Fight Facts: UFC on ESPN 25

By: Jay Pettry
Jun 21, 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 followed its longest show in company history with something much more digestible at a more reasonable hour. The all-time decision record was not remotely approached on this card, and instead, a slew of emphatic knockouts littered the event. UFC on ESPN 25 featured a scintillating stat regarding one headliner, a record-breaking one-shot finish and an unusual injury among female fighters.

So Fresh and So Clean: When the dust settled, four fights ended by clean knockout at UFC on ESPN 25. This tied the record for the fourth-most KO finishes at a UFC event with a number of other cards. Only UFC on Fox 7 (five), UFC Fight Night 40 (five) and UFC 199 (six) saw more throughout their respective nights.

Handing Out Knockouts Like Candy: UFC on ESPN 25 is the first card since UFC 245 in 2019 to see four fights end by KO.

Where Does the Time Go: Both Chan Sung Jung and Dan Ige fought in their 10th UFC bouts at this event. “The Korean Zombie” made his UFC debut in March 2011, while Ige’s came in January 2018.

Jungteenth: In his 10th UFC appearance, Jung fought in his eighth straight main event. He has served as the headliner in each fight since he took on Dustin Poirier in 2012.

The BD Connection: No non-champion in UFC history had ever competed in eight consecutive headliners until “The Korean Zombie.” He is fast approaching the record held by Dan Henderson (10) of marquee matchups without ever holding a UFC belt.

Bit of a Rut: After his first eight bouts with the UFC, Jung amassed eight post-fight bonuses for his efforts. Since then, he has gone dry, with no bonus money against Brian Ortega or Ige.

The Korean Experiment: With a five-round effort, Jung earned just the third decision win of his career. In the process, “The Korean Zombie” reduced his finish rate to 82 percent.

Polar Boring: The decision win for Sergey Spivak over Alexey Oleynik marked just the second time that “The Polar Bear” had ever recorded a decision win. It was only the third time Spivak had left his fight in the hands of the judges.

Alexthree: The losing streak for “The Boa Constrictor” sits at three after a decision setback to Spivak. In his 76-fight career, Oleynik had never before lost three fights in a row.

The Other Bruno Silva: In his foe’s guard, Bruno Silva smashed Wellington Turman in the first round to earn his first UFC victory. The knockout was the 17th for “Blindado,” who posts an 85 percent knockout rate including one for each of his last five victories.

Seeking Immortality: Matt Brown scorched Dhiego Lima to earn his first win since turning 40. “The Immortal” has now tied the UFC’s record for the most knockouts performed, joining Vitor Belfort and Derrick Lewis with 12 each.

Future HOFA Inductee: The victorious performance for Brown set or extended his records in the welterweight division: most fights (27), most finishes (14) and most knockouts (12). Of note, Brown missed weight before facing Robbie Lawler, thus making that contest a catchweight.

Sauteed Lima Beans: Brown is the only man in MMA history to face both Lima brothers, Douglas Lima in 2007 and Dhiego Lima in 2021. Brown knocked each out within 12 seconds of the other, with the first stoppage coming at the 7:50 mark and the second at 8:02.

Hopefully Not the Last: Picking up a “Performance of the Night” bonus by putting Lima away in the second round, Brown has now pocketed seven post-fight bonuses as a welterweight. Only Chris Lytle has earned more throughout UFC history, with 10 going to “Lights Out” over the years.

The Brown Note: Each of Brown’s last nine wins dating back to 2012 have ended by stoppage, including his drubbing of Lima.

Anderson Had a Good Night, Too: Following his knockout of Lima, Brown has notched 14 stoppages throughout his tenure with the promotion. He ties Anderson Silva for the third-most finishes in organizational history, and they trail Donald Cerrone (16) and Charles Oliveira (17).

Just Call Him Nick: The decision victory for Nicolae Negumereanu over Aleksa Camur ended up being the first of Negumereanu’s career. The Romanian had earned all of his past victories by stoppage within the first two rounds.

Jandominated: For the first time in her eight-year career, Virna Jandiroba recorded a victory via knockout. Possibly stemming from a Jandiroba armbar in the opening round, Murata suffered an arm injury to require doctor intervention after Round 2.

The First Real Injury: Murata’s arm injury officially recorded as a technical knockout, making it the second injury stoppage in UFC women’s divisional history. The first came in 2018, when Megan Anderson’s toe jabbed Cat Zingano’s eye to force an end to the contest.

Most Gave It to Roque: By the narrowest of margins, Josh Parisian emerged with a split decision over Roque Martinez to score his first UFC triumph. The Michigan native has won just twice on the scorecards, with a finish rate that fell to 86 percent with the win.

Oh Ricky, You’re So Fine: Ricky Glenn made his first appearance since November 2018, where he knocked Joaquim Silva out cold in 37 seconds. The last time Glenn competed inside the Octagon, 14 of the 23 other competitors at this event were not members of the UFC roster.

You’re So Fine You Blow My Mind: Throughout UFC lightweight history, only 11 other men had landed knockouts quicker than Glenn’s 37-second annihilation of J. Silva. Of those 11, Silva is also on that list on the winning side, with his 34-second clubbing of Andrew Holbrook in 2016 on his ledger.

A Submission Fit for a King: On the card opener, Casey O'Neill put Lara Procopio to sleep with a rear-naked choke in the third round. “King Casey” is now the eighth woman in UFC history to render a foe unconscious by submission, and the first since Germaine de Randamie put Julianna Pena out with a guillotine choke in 2020.

Never Say Never Again: Coming into UFC on ESPN 25, Grant (17 fights) and Matthew Semelsberger (10 fights) had never lost on the scorecards; Turman (20 fights), Camur (seven fights) and J. Silva (13 fights) had never lost consecutive bouts and Procopio (eight fights) had never been finished.

Saku Saku! An extreme rarity for UFC walkout music, two fighters on the card used the same song. Both B. Silva and Murata selected the “Speed” remix by Tetsuya Komuro, as made famous by Kazushi Sakuraba. Silva won by knockout, while Murata embodied the spirit of her idol by surviving a serious injury only for the doctor to intervene on her behalf.

The Curse Reborn: Martinez selected “No Love” by Eminem featuring Lil Wayne as his walkout choice, and after three rounds, he lost a split verdict. Dating back to September, fighters walking out to Eminem maintain a paltry winning percentage of about 28.6 percent.

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