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Conor McGregor announced his return in the most emphatic fashion possible at UFC 246.
The “Notorious” Irishman made short work of Donald Cerrone in Saturday’s headliner at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, putting away a dazed “Cowboy” via technical knockout just 40 seconds into the opening round of their welterweight bout. It was the second-fastest finish of McGregor’s UFC tenure, just behind his memorable 13-second stoppage of Jose Aldo in a featherweight title bout in December 2015.
Here is a by-the-numbers look at UFC 246, with statistics courtesy of UFCStats.com.
19: Significant strikes landed by McGregor. That total included 13 on the ground, three at range and three in the clinch.
.730: Significant striking accuracy for McGregor, who landed 19 of his 26 attempts.
3: Weight classes in which McGregor has earned KO/TKO victories during his UFC career. The SBG Ireland representative has stopped opponents at featherweight, lightweight and now, featherweight.
0: Significant strikes landed by Cerrone in defeat. “Cowboy” hasn’t landed 0 significant strikes in a bout since a 56-second submission victory against Kenneth Alexander at WEC 30 on Sept. 5, 2007. That victory was later overturned to a no contest due to a failed drug test by Cerrone. Cerrone was able to attempt just one significant strike in the abbreviated bout.
81: Total strikes landed by Holly Holm in a largely uneventful unanimous decision victory over Raquel Pennington in the evening’s bantamweight co-main event. Pennington, meanwhile, landed 55 total strikes.
38: Significant strikes landed by Pennington. By comparison, Holm landed 30.
28: Significant clinch strikes for Pennington. Holm, despite controlling much of the positioning in these instances, landed just 10 significant clinch strikes.
84: Combined significant strikes landed by Holm (44) and Pennington (40) in their first meeting on Feb. 28, 2015. Holm won that contest via split decision.
6: Submissions in UFC competition for Alexey Oleynik after he tapped Maurice Greene with an armbar at the 4:38 mark of Round 2. That ties him with Stefan Struve for the second most in heavyweight history. Only Frank Mir (eight) has more.
46: Career submission victories for Oleynik, among 57 wins overall, over the course of a professional career that began in 1996.
3: Submission attempts for Oleynik. The 42-year-old Russian also landed three of three takedown attempts against Greene.
6: Consecutive victories for Diego Ferreira, tying him with Islam Makhachev and Charles Oliveira for the third-longest active winning streak in the lightweight division. Ferreira submitted Anthony Pettis with a rear-naked choke in the second-round of their main card bout.
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10: Guard passes executed by Roxanne Modafferi in a unanimous decision victory against Maycee Barber at flyweight. Modafferi also outlanded her opponent by a 112-to-25 count in total strikes and scored a knockdown in the second stanza.
4: Consecutive victories for Sodiq Yusuff, tying him with Dan Ige and Hakeem Dawodu for the fourth-longest active winning streak in the UFC’s featherweight division. Alexander Volkanovski, Arnold Allen and Zabit Magomedsharipov are tied for first with six straight victories. Yusuff defeated Andre Fili via unanimous decision in a preliminary contest.
73: Significant strikes landed by Yusuff. “Super” Sodiq built an early lead on the scorecards, outlanding Fili 35 to 23 in Round 1 and 22 to 6 in Round 2.
5-1: Record for Drew Dober in UFC lightweight bouts since 2017. The 31-year-old Elevation Fight Team representative scored one of his most impressive wins to date at UFC 246, knocking out highly-regarded prospect Nasrat Haqparast 1:10 into the opening round of their preliminary bout.
118: Significant strikes landed by Sabina Mazo in a split-decision triumph over J.J. Aldrich in a preliminary flyweight clash. By comparison, Aldrich landed 50. Despite that difference, eight of the 14 unofficial media scorers tracked by MMADecisions.com had Aldrich winning the bout.
323: Significant strikes attempted by Mazo, more than twice as many as Aldrich (144). Mazo attempted 133 significant strikes in the second round alone.