By The Numbers: UFC 263

By Tristen Critchfield Jun 13, 2021

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Israel Adesanya may have failed in his bid to be a two-division champion, but he still reigns supreme over the Ultimate Fighting Championship middleweight division.

“The Last Stylebender” retained his belt with a convincing five-round verdict over Marvin Vettori in the UFC 263 headliner at Gila River Arena in Glendale, Arizona, on Saturday night. With the victory, Adesanya added some closure to his rivalry with Vettori — whom he defeated via split decision in their previous meeting — and rebounded from a loss to Jan Blachowicz in a light heavyweight title tilt this past March.

Here is a by-the-numbers look at UFC 263, with statistics courtesy of

3:19:32: Total fight time at UFC 263, making it the longest event in the history of the Las Vegas-based promotion. UFC 251, with a time of 3:07:27, previously held the top spot. UFC 263 saw 11 of its 14 bouts go the distance, including a pair of five-round affairs.

2,377: Total significant strikes landed at UFC 263, tying the all-time record for an event previously set at UFC 241 “Cormier vs. Miocic 2.”

3: Successful middleweight title defenses for Adesanya, the fourth most among active UFC champions behind Amanda Nunes (seven), Valentina Shevchenko (five) and Kamaru Usman (four).

10: Consecutive victories at middleweight for Adesanya, the second-longest winning streak in the history of the division behind Anderson Silva (13).

96: Significant strikes landed by Adesanya. By comparison, Vettori landed 58. The Nigerian-born Kiwi outlanded his foe 18 to 11 in Round 1, 28 to 16 in Round 2, 19 to 6 in Round 3, 20 to 16 in Round 4 and 11 to 9 in Round 5. Adesanya connected at 53 percent clip, while Vettori landed just 32 percent of his attempts.

4: Takedowns landed in 14 attempts by Vettori. “The Italian Dream” also logged 6:55 of control time in the 25-minute contest.

41: Significant leg strikes landed by Adesanya, who repeatedly buckled Vettori with stiging calf kicks. Vettori, meanwhile, landed just nine significant leg strikes.

4: Flyweight champions in UFC history. With his third-round submission of Deiveson Figueiredo in the co-main event, Brandon Moreno joins Henry Cejudo, Demetrious Johnson and Figueiredo as the only men to hold the 125-pound belt.

47: Significant strikes landed by Moreno. By comparison, Figueiredo landed 24. Moreno also held a 71-to-33 edge in total strikes landed.

2: Submissions attempted by Moreno. “The Assassin Baby” now has eight submission attempts and three submission victories during his promotional tenure.

10: Unbeaten streak for Leon Edwards, who defeat Nate Diaz via unanimous decision in a five-round non-title fight on Saturday. That’s the second-longest unbeaten streak among active welterweight behind only reigning champ Kamaru Usman (14).

77: Significant strikes landed by Edwards. By comparison, Diaz landed 76.

15: Significant strike advantage for Diaz in Round 5, when he wobbled Edwards and swarmed for a finish in the bout’s waning moments.

130: Total strikes landed by Diaz. Edwards, meanwhile, landed 83 total strikes.

4: Takedowns landed in five attempts by Edwards, a career high in 14 UFC appearances for the British welterweight.

20: Takedowns successfully defended by Belal Muhammad in a unanimous decision win over Demian Maia at welterweight. Maia landed his lone attempt in the opening round but failed to ground his foe the rest of the way.

6:49:40: Total Octagon time for Maia, who spent 15 minutes in the cage with Muhammad and surpassed Diego Sanchez (6:37:07) for third place all-time in UFC history.

40: Total strikes by which Paul Craig outlanded Jamahal Hill in a technical knockout victory that ended 1:59 into Round 1 after the Scot broke his foe’s arm and landed punches and elbows from his back.

3: Submissions attempted by Craig in the victory, a UFC career high for “Bearjew.”

.640: Significant striking accuracy for Brad Riddell in a three-round verdict over Drew Dober at lightweight. Riddell landed 89 of his 137 attempts in an efficient and effective striking performance. Dober, meanwhile, landed 73 of 168 significant strikes — a 43 percent success rate.

43: Significant strikes by which Joanne Calderwood outlanded Lauren Murphy in a split-decision loss at flyweight. In Calderwood’s three decision losses in UFC competition, she has held a combined 82 significant strike advantage against Murphy, Katlyn Chookagian (+30) and Cynthia Calvillo (+9).

6: Victories at 125 pounds for Murphy, tying her with Gillian Robertson for the third most in the history of the women’s flyweight division. Only Valentina Shevchenko (seven) and Chookagian (seven) have won more at flyweight. Murphy’s five straight triumphs are the second-longest active winning streak in the division.

9: Takedowns landed in 13 attempts by Movsar Evloev in a decision triumph over Hakeem Dawodu at featherweight. The Russian logged 8:55 of control time while surpassing his previous Octagon best of five takedowns in the victory.

4: Consecutive victories for Pannie Kianzad, the second-longest active winning streak in the UFC women’s bantamweight division. Only reigning 135-pound champion Amanda Nunes (nine) has a longer winning streak. Kianzad outpointed former No. 1 contender Alexis Davis in a preliminary matchup on Saturday.

256: Combined significant strikes landed by Kianzad (124) and Davis (132). Kianzad outlanded her foe 49 to 42 in Round 1, while Davis outlanded her adversary 44 to 37 in Round 2 and 46 to 38 in Round 3.

0:07: Time of Terrance McKinney’s first-round knockout of Matt Frevola, the fastest in UFC lightweight history and tying him for the fourth-quickest among fighters in any weight class. Jorge Masvidal’s five-second flying-knee finish of Ben Askren at UFC 239 still ranks as the quickest KO in promotion history.

8: Days since McKinney’s last bout, a 72-second KO of Michael Irizarry at Legacy Fighting Alliance 109 on June 4.

4: Consecutive first-round KO/TKO triumphs for McKinney, who also owns 17- and 16-second stoppages during that time.

130: Significant strikes landed by Jake Collier in a split-decision loss to Carlos Felipe at heavyweight. By comparison, Felipe landed 94 significant strikes. Collier outlanded his foe 42 to 25 in Round 1, 34 to 28 in Round 2 and 54 to 41 in Round 3 but still found himself on the wrong end of two 29-28 scorecards.

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