Fight Facts: UFC Fight Night 220 ‘Muniz vs. Allen’

Fight Facts is a breakdown of all of the interesting information and Octagon oddities on every card, with some puns, references and portmanteaus to keep things fun. These deep stat dives delve into the numbers, providing historical context and telling the stories behind those numbers.

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The Ultimate Fighting Championship saw its latest event in the UFC Apex get kneecapped midway through the fight card, but still reach the finish line. Losing its headliner mere hours before it was set to begin, the new makeshift main event delivered as best it could with technical prowess and post-fight intrigue. UFC Fight Night 220 featured a bonus trend that will hopefully continue going forward, a grappler vs. grappler affair with a shocking conclusion and the triumphant comeback of an uncrowned champ.

Do This from Now On: After the 10 fights concluded, the UFC elected not to pick and choose and simply doled out $50,000 checks for every fighter to land a finish. This bonus amount above the standard $200,000 is the highest for 2023 thus far, although in December 2022, UFC 282 set the record with 11 bonuses issued.

The Rottenest Luck: This event is the second within the year to lose its headliner during the broadcast. This last happened in November, when Derrick Lewis fell ill and his match with Sergey Spivak was scratched. On this card, Nikita Krylov succumbed to food poisoning ahead of his fight with Ryan Spann, and the pairing has already been rebooked for UFC Fight Night 221.

All in All, a Good Night: In their three-round marquee attraction, Brendan Allen upset Andre Muniz with a late rear-naked choke. With the massive win, “All In” elevated his high finish rate to 81%, with three of his last four victories coming inside the distance.

Most Popular Submission: Allen performed his fourth rear-naked choke as a UFC fighter, all since October 2019. While that is only half as many as all-time leader Demian Maia, just seven fighters overall have hit more RNCs than Allen in the Octagon.

Sakai Four: After three grueling rounds, Augusto Sakai ended a four-fight skid with a decision win over Don'Tale Mayes. The Brazilian started his UFC career off with four straight wins, and then lost four in a row before this matchup.

I’m Back in the Saddle Again: Up a weight class and after over three and a half years away, Tatiana Suarez returned and submitted Montana De La Rosa. The Californian is now a perfect 9-0 as a pro, with finishes in three of her last four appearances.

All-Canada Melee: Mike Malott kept his finish rate of 100% intact by suffocating Yohan Lainesse with an arm-triangle choke in the opening frame. “Proper Mike” has performed all nine of those stoppages in Round 1.

Bungalows for Days: In his UFC debut, Trevor Peek blew Erick Gonzalez out of the water with one second to go in the first round. The Alabama native still celebrates a 100% knockout rate as a pro, with six of the eight coming in the initial five minutes.

Or Just Davicius: The three-round flyweight affair between Jasmine Jasudavicius and Gabriella Fernandes ended with the Canadian earning the nod on the scorecards. The last six fights for Jasudavicius have reached the final bell, win or lose.

Monkey See, Monkey TKO: Jordan Leavitt won a fight with strikes, a first for “The Monkey King.” While Leavitt celebrates a knockout due to a slam in the past, he put Victor Martinez away with elbows and knees at the midpoint of Round 1.

Statistical Sensation: By the skin of his teeth, Ode Osbourne picked up a split decision over Charles Johnson. “The Jamaican Sensation” now posts five victories by knockout, four more by submission and three on the scorecards. His record is opposed by two stoppage losses of each type as well as one more by decision.

Biter No Biting: On the first fight of the night, Nurullo Aliev became the first Tajikistan-born competitor to set foot in the Octagon. Despite losing a point for biting, the unbeaten Aliev boosted his record to 9-0 by taking a majority decision over Rafael Alves.

Never Say Never Again: Coming into UFC Fight Night 220, Muniz (27 fights) and Lainesse (10 fights) had never been submitted, Mayes had never lost on the scorecards (14 fights) and Martinez had never been knocked out (17 fights).

75% With Lose Yourself Isn’t Bad: For the fourth time in his UFC tenure thus far, Muniz has walked out to “Lose Yourself” by Eminem. This time, he was not a successful, tapping out for the first time in his pro career.

Stuck in the ‘00s: Malott remains the lone fighter in recorded UFC walkout music history to select a Sum 41 track for his entrance. Once more, he went with “Fat Lip” and prevailed by stoppage.

Relax Your Mind, Take Your Time on Me: Before Leavitt picked “Grind With Me” ahead of his match with Martinez, no fighter in UFC history had ever used a tune from Pretty Ricky. Leavitt shocked the masses by recording his first career win via strikes.

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