The UFC returned to the front of the crowd for non-PPV events in the United States on Saturday with UFC on ESPN 33 at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio.

The 12-fight card was capped off with a sensational performance from Curtis Blaydes (16-3 MMA, 10-4 UFC), who used his hands and no wrestling to crush Chris Daukaus (12-5 MMA, 4-2 UFC) in a second-round TKO and reminds everyone that he is still a young and growing player in the heavyweight division.

Blaydes set personal bests in the win, but there were other pieces of UFC history on the card as well. For more on the numbers, check out 45 post-event facts to come out of UFC on ESPN 33 below.

Event statistics

The UFC promotional guidelines compliance payment for the event was $186,500.

Rookie fighters went 1-1 at the event.

Blaydes, Chris Gutierrez, Bryan Barberena and Matt Brown won $50,000 UFC on ESPN 33 fight night bonuses.

UFC on ESPN 33 drew a reported attendance of 18,630 for a live gate of $1,921,988.24.

UFC on ESPN 33 had the highest-grossing gate for a US-based fight night event.

The betting favorites went 6-6 on the card.

The betting favorites improved to 8-2 in the UFC headliners this year.

The total fight time for the 12-fight map was 2:23:46.

Curtis Blaydes defeats. Chris Daukas

Blaydes earned his 10 career stoppage wins by knockout.

Blaydes did not attempt a takedown in a fight for the first time in his UFC career.

Daukaus suffered back-to-back losses for the first time in his career.

Daukaus has suffered all five of their career losses by stoppage.

Daukaus suffered both of his UFC losses by knockout.

Alexa Grasso won. Joanna Wood

Alexa Grasso (14-3 MMA, 6-3 UFC) has improved to 3-0 since moving to the UFC women’s flyweight division in August 2020.

Grasso earned the first submission victory of his career.

Joanne Wood (15-8 MMA, 7-8 UFC) fell to 5-5 in UFC women’s flyweight competition. She is 6-4 in her career at 125 pounds.

Wood suffered all five losses in his career stoppage via first-round submission.

Wood’s five first-round submission losses in UFC competition are tied with Tank Abbott and Melvin Guillard for most in company history.

Bryan Barberena defeats. Matte Brown

Barberena (16-9 MMA, 7-7 UFC) has improved to 7-5 since moving to the UFC’s welterweight division in January 2016.

Brown (23-19 MMA, 16-13 UFC) is down to 4-8 in his last 12 fights after riding a seven-fight UFC winning streak from 2012-14.

Kai Kara-France defeats. Askar Askarov

Kai Kara-France (23-10 MMA, 6-3 UFC) has won five of his seven UFC wins by decision.

Askar Askarov (13-1-1 MMA, 3-1-1 UFC) had his 14-fight unbeaten streak snapped for the first loss of his career.

Neil Magny beats. Max Griffin

Neil Magny’s (26-8 MMA, 19-7 UFC) 19 wins in UFC welterweight competition are tied with Georges St-Pierre for most in divisional history.

Magny has won 13 of his 19 UFC wins by decision.

Magny’s 13 decision victories in UFC competition are the most in company history.

Max Griffin (17-9 MMA, 6-7 UFC) has suffered eight of his nine career losses by decision.

Marc Diakiese defeats. Vyacheslav Borshchev

Marc Diakiese (15-5 MMA, 6-5 UFC) has earned four of his six UFC wins by decision.

Viacheslav Borshchev (6-2 MMA, 1-1 UFC) has suffered his two career losses by decision.

Sara McMann won. Karol Rose

Sara McMann’s (13-6 MMA, 7-6 UFC) seven wins in UFC women’s bantamweight competition are tied for third most in divisional history behind Amanda Nunes (11) and Raquel Pennington ( new).

McMann notched 27 knockouts in UFC women’s bantamweight competition, the most in divisional history.

McMann has won four of his seven UFC wins by decision.

Chris Gutierrez defeats. Danaa Batgerel

Chris Gutierrez (18-4-2 MMA, 6-1-1 UFC) has moved to 4-1-1 in UFC bantamweight competition.

Gutierrez earned both of his UFC stoppage wins by knockout.

Gutierrez became the ninth fighter in UFC history to earn a knockout resulting from a spinning backfist.

Gutierrez became the first in history to earn knockouts by turning the back fist and by kicking during a UFC career.

Danaa Batgerel (9-3 MMA, 3-2 UFC) suffered the first stoppage loss of her career with a knockout loss.

Manon Fiorot defeated. Jennifer Maya

Manon Fiorot’s (9-1 MMA, 4-0 UFC) four-fight winning streak in women’s flyweight is tied for the second-longest active streak in the division behind Valentina Shevchenko (eight).

Jennifer Maia (19-9-1 MMA, 4-5 UFC) has had all five of her UFC losses by decision.

Matheus Nicolau vs. David Dvorak

Matheus Nicolau (18-2-1 MMA, 6-1 UFC) has improved to 3-0 since returning to the UFC for a second stint in March 2021.

Nicolau is 5-1 since moving to the UFC flyweight division in July 2016.

Nicolau earned all five of his UFC flyweight wins by decision.

David Dvorak (20-4 MMA, 3-1 UFC) has suffered three of his four career losses by decision.

Luis Saldana defeats. Bruno Souza

Luis Saldana (16-7 MMA, 2-1 UFC) earned both of his UFC wins by decision.

Bruno Souza (10-3 MMA, 0-2 UFC) has suffered all three of his career losses by decision.

cfu Michael Carroll, research analyst and live statistics producer, contributed to this story. Follow him on Twitter @MJCflipdascript.