Marlon Moraes left no doubt the second time around.
After dropping a contentious split decision to Raphael Assuncao in his Octagon debut, Moraes scored an emphatic victory in the rematch, submitting his fellow Brazilian with a mounted guillotine choke 3:17 into their headlining bout at UFC Fight Night 144 in Fortaleza, Brazil on Saturday night. That makes three consecutive first-round finishes for the ex-World Series of Fighting champ, who is banging down the door for a bantamweight title shot now.
Meanwhile, Jose Aldo showed he is far from ready to graduate to gatekeeper status, as he dispatched rising contender Renato Carneiro via technical knockout 44 seconds into round two of the evening’s co-main event. Aldo looks primed to make one last impressive run during what could be the final year of an illustrious MMA career.
Here is a by-the-numbers look at UFC Fight Night Fortaleza, with statistics courtesy of UFCStats.com.
4: Consecutive victories for Moraes, tying him with T.J. Dillashaw, Alejandro Perez and Jose Quinonez for the longest active winning streak in the bantamweight division. In addition to Assuncao, Moraes owns victories over Jimmie Rivera, Aljamain Sterling and John Dodson.
24: Combined significant strikes landed by Moraes during his three-fight finishing streak. “Magic” outlanded Assuncao by a 10-to-2 count on Saturday. He previously outlanded Rivera 7-to-0 and Sterling 7-to-3.
2: Occasions in which a Brazilian headlined a UFC card in Brazil against a fellow Brazilian. Prior to Saturday’s Assuncao vs. Moraes feature, it had only occurred at UFC on Fuel TV 10 in 2013, when Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira squared off against Fabricio Werdum.
11: Finishes in UFC/WEC competition for Aldo, who defeated Carneiro via second-round TKO. That moves him past Max Holloway and into sole possession of first place among featherweights with experience in either of those two organizations.
10: Significant strikes by which Carneiro outlanded Aldo in a slow-paced opening round. Aldo picked up the pace in the second stanza, outlanding his adversary by a 16-to-4 count to earn the stoppage.
20: UFC victories for Demian Maia, tying him with Michael Bisping and Georges St-Pierre for second-most in the history of the Las Vegas-based organization. Maia tapped out Lyman Good with a rear-naked choke in the opening round of their welterweight bout on Saturday.
10: Career submission triumphs for Maia, tying him with Royce Gracie for the second-most in UFC history.
8: Rear-naked choke triumphs for Maia, who surpassed Kenny Florian for the most RNC finishes in UFC history with his submission of Good.
62: Career takedowns landed for Maia, who landed two of four attempts against Good. That figure is good for No. 6 in promotion history for the Brazilian, who moved past Nik Lentz and Johny Hendricks. Prior to UFC Fortaleza, Maia had failed on his previous 49 takedown attempts in losses to Tyron Woodley, Colby Covington and Kamaru Usman.
19: Bouts in UFC history in which neither fighter landed a significant strike, including Maia vs. Good. The last time it happened was when Mickey Gall submitted George Sullivan in 69 seconds at UFC Fight Night 135 on Aug. 25, 2018.
4: Consecutive finishes in UFC competition for Charles Oliveira, who tapped out David Teymur with an anaconda choke in the second frame of their featured lightweight bout. That ties him with Max Holloway and Paulo Henrique Costa for the second-longest active finishing streak in the promotion behind only Gregor Gillespie (five).
13: Finishes for Oliveira in UFC competition, tying him with Matt Hughes and Frank Mir for fourth-most in promotion history. Only Donald Cerrone (16), Vitor Belfort (14) and Anderson Silva (14) have more. “Do Bronx,” of course, also owns the all-time UFC submission record.
2: Fighters in UFC history to have won two bouts via anaconda submission. With his tapout of Teymur, Oliveira joined Phil Davis in that select company.
29: Career submission attempts for Oliveira, tying him with Joe Lauzon (29) for No. 3 all-time behind only Chris Lytle (31) and Jim Miller (40).
0:15: Time of Johnny Walker’s finish of Justin Ledet in a featured light heavyweight contest. That ranks as the fifth-fastest KO/TKO finish in the history of the 205-pound division. The top four: Ryan Jimmo (0:07 vs. Anthony Perosh at UFC 149), James Irvin (0:08 vs. Houston Alexander at UFC Fight Night 13), Anthony Johnson (0:13 vs. Chad Reiner at UFC Fight Night 10) and Anthony Perosh (0:14 vs. Vinny Magalhaes at UFC 163).
2:12: Total time needed for Walker in his first two UFC appearances, which have resulted in KO/TKO wins over Ledet and Khalil Rountree.
6: Fighters in UFC history to earn a finish stemming from a spinning backfist. Walker joined a group that also includes Shonie Carter, John Makdessi, Paul Felder, Douglas Silva de Andrade and Aleksandar Rakic.
15: UFC welterweight victories for Thiago Alves, the third-most in the history of the division behind only Georges St-Pierre (19) and Matt Hughes (16). Alves earned a contentious split decision over Max Griffin in a preliminary welterweight encounter on Saturday night.
29: Significant strikes by which Griffin outlanded Alves in the bout. Griffin outlanded his foe 57 to 29 in round one and 11 to 9 in round three, while Alves held a 45-to-44 edge in the second stanza. All told, Griffin had a 112-to-83 advantage in significant strikes and a 117-to-91 edge in total strikes.
16: Unofficial media scorecards, of the 18 tracked by MMADecisions.com, that awarded the fight to Griffin. However, cageside judges Guilherme Bravo and Hallison Pontes saw things different, as each submitted a 29-28 scorecard in favor of the Brazilian veteran.
5: Fighters in UFC history to earn a finish stemming from a spinning back kick to the body after Said Nurmagomedov dispatched Ricardo Ramos with the maneuver 2:28 into the opening round of their bantamweight clash. The other four: Jake Collier (UFC Fight Night 88 vs. Alberto Emiliano Pereira), James Moontasri (UFC 193 vs. Anton Zafir), Dennis Siver (UFC 105 vs. Paul Kelly) and David Loiseau (UFC 53 vs. Charles McCarthy).
18: Significant strikes by which Magomed Bibulatov outlanded Rogerio Bontorin in their preliminary flyweight bout. The former World Series of Fighting champion also landed four takedowns to his opponent’s one, but Bontorin was able to emerge with a split-decision victory on the strength of two back takes in the fight.
35: Significant body strikes landed by Bibulatov, who landed a total of 58 significant strikes in the three-round affair.