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By the Numbers: UFC Fight Night 234


Magomed Ankalaev got the closure he needed.

After their first meeting this past October ended prematurely due to an illegal knee, Ankalaev put Johnny Walker away in emphatic fashion at UFC Fight Night 234, winning via second-round knockout at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas on Saturday night. Shortly after his victory, the Dagestani standout called for a light heavyweight title shot. While his resume is undeniably impressive, it remains to be seen if he’ll get his wish.

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For now, here is a by-the-numbers look at UFC Fight Night 234, with statistics courtesy of UFCStats.com.

12: Unbeaten streak for Ankalaev, the fourth-longest in the UFC behind Jon Jones (19), Leon Edwards (13) and Islam Makhachev (13). The only blemishes on Ankalaev’s record since 2018 are a draw against Jan Blachowicz at UFC 282 and the aforementioned no contest vs. Walker at UFC 294.

6: KO/TKO victories in UFC competition for Ankalaev, tying him with Glover Teixeira, Rashad Evans, Thiago Silva and Ovince St. Preux for fourth most in the history of the light heavyweight division.

39: Significant strikes landed by Ankalaev. Of those, 25 were to the legs of his opponent. Walker landed 24 significant strikes — 19 to the legs.

26: Career UFC triumphs for Jim Miller, the most of anyone in the Las Vegas-based promotion. “A-10” tapped Gabriel Benitez with a face crank in the third round of their co-main event clash at lightweight. Andrei Arlovski and Donald Cerrone are tied for second with 23 career UFC wins.

12: Submission wins in UFC competition for Miller, who passed Demian Maia for sole possession of second place on the promotion’s all-time list behind Charles Oliveira (16).

18: UFC finishes for Miller, also No. 2 behind Oliveira (20).

48: Career submission attempts for Miller, well ahead of Oliveira (40) for No. 1 in promotion history.

43: UFC appearances for Miller after Saturday night. That ranks No. 1 in promotion history. The New Jersey native shared Saturday’s card with Arlovski, who comes in second with 41 bouts.

6: Consecutive victories for Mario Bautista, the second-longest active winning streak in the UFC’s bantamweight division behind Merab Dvalishvili (11). Bautista took a unanimous decision over Ricky Simon in a featured bout on Saturday.

112: Significant strikes landed by Bautista. By comparison, Simon landed 45. Bautista got stronger as the fight progressed, outlanding his foe 18 to 9 in Round 1, 38 to 21 in Round 2 and 56 to 15 in Round 3.

2: Takedowns landed in 13 attempts for Simon, who was only able to secure 3:00 of control time in defeat.

11: Finishes among 11 professional victories for Brunno Ferreira, who stopped Phil Hawes 4:55 into Round 1 of their middleweight clash. Nine of those triumphs have come inside of a round for “The Hulk.”

1-4: Record for Hawes in his last five UFC appearances. The once highly-regarded prospect has lost all four of those fights via first-round KO/TKO.

7: Takedowns landed in 11 attempts for Preston Parsons in a three-round verdict over Matthew Semelsberger at welterweight. After failing to land a takedown in his UFC debut, Parsons has landed a combined 14 takedowns in his last three outings.

0: Knockdowns for Semelsberger, who had seven in his previous four UFC bouts.

3: Knockdowns in as many UFC appearances for Marcus McGhee, who dropped Gaston Bolanos in the second frame before securing a stoppage at the 3:29 mark of the period. “The Maniac” has finished all three of his Octagon foes inside of two rounds.

5: Takedowns landed in 16 attempts by Farid Basharat in a unanimous decision triumph against Taylor Lapilus at bantamweight. Basharat has landed at least two takedowns in all three of his UFC appearances thus far.

.690: Significant striking accuracy for Jean Silva (25 of 36) in a first-round technical knockout victory over Westin Wilson at featherweight. Silva also scored a knockdown en route to his ninth career triumph via KO or TKO.

131: Total strikes landed by Joshua Van during the second round of his flyweight bout against Felipe Bunes. That’s the sixth most in a single round for a flyweight bout in UFC history. By comparison, Bunes landed 28. Van shook off a slow start to defeat his Brazilian foe via technical knockout at the 4:31 mark of Round 2. Van also held a 69-to-21 advantage in significant strikes in the period.
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