Conor McGregor made history at Madison Square Garden on Saturday, knocking out Eddie Alvarez in the UFC 205 headliner to become the first simultaneous two-division champion in the history of the Las Vegas-based promotion.
It was a virtuoso performance from the Irishman, as he stalked his opponent and floored him repeatedly before finishing off the victory 3:04 into the second stanza. The sport’s biggest star got just a little bit bigger as mixed martial arts broke new ground in New York, and his future could prove to be very interesting indeed.
It’s no surprise that the UFC’s first journey to the Empire State was a memorable one, and that wasn’t only because of McGregor. Now, it’s time to review the many facts and figures that accompanied that maiden voyage. Here is a by-the-numbers look at UFC 205 (online betting), with statistics courtesy of FightMetric.com.
9: Lightweight champions in UFC history. With his victory, McGregor joins Jens Pulver, Sean Sherk, B.J. Penn, Frankie Edgar, Benson Henderson, Anthony Pettis, Rafael dos Anjos and Alvarez as the only men to hold the 155-pound belt.
3: Fighters who have won UFC titles in two divisions. While McGregor is the first to hold two belts simultaneously, Penn and Randy Couture previously won belts in two separate weight classes during their UFC careers.
23: Significant strikes by which McGregor outlanded Alvarez. The Dublin native outlanded his foe 18 to 6 in round one and 14 to 3 in round two.
3: Knockdowns landed by McGregor, the second time he has floored his opponent three times in a UFC bout. The SBG Ireland representative joins Anderson Silva and John Lineker as the only fighters to land three knockdowns in a fight on two different occasions.
3: Draws in UFC championship history after Woodley and Thompson battled to a majority draw. The other two: B.J. Penn vs. Caol Uno (UFC 41) and Frankie Edgar vs. Gray Maynard (UFC 125).
8: Media members who scored the bout in favor of Woodley, according to MMADecisions.com. Twelve others scored the contest a draw, while two had it in favor of Thompson.
113: Total strikes landed by Woodley. Thompson, meanwhile landed 60. Woodley outlanded his foe 45 to 1 in round one, 14 to 7 in round two and 38 to 21 in round four. Thompson held a 10-to-8 edge in round three and a 21-to-8 advantage in round five.
61: Significant strikes landed by Woodley. By comparison, Thompson landed 43.
1: Takedown landed by Woodley in the opening stanza. Despite his wrestling credentials, Woodley has landed just four takedowns overall in UFC competition, with three of those coming against Carlos Condit at UFC 171.
171: Significant strikes landed by Joanna Jedrzejczyk against Karolina Kowalkiewicz, the 10th most ever in a UFC bout. Jedrzejczyk also holds the second-highest (220) and seventh-highest (176) figures all-time. Kowalkiewicz, meanwhile, landed just 50 significant strikes in the 115-pound title tilt.
44: Significant body strikes for Jedrzejczyk; Kowalkiewicz had just 11.
64: Significant leg strikes landed by Jedrzejczyk. By comparison, Kowalkiewicz landed three.
45: Significant clinch strikes by Jedrzejczyk. Kowalkiewicz, meanwhile, landed 14.
4: Consecutive strawweight title defenses for Jedrzejczyk following her unanimous decision victory over Kowalkiewicz. That’s the second-most consecutive belt defenses behind only reigning flyweight champ Demetrious Johnson, who has eight.
2: Fighters in UFC with two victories via flying-knee KO. Yoel Romero, who finished Chris Weidman 24 seconds into the third round with a flying knee, joined Diego Sanchez as the only two fighters to accomplish the feat. The American Top Team product’s previously victory via flying knee occurred against Clifford Starks in his promotional debut at UFC on Fox 7.
6: KO/TKO victories for Romero since he joined the UFC in 2013. That ties him with Conor McGregor and Derrick Lewis for the most during that timeframe.
5: Third-round finishes for Romero in UFC competition. That ties him with Randy Couture for the most in promotion history.
8: Consecutive victories for Romero, tying him for the fifth-longest active winning streak in the UFC. Only Jon Jones (13), Demetrious Johnson (10), Tony Ferguson (nine) and Max Holloway (nine) currently have longer winning streaks than the “Soldier of God.”
1: Takedown landed in eight attempts by Weidman against Romero, an Olympic silver medalist in freestyle wrestling. Weidman’s career takedown accuracy stands at 55 percent. Romero, meanwhile, landed two of three takedown attempts.
6: Bantamweight victories in the UFC for Raquel Pennington following her three-round verdict over ex-champ Miesha Tate on Saturday. That figure ties her for the most victories in the history of the division.
111: Total strikes landed by Pennington. By comparison, Tate landed 48.
4: Consecutive victories for Pennington, tying her for the longest-active winning streak in the women’s bantamweight division.
.520: Significant striking accuracy for Frankie Edgar against Jeremy Stephens. Edgar landed 40 of 76 significant strikes en route to a unanimous decision triumph. Stephens, meanwhile, was far less accurate, landing 33 of 146 strikes, a 22 percent clip.
1,306: Career significant strikes landed by Edgar, No. 2 all-time behind Michael Bisping (1,533).
5:01:53: Total Octagon time for Stephens, who spent 15 minutes in the Octagon against Edgar to surpass Gleison Tibau (4:53:00) and Tito Ortiz (5:00:53) and move into sixth place all-time. Edgar ranks first in total fight time at 6:17:49.
5: Takedowns landed in 14 attempts by Edgar, the seventh time in his promotional tenure that “The Answer” has landed at least five takedowns.
7: Fighters in UFC history to win their first eight bouts in the Octagon. By submitting Michael Johnson in the third round, Khabib Nurmagomedov accomplished the feat, joining Anderson Silva, Royce Gracie, Junior dos Santos, Chris Weidman, Jon Fitch and Lyoto Machida.
637: Days since the last kimura submission in UFC competition, when Ray Borg tapped Chris Kelades at UFC Fight Night “Henderson vs. Thatch” on Feb. 14, 2015. Nurmagomedov submitted Johnson with the maneuver 2:31 into the third round of their lightweight encounter at UFC 205.
120: Total strikes by which Nurmagomedov outlanded Johnson. “The Eagle” grounded his foe in each frame, leading to a 140-to-20 edge in total strikes and a 94-to-19 advantage in significant strikes. Nurmagomedov outlanded Johnson by a whopping 73-to-1 margin in total strikes in the second stanza alone.
88: Significant ground strikes landed by Nurmagomedov, the third highest figure ever in a UFC bout. Neil Magny holds the record with 100 significant ground strikes landed against Hector Lombard at UFC Fight Night 85 on March 19.
7: Consecutive lightweight victories for Nurmagomedov, the second-longest active streak in the division behind only Tony Ferguson (nine). The Dagestani grappler has actually won eight straight fights, but one of those victories occurred at a catch-weight.
4: Consecutive finishes for Vicente Luque following his first-round knockout of Belal Muhammad at welterweight. That ties him with three others for the second longest active finishing streak in the promotion. Nikita Krylov is first with five straight finishes in the Octagon. Luque’s four straight wins are also the third-longest active winning streak in the promotion behind Demian Maia.
5: Welterweights in UFC history to earn four straight finishes. On Saturday, Luque joined Thiago Alves, Matt Hughes, Matt Brown and Marcus Davis in that group.
17: UFC triumphs for Jim Miller following his unanimous verdict over Thiago Alves in a preliminary clash. Since Alves missed weight and the bout was contested at a catch-weight, the victory will not go toward Miller’s lightweight win tally. He remains tied for No. 1 all-time in the divison with Gleison Tibau with 16 155-pound triumphs.
36: Career submission attempts for Miller, No. 1 in UFC history. The New Jersey native attempted one submission in the third round against Alves. Chris Lytle is second with 31.
4:Takedowns landed in seven attempts by Liz Carmouche in her split decision triumph over Katlyn Chookagian at bantamweight. “Girl-Rilla” has landed at least one take down in all of her Octagon appearances except against Ronda Rousey in a 135-pound title bout at UFC 157.