UFC 232 post-event facts: Jon Jones, Amanda Nunes sport GOAT-worthy resumes

The UFC closed out its 2018 schedule on Saturday with UFC 232, which took place at The Forum in Inglewood, Calif., and aired on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

Two new champions were crowned atop the card. Jon Jones (23-1 MMA, 17-1 UFC) once again reclaimed UFC light heavyweight gold when he stopped Alexander Gustafsson (18-5 MMA, 10-5 UFC) by third-round TKO in their anticipated rematch in the main event, while Amanda Nunes (17-4 MMA, 10-1 UFC) scored a stunning 51-second knockout of Cris Cyborg (20-2 MMA, 5-1 UFC) to claim the UFC women’s featherweight championship in the co-headliner.

It was a historic event for the for the company on several levels, and the numbers back it up. For more, check below for 70 post-event facts to come out of UFC 232.

General

The UFC Promotional Guidelines Compliance payout for the event totaled $318,000.

Nunes, Ryan Hall, Alex Volkanovski and Chad Mendes earned $50,000 UFC 232 fight-night bonuses.

Debuting fighters went 0-1 on the card.

UFC 232 drew an announced attendance of 15,862 for a live gate of $2,066,604.

Betting favorites went 8-5 on the card.

Betting favorites improved to 23-15 in UFC headliners this year.

Total fight time for the 13-bout card was 1:54:14.

Main card

Jones’ 11 victories in UFC title fights are tied with Anderson Silva for third most in company history behind Georges St-Pierre (13) and Demetrious Johnson (12).

Jones’ six stoppage victories in UFC title fights are tied with Ronda Rousey for third most in company history behind Silva (nine), Matt Hughes (eight) and Johnson (seven).

Jones’ current 15-fight UFC unbeaten streak in light-heavyweight competition is the longest active streak in the division and longest in the history of the weight class. It’s also the longest UFC unbeaten streak among active fighters.

Jones’ 15-fight unbeaten streak in UFC competition is the second longest in company history behind Anderson Silva (16).

Jones’ 17 victories in UFC light-heavyweight competition are the most in divisional history.

Jones’ 10 stoppage victories in UFC light-heavyweight competition are the most in divisional history.

Jones’ 37 takedowns landed in UFC light-heavyweight competition are fourth most in divisional history behind Corey Anderson (52), Rashad Evans (50) and Ryan Bader (46).

Jones’ total fight time of 4:25:15 in UFC light-heavyweight competition is most in divisional history.

Gustafsson became the seventh fighter in UFC history to go 0-3 in championship fights. Dan Henderson, Chad Mendes, Kenny Florian, Urijah Faber, Pedro Rizzo and Chael Sonnen have also come up short in three title fights.

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By: Mike Bohn

UFC 207 Recap: Rousey KOed in 48 Seconds

Written by Kevin Iole at YahooSports.com

Ronda Rousey rode off into the sunset on Friday, a loser by knockout yet again, her future as a fighter clearly in doubt.

She was no match for Amanda Nunes, blown out in 48 seconds by the powerful punches of the women’s bantamweight champion in the main event of UFC 207 in front of a standing-room only crowd of 18,533 at T-Mobile Arena.

Rousey had made herself into mixed martial arts’ biggest star with a string of 12 sensational victories in a row, each seemingly more one-sided and dominant than the previous one.

Before losing her title by knockout to Holly Holm last year, she had won her prior three title defenses in 16, 14 and 34 seconds to Alexis Davis, Cat Zingano and Bethe Correia.

She was the belle of the ball, a great interview, always in demand and willing to satisfy every fan, media member, and the many who wanted something from her.

Her success as a fighter landed her exceptional opportunities outside the cage. She’s become an in-demand product endorser. She wrote a best-selling book and appeared in several major movies.

But after Holm knocked her out with a head kick at UFC 193 in Australia on Nov. 14, 2015, things changed dramatically for Rousey.

She went into seclusion, and outside of a few hand-picked appearances, she avoided the media.

When she was offered the title fight with Nunes, one of the conditions she gave to UFC president Dana White before agreeing to come back was that she would not have to do any media.

It didn’t appear to hurt the promotion much. The sell-out crowd paid a gate of $4.75 million and the pay-per-view seems to be tracking to exceed 1 million sales.

That was the old Rousey from a business standpoint, but unfortunately for her, it seemed that her boxing skills hadn’t evolved and she was no different than she was against Holm.

Nunes landed a hard right and a left just seconds into the fight, rocking Rousey. Nunes easily picked her apart the rest of the way, hitting her repeatedly with powerful shots until it was stopped.

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UFC 200 Recap


Written by Marissa Payne at Washington Post.com

After a rollercoaster run-up to UFC 200 that saw the main event title match between Daniel Cormier and Jon Jones pulled just two days ago, Saturday night’s event in Las Vegas went off without a hitch. New women’s bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes delivered the most exciting finish of the night, while Brock Lesnar proved he can still dominate in the Octagon. Anderson Silva proved he could still hang, while Jose Aldo made a statement in front of rival Conor McGregor.

Here’s everything that went down.

Amanda Nunes beat Miesha Tate by submission

Miesha Tate looked nervous coming into this bout and it showed as soon as bell rang to start the fight. Amanda Nunes, meanwhile, came in looking confident and dominant, so it seemed inevitable that at three minutes, 16 seconds, Nunes became the new women’s bantamweight champion by locking in a rear naked chokehold on Tate.

“I’ve been working hard for this moment for my life,” Nunes, the underdog, said. “I feel amazing.”

“She caught me fair and square,” Tate said. “I made some mistakes … and it cost me. It cost me really big.”

While Nunes said she plans to return to Brazil to celebrate her victory with her family, Tate said she’s going to retreat to Canada to regroup and hit the gym again.

“I will come back stronger from this,” she said. “I always do.”

Brock Lesnar beat Mark Hunt by unanimous decision

Brock Lesnar (6-3) said he returned to the Octagon to prove something, and, boy, did he ever. Minutes after UFC aired two advertisements for WWE products, Lesnar marched out to Metallica’s “Enter Sandman” and proceeded to disarm striking specialist Mark Hunt (12-11-1) by taking him to the ground and keeping him there. Hunt landed just 42 strikes compared to Lesnar’s 149, with a whole slew of Lesnar’s jabs coming in Round 3 when it looked like the referee might have called the fight a wrap. The two went the distance, however, and it paid off for Lesnar who may or may not come back to fight again.

“One day at a time,” the part-time WWE wrestler said, before possibly alluding to current events in Dallas, Baton Rouge, La., and Falcon Heights, Minn.

“From sea to shining sea. From one white boy to all nationalities, we gotta stand together people,” he said.

Daniel Cormier beat Anderson Silva by unanimous decision

This fight wasn’t supposed to happen. And maybe it shouldn’t have. But after Jon Jones was busted for a PED offense during an out-of-competition drug test, UFC had to scramble to find somebody for Daniel Cormier (18-1), so why not Anderson Silva (33-8), a guy that used to be the best? Well, because he’s 41 years old, just had his gallbladder removed in May and had just two days to prepare. Silva, a former middleweight champion, had a lot of trouble keeping the heavyweight former Olympian off him, which meant the fight was on the floor a lot.

The audience was not pleased.

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