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It was widely acknowledged that Derrick Lewis had one path to victory against Curtis Blaydes, and he took it in emphatic fashion.
After looking out of sorts in the opening stanza, Lewis scored a massive knockout of Blaydes 1:26 into Round 2 of their heavyweight headliner at UFC Fight Night 185 Saturday night. While it was Blaydes who entered the bout with championship aspirations, Lewis reminded the rest of the division of his scary capabilities in the Octagon.
Here is a by-the-numbers look at UFC Fight Night 185, with statistics courtesy of UFCStats.com.
12: Knockout victories for Lewis, who vanquished Blaydes with an uppercut and follow-up ground strikes. That ties him with Vitor Belfort for the most in UFC history, regardless of weight class.
3: KO/TKO losses in UFC competition for Blaydes, who has fallen to heavy hitters in Lewis and Francis Ngannou (twice).
16: UFC victories for Lewis, tying him with Frank Mir for the second most in the history of the heavyweight division behind only Andrei Arlovski (19).
+350: The longest odds for Lewis heading into Saturday, making him the biggest underdog to win a UFC headliner since Michael Bisping (+400) shocked Luke Rockhold for the middleweight crown at UFC 199, per ESPN Stats & Info. According to various odds provided by BestFightOdds.com, Lewis ranged from a +215 underdog to a +350 underdog depending on the site.
21: Significant strikes by which Blaydes outlanded Lewis. Blaydes was especially on point in Round 1, outlanding his foe by a 26-to-5 count.
0: Takedowns landed in three attempts by Blaydes. He entered the bout as the heavyweight division’s all-time leader by a large margin with 59 career takedowns.
4: Victories at 135 pounds since 2018 for Yana Kunitskaya, the second most in the division during that time behind only Irene Aldana (five). The Russian edged Ketlen Vieira via decision in a competitive co-main event matchup at UFC Fight Night 185.
14: Unofficial media scorecards, of the 18 tracked by MMADecisions.com, that awarded the bout to Vieira. However, judges Eric Colon, Sal D’Amato and Junichiro Kamijo all submitted 29-28 tallies in favor of Kunitskaya.
215: Total strikes landed by Kunitskaya. By comparison, Vieira landed 35. Kunitskaya also held a 47-to-7 edge in significant strikes landed.
3: Takedowns landed in eight attempts by Vieira. Kunitskaya did not attempt a takedown in the fight. The Brazilian also managed 8:38 of control time compared to 5:09 for her opponent.
3: Consecutive KO/TKO victories for Chris Daukaus following his first-round stoppage of Alexey Oleynik on Saturday. That ties him with Drew Dober and Magomed Ankalaev for the second longest active knockout streak in the UFC behind only Francis Ngannou (four).
9: Fighters in UFC history, including Daukaus, to begin their careers with three consecutive first-round KO/TKO triumphs. In addition to Oleynik, the Philadelphia native has made short work of Rodrigo Nascimento Ferreira and Parker Porter in the Octagon.
84: Significant strikes landed by Daukaus in his first three appearances. His opponents, meanwhile, have combined to land just 23 significant strikes against him.
26: Significant strike deficit for Phil Hawes in a majority decision triumph against Nassourdine Imavov at middleweight. Although Hawes was outlanded by a 57-to-31 count in significant strikes, he was successful on four of seven takedowns and managed 11:07 of control time in the contest.
1,631: Days since Andrei Arlovski’s last submission defeat, a rear-naked choke loss to Josh Barnett at UFC Fight Night 93 on Sept. 3, 2016. Tom Aspinall became just the second fighter in 51 bouts to tap Arlovski, as he also utilized a rear-naked choke to dispatch Arlovski in the second round of their featured heavyweight matchup.
19: Rear-naked chokes at heavyweight in UFC history, including Aspinall’s finish of Arlovski. Only Alexey Oleynik has two wins via rear-naked choke, but no other heavyweight has more than one.
34: UFC appearances for Arlovski, who moved ahead of Jeremy Stephens and into sole possession of third place on the promotion’s all-time list thanks to his fight on Saturday. Only Jim Miller and Donald Cerrone — with 36 UFC bouts apiece — have stepped into the Octagon more frequently.
5: KO/TKO finishes on the prelims, the third most on a UFC undercard behind only UFC 185 and UFC on Fox 7, both of which had six apiece.
.730: Significant striking accuracy for John Castaneda in a first-round technical knockout of Eddie Wineland in a preliminary bantamweight affair. Castaneda landed 42 of 57 attempts in an efficient performance for his first UFC triumph. Wineland was far less accurate, landing 17 of 66 significant strikes for a 25 percent success rate.
22: Finishes among 25 professional victories for “The Ultimate Fighter 22” cast member Julian Erosa, who felled Nate Landwehr with a flying knee 56 seconds into the opening round of their featherweight clash. “Juicy J” has earned 11 wins by KO/TKO and 11 by submission.
132: Total strikes landed by Casey O’Neill in her promotional debut, a second-round stoppage of Shana Dobson at flyweight. By comparison, Dobson landed just 27 total strikes in defeat. O’Neill was also successful on four of six takedowns and held a 49-to-16 advantage in significant strikes landed.
9: Significant strikes landed by Aiemann Zahabi in a first-round knockout of Drako Rodriguez at bantamweight. That’s the fourth-lowest total in a victory thus far in 2021 behind Cory Sandhagen vs. Frankie Edgar (two), Polyana Viana vs. Malloy Martin (four) and Ode Osbourne vs. Jerome Rivera (five). It was Zahabi’s first Octagon appearance in 658 days.
80: Total strikes by which Sergey Spivak outlanded Dana White’s Contender Series alum Jared Vanderaa in a preliminary heavyweight clash. The Moldovan held a 107-to-27 edge in total strikes and a 51-to-13 advantage in significant strikes in a dominant victory that ended by technical knockout in the second round.
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