By the Numbers: UFC on ESPN 57

Nassourdine Imavov’s patience paid dividends at UFC on ESPN 57.

The Frenchman secured a key victory in Saturday’s main event at the KFC Yum Center in Louisville, Kentucky, as he gradually gained momentum en route to a fourth-round technical knockout victory over Jared Cannonier. While Imavov put his opponent on shaky legs with a clean right hand, the ensuing stoppage from referee Jason Herzog was somewhat controversial because Cannonier still appeared to be defending himself when the fight was halted. Nonetheless, Imavov has his second consecutive triumph at 185 pounds, while Cannonier sees his hopes of a second title shot dashed in defeat.

Here is a by-the-numbers look at UFC on ESPN 57, with statistics courtesy of UFCStats.com.

1: KO/TKO loss since moving to middleweight for Cannonier. “The Killa Gorilla” had previously suffered KO/TKO defeats in the UFC at light heavyweight (Dominick Reyes) and heavyweight (Shawn Jordan).

82: Significant strikes landed by Imavov. By comparison, Cannonier landed 64. Cannonier held a 21-to-14 edge in Round 1, but Imavov gradually got stronger as the fight progressed, outlanding his opponent 28 to 17 in Round 2, 21 to 18 in Round 3 and `19 to 8 in Round 4.

4: Consecutive headlining appearances for Cannonier. The 40-year-old MMA Lab is 2-2 in those bouts, with wins over Marvin Vettori and Sean Strickland and losses to Imavov and Israel Adesanya.

1,695: Days since Dominick Reyes’ last Octagon triumph, a first-round KO of Chris Weidman in the UFC on ESPN 6 main event on Oct. 18, 2019. “The Devastator” returned to the win column in the UFC on ESPN 57 co-headliner on Saturday, stopping Dustin Jacoby 2:00 into the opening frame of their light heavyweight clash.

6: Career knockdowns for Reyes, who landed two against Jacoby. That ties him with Jan Blachowicz and Luiz Cane for ninth most in UFC light heavyweight history.

4: Takedowns landed in seven attempts for Raul Rosas Jr. in 7:22 of Octagon time. That total exceeded the amoung of significant strikes (three) landed by the 19-year-old bantamweight, who submitted Ricky Turcios with a rear-naked choke at the 2:22 mark of Round 2.

8: KO/TKOs stemming from a spinning back elbow in UFC history. Brunno Ferreira joined this group when he dispatched Dustin Stoltfus with the maneuver 4:51 into the opening stanza of their middleweight encounter. The others to finish a fight with a spinning back elbow are as follows: Ricardo Ramos (twice), Molly McCann (twice), Jiri Prochazka, Uros Medic and Dong Hyun Kim.

10: First-round finishes among 12 professional victories for Ferreira, who has earned all three of his UFC triumphs in the opening frame.

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136: Significant ground strikes landed by Punahele Soriano in a lopsided decision triumph over Miguel Baeza at welterweight. That’s a single-fight UFC record for significant ground strikes landed, besting Neil Magny’s 100 against Hector Lombard on March 19, 2016. Additionally, Soriano’s significant strike differential of 137 is a promotional record for the welterweight division, topping the previous mark of 115 set by Rick Story in a win against Gunnar Nelson on Oct. 4, 2014.

309: Total strike differential (331 to 22) for Soriano in the fight. That’s a UFC record for a three-round bout in any weight class.

2: Knockdowns landed by Ludovit Klein in a unanimous decision triumph over Thiago Moises at lightweight. That gives Klein five knockdowns during his UFC tenure.

6: Unbeaten streak for Klein, who has one draw during his current run. That’s currently the second-longest active unbeaten streak in the UFC’s lightweight division behind reigning champion Islam Makhachev (13).

18: Consecutive bouts without a KO/TKO result following the promotion’s introduction of new gloves prior to UFC 302 before Carlos Prates defeated Charlie Radtke with a knee to the body in the opening stanza of their welterweight bout on Saturday.

10:50: Total control time for Brad Katona in a three-round verdict over Jesse Butler at bantamweight. The two-time “Ultimate Fighter” winner was successful on all three of his takedowns and outlanded his foe by 116 total strikes.

26: Takedowns attempted by Eduarda Mora in a split-decision loss to Denise Gomes. That’s the most ever in a women’s fight at any weight class and tied for the seventh-most in UFC history overall. However, Gomes was able to defend 21 of those attempts and outland her foe by 110 total strikes to get the nod on the scorecards.

100: Significant strikes landed by Taylor Lapilus in a unanimous decision triumph over Cody Stamann at bantamweight. That’s the most significant strikes surrendered by Stamann in 14 Octagon appearances. Stamann landed 59 signifcant strikes in defeat, and the 41-significant strike deficit is also the largest of his promotional tenure.

1: Female Indian fighter in UFC history after Puja Tomar enjoyed a successful Octagon debut with a split-decision triumph over Rayanne dos Santos in their strawweight bout.

11: Unofficial media scorecards, of the 11 tracked by MMADecisions.com, that scored the bout for dos Santos. Judges Derek Cleary and Matt Jones saw things differently, resulting in a split-decision for Tomar.

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