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The
Ultimate Fighting Championship
kicked off its 2021 campaign
with three events in seven days at the Etihad Arena in Abu Dhabi,
United Arab Emirates.
UFC on ABC 1
,
UFC on ESPN 20
and
UFC 257
bore witness to a generational performance from former
featherweight champion Max
Holloway
, the continued climb of welterweight contender
Michael
Chiesa
and the brilliant brush strokes of vengeful
American Top Team
ace Dustin
Poirier
.

As the UFC prepares to flip the calendar to February, a look at
some of the numbers spawned by its three shows in the month gone
by:

35: Bouts staged by the promotion across three
Fight Island events. They resulted in 21 decisions (60%), 10
knockouts (28.6%) and four submissions (11.4%).

445: Significant strikes landed by Holloway—he set
a single-fight UFC record—during his five-round unanimous decision
over Calvin
Kattar
in the UFC on ABC 1 main event on Jan. 16. In fact, the
Hawaiian set single-fight records in seven other categories:
striking differential (312), significant strikes attempted (744),
distance strikes landed (439), significant head strikes landed
(274), significant body strikes landed (117), total strikes landed
(447) and total strikes attempted (746).

120: Total strikes by which former
World Extreme Cagefighting
champion Carlos
Condit
outlanded Matt Brown in
his unanimous decision over “The Immortal” in the UFC on ABC 1
co-headliner. Condit landed 157 strikes while absorbing only 37 in
return, the differential a byproduct of the two takedowns he
completed and the one reversal he executed in the 15-minute affair.
It marked the first time “The Natural Born Killer” had secured
multiple takedowns in a fight since he defeated Thiago Alves
in the UFC Fight Night 67 main event on May 30, 2015.

2,030: Days between losses for Santiago
Ponzinibbio
. His knockout loss to Jingliang
Li
in the first round of their UFC on ABC 1 welterweight
showcase was his first setback since June 27, 2015 and snapped the
Argentinian’s seven-fight winning streak.

116: Combined victories between the four men
Chiesa has beaten since he relocated to the welterweight division.
“The Ultimate Fighter” Season 15 winner took a unanimous decision
from Neil
Magny
in the UFC on ESPN 20 main event on Jan. 20 to improve to
4-0 in his new eight class. It followed victories over Condit,
Rafael dos
Anjos
and Diego
Sanchez
, all three of whom have surpassed the 30-win plateau
for their careers.

155: Seconds needed by Warlley
Alves
to put away Mounir
Lazzez
with a volley of body kicks and follow-up punches in the
UFC on ESPN 20 co-headliner. It was the Brazilian’s first stoppage
inside one round since he submitted Colby
Covington
with a guillotine choke on Dec. 12, 2015.

.833: Knockout percentage for Isaac
Villanueva
after he blew away Vinicius
Moreira
just 39 seconds into the second round of their UFC on
ESPN 20 light heavyweight feature. It was Villanueva’s 15th career
win by knockout—the former Fury Fighting Championship titleholder
has 18 total victories—but the first to occur outside the first
round.

19: Wins under the UFC banner for Poirier after he
dismissed former two-division champion Conor
McGregor
in the UFC 257 headliner on Jan. 23, tying him with
Rafael dos
Anjos
for seventh on the promotion’s all-time list. Only
Donald
Cerrone
(23), Demian Maia
(22), Jim
Miller
(21), Jon Jones
(20), Georges St.
Pierre
(20) and Michael
Bisping
(20) have more.

3: Consecutive first-round finishes for Michael
Chandler
. The three-time Bellator
MMA
lightweight champion dazzled in his long-awaited Octagon
debut, as he cut down Dan Hooker
with punches 2:30 into their UFC 257 co-main event. Chandler exited
the Bellator stage in August following back-to-back first-round
knockouts of Sidney
Outlaw
and Benson
Henderson
.

148: Significant strikes landed by Joanne
Calderwood
during her unanimous decision over Jessica Eye
in their UFC 257 women’s flyweight showcase. It was the highest
total by any competitor in a three-round fight during the month of
January. Calderwood delivered 53 such shots to the body, 52 to the
head and 43 to the legs. Advertisement


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