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It was a short night for the stars at the top of the card at UFC Sacramento.
Germaine de Randamie reaffirmed her status as one of the bantamweight division’s top contenders, as she defeated the previously unbeaten Aspen Ladd via technical knockout just 16 seconds into the evening’s headliner. While the stoppage was controversial, “The Iron Lady” was undoubtedly impressive in the abbreviated bout, potentially setting herself up for a title shot.
While that result didn’t please the crowd at the Golden 1 Center, the co-main event sent everyone in attendance into a frenzy. After a brief retirement, Urijah Faber made a triumphant return to action at 40 years old, stopping Ricky Simon in just 46 seconds. It was the first bout since December 2016 for “The California Kid,” who showed he is still a serious roadblock for the young prospects of the bantamweight division.
Here is a by-the-numbers look at UFC Fight Night 155, with statistics courtesy of UFCStats.com.
0:16: Time of de Randamie’s finish of Ladd, tying her with Ronda Rousey for the fastest knockout in UFC women’s bantamweight history. Rousey knocked out Alexis Davis in 16 seconds at UFC 175.
4: Consecutive victories for de Randamie, tying her with Ketlen Vieira for the second-longest active winning streak in the division. Reigning champion Amanda Nunes is first with eight consecutive triumphs at 135 pounds.
3: KO/TKO victories for de Randamie, tying her with Rousey for the second-most in division history. Amanda Nunes is No. 1 with six such triumphs. De Randamie’s other victims were Anna Elmose (UFC Fight Night 87) and Larissa Pacheco (UFC 185).
0:46: Time of Faber’s technical knockout of Ricky Simon in the evening’s co-main event. That checks in as the fastest finish in the 45-bout career of “The California Kid.” His fastest in UFC/WEC competition was a submission of Jens Pulver.
11: Bantamweight triumphs in UFC competition for Faber, tying him with Raphael Assuncao for second-most in the history of the division. Only T.J. Dillashaw (12) has more.
8: Knockdowns landed by Josh Emmett in featherweight bouts. That ties him with Max Holloway and Chad Mendes for second-most in the history of the UFC at 145 pounds. Emmett put Mirsad Bektic down with a jab en route to a TKO victory at the 4:25 mark of the opening stanza.
.150: Significant striking accuracy for Bektic, who landed just 10 of 65 attempts. Emmett was far more accurate, landing 27 of 52 significant strikes for a 51 percent success rate.
78: Significant strikes landed by Marvin Vettori in a unanimous decision triumph over Cezar Ferreira at middleweight. Sixty-nine of those were head strikes for “The Italian Dream,” who outlanded his foe 23 to 17 in round one, 24 to 12 in round two and 31 to 10 in round three.
108: Total strikes landed by Julianna Pena in a three-round verdict over Nicco Montano at bantamweight. By comparison, Montano landed 59.
896: Days since Pena’s last Octagon appearance, a second-round submission defeat to Valentina Shevchenko at UFC on Fox 23. Pena took a leave of absence to become a mother following that setback.
2: Knockdowns landed by Ryan Hall in a unanimous verdict over Darren Elkins in a preliminary featherweight tilt. Hall floored his adversary once each in the first and second frames. Those are the first two knockdowns of the grappling specialist’s four-bout UFC tenure.
3:54: Time of Jonathan Martinez’s third-round knockout of Pingyuan Liu. That makes it the third-latest finish in a three-round bantamweight fight in UFC history. Ricky Simon, who scored a technical submission of Merab Dvalishvili at the 5:00 mark of round three at UFC Fight Night 128, owns the latest finish.
49: Significant strikes by which Brianna Van Buren outlanded Livinha Souza in her Octagon debut. The former Invicta strawweight champion threw nearly three times as many strikes (187 to 66) as her opponent and outlanded her 19 to 12 in round one, 36 to seven in round two and 17 to four in round three.
11: Unofficial media scorecards, of the 11 tracked by MMADecisions.com, that scored the bantamweight fight between Benito Lopez and Vince Morales in favor of Morales. Cageside judges Blake Grice, Marcos Rosales and Wade Vierra saw things differently, as all three submitted 29-28 scorecards for Lopez.