Fight Facts: UFC 258

By: Jay Pettry
Feb 15, 2021

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Fight Facts is a breakdown of all of the interesting information and Octagon oddities on every card, with some puns, references and portmanteaus to keep things fun. These deep stat dives delve into the numbers, providing historical context and telling the stories behind those numbers.

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The Ultimate Fighting Championship crashed into the station with a 10-fight event that struggled with pace but delivered when it needed. UFC 258 featured a record-tying win streak, a shocking submission that defied all odds and comeback for the ages from a returning up-and-comer.

He May Be Alone on Top Soon: Kamaru Usman’s victory over Gilbert Burns extends his UFC win streak to 13 straight, tying lightweight king Khabib Nurmagomedov for the longest active win streak in the promotion. He is tied with several other fighters for the second-longest win streak in company history, and they all trail Anderson Silva with 16.

But GSP Stands High Above: The 13 consecutive triumphs at welterweight for Usman sets the record for the most back-to-back wins in UFC 170-pound history. Of note, Georges St. Pierre’s 13-fight win streak included one trip to middleweight.

A Nightmare, an Eagle and a Spider Walk into a Bar: Thirteen wins in as many appearances ties Nurmagomedov for the second-best start to a UFC career. Only Silva stands above the aforementioned champs, as "The Spider" won each of his first 16 UFC bouts.

Alexa, Read My Scorecards: Alexa Grasso took home a hard-fought decision over Maycee Barber in the co-main event. Since starting her career with three sub-minute knockouts, the fighter from Mexico has gone the distance in 11 of 13 matches.

The Missile Crisis Surges On: By tapping out Maki Pitolo in a comeback performance with a late anaconda choke, Julian Marquez retained his flawless finish rate of 100 percent.

Return to Form: Of the various anaconda chokes performed throughout company history, four have now taken place at the middleweight category. Marquez’ is the first to take place in Round 3.

Cracking the Coconut: Coming at the 4:17 mark of the third frame, Marquez’ tapout of “Coconut Bombz” is the ninth-latest submission in UFC middleweight history.

Contender Series Everywhere: Before Saturday, Marquez’ last win came over Darren Stewart at UFC on Fox 26 in December 2017. At that time, 12 of the other 19 fighters on the card had yet to join the UFC roster.

Still a Long Year Ahead: Anthony Hernandez scored the biggest UFC betting upset of 2021 so far as a +375 underdog against the -470 favorite Rodolfo Vieira.

It’s Over 3000! A submission specialist in his own right, Brazilian jiu-jitsu purple belt Hernandez shocked the world by hitting a +3000 submission over “The Black Belt Hunter” Vieira, a former Abu Dhabi Combat Club world champion.

Gold Medal Revoked: An ADCC champion tapping out in the Octagon is ultra-rare, but not unique. With his submission loss, Vieira joins Roberto Traven, who suffered an armbar defeat to Frank Mir at UFC 34 in 2001, in this dubious honor.

Fiercely Fluffy: In victory, “Fluffy” boosted his finish rate to 87 percent. Three-quarters of his career wins have come by submission, with the majority by guillotine choke.

Remember the Judges: Belal Muhammad notched a decision win over Dhiego Lima to extend his win streak to four. Of his last nine bouts, “Remember the Name” has won eight. Seven of those victories came by decision.

Brazil Things: Polyana Viana hit an armbar in the first round against Mallory Martin to go on her first UFC win streak. The Brazilian still posts a flawless 100 percent finish rate, with two-thirds of her career wins by tapout.

Never Say Never Again: Coming into UFC 258, Barber had never dropped consecutive bouts (nine fights), Vieira had never been defeated (seven fights) and Gabriel Green had never won on the scorecards (12 fights).

Guilty Pleasure: Before his win over Pitolo, Marquez walked out singing along with the “Heart of Glass” cover of a Blondie song by Miley Cyrus. This is not the first time Marquez has walked out to a Cyrus track, as he picked “Wrecking Ball” in his last time out.

Na-Na, Na, Na, Na-Na-Na: Philip Rowe is now the third recorded fighter in UFC history to walk out to a Will Smith song, joining James Te Huna and Miranda Granger. He is the first to select “Gettin’ Jiggy Wit It”; Rowe lost.

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