The UFC made a successful return to Brazil on Saturday with UFC 224, which took place at Jeunesse Arena in Rio de Janeiro with a main card on pay-per-view following prelims on FX and UFC Fight Pass.
The 13-fight card featured a record-tying number of stoppages and was capped off by a one-sided title defense from women’s bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes (16-4 MMA, 9-1 UFC), who dominated her friend Raquel Pennington (9-6 MMA, 6-3 UFC) en route to a fifth-round TKO victory.
Nunes’ victory continued to raise her profile in the divisional record books, but she wasn’t the only fighter on the card to make some history. For more, check below for 35 post-even facts to come out of UFC 224.
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UFC 224’s featured 11 stoppages, which tied UFC Fight Night 55 for the most on a single UFC card.
The UFC Promotional Guidelines Compliance payout for the event totaled $239,500.
UFC 224 drew an announced attendance of 10,696. No live gate was announced for the card.
Betting favorites went 9-4 on the card.
Total fight time for the 13-bout card was 1:55:21.
Nunes’ three consecutive UFC title defenses are tied for second most among current champions behind flyweight titleholder Demetrious Johnson (11).
Nunes’ nine victories in UFC competition are tied with Jessica Andrade for the most for any female in company history.
Nunes’ nine victories in UFC women’s bantamweight competition are the most in divisional history.
Nunes’ seven-fight UFC winning streak in women’s bantamweight competition is the longest active streak in the division.
Nunes has earned 14 of her 16 career victories by stoppage. That includes seven of her nine UFC wins.
Nunes’ seven stoppage victories in UFC women’s bantamweight competition are most in divisional history.
Nunes’ five knockout victories in UFC women’s bantamweight competition are the most in divisional history.
Nunes’ victory at the 2:36 mark of Round 5 marked the second latest stoppage in a women’s UFC title fight – behind only Miesha Tate’s win at the 3:30 mark of Round 5 vs. Holly Holm at UFC 196.
Pennington suffered the first knockout loss of her career.
Gastelum (15-3 MMA, 10-3 UFC) improved to 3-1 (with one no-contest) since he moved up to the UFC middleweight division in December 2016. He’s 5-1 (with one no-contest) in the organization at 185 pounds.
Gastelum has landed eight knockdowns in his past seven fights.
Souza (25-6 MMA, 8-3 UFC) has alternated wins and losses over his past four fights.
Mackenzie Dern (7-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC) has earned all of her career stoppage victories by submission.
Amanda Cooper (3-4 MMA, 2-3 UFC) has suffered all four of her career losses by submission.
Cooper’s three submission losses in UFC competition are the most of any female fighter in company history.
John Lineker (31-8 MMA, 12-3 UFC) improved to 6-1 since he moved up to the UFC bantamweight division in September 2015.
Lineker improved to 12-2 in his past 14 UFC appearances.
Lineker has landed 12 knockdowns in UFC competition, but he’s never been knocked down.
Lineker’s 12 knockdowns landed in UFC competition are the most in company history for a fighter at bantamweight and lighter.
Brian Kelleher (19-9 MMA, 3-2 UFC) suffered the first knockout loss of his career.
Machida (24-8 MMA, 16-8 UFC) improved to 5-4 since he dropped to the UFC middleweight division in October 2013.
Machida’s 14 knockdowns landed in UFC competition are tied with Chuck Liddell for fourth most in company history behind Anderson Silva (18), Jeremy Stephens (18) and Donald Cerrone (17).
Machida became the first fighter in UFC history to earn two knockout victories stemming from a front kick to the head. He also beat Randy Couture with the technique at UFC 129.
Machida earned his 10th career victory against a fighter who once held a UFC, Bellator, Strikeforce or PRIDE title.
Vitor Belfort (26-14 MMA, 15-10 UFC) fell to 2-4 (with one no-contest) in his past seven fights.
Belfort has suffered nine of his 14 career losses by stoppage.
Belfort became the first fighter in UFC history to suffer two knockout losses stemming from a front kick to the head.
Belfort has suffered losses only to fighters who have won a tournament or held an undisputed title in the UFC, PRIDE or Strikeforce.
Cezar Ferreira (13-6 MMA, 9-4 UFC) improved to 5-1 since he returned to the UFC middleweight division in April 2016.
Karl Roberson (6-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC) had his six-fight winning streak snapped for the first defeat of his career.
Oleinik (56-11-1 MMA, 5-2 UFC) has earned 52 of his 56 career victories by stoppage. That includes all five of his UFC wins.
Oleinik has earned his past 15 victories by stoppage. He has earned 10 of those victories in the first round.
Oleinik’s four submission victories in UFC heavyweight competition are tied for third most in divisional history behind Frank Mir (eight) and Stefan Struve (five).
Oleinik earned the second Ezekiel-choke victory in UFC history. He was the first to win with the technique – at UFC Fight Night 103.
Junior Albini (14-4 MMA, 1-2 UFC) has suffered consecutive losses for the first time in his career.
Albini has suffered all of his career stoppage losses by submission.
Davi Ramos (8-2 MMA, 2-1 UFC) has earned seven of his eight career victories by stoppage. That includes both of his UFC wins.
Nick Hein (14-3 MMA, 4-2 UFC) suffered the first submission loss of his career.
Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos’ (19-5 MMA, 5-1 UFC) five-fight UFC winning streak in welterweight competition is tied for the third longest active streak in the division behind Kamaru Usman (seven) and Santiago Ponzinibbio (six).
Zaleski dos Santos has earned 15 of his 19 career victories by stoppage.
Sean Strickland (19-3 MMA, 6-3 UFC) fell to 4-3 since he moved to the UFC welterweight division in February 2015.
Strickland suffered the first knockout loss of his career.
Warlley Alves (12-2 MMA, 6-2 UFC) has earned eight of his 12 career victories by stoppage.
Sultan Aliev (14-3 MMA, 1-2 UFC) has suffered both of his UFC losses by knockout.
Jack Hermansson (17-4 MMA, 4-2 UFC) has earned all three of his UFC stoppage victories by knockout.
Thales Leites (27-9 MMA, 12-8 UFC) fell to 7-5 since he returned to the UFC in August 2013.
Leites fell to 2-5 in his past seven UFC appearances dating back to July 2015.
Leites suffered the first knockout loss of his career.
Alberto Mina (13-1 MMA, 3-1 UFC) had his 13-fight winning streak snapped for the first defeat of his career.
Ramazan Emeev (17-3 MMA, 2-0 UFC) was successful in his UFC welterweight debut.
Emeev improved to 14-1 in his past 15 fights. He hasn’t suffered a loss since September 2014.
Emeev has earned both of his UFC victories by decision.
James Bochnovic (8-3 MMA, 0-2 UFC) has suffered all three of his career losses by stoppage.
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Source: USA Today – MMA Junkie
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