, joining Conor McGregor and Daniel Cormier.

13: Significant strikes landed in 21 attempts by Nunes. By comparison, Justino went just 3-for-15 in the abbreviated affair.

0:51: Time of Nunes’ knockout of “Cyborg,” which was only three seconds longer than she needed to finish former bantamweight titlist Ronda Rousey at UFC 207 in December 2016. That time is also the sixth-fastest knockout of any women’s fight in UFC-Strikeforce history. Nunes owns three of the top six slots, including the No. 1 spot thanks to a 14-second stoppage of current Bellator 145-pound champion Julia Budd at Strikeforce Challengers 13 in January 2011.

13: Takedowns landed by Carlos Condit’s most recent three opponents following his return from more than a year-long hiatus in 2017. Michael Chiesa landed four of five takedowns at UFC 232, handing “The Natural Born Killer” his fifth consecutive loss overall in UFC competition.

3: Consecutive victories for Corey Anderson following his decision win against Ilir Latifi. That ties him with Jordan Johnson, Aleksandar Rakic and Anthony Smith for the third-longest active winning streak in the light heavyweight division. Jan Blachowicz and Dominick Reyes are tied for first with four.

4: Consecutive featherweight victories for Alexander Volkanovski, tying him with three others for the second-longest active winning streak in the division behind reigning champion Max Holloway (12). Volkanovski, who defeated Chad Mendes via second-round TKO at UFC 232, has won six straight in the UFC overall, but two of those victories occurred outside of 145 pounds.

25: Significant strikes by which Volkanovski outlanded Mendes in the decisive second stanza. All told, the Australian featherweight outlanded his counterpart by a 54-to-28 count in significant strikes.

3: Takedowns landed in four attempts by Mendes, the most of any Volkanovski opponent. However, Mendes failed to keep his adversary on the canvas for a significant period of time in any of those instances.

104: Combined significant strike differential for bantamweight prospect Petr Yan in three UFC bouts -- victories over Douglas Silva de Andrade, Jin Soo Son and Teruto Ishihara.

26: Significant ground strikes landed by Yan in his stoppage of Andrade, who landed zero strikes on the mat. Andrade’s corner called off the contest after the second frame.

31: Professional fights before B.J. Penn suffered his first career submission defeat, a heel-hook tapout at the hands of Ryan Hall in their lightweight encounter.

6: Consecutive defeats for Penn, tying him for the longest losing streak in UFC history.

2,961: Days since Penn’s last Octagon triumph, a 21-second knockout of Matt Hughes at UFC 123 on Nov. 20, 2010. “The Prodigy” has gone 0-6-1 since then, a stretch that included a temporary retirement following a TKO loss to Frankie Edgar at “The Ultimate Fighter 19” Finale.

5: Heel hook finishes in UFC competition following Hall’s submission of Penn. The other four: Rani Yahya over Luke Sanders (UFC Fight Night 135), Joe Soto over Marco Beltran (UFC Fight Night 98), Ian Entwistle over Anthony Birchak (UFC on Fox 13) and Rousimar Palhares over Mike Pierce (UFC Fight Night 29).

29: Significant strikes by which Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series alum Bevon Lewis outlanded “The Ultimate Fighter 17” finalist Uriah Hall before losing via one-punch knockout 1:32 into the third round. Lewis had banked the first two rounds on all three judges’ scorecards against his veteran opponent before the finish.

49: Significant strikes by which Curtis Millender outlanded Siyar Bahadurzada in their welterweight tilt. Millender outlanded his adversary 31-6 in Round 1, 23-15 in Round 2 and 35-19 in Round 3 en route to a unanimous decision triumph.

1:40: Time of Montel Jackson’s brabo choke submission of Brian Kelleher in their preliminary bantamweight scrap. That is the second-fastest finish using that maneuver in UFC history behind only Chas Skelly’s 19-second tapout of Maximo Blanco at UFC Fight Night 94 in September 2016.
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