It was a chaotic day for the UFC, but the night belonged to Eddie Alvarez.
The former Bellator champ added yet another belt to his trophy case with a shocking first-round stoppage of Rafael dos Anjos in the UFC Fight Night “Dos Anjos vs. Alvarez” headliner at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Saturday night. The end came 3:49 into the period as the Brazilian wilted under the pressure of a furious Alvarez barrage.
It was a memorable beginning to a massive weekend of fights, so there are plenty of facts and figures to examine. Here is a by-the-numbers looks at UFC Fight Night, with statistics courtesy of FightMetric.com.
8: Undisputed lightweight champions in UFC history after Alvarez completed his first-round TKO triumph over dos Anjos.
2: First-round KO/TKO finishes in UFC lightweight title fights, including Alvarez’s finish on Thursday night. The other such ending came in December, when dos Anjos stopped Donald Cerrone 66 seconds into the initial stanza at UFC on Fox 17.
33: Significant strikes by which Alvarez outlanded dos Anjos during his first-round blitz. All told, Alvarez landed 45 of 78 significant strikes, a 57 percent clip.
1: Fighter in history to win championships in both Bellator MMA and the UFC after Alvarez accomplished the feat with his victory over dos Anjos.
4: Consecutive victories for Derrick Lewis following his split-decision triumph over Roy Nelson in the heavyweight co-main event. That ties him with current No. 1 contender Alistair Overeem for the longest winning streak in the division.
4: Significant strikes landed by Roy Nelson in the 15-minute affair. While “Big Country” landed two significant strikes apiece against Cheick Kongo and Dave Herman, both of those bouts were first-round knockout victories. Against Lewis, Nelson opted for a grappling-heavy approach. By comparison, Lewis landed 37 significant strikes, 21 of which came in the clinch.
7: Takedowns landed by Nelson in 10 attempts, career-high for the portly heavyweight. Nelson’s previous best of four came against Josh Barnett in a loss at UFC Fight Night in Japan last September.
3: Knockdowns landed by Alan Jouban in the first two rounds of his welterweight matchup with Belal Muhammad. Jouban, who won via unanimous decision, held a 43-to-20 edge in significant strikes during that time.
100: Combined significant strikes landed by Muhammad (57) and Jouban (43) during a wild third round. Muhammad had Jouban on his heels for most of the stanza but was unable to complete the comeback before the final horn sounded.
25: Seconds needed for Joseph Duffy to finish Mitch Clarke, making it the fourth-quickest submission in UFC lightweight history. The top three: Marcus Aurelio (16 seconds at UFC Fight Night 13), Terry Etim (17 seconds at UFC 138) and Teemu Packalen (24 seconds at UFC Fight Night 84).
5: Knockdowns suffered by Mike Pyle in his last six UFC outings. On Thursday, “Quicksand” was dropped by an Alberto Mina flying knee just before being finished at the 1:17 mark in round two.
13: Consecutive wins — including three in the UFC — to begin his professional career for the 34-year-old Mina. All but one of those triumphs have occurred via KO, TKO or submission.
84: Significant strikes landed by John Makdessi in his split-decision triumph over Mehdi Baghdad at lightweight. That figure notably includes a 27-to-8 advantage in body shots.
66: Total strikes by which Anthony Birchak outlanded Dileno Lopes in their bantamweight encounter. Birchak was at his best in rounds one (50 to 8) and two (34 to 12) en route to earning a split-decision victory. Birchak outlanded Lopes 101 to 35 overall and 41 to 25 in significant strikes.
10: Takedowns successfully defended out of 12 attempts by Birchak.
3: Armbar submissions in UFC competition for Gilbert Burns, tying him with Jeremy Horn, Ronda Rousey and Dustin Hazelett for second most in promotion history. Only UFC Hall of Famer Royce Gracie (four) has more such finishes. Burns earned a tapout from Lukasz Sajewski with the maneuver 4:57 into the opening round of their lightweight clash.
5: Consecutive submissions to begin UFC Fight Night, making it the first modern card in promotion history to begin with that many submissions. Vicente Luque, Marco Beltran, Burns, Felipe Arantes and Pedro Munhoz all earned tapout victories to kick off the evening.