Dustin Poirier and Justin Gaethje delivered as advertised at UFC on Fox 29.
The lightweights went toe-to-toe for more than three rounds on Saturday night at the Gila River Arena in Glendale, Arizona, but ultimately it was Poirier who emerged with a technical knockout victory 33 seconds into the fourth stanza. “The Diamond” has lost just once in nine Ultimate Fighting Championship appearances since 2015, while Gaethje will go back to the drawing board with the first two-fight skid of his promotional tenure.
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Here is a by-the-numbers look at UFC on Fox 29, with statistics courtesy of FightMetric.com.
174: Significant strikes landed Poirier, the third-highest total in a lightweight fight in UFC history. Only Tony Ferguson (199 at UFC Fight Night 98) and Nate Diaz (238 at UFC 141) have landed more in a 155-pound bout.
289: Combined significant strikes landed by Poirier and Gaethje (115), the 11th most in a bout in UFC history, regardless of weight class.
15: UFC victories since 2011 for Poirier, tying him with Max Holloway and Demetrious Johnson for second-most in promotion history during that time. Only Donald Cerrone (20) has won more.
10: UFC finishes for Poirier since 2011, tying him with Holloway and placing him behind only Cerrone (14).
50: Significant leg strikes for Gaethje, whose most effective offense came at the expense of Poirier’s lead leg. By comparison, Poirier landed 11. Forty-three percent of Gaethje’s significant strikes landed were to the legs of his opponent.
142: Significant head strikes for Poirier. Gaethje, meanwhile, landed 56. Head strikes accounted for 81 percent of Poirier’s offense overall.
21: Significant body strikes landed by Poirier; Gaethje landed nine.
0-4: Record for Carlos Condit since 2016. The former interim welterweight champion hasn’t tasted victory since a stoppage of Thiago Alves at UFC Fight Night 67 on May 30, 2015. Condit’s struggles continued on Saturday night, as he suffered a second-round submission defeat to Alex Oliveira in the UFC on Fox 29 co-main event.
9: Takedowns surrendered by Condit in his two Octagon appearances since returning from a 16-month hiatus at the end of last year. Oliveira went 3-for-3 on takedowns on Saturday, while Neil Magny landed six of nine attempts in a decision win at UFC 219. Condit has been taken down at least once in 17 of his 20 UFC/WEC appearances overall.
57: Significant strikes landed by highly-touted prospect Israel Adesanya in a split-decision win over Marvin Vettori at middleweight. Adesanya landed 57 of 123 attempts, a 46 percent success rate. By comparison, Vettori went 46 for 154, a 29 percent clip.
12: Professional appearances that ended in knockout or technical knockout before Adesanya was forced to go the distance for the first time against Vettori.
16: Unofficial media scorecards, of the 17 tracked by MMADecisions.com, that awarded the strawweight fight between Cortney Casey and Michelle Waterson to Casey. However, judges Chris Flores and Dave Hagen saw things differently, giving “The Karate Hottie” a pair of 29-28 scorecards and a split-decision victory.
25: Significant strikes by which Waterson outlanded Casey. The Jackson-Wink MMA product outlanded her foe 23 to 16 in round one, 16 to 11 in round two and 22 to nine in round three. Despite that advantage, it often appeared that Casey landed the more damaging blows in the fight.
3: Submission attempts by Casey, who was taken down three times by Waterson in the bout but managed to threaten her opponent consistently from her back.
5: Consecutive victories for Antonio Carlos Jr. after he tapped out Tim Boetsch with a rear-naked choke in the opening frame of their preliminary middleweight bout. That ranks as the second longest active winning streak in the division behind only champion Robert Whittaker (seven).
5: Rear-naked choke submission triumphs for Carlos Jr. in UFC competition, tying him with Michael Chiesa for third most in UFC history. Kenny Florian and Demian Maia are tied for first with seven rear-naked choke wins. Carlos Jr.’s other victims: Jack Marshman, Eric Spicely, Leonardo Guimaraes and Eddie Gordon.
5: Submission defeats in UFC competition for Boetsch, the second most in promotion history behind only Melvin Guillard (six).
3: Consecutive flyweight triumphs for John Moraga following his decision win over former fellow title challenger Wilson Reis. While that streak is well beyond Demetrious Johnson (13) for tops in the division, it does tie Moraga with Deiveson Figueiredo for the third-longest active run at 125 pounds. Joseph Benavidez is No. 2 with six consecutive wins.
8: UFC triumphs at flyweight for Moraga, No. 3 in promotion history behind reigning champion Demetrious Johnson (13) and Joseph Benavidez (10).
34: Significant strikes by which Moraga outlanded Reis. Total strikes were closer, however, as Moraga held a 69-to-61 edge.
8: Takedowns landed in 16 attempts for Reis, who took Moraga down at least twice in each frame. That is the second-highest figure of Reis’ UFC tenure, as he has landed nine takedowns on two different occasions in previous bouts.
4: Consecutive triumphs for Brad Tavares following his third-round technical knockout of Krzysztof Jotko in a preliminary middleweight affair. That ties him with Thiago Santos for the fourth-longest active winning streak in the division.
2,660: Days since Tavares’ last finish in the Octagon, a first-round knockout of Phil Baroni at UFC 125 on Jan. 1, 2011.
26: Combined significant strikes landed by Yushin Okami (15) and Dhiego Lima (11) in a welterweight affair that went the full three rounds. In securing a unanimous decision victory, Okami landed six of 13 takedown attempts to control the majority of the bout.
2: Omoplata submission finishes in UFC history after Adam Wieczorek accomplished the feat at the 1:59 mark of the second round against Arjan Singh Bhullar. The first: Ben Saunders tapped out Chris Heatherly with the maneuver in the opening stanza at UFC Fight Night 49 in August 2014.
14: Bouts on the UFC on Fox 29 bill, the second most in promotion history behind only UFC 2, which held 15 fights on March 11, 1994. However, UFC 2 was 15 fights in part because it included a tournament.