The UFC made its return to Abu Dhabi after five years Saturday with UFC 242, which took place at The Arena at Yas Island with a main card that aired on pay-per-view following prelims on FX and UFC Fight Pass/ESPN+.
Khabib Nurmagomedov (28-0 MMA, 12-0 UFC) once again proved his dominance in the main event when he defended his UFC lightweight title for a second time with a third-round submission of Dustin Poirier (25-6 MMA, 17-5 UFC), who came into the fight an interim champion.
Nurmagomedov’s finish was one of six on the 13-fight card. For more on the numbers, check below for 40 post-event facts about UFC 242.
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The UFC Promotional Guidelines Compliance payout for the event totaled $221,500.
Nurmagomedov, Ottman Azaitar, Belal Muhammad and Muslim Salikhov earned $50,000 UFC 242 fight-night bonuses.
Debuting fighters went 1-3 on the card.
UFC 242 did not have a live gate or attendance announced.
Betting favorites went 8-5 on the card.
Betting favorites improved to 13-15 (one fight had even odds) in UFC headliners this year.
Total fight time for the 13-bout card was 2:36:48.
Nurmagomedov’s 28-fight winning streak is the longest among active UFC fighters.
Nurmagomedov’s 11-fight UFC winning streak in lightweight competition is the second longest active streak in the division behind Tony Ferguson (12).
Nurmagomedov’s 12-fight UFC winning streak is tied with Ferguson for the longest active streak in the company.
Nurmagomedov is one of two fighters in UFC history to earn 12 consecutive octagon victories to start a career with the organization. Anderson Silva also accomplished the feat.
Nurmagomedov has landed 57 takedowns in UFC lightweight competition, the second most ind divisional history behind Gleison Tibau (84).
Nurmagomedov joined Anthony Pettis as the only lightweight champions in UFC history to earn back-to-back title defenses by submission.
Poirier fell to 9-2 (with one no-contest) since he returned to the UFC lightweight division in April 2015.
Poirier suffered his first submission loss since May 15, 2012 – a span of 2,671 days (more than seven years) and 18 fights.
Poirier has suffered four of his five UFC losses by stoppage.
Paul Felder (17-4 MMA, 9-4 UFC) improved to 7-2 in his past nine UFC appearances dating back to January 2016.
Edson Barboza (20-8 MMA, 14-8 UFC) fell to 1-4 in his past five fights dating back to December 2017.
Islam Makhachev’s (18-1 MMA, 7-1 UFC) six-fight UFC winning streak in lightweight competition is tied for the third longest active streak in the division behind Ferguson (12) and Nurmagomedov (11).
Makhachev has earned four of his seven UFC victories by decision.
Davi Ramos (10-3 MMA, 4-2 UFC) has suffered both of his career losses by decision.
Curtis Blaydes’s (12-2 MMA, 7-2 UFC) 45 takedowns landed in UFC heavyweight competition are most in divisional history.
Shamil Abdurakhimov (20-5 MMA, 5-3 UFC) has suffered all three of his UFC losses by knockout.
Mairbek Taisumov (27-6 MMA, 7-2 UFC) has suffered both of his UFC losses by decision.
Joanne Calderwood (14-4 MMA, 6-4 UFC) improved to 4-1 in UFC women’s flyweight competition. She’s 6-1 in her career at 125 pounds.
Calderwood’s four victories in UFC women’s flyweight competition are tied for most in divisional history.
Calderwood has earned four of her six UFC victories by decision.
Andrea Lee (11-3 MMA, 3-1 UFC) has suffered two of her three career losses by decision.
Sarah Moras (6-5 MMA, 3-4 UFC) snapped her three-fight losing skid for her first victory since September 2017.
Liana Jojua (7-3 MMA, 0-1 UFC) suffered the first knockout loss of her career.
Azaitar (12-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) has earned 11 of his 12 career victories by stoppage.
Teemu Packalen (8-3 MMA, 1-3 UFC) has suffered both his career stoppage losses by knockout.
Muhammad (16-3 MMA, 7-3 UFC) earned the first submission victory of his career.
Takashi Sato (15-3 MMA, 1-1 UFC) has suffered all three of his career losses by stoppage.
Salikhov (15-2 MMA, 2-1 UFC) has earned 14 of his 15 career victories by stoppage. Both of his UFC wins are by knockout.
Nordine Taleb (15-7 MMA, 7-5 UFC) fell to 1-3 in his past four fights dating back to December 2017.
Taleb has suffered five of his seven career losses by stoppage.
Omari Akhmedov (18-4-1 MMA, 7-3-1 UFC) improved to 2-0-1 since he returned to the UFC middleweight division in December 2017. He’s 3-0-1 in the weight class overall under the UFC banner.
Zak Cummings (23-7 MMA, 8-4 UFC) fell to 2-1 since he moved up to the middleweight division in December 2018.
Cummings has suffered five of his seven career losses by decision.
Don Madge (9-3-1 MMA, 2-0 UFC) earned the first decision victory of his career.
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Source: USA Today – MMA Junkie
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