Can we get some appreciation for Tyron Woodley?
The perpetually underrated welterweight champion retained his belt with a second-round submission of Darren Till in the UFC 228 headliner at American Airlines Center in Dallas on Saturday night. Woodley’s brabo choke at the 4:19 mark of round two was his first submission triumph in professional competition since 2009. The 36-year-old known as “The Chosen One” is unbeaten in his last seven UFC appearances.
Here is a by-the-numbers look at UFC 228, with statistics courtesy of FightMetric.com.
4: Successful title defenses for Woodley, currently the longest streak among active UFC champions. Woodley has bested Till, Demian Maia and Stephen Thompson since claiming 170-pound gold (He also battled Thompson to a majority draw). Daniel Cormier (light heavyweight) and Amanda Nunes (women’s bantamweight) are tied for second with three apiece.
57: Significant strikes landed by Woodley. By comparison, Till landed zero. The welterweight king also held a 74-to-1 advantage in total strikes. Woodley landed a knockdown early and went to work from there, battering his foe with ground-and-pound before securing the fight-ending submission.
.720: Significant striking accuracy for Woodley, who landed 57 of 79 attempts. Woodley landed 45 of his significant strikes on the ground.
3,214: Days since Woodley’s last submission triumph, when he tapped out Rudy Bears with an arm-triangle choke 2:52 into the opening stanza at Strikeforce Challengers 5 on Nov. 20, 2009.
6: Strawweight triumphs for Jessica Andrade following her first-round knockout of Karolina Kowalkiewicz in the evening’s co-main event. That ties her with Rose Namajunas and Tecia Torres for the second-most wins in the history of the division behind Joanna Jedrzejczyk (nine).
3: Finishes at 115 pounds for Andrade, who melted Kowalkiewicz with a massive right hook for the one-punch knockout -- something rarely seen in women’s MMA. That ties her with Tatiana Suarez and Paige VanZant for second-most in the history of the division behind only Namajunas (four).
1:58: Time of Andrade’s finish, making it the second-fastest knockout in UFC women’s strawweight history. Poliana Botelho owns the No. 1 spot with a 33-second body-kick KO of Syuri Kondo at UFC Fight Night 129 this past May.
22: Takedowns landed by Zabit Magomedsharipov in his last three UFC appearances. The 27-year-old Dagestani landed six of seven tries en route to tapping Brandon Davis with a kneebar 4:36 into the second round of their featherweight tilt.
10: Wins via first-round KO/TKO as a professional for Abdul Razak Alhassan, who polished off Niko Price with a heavy series of punches in just 43 seconds on Saturday night.
4: Consecutive victories for Tatiana Suarez following her third-round technical knockout victory over Carla Esparza in a preliminary strawweight contest. That gives Suarez the longest active winning streak in the women’s 115-pound division.
124: Total strikes by which Suarez outlanded Esparza in the lopsided affair. The Milennia MMA representative also held an 82-to-6 edge in significant strikes landed.
70: Significant ground strikes landed by Suarez. By comparison, Esparza landed 0.
9: Takedowns landed in 11 attempts by Suarez, who took her foe to the canvas at least twice in each stanza. Suarez now has 18 takedowns in four UFC bouts, two of which ended inside of a round.
1,003: Days since Aljamain Sterling’s last finish in the Octagon, a second-round guillotine choke of Johnny Eduardo at UFC Fight Night 80 on Dec. 10, 2015. The “Funk Master” fought six times, winning three, before getting a stoppage with a kneebar of Cody Stamann at UFC 228.
10: Finishes at lightweight in UFC competition for Jim Miller following his rear-naked choke submission of Alex White. That’s the second most in the history of the division behind only Joe Lauzon, who has 12.
17: Wins at 155 pounds for Miller, the most in the history of the weight class. The Sparta, N.J., native surpassed Gleison Tibau with his victory on Saturday night.
7: Submission wins for Miller, tying him with Nate Diaz and Lauzon for most in the history of the UFC’s lightweight division.
5:01:31: Total fight time for Miller after spending 1:29 in the Octagon at UFC 228. The 35-year-old moved past Gleison Tibau for most fight time in the history of the lightweight division.
224: Combined significant strikes landed by Irene Aldana and Lucie Pudilova in their preliminary bantamweight clash, the fourth most in the history of the women’s 135-pound division. Jessica Andrade and Rosie Sexton hold the top spot, landing 294 significant strikes at UFC Fight Night 30 in October 2013. Aldana outlanded her foe by a 119-to-105 count en route to a split-decision triumph.
1: Event in promotion history to feature two kneebar submissions. Both Aljamain Sterling and Zabit Magomedsharipov won fights using the maneuver at UFC 228 on Saturday night.