Tyron Woodley brought a resounding end to one of the most entertaining, albeit brief, title reigns in recent memory.
Woodley leveled American Top Team stablemate Robbie Lawler with an overhand right and polished him off with follow-up punches in the first round of the UFC 201 headliner at Philips Arena in Atlanta on Saturday night. With the victory, Woodley becomes the Las Vegas-based promotion’s ninth 170-pound champion, ending a streak of spectacular performances in title bouts by Lawler.
Here is a by-the-numbers look at UFC 201, with statistics courtesy of FightMetric.com.
2:12: Time of Woodley’s knockout win over Lawler, the fastest stoppage in UFC welterweight championship history. Lawler’s previous four Octagon appearances had all reached the fifth stanza.
546: Days since Woodley’s last bout, a split decision triumph over Kelvin Gastelum at UFC 183.
8: Significant strikes landed by Woodley before earning his first-round finish. Lawler, meanwhile, landed three significant strikes before succumbing to his opponent’s powerful overhand right.
372: Significant strikes absorbed by Lawler in his previous three title bouts, victories over Johny Hendricks, Rory MacDonald and Carlos Condit.
6: Knockdowns in UFC competition for Woodley after he floored Lawler early in round one.
3: Consecutive victories for Karolina Kowalkiewicz, the second longest active winning streak in the UFC’s strawweight division behind only reigning champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk (six). Kowalkiewicz earned a hard-fought split decision over Rose Namajunas in Saturday’s co-main event.
41: Significant clinch strikes landed by Kowalkiewicz. By comparison, Namajunas landed 16. That advantage was most evident in round two, when the Polish fighter outlanded her foe by a 30-to-9 count.
128: Total strikes landed by Kowalkiewicz. Namajunas, meanwhile, landed 74. Kowalkiewicz outlanded her adversary 113 to 49 over the final 10 minutes of the bout.
6: KO/TKO victories in UFC competition for Jake Ellenberger, who stopped Matt Brown with a kick to the liver and follow-up punches 1:46 into round one. That’s tied for third all-time among welterweights in the promotion behind only Brown (nine) and Thiago Alves (eight)
7: Finishes overall in the Octagon for Ellenberger, tying him for No. 5 in the history of the UFC welterweight division. 11: Knockdowns for Ellenberger in UFC competition, tying him with Alves for most of anyone at 170 pounds. “The Juggernaut” floored Brown twice en route to a surprising first-round finish. That figure is also tied for seventh most among all UFC fighters.
17: Fighters in UFC history to have earned 10 or more knockdowns after Ellenberger joined the group on Saturday night.
34: Professional bouts for Brown without being finished by KO/TKO before Ellenberger accomplished the feat in “The Immortal’s” 35th appearance.
98: Total strikes landed by Erik Perez in the third round of his decision triumph over Francisco Rivera. The two bantamweights exchanged wildly to begin the frame before Rivera ran out of gas and was taken to the canvas, where he spent much of the period. Perez held a 147-to-59 edge in total strikes for the fight.
1-5: Record for Rivera since 2014. His lone victory during that time came via first-round knockout against Alex Caceres at UFC Fight Night “Boetsch vs. Henderson.”
5: Consecutive triumphs for Nikita Krylov following his second-round knockout of Ed Herman. That’s the second-longest active winning streak in the UFC light heavyweight division behind only Jon Jones (13).
5: Consecutive victories via KO/TKO or submission in the Octagon for Krylov, currently the longest active finishing streak in the UFC.
21: Finishes, among 21 professional victories overall for the 24-year-old Krylov.
61: Significant strikes by which Jorge Masvidal outlanded Ross Pearson in their preliminary welterweight scrap. That included a 45-to-18 edge in round two, when “Gamebred” dropped his opponent and appeared to be on the verge of a finish. Pearson survived but Masvidal took a unanimous verdict.
14: Seconds needed by Anthony Hamilton to knock out Damian Grabowski, making it the second-fastest knockout in the history of the UFC heavyweight division. Todd Duffee’s seven-second KO of Tim Hague at UFC 102 remains the fastest.
3: Total strikes landed by Grabowski in two UFC appearances, KO losses to Hamilton and Derrick Lewis. The Polish heavyweight has spent 2:31 in the Octagon during those two bouts.
1:49: Time of Wilson Reis’ rear-naked choke victory over Hector Sandoval, making it the fastest submission in UFC flyweight history. Reis was supposed to face Demetrious Johnson in the UFC 201 co-main event before the reigning 125-pound king withdrew from the bout due to injury.
4: Draws in UFC competition thus far in 2016 after Michael Graves and Bojan Velickovic battled to a majority draw in their preliminary welterweight clash. That’s already a UFC record for a calendar year.
2: Knockdowns landed by Damien Brown before his knockout win over Cezar Arzamendia 2:27 into the opening frame of their lightweight contest.