It took Weili Zhang less than a minute to make Ultimate Fighting Championship history.
Zhang became the first Chinese champion to compete in the Las Vegas-based promotion, as she blitzed Jessica Andrade with a barrage of punches, knees and elbows for a stoppage 42 seconds into the first round of the UFC Fight Night 157 headliner on Saturday in Shenzhen, China. In claiming strawweight gold, Zhang turned the tables on an overly aggressive Andrade, who had defeated her previous two opponents via brutal knockout.
Here is a by the numbers account of UFC Fight Night 157, with statistics courtesy of UFCStats.com.
5: Undisputed UFC women’s strawweight champions since the belt was introduced in December 2014. With her upset victory, Zhang joined Andrade, Rose Namajunas, Joanna Jedrzejczyk and Carla Esparza as the only women to hold the 115-pound title.
0:42: Time of Zhang’s TKO triumph, making it the second-fastest finish in the history of the UFC strawweight division. It is also the eighth-fastest stoppage in UFC title fight history, regardless of weight class.
20: Consecutive professional victories for Zhang, a string that includes her four wins inside the Octagon. In addition to Andrade, the Chinese star has bested Tecia Torres, Jessica Aguilar and Danielle Taylor in UFC competition.
29: Significant strikes landed by Zhang in the abbreviated bout. By comparison, Andrade landed just four. Zhang landed 16 significant strikes to the head, seven to the body and six to the legs.
.760: Significant striking accuracy for Zhang, who landed 29 of 38 attempts. Andrade landed just four of 12 significant strikes, a 33 percent clip.
16: UFC appearances for Andrade following her encounter with Zhang, the most of any woman in the history of the Las Vegas-based promotion.
1,456: Days since Andrade was last finished in an MMA bout. She tapped to a rear-naked choke in a loss to Raquel Pennington in a bantamweight affair at UFC 191 on Sept. 5, 2015.
4:51: Time of Jingliang Li’s third-round technical knockout of Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos in the co-main event. That is the fourth-latest finish ever for a three-round UFC welterweight bout. The latest occurred when Leon Edwards defeated Peter Sobotta at the 4:59 mark of Round 3 at UFC Fight Night 127 on March 17, 2018.
6: KO/TKO victories for Li since 2014, tying him with Vicente Luque for the most such triumphs in the UFC’s welterweight division during that time. In addition to dos Santos, Li has KO/TKO stoppages of David Zawada, Zak Ottow, Bobby Nash, Anton Zafir and Dhiego Lima.
3: Consecutive triumphs for Kai Kara-France, tying him with Joseph Benavidez and Matt Schnell for the second-longest active winning streak in the UFC’s flyweight division. Reigning champion Henry Cejudo has the longest winning streak with four straight victories. Kara-France took a unanimous verdict over Mark De La Rosa in a featured 125-pound contest at UFC Fight Night 157.
31: Significant strikes by which Kara-France outlanded De La Rosa. Kara-France landed an event-best 91 significant strikes, while De La Rosa connected with 60.
101: Combined significant strike disadvantage for Mizuki Inoue (-30), Anthony Hernandez (-22) and Heili Alateng (-49), all of whom were victorious in their respective bouts.
86: Significant head strikes landed by Inoue. Opponent Yanan Wu landed 65. However, Wu outlanded Inoue 41-7 in significant body strikes and 17-0 in significant leg strikes while dropping a split decision.
6: Takedowns landed in nine attempts for Hernandez, the most of any fighter at the event. The Dana White’s Contender Series alum landed three takedowns apiece in the first and second frames before submitting Jun Yong Park with an anaconda choke at the 4:39 mark of Round 2.
336: Combined significant strikes landed by Brazilians Karol Rosa (171) and Lara Fritzen Procopio (165), a new record for a UFC women’s bantamweight bout. The previous high of 294 occurred when Andrade (206) earned a dominant win over Rosi Sexton (88) at UFC Fight Night 30 on Oct. 26, 2013. Rosa defeated Procopio via unanimous decision in the opening bout at UFC Fight Night 157.