Justin Gaethje isn’t done, not by a long shot.
The man known as “The Highlight” dispatched James Vick in resounding fashion in the UFC Fight Night 135 headliner, knocking out his opponent with a massive overhand right 1:27 into the opening round at Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln, Neb., on Saturday night. It was sweet redemption for Gaethje, who was irked by Vick’s claims that he absorbs too much punishment in the weeks leading up to their fight. More importantly, Gaethje halted a two-bout skid and remains securely in the mix at 155 pounds.
Here is a by-the-numbers look at UFC Fight Night 135, with statistics courtesy of FightMetric.com.
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10: Significant strikes absorbed by Gaethje in his win over Vick. The Arizona native, meanwhile, landed seven significant strikes in victory.
420: Combined significant strikes absorbed by Gaethje in his first three Octagon appearances, KO/TKO losses to Dustin Poirier and Eddie Alvarez and a stoppage win against Michael Johnson.
16:Victories via knockout or technical knockout among 19 professional triumphs for Gaethje. The former World Series of Fighting titlist has gone the distance just twice in 21 career bouts.
28: Significant strikes by which Michael Johnson outlanded Andre Fili in the evening’s co-main event. “The Menace” outlanded his foe 34 to 20 in round one, 15 to 7 in round two and 16 to 10 in round three en route to earning a split decision for his first triumph since moving to 145 pounds from lightweight.
11: Media scorecards, of the 17 tracked by MMADecisions.com, that scored the bout in favor of Fili. The Team Alpha Male product landed the fight’s only two takedowns and nearly secured a rear-naked choke in round two, but ultimately could not do enough to sway the cageside judges in his favor.
233: Combined significant strikes landed by Cortney Casey-Sanchez (111) and Angela Hill (121) in their three-round strawweight affair. Casey-Sanchez ultimately edged Hill via split decision in the bout.
11: Media scorecards, of the 17 tracked by MMADecisions.com, that scored the bout in favor of Hill. It was nonetheless a welcome turnaround for Casey-Sanchez, who had been on the wrong side of split verdicts in her previous two outings.
2-9: Record for Jake Ellenberger in his final 11 Octagon appearances. “The Juggernaut” announced his retirement following a first-round technical knockout loss to Bryan Barberena on Saturday night. Ellenberger began his promotional tenure with victories in eight of his first 10 appearances.
4: Consecutive triumphs for Deiveson Figueirado following his second-round technical knockout triumph over John Moraga in a featured flyweight tilt. With Demetrious Johnson recently dethroned, that gives Figueirado the longest active winning streak in the division.
4:42: Time in the third round of Eryk Anders’ head-kick knockout win against Tim Williams, the fifth latest KO/TKO finish in UFC middleweight history. The latest: Rich Franklin’s stoppage of Evan Tanner 3:25 into the fourth round of a title bout at UFC 53.
3: Fighters who scored two knockdowns in a single round on Saturday. Not surprisingly, all three were victorious, as Eryk Anders, Bryan Barberena and Deiveson Figueirado all floored their opponents twice in the decisive round of their respective bouts.
91: Total strikes by which Cory Sandhagen outlanded Iuri Alcantara in the bantamweight encounter. That included a 39-to-0 advantage in the second stanza before the Legacy Fighting Alliance veteran secured a TKO at the 1:01 mark of the period. Sandhagen also held a 66-to-9 edge in significant strikes.
4: Rear-naked choke submission victories for Mickey Gall in UFC competition, tying him with four others for fifth most in the history of the Las Vegas-based promotion. Gall tapped out George Sullivan with the move in just 69 seconds at UFC Fight Night 135. Thus far, all of Gall’s UFC triumphs have come via rear-naked choke. Kenny Florian and Demian Maia are tied for first all-time with seven.
8: Submissions in UFC/WEC competition for Rani Yahya, the most in the history of the bantamweight division. With his first-round heel hook of Luke Sanders on Saturday night, Yahya passed Urijah Faber and took sole possession of first place. Yahya also tied T.J. Dillashaw for most overall finish in UFC/WEC bantamweight history with eight.
658: Days since the last heel hook submission in the Octagon, when Joe Soto tapped Marco Beltran with the maneuver 1:37 into the first round at UFC Fight Night 98 on Nov. 5.
7-1: Record for Yahya in his last eight UFC appearances dating back to September 2014. The only man to defeat him during that stretch? The aforementioned Soto, who earned a unanimous verdict against the grappling ace at UFC Fight Night 106.