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Kamaru Usman ended his first welterweight title defense in style.
After four-plus hard-fought rounds, Usman authored the second-latest stoppage in UFC championship history, defeating Colby Covington via technical knockout at the 4:10 mark of the fifth round in the UFC 245 headliner at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Saturday night.
While Usman retained his belt, Max Holloway was not as fortunate, falling to Alexander Volkanovski via decision in a featherweight championship bout in the co-main event. Finally, Amanda Nunes continued her dominance over the women’s bantamweight division, taking a clear-cut decision over Germaine de Randamie in the evening’s third title bout.
Here is a by-the-numbers look at UFC 245, with statistics courtesy of FightMetric.com.
4:10: Time of Usman’s stoppage of Covington, the latest finish in UFC welterweight history. It’s also the fifth latest finish in UFC history overall.
11: Consecutive victories for Usman, the second-longest active streak in the UFC behind only Khabib Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson, who both have won 12 straight contests.
175: Significant strikes landed by Usman. Covington, meanwhile, landed 143.
80: Significant strikes landed by Covington in Rounds 1 and 2. “Chaos” saw his output wane from there, as he landed 64 combined significant strikes over the course of the final three rounds.
53: Significant body strikes landed by Usman. By comparison, Covington landed 28.
0: Takedowns attempted in the fight. Coming in, Usman had landed 42 takedowns in UFC competition, while Covington had landed 58.
4: Undisputed featherweight champions in UFC history. With his decision win over Max Holloway on Saturday, Alexander Volkanovski joined Jose Aldo, Conor McGregor and Holloway as the only men to hold the 145-pound crown.
8: Consecutive victories for Volkanovski, tying him for the fifth-longest active winning streak in the promotion.
157: Significant strikes landed by Volkanovski. Holloway, meanwhile, landed 134. The Australian outlanded his opponent 27 to 19 in Round 1, 28 to 22 in Round 2 and 35 to 22 in Round 3. Holloway held advantages of 37 to 36 in Round 4 and 34 to 31 in Round 5.
75: Significant leg strikes landed by Volkanovski, a UFC featherweight record. Cub Swanson held the old record, landing 43 in a five-round bout against Artem Lobov. Holloway landed just 17 significant strikes to the legs.
10: Consecutive victories for Amanda Nunes following a unanimous verdict over Germaine de Randamie. That is the fourth-longest active winning streak in the UFC.
12: UFC wins overall for Nunes, who passed Jessica Andrade for the most victories by a woman in the promotion.
8: Takedowns landed in 11 attempts by Nunes, the most ever in a UFC women’s title fight. Ronda Rousey held the previous record with six against Miesha Tate at UFC 168.
79: Significant strikes landed by Nunes. By comparison, de Randamie landed 40. Nunes also held a 199-to-126 advantage in total strikes landed.
5: UFC events to feature three title bouts on the same card. UFC 245, which featured Usman vs. Covington, Holloway vs. Volkanovski and Nunes vs. de Randamie at the top of the card, became the fifth such event on Saturday.
59: Significant strikes landed by Marlon Moraes in a split-decision triumph over Jose Aldo at bantamweight. By comparison, Aldo landed 58. Moraes outlanded his foe 18 to 15 in Round 1 and 20 to 15 in Round 3, while Aldo held a 28-to-21 edge in Round 2.
9: Unofficial media scorecards tracked by MMADecisions.com that awarded the fight to Moraes. Meanwhile, nine others saw the contest in favor of Aldo.
6: Consecutive victories for Petr Yan following a third-round KO of Urijah Faber. That triumph moved him past Marlon Vera and into sole possession of first place for the longest active winning streak in the UFC’s bantamweight division.
3: Knockdowns landed by Yan in the bout. In the entirety of his UFC/WEC tenure prior to Saturday night, Faber had only been knocked down on four occasions: Twice by Jose Aldo, once by Renan Barao and once by Dominick Cruz.
36: Significant strikes by which Yan outlanded Faber. That included a 33-to-9 edge in Round 2, where the Russian twice floored “The California Kid.”
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5: Consecutive victories for Geoff Neal, the fourth-longest active winning streak in the UFC’s welterweight division. Neal defeated Mike Perry via technical knockout at the 1:30 mark of Round 1.
18: Professional fights for Perry without a KO/TKO defeat before he was knocked out by Neal in his 19th bout at UFC 245.
5-1: Record for Irene Aldana in her last six Octagon appearances. The Mexican bantamweight earned the first KO/TKO of her UFC tenure with a first-round stoppage of the previously unbeaten Ketlen Vieira in a preliminary contest.
763: Days since Matt Brown’s last Octagon appearance, a first-round knockout of Diego Sanchez at UFC Fight Night 120 on Nov. 11, 2017. Brown defeated Ben Saunders via second-round knockout in a preliminary welterweight tilt on Saturday night.
13: Finishes in UFC competition for Brown, No. 1 all-time among welterweights and tied for No. 5 in promotion history overall.
11: KO/TKO triumphs at 170 pounds by Brown, also the most in UFC welterweight history and tied for second all-time.
4: Submission attempts by Saunders in defeat. “Killa B” spent much of the opening stanza hunting for a triangle choke from his back against Brown, but his opponent was able to survive until the horn.
98: Significant strikes landed by Jessica Eye in a unanimous decision triumph over Viviane Araujo at flyweight. Eye got stronger as the fight progressed, outlanding her foe 35 to 9 in Round 2 and 38 to 21 in Round 3.
2: Knockdowns landed by Punahele Soriano in his Octagon debut. Soriano defeated Oskar Piechota by first-round knockout in the evening’s opening bout at middleweight.