UFC 221 post-event facts: Is Yoel Romero the best third-round finisher of all-time?

The UFC’s latest trip “Down Under” took place Saturday with UFC 221 at Perth Arena in Perth, Western Australia, and it aired on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

In the main event, Yoel Romero (13-2 MMA, 9-1 UFC) earned a critical victory for his career when he beat Luke Rockhold (16-4 MMA, 6-3 UFC) by third-round knockout to set himself up for a middleweight title fight.

For more on the fallout from the UFC’s 12th trip to Australia, check below for 50 post-event facts to come out of UFC 221.

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General

The UFC-Reebok Athlete Outfitting payout for the event totaled $171,000.

Jake Matthews, Li Jingliang, Israel Adesanya and Jussier Formiga earned $50,000 UFC 221 fight-night bonuses.

Debuting fighters went 1-0 on the card.

UFC 221 drew an announced attendance of 12,437 for a live gate of $2,810,520.

Betting favorites went 8-3 on the card. One fight had even odds.

Total fight time for the 12-bout card was 2:18:10.

Main card

Yoel Romero

Romero has earned 11 of his 13 career victories by knockout. That includes seven of his nine wins under the UFC banner.

Romero’s seven knockout victories in UFC middleweight competition are tied for third most in divisional history behind Anderson Silva (eight) and Thiago “Marreta” Santos (eight).

Romero’s six third-round stoppage victories in UFC competition are tied with featherweight champ Max Holloway (six) and UFC Hall of Famer Randy Couture for most in company history. Romero leads the category in knockouts.

Rockhold has alternated wins and losses over his past four fights.

Rockhold has suffered all four of his career losses by knockout.

Curtis Blaydes

Curtis Blaydes’ (9-1 MMA, 4-1 UFC) three-fight UFC winning streak in heavyweight competition is tied for the second longest active streak in the division behind champ Stipe Miocic (six).

Blaydes’ 10 takedowns landed tied the record for second most in a single UFC heavyweight fight behind Cain Velasquez’s 11 takedowns landed at UFC 155.

Mark Hunt (13-12-1 MMA, 8-6-1 UFC) suffered the first decision loss of his career.

Tai Tuivasa (7-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC) has earned all seven of his career victories by first-round knockout.

Cyril Asker (9-4 MMA, 2-3 UFC) has alternated wins and losses over his five-fight UFC career.

Asker has suffered all four of his career losses by stoppage.

Asker has suffered all three of his UFC losses by knockout.

Jake Matthews

Matthews (12-3 MMA, 6-3 UFC) improved to 2-0 since he moved up to the UFC welterweight division in November.

Jingliang (14-5 MMA, 6-3 UFC) has suffered four of his five career losses by decision.

Tyson Pedro (7-1 MMA, 3-1 UFC) had earned all seven of his career victories by first-round stoppage.

Pedro has earned five of his seven career victories by submission.

Pedro earned the first kimura victory in UFC light-heavyweight competition since Phil Davis at UFC 123 in November 2010.

Saparbeg Safarov (8-2 MMA, 0-2 UFC) has suffered consecutive losses after starting his career on an eight-fight winning streak.

Safarov suffered the first submission loss of his career.

Preliminary card

“Maestro” Dong Hyun Kim

”Maestro” Dong Hyun Kim (16-8-3 MMA, 3-2 UFC) improved to 3-1 since he dropped to the UFC lightweight division in June 2016.

Damien Brown (16-12 MMA, 2-4 UFC) suffered his third consecutive loss. He hasn’t earned a victory since November 2016.

Brown has suffered three of his four UFC losses by decision.

Adesanya (12-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) has earned all of his career victories by knockout.

Rob Wilkinson (11-2 MMA, 0-2 UFC) has suffered consecutive losses after starting his career on an 11-fight winning streak.

Wilkinson has suffered both of his career losses by knockout.

Alexander Volkanovski

Alex Volkanovski (17-1 MMA, 4-0 UFC) extended his winning streak to 14 fights. He hasn’t suffered a defeat since May 2013.

Volkanovski has earned 13 of his 17 career victories by stoppage.

Volkanovski has landed 14 takedowns in his four UFC appearances.

Jeremy Kennedy (11-1 MMA, 3-1 UFC) had his 11-fight winning streak snapped for the first defeat of his career.

Formiga’s (21-5 MMA, 7-4 UFC) seven victories in UFC flyweight competition are tied for third most in divisional history behind champ Demetrious Johnson (13) and Joseph Benavidez (10).

Jussier Formiga

Formiga has earned all of his career stoppage victories by submission.

Formiga’s three submission victories in UFC flyweight competition are tied for second most in divisional history behind Johnson (five).

Ben Nguyen (17-7 MMA, 4-2 UFC) has suffered all seven of his career losses by stoppage.

Nguyen suffered his first submission loss since his pro debut on Dec. 2, 2006 – a span of 4,088 days (more than 11 years) and 23 fights.

Ross Pearson (20-14 MMA, 12-11 UFC) snapped his four-fight losing skid for his first victory since March 2016.

Ross Pearson

Pearson improved to 7-7 (with one no-contest) since he returned to the UFC lightweight division in December 2012.

Mizuto Hirota (18-9-2 MMA, 1-4-1 UFC) was unsuccessful in his UFC lightweight debut.

Hirota has suffered eight of his nine career losses by decision.

Jose Quinonez’s (7-2 MMA, 4-1 UFC) four-fight UFC winning streak in bantamweight competition is tied with Pedro Munhoz for the second longest active streak in the division behind Jimmie Rivera (five).

Quinonez has earned three of his four UFC victories by decision.

Teruto Ishihara (10-5-2 MMA, 3-3-1 UFC) was unsuccessful in his UFC bantamweight debut.

Ishihara has suffered all three of his UFC losses by decision.

Daichi Abe (6-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC) had his six-fight winning streak snapped for the first defeat of his career.

For complete coverage of UFC 221, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

FightMetric research analyst and live statistics producer Michael Carroll contributed to this story. Follow him on Twitter @MJCflipdascript.

 

Source: USA Today – MMA Junkie

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