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Three years ago, Francis Ngannou wasn’t ready for the moment. Now, he’s the scariest man in mixed martial arts.
Ngannou claimed heavyweight gold with a second-round knockout of Stipe Miocic in the UFC 260 headliner at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas on Saturday night. In victory, the Cameroonian-born Frenchman avenged a previous loss to Miocic in January 2018 and potentially set up a lucrative showdown with former light heavyweight king Jon Jones later this year.
Here is a by-the-numbers look at UFC 260, with statistics courtesy of UFCStats.com.
17: Heavyweight champions in UFC history. Ngannou became the 17th by defeating Miocic, the man with the most successful title defenses in the history of the division.
36: Significant strikes landed by Ngannou. Miocic, meanwhile, landed 12 in defeat. That total included a 28-to-3 advantage in significant strikes to the head.
2: Knockdowns landed by Ngannou, giving him eight during his tenure with the Las Vegas-based promotion.
10: Career KO/TKO wins for Ngannou, moving him into a tie with Cain Velasquez, Michael Bisping, Junior dos Santos and Donald Cerrone for sixth-most in promotion history. That figure also ranks No. 2 at heavyweight behind only Derrick Lewis (12).
1: Takedown landed in two attempts by Ngannou, while Miocic failed on his lone takedown attempt of the fight. In their first meeting at UFC 220, Miocic landed six of 14 takedowns in a five-round decision victory.
5: Consecutive victories for Ngannou, the second longest of his UFC career (He had a six-bout winning streak to kick off his promotional tenure). The current streak is currently tied with Ciryl Gane for the longest active winning streak in the heavyweight division.
12: Finishes in UFC competition for Vicente Luque, tying him with Matt Hughes for the second most in the history of the welterweight division behind Matt Brown (13). Luque submitted former 170-pound king Tyron Woodley with a brabo choke 3:56 into the opening round of Saturday’s co-main event.
.750: Significant striking accuracy for Luque, who landed 25 of 33 attempts in the abbreviated bout. Woodley landed 18 of 40 significant strikes, a 45 percent success rate.
86: Significant strikes landed by Sean O’Malley in a third round knockout win over Thomas Almeida at 135 pounds. By comparison, Almeida landed just 25 significant strikes. O’Malley also scored two knockdowns in the victory.
1-5: Record since 2016 for Almeida, who was once one of the sport’s top prospects. The Brazilian began his professional tenure with 21 consecutive triumphs, including four under the UFC banner.
10: UFC flyweight appearances for Gillian Robertson, the most in the history of the women’s division. In a decision loss to Miranda Maverick, Robertson moved ahead of Roxanne Modafferi and Katlyn Chookagian and into sole possession of the top spot.
44: Significant strikes by which Maverick outlanded Robertson. Maverick also held a 131-to-32 edge in total strikes landed.
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7: Career KO/TKO losses among eight career defeats for Khama Worthy, who was dropped and finished by Jamie Mullarkey 46 seconds into the opening round of their featured lightweight showdown.
+2000: Odds for Alonzo Menifield to win by submission against short-notice foe Fabio Cherant. Menifield used a shoulder choke — or Von Flue choke — to tap Cherant 71 seconds into the opening stanza of their light heavyweight encounter.
4: Fighters in UFC history to win a bout via Von Flue choke. Menifield joines Jason Von Flue, Ovince St. Preux and Jordan Rinaldo as the only athletes to execute that submission in the Octagon.
8: First-round finishes among 10 professional triumphs for Menifield, whose other two triumphs ended in the second frame.
17: Unofficial media scorecards, of the 18 tracked by MMADecisions.com, that awarded the light heavyweight fight between Michal Oleksiejczuk and Modestas Bukauskas to Bukauskas. However, judges Ron McCarthy and Tony Weeks submitted 29-28 scorecards in favor of Oleksiejczuk, giving the Polish fighter a split-decision victory.
58: Significant strikes landed by Bukauskas. By comparison, Oleksiejczuk landed 58. Bukauskas outlanded his foe 18 to 14 in Round 1 and 23 to 20 in Round 2, while Oleksiejczuk held a 22-to-17 edge in Round 3.
4:56: Time of Marc-Andre Barriault’s third-round technical knockout of Abu Azaitar, the second latest stoppage for a three-round fight in UFC middleweight history. The latest occurred when Garreth McLellan stopped Bubba Bush 4:58 into Round 3 of their 185-pound scrap at UFC Fight Night 76 on Oct. 24, 2015.
52: Significant strikes by which Barriault outlanded Azaitar in the third round of their middleweight bout. Barriault also held a 90-to-15 edge in total strikes landed in the round.
24: Significant stirkes by which Azaitar outlanded Barriault in Round 1 before fading as the bout progressed.
979: Days since Azaitar’s Octagon debut and last bout, a decision win over Vitor Miranda at UFC Fight Night 134 on July 22, 2018. Azaitar’s loss to Barriault ended a 10-bout professional unbeaten streak for the Moroccan dating back to 2013.