Henry Cejudo made a strong case for the Ultimate Fighting Championship to keep the flyweight division.
The Olympic gold medalist made shockingly short work of reigning bantamweight king T.J. Dillashaw, winning via technical knockout just 32 seconds into their headlining bout at UFC Fight Night 143 in Brooklyn, New York, on Saturday night. Not only did Cejudo retain his flyweight belt in front of an audience on ESPN+, but he also potentially set up a 135-pound title shot against Dillashaw down the road. Whether his efforts are enough to halt the rumored demise of the flyweight division remains to be seen.
Here is a by-the-numbers look at UFC Brooklyn, with statistics courtesy of FightMetric.com.
0:32: Time of Cejudo’s stoppage of Dillashaw, making it the fifth-fastest KO/TKO in UFC championship history. The other four are as follows: Conor McGregor over Jose Aldo at UFC 194 (0:13); Andrei Arlovski over Paul Buentello at UFC 55 (0:15); Ronda Rousey over Alexis Davis at UFC 175 (0:16); and Frank Shamrock over Igor Zinoviev at UFC 16 (0:22).
18: Significant strikes landed by Cejudo in the abbreviated contest. Dillashaw landed just one significant strike in defeat.
17: Significant strikes by which Greg Hardy outlanded Allen Crowder in their heavyweight bout before landing an illegal knee that resulted in his disqualification. The controversial former NFL star outlanded his foe 21 to 7 in round one and 8 to 5 in round two.
5: Consecutive finishes for Gregor Gillespie, who defeated Yancy Medeiros via technical knockout 4:59 into the second round of their lightweight encounter. That is currently the longest active finishing streak in the Las Vegas-based promotion.
6: Consecutive victories for Gillespie, tying him with Rustam Khabilov and Mairbek Taisumov for the third-longest active winning streak at 155 pounds. Tony Ferguson is first with 11, while reigning champion Khabib Nurmagomedov is second with 10.
72: Total strikes by which Gillespie outlanded Medeiros in a dominant performance. Gillespie outlanded his foe 73 to one in total strikes and 51 to one in significant strikes. Forty-four of those significant strikes came on the ground.
12: Flyweight triumphs for Joseph Benavidez following a hard-fought triumph over Dustin Ortiz in a rematch at UFC Brooklyn. Benavidez ranks second all-time in that category behind former 125-pound champion and current One Championship talent Demetrious Johnson (13).
11: UFC victories for Glover Teixeira following his first-round submission of Karl Roberson. That ties him with Lyoto Machida and Ovince St. Preux for fifth most in modern light heavyweight history. Only Jon Jones (17), Ryan Bader (15), Rashad Evans (13) and Chuck Liddell (13) have won more.
7: Takedowns landed in 12 attempts for Benavidez. Wrestling made the difference for the former title challenger, who was outlanded by Ortiz 49 to 21 in significant strikes.
9: Finishes in UFC competition for Teixeira, tying him with Liddell and St. Preux for second most at 205 pounds behind Jones (10).
28: Victories in UFC and WEC competition for Donald Cerrone, who defeated lightweight prospect Alexander Hernandez via second-round technical knockout in their preliminary clash. That figure is the most among fighters with combined experience in UFC, WEC, Pride and Strikeforce. With the win, “Cowboy” moved past Wanderlei Silva and into sole possession of first place.
20: Finishes for Cerrone in UFC/WEC competition. That ties him with Silva for second all-time among all fighters in UFC/WEC/Pride/Strikeforce history behind only Mirko Filipovic, who has 21.
1,312: Career significant strikes landed by Cerrone. The Colorado native landed 80 significant strikes against Alexander Hernandez to move past Rafael dos Anjos (1,246) and into sixth place all-time among UFC fighters.
18: Career knockdowns for Cerrone, who floored Hernandez once to move into a tie with Jeremy Stephens and Anderson Silva for most in promotion history in that category.
85: Significant strikes landed by Joanne Calderwood in a decision victory over former KSW champion Ariane Lipski. By comparison, Lipski landed 53. The Scottish fighter also held a 121-to-69 edge in total strikes landed.
51: Career takedowns landed by Dennis Bermudez, who landed five of nine attempts in a unanimous decision victory over Te Edwards at lightweight. Bermudez, who retired after the fight, landed 46 of those takedowns at featherweight, giving him the most in the history of the division. Darren Elkins is second with 40.
59: Total strikes by which Bermudez outlanded Edwards. That included a 24-to-2 edge in round two and a 37-to-6 edge in round three.
33: Significant ground strikes landed by Bermudez. By comparison, Edwards landed four.