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The Deiveson Figueiredo era is now officially underway in the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s flyweight division.
The Brazilian made his first 125-pound title defense in impressive fashion, submitting Alex Perez with a guillotine choke 1:57 into the opening round of the UFC 255 headliner at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas on Saturday night. Though he has a ways to go before he can reach the lofty bar set by ex-champ Demetrious Johnson, “Daico” looks like a serious problem for the rest of the division.
Elsewhere, Valentina Shevchenko may have lost a round against Jennifer Maia in the co-main event, but she was otherwise virtually flawless in yet another successful women’s flyweight title defense. Shevchenko’s clear-cut unanimous decision triumph — her second victory of 2020 — keeps her head-and-shoulders atop the division, though an interesting future showdown with Jessica Andrade looms large.
Here is a by-the-numbers look at UFC 255, with statistics courtesy of UFCStats.com.
7: Finishes in UFC competition for Figueiredo. That ties him with Demetrious Johnson for the most finishes in the history of the flyweight division. Some of the Brazilian’s other victims include Joseph Benavidez, Tim, Elliott, Alexandre Pantoja and John Moraga, to name a few.
17: Finishes among 20 professional victories for Figueiredo. The 32-year-old is 3-1 in bouts that go the distance, including 2-1 in UFC competition, with decision wins over Alexandre Pantoja and Jarred Brooks and a loss to Jussier Formiga.
3: Professional losses via guillotine choke for Perez. Four of his six career defeats have come by way of submission, though the other three occurred on the regional circuit.
9: Victories at 125 pounds for Figueiredo. That ranks third in UFC history behind only Johnson and Benavidez, who of whom have 13 wins.
9: UFC victories for Shevchenko, the fourth most in promotion history by a woman, regardless of weight class. Only Amanda Nunes (13), Jessica Andrade (12) and Joanna Jedrzejczyk (10) have won more in the Octagon.
5: Victories in title fights for Shevchenko, also fourth most in UFC history behind only Nunes (eight), Jedrzejczyk (six) and Ronda Rousey (six).
249: Total strikes landed by Shevchenko. By comparison, Maia landed 94. “Bullet” also held a 62-to-36 advantage in significant strikes landed. Shevchenko landed most of her significant strikes in Round 5, when she outlanded her Brazilian opponent by a 35-to-17 count.
5: Takedowns landed in six attempts by Shevchenko. That figure ties for the most of Shevchenko’s 11-bout UFC tenure. She also landed five takedowns against Joanna Jedrzejczyk to claim the vacant 125-pound belt at UFC 231.
128: Significant strikes landed by Tim Means, twice as many as opponent Mike Perry (64). “The Dirty Bird” survived having his back taken in Round 1 to earn a three-round verdict in the featured welterweight affair. Means landed 86 significant strikes to the head, 26 to the body and 16 to the legs for the second-highest total of his UFC tenure.
6: Flyweight victories for Katlyn Chookagian, tying her with Gillian Robertson for the most in UFC history at that weight. Chookagian defeated divisional newcomer Cynthia Calvillo via unanimous in a main card bout on Saturday.
4: Takedowns landed in eight attempts for Paul Craig in a second-round TKO victory against Mauricio Rua. Craig landed just one of four takedowns in their first meeting at UFC Fight Night 164, which ended in a split draw.
45: Combined significant strike advantage for Craig in the two bouts with “Shogun.” Craig outlanded Rua 29-10 on Saturday and 51-25 at UFC Fight Night 164.
2: Knockdowns landed by Joaquin Buckley in a second-round stoppage of Jordan Wright at middleweight. Buckley, who was coming off a viral KO of Impa Kasanganay a little more than a month ago, floored Wright late in Round 1 and early in the second stanza to earn his second straight win 18 seconds into Round 2.
26: Significant ground strikes by which Antonina Shevchenko outlanded Ariane Lipski in the second round of their flyweight encounter. A barrage of unanswered ground-and-pound from Shevchenko ended Lipski’s night at the 4:33 mark of Round 2. Shevchenko held overall advantages of 39 to 15 in signficant strikes and 94 to 25 in total strikes in the fight.
83: Significant strikes landed by Daniel Rodriguez in a unanimous decision loss to Nicolas Dalby at 170 pounds. By comparison, Dalby landed 50. Rodriguez outlanded his foe 31 to 17 in Round 1, 17 to 9 in Round 2 and 35 to 24 in Round 3. The significant strike deficit for Dalby is the fifth largest in UFC history for a victorious welterweight.
9: Unofficial media scorecards, of the 20 tracked by MMADecisions.com, that awarded the bout to Rodriguez. Meanwhile, judges Derek Cleary and Anthony Maness submitted 29-28 tallies for Dalby, while Tony Weeks saw it 30-27 — also for the Danish fighter.
168: Significant strikes landed by Alan Jouban in a three-round verdict over the debuting Jared Gooden. That’s a career high in 13 UFC bouts for the veteran welterweight, whose previous best of 86 came in a decision win against Belal Muhammad in 2016.
8:23: Total cage time for Louis Cosce in his first seven professional bouts, all of which he finished inside of a round.
12:27: Time in the cage for Cosce in a TKO loss to fellow Octagon newcomer Sasha Palatnikov. Palatnikov stopped the contest with punches at the 2:27 mark of Round 3.
113: Combined significant strikes landed by Cosce (57) and Palatnikov (56) during a wild opening stanza in which Cosce appeared to be on the verge of a finish before Palatnikov recovered and rallied later in the frame. All told, Palatnikov held a 125-to-99 advantage in significant strikes.
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