UFC 242 in numbers: statistics of the Abu Dhabi event
Last Saturday the UFC came back to Abu Dhabi five years after their last visit to the United Arab Emirates. A 13,000-seat separate arena was build exclusively for the event; there were many Muslim fighters in the card, and the highlight of the event was the title fight between current lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov (28-0) and interim champ Dustin Poirier (25-6, 1 NC).
Khabib gave another dominant performance and once again proved no one can stop his Dagestani wrestling. He made Dustin Poirier submit in the third round by the rear-naked choke and defended his title for the second time.
Below you will find some statistics and interesting facts about the event and its participants.
1. Reebokpaid total of $221,500 as an incentive pay for the fighters.
2. It wasn’t the luckiest event to make your UFC debut. Only one out of four debutants at the event managed to win his fight. OttmanAzaitar spectacularly knocked out Teemu Packalen with one punch in the first round. Liana Jojua and Fares Ziam lost by decisions while Lerone Murphy made a draw with Zubaira Tukhugov.
3. Khabib Nurmagomedov secured his 12th victory in the Octagon and came up with Tony Ferguson for the longest winning streak in the history of the lightweight division (11 excluding the fight against Abel Trujillo that took place in the catchweight due to Khabib making 2.5 lbs more at the weigh-in).
4. The “Eagle” became one of the two UFC fighters who managed to secure 12 wins in a row, starting from his debut fight. The second fighter in this regard is Brazilian legend and former middleweight champ Anderson Silva.
5. It was Dustin Poirier’s first loss by submission in more than seven years. Last time he was caught in the submission hold in May 2012 in the fight against Korean Zombie.
6. After defeating Davi Ramos, Islam Makhachev has second longest winning streak after Khabib Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson 0 6 straight wins.
7. In his fight against Shamil Abdurakhimov, Curtis Blaydes set a new heavyweight record for the biggest number of takedowns in his career: 45.
8. Liana Jojua’s debut in the UFC was not just a loss, it was her first time when she lost by TKO.
9. It was a special day for Belal Muhammad. Not only had he secured a bright and impressive victory and got the “Performance of the Night” $50,000 bonus. With the rear-naked choke against Takashi Sato he secured his first win by submission in 19 fights.
10. It looks like a new prospect worth noticing appeared in the lightweight division. Undefeated fighter from Morocco Ottman Azaitar knocked out Teemu Packalen in the first round and that was his 11th finish in 12 successful fights (9 KO, 2 submissions).