It’s a new era in the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s featherweight division.
Max Holloway unified the 145-pound championship in emphatic fashion on Saturday night, as he vanquished Jose Aldo via third-round technical knockout in the UFC 212 headliner in Rio de Janeiro. Holloway started slowly but gained momentum as the fight progressed. The Hawaiian found an opening in round three when he dropped his opponent with a two-punch combination and then finished the contest with a relentless barrage of ground-and-pound at the 4:13 mark of the period.
The facts and figures only provide further evidence that Holloway is the unquestioned king of the division. Here is a by-the-numbers look at UFC 212, with statistics courtesy of FightMetric.com.
11: Consecutive victories for Holloway, tying him with Royce Gracie for the fifth-longest winning streak in UFC history. Only Anderson Silva (16), Jon Jones (13), Demetrious Johnson (12) and St. Pierre (12) have accumulated longer winning streaks in the Octagon.
57: Significant strikes by which Holloway outlanded Aldo in the decisive third round of their championship fight. Aldo started quickly, outlanding his foe 19 to 12 in round one and 29 to 28 in round two before being dropped and overwhelmed in the third stanza.
1,163: Career significant strikes for Holloway, No. 5 all-time in UFC history. “Blessed” landed 104 significant strikes against Aldo on Saturday to surpass Evan Dunham (1,160). Only Nate Diaz (1,210), Georges St. Pierre (1,254), Frankie Edgar (1,378) and Michael Bisping (1,533) have landed more significant strikes than the talented Hawaiian.
87: Significant strikes to the head landed by Holloway. By comparison, Aldo landed just 41.
41: Significant ground strikes landed by Holloway, the majority of which occurred during the newly-crowned champion’s finishing salvo. Aldo did not land a single significant strike on the ground.
1: Leg kick landed by Aldo. While brutal leg kicks are normally a trademark of the 31-year-old Brazilian’s game, he largely elected to box with his opponent.
3:03: Time of Claudia Gadelha’s rear-naked choke submission of Karolina Kowalkiewicz in the co-main event, making it the fifth-fastest finish in the history of the UFC women’s strawweight division.
4: UFC strawweight victories for Gadelha, tying her with Rose Namajunas, Tecia Torres and Paige VanZant for the second most in division history. Reigning champ Joanna Jedrzejczyk is No. 1 with 8 triumphs.
3,542: Days since Vitor Belfort last went the distance in a mixed martial arts bout, when he outpointed James Zikic at Cage Rage 23 “Unbelievable” on Sept. 22, 2007. “The Phenom” went to the judges for the first time since then on Saturday when he took a three-round verdict over Nate Marquardt in a featured middleweight affair.
20: Significant strikes by which Marquardt outlanded Belfort. The former King of Pancrase outlanded his foe 11 to 3 in round one, 26 to 16 in round two and 20 to 18 in round three.
13: Media scorecards, of the 20 tracked by MMADecisions.com, that had Marquardt winning the bout.
10: Stoppage victories in 10 professional appearances for middleweight prospect Paulo Henrique Costa. “Borrachinha” went to the second round for the first time in his career against Oluwale Bamgbose at UFC 212 but finished the contest via ground-and-pound at the 1:06 mark of the frame.
16: Media scorecards, of the 17 tracked by MMADecisions.com, that scored the bantamweight clash between Raphael Assuncao and Marlon Moraes in favor of Moraes. Two of the three cageside judges saw things different, as Guilherme Bravo scored it 29-28 and Phillipe Iorio had it 30-27 — both in favor of Assuncao. Meanwhile, judge Fabio Alves scored the contest 29-28 for Moraes.
9: UFC bantamweight triumphs for Assuncao, No. 3 all time in the division. T.J. Dillashaw and Urijah Faber are tied for first place with 10 bantamweight victories.
1: Significant strike advantage for Moraes over the course of the three-round bantamweight bout. The former World Series of Fighting champion outlanded his foe 14 to 13 in the opening frame, but the evenly-matched combatants landed 11 significant strikes apiece in round two and 19 each in round three. Moraes landed 44 of 150 significant strikes for a 29 percent success rate. Assuncao, meanwhile, went 43 for 134, a 32 percent clip.
39: Significant ground strikes landed by Matthew Lopez in his first-round stoppage of Johnny Eduardo at bantamweight. As Eduardo desperately hung on to a heel hook try, Lopez unloaded with punches and hammerfists, eventually stunning his foe and forcing a stoppage 2:57 into round one.
2,800: Days since Iuri Alcantara’s last — and previously only — submission defeat, a 49-second kneebar loss to Mauricio Reis at Minotauro Combat 1 on Oct. 3, 2009. Underdog Brian Kelleher became the second man to get a tapout from “Marajo,” winning via guillotine 1:48 into the opening round on Saturday night.
63: Significant strikes by which Luan Chagas outlanded Jim Wallhead en route to a second-round submission victory in their preliminary welterweight clash. Chagas outlanded his foe 42 to 16 in round one and 53 to 16 in round two.
4: Submission attempts by Deiveson Figueiredo in his UFC debut. The Brazilian improved to 12-0 when his flyweight bout against Marco Beltran was stopped after two rounds. Figueiredo attempted two submissions apiece in rounds one and two.