It looks like Valentina Shevchenko will get a chance for revenge against Amanda Nunes.
Shevchenko solidified her status as the No. 1 contender in the women’s bantamweight division at UFC on Fox 23 on Saturday, as she submitted Julianna Pena with an armbar 4:29 into the second round of their headlining bout in Denver. It was a surprising turn of events for the woman known as “Bullet,” who struggled with Pena’s pressure and grinding style before turning the tables on her opponent with the fight-ending submission.
Nunes, now the reigning 135-pound queen, took a hard-earned unanimous verdict over Shevchenko at UFC 196 last March. But before we look ahead to their potential rematch, let’s look back on the night that was in the Mile High City. Here is a by-the-numbers look at UFC on Fox 23, with statistics courtesy of FightMetric.com.
4,221: Days since Shevchenko’s last armbar victory in an MMA bout. Prior to tapping Pena with the maneuver, “Bullet defeated Kyung Aeh Kim via armbar at WXF “X Impact World Championships” in South Korea on July 9, 2005.
32: Total strikes by which Pena outlanded Shevchenko (78 to 46). “The Venezuelan Vixen” also held a 27-to-13 edge in significant strikes landed.
25: Significant clinch strikes — of her total 27 significant strikes landed — by Pena. By comparison, Shevchenko landed seven significant strikes in the clinch.
10: Takedowns landed in four UFC bouts by Shevchenko. The 28-year-old landed two of three takedown attempts against Pena.
58: Significant strikes landed by Jorge Masvidal during his six minutes of Octagon time against Donald Cerrone. The American Top Team product scored two knockdowns en route to a technical knockout victory 60 seconds into the second frame of their welterweight clash. By comparison, Cerrone landed 30 significant strikes.
36: Significant head strikes landed by Masvidal. Cerrone, meanwhile, landed 10.
17: Significant body strikes for Masvidal; Cerrone landed seven.
5: Consecutive finishes by Francis Ngannou, the longest active finishing streak in the UFC. Ngannou knocked out ex-heavyweight king Andrei Arlovski 1:32 into the opening round of their featured fight.
3: UFC heavyweights to begin their careers with five straight finishes in the Octagon. By knocking out Arlovski on Saturday, Ngannou joined Ricco Rodriguez and Junior dos Santos as the only heavyweights to accomplish that feat.
17: Significant strikes landed by Ngannou in his last three bouts, first-round stoppages of Arlovski, Anthony Hamilton and Bojan Mihajlovic. Those three opponents have combined to land six significant strikes.
8: KO/TKO losses for Andrei Arlovski in UFC and Strikeforce bouts. That ties him with Antonio Silva, Frank Mir and Gabriel Gonzaga for second most all-time among fighters with experience in UFC/Pride/Strikeforce/WEC competition. Alistair Overeem, with nine such defeats, is first.
4: Submission attempts for Jason Knight en route to tapping Alex Caceres with a rear-naked choke 4:21 into the second stanza of their featherweight encounter. The Mississippi native has now attempted 8 submissions in his last two bouts and nine in his four promotional appearances overall.
7: Middleweight triumphs for Sam Alvey since 2014. That ties him with Gegard Mousasi for most wins in the division during that time period. Alvey took a unanimous verdict over Nate Marquardt on Saturday night.
8: UFC bantamweight wins for Raphael Assuncao, who garnered a split-decision over Aljamain Sterling in a battle of 135-pound contenders. That figure ties him with Renan Barao and Takeya Mizugaki for the third most in the history of the division. Only T.J. Dillashaw and Urijah Faber have more, with 10 triumphs apiece.
13: Significant strikes by which Sterling outlanded Assuncao. The Serra-Longo Fight Team member outlanded his opponent 21 to 16 in round one, 13 to 11 in round two and 18 to 12 in round three.
13: Unofficial media scorecards, of the 17 tracked by MMADecisions.com, that scored the bout for Assuncao. Only three saw the fight for Sterling, while another scored it a draw.
76: Total strikes by which Jordan Johnson outlanded Henrique da Silva in their light heavyweight clash. That included a 37-to-5 edge in round two and a 47-to-7 edge in round three, as Johnson took home a unanimous verdict in his UFC debut. Johnson also landed four of five takedown attempts in the contest.
1: Triangle choke submissions in UFC competition thus far in 2017 after Eric Spicely used the maneuver to secure a tapout of Alessio Di Chirico 2:14 into the opening stanza of their middleweight bout. The move hasn’t been especially common in recent years, as there were just three such finishes in 2016 and six in 2015.
6: UFC appearances for Marcos Rogerio de Lima — four wins, two losses — that have ended inside of a round. The Brazilian still has yet to see a second round in the Octagon after earning a technical knockout stoppage of short-notice foe Jeremy Kimball 2:27 into the opening frame of their bout.
1,120: Days since a UFC event last saw two fighters finish submissions from the bottom. Before Shevchenko and Spicely did it at UFC on Fox 23, it last occurred at UFC Fight NIght 34 thanks to Dustin Kimura and Russell Doane.