UFC Fight Night 204 ‘Volkov vs. Aspinall’

Fight Facts is a breakdown of all the interesting info and Octagon quirks on each card, with a few puns, references, and puns to keep things fun. These in-depth stats dive into the numbers, providing historical context and telling the stories behind those numbers.

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The Ultimate Fighting Championship literally blew the roof off London’s O2 Arena on Saturday with a fight card that immediately garnered attention for ‘event of the year’. The violence poured down like an avalanche down the mountain, with three-quarters of matches ending inside distance, prompting UFC chief Dana White to hand out bonus checks for every stoppage. UFC Fight Night 204 featured a host of huge favorites who all emerged unscathed, a big elbow breaker and major glory for several homegrown fighters.

Happy Dana, happy life: Surpassing the tally of eight bonuses awarded at UFC 269 in December – a similar amount arrived in The Ultimate Fighter Season 9 finale – nine different “Performance of the Night” honors were awarded throughout the night. By far the biggest bonus amount handed out this year, the $450,000 given to fighters still trails the $516,000 from UFC 129.

Best fight card this year: Throughout the 12-fight offering, nine different matches, from curtain jerker to main event, have ended in stoppage. In UFC history, only 15 events have ended with more finishes; the modern-era record is 11 in one night, both at UFC Fight Night 55 and UFC 224.

London surrender night: Of the nine finishes on this fight card, five ended due to submission, with four contestants tapping out and one falling asleep with a choke. UFC Fight Night 204 now ties a slew of other events for the seventh-most one-night subs in company history, and Fuel 10’s UFC on 8 of 2013 sits above the peloton.

Overwritten squash matches: Four of UFC Fight Night 204’s 12 matches ended with betting odds over -500, and all four favorite men won. That ties the UFC record for second seeds of that magnitude, and only UFC Fight Night 136 (six) has seen more fights with such widespread odds.

Passed with flying colors: In less than four minutes, Tom Aspinall hit a right armbar on Alexander Volkov to win the main event. The Brit improved his UFC record to 5-0 with five finishes, and he’s yet to hit the nine-minute mark in a professional fight.

A new Big Man submarine: Throughout UFC history, 10 straight armbands have been officially registered over the years following the Aspinall maneuver. More heavyweights have performed this move than any other weight class.

A bell crank by any other name: Russian Volkov’s submission loss is his first since Maxim Grishin knocked him out in July 2010. At that time, 20 of the other 23 on this card, including his opponent, had yet to make their professional debuts.

Welcome to the 145 Elite: Arnold Allen blasted Dan Hooker to claim his ninth straight UFC win, while earning his first victory since 2018. As a UFC featherweight, ‘Almighty’ sports the second-longest winning streak in the UFC. division history, behind only Max Holloway’s 13-game winning streak at 145 pounds.

Liverpool Love: Liverpool’s Paddy Pimblett sidelined Rodrigo Vargas in the first round with a rear-ended choke to collect his fourth consecutive first-round save. “The Baddy” celebrates a 78% finish rate, with each of his last five wins ending inside the distance.

Gunni Reload: Returning after almost two and a half years away, Gunnar Nelson has made a decision on Takashi Sato. It was only the second time ‘Gunni’ needed the services of the judges to raise his hand as a pro, with the first against Jorge Santiago in 2013 in a fight that took place 10 months before Sato made his appearance. professional debut.

Who saw this coming? Molly McCann turned on Luana Carolina with a back elbow in the third round, earning her the first finish of her UFC tenure. Each of McCann’s last six efforts had lasted three full rounds.

Rotating Meatball: The elbow turning back for McCann is the fourth in organization history, and the first since Jiri Prochazka won a title shot against Dominick Reyes in May 2021. “Meatball” is the first female fighter in the UFC to land this type of knockout.

McCann by Knockout Was +900: Before McCann, not a single woman to ever set foot inside the Octagon had ever won with a spinning strike. Knockouts account for less than 19% of wins among all female fighters in UFC history.

Turn around, cut the check: With McCann as one of nine winners to earn $50,000 for finishes, every UFC fighter who scored a knockout from a back elbow has earned at least some sort of post-fight bonus.

Confusing Flags: Ilia Topuria began her career with seven submissions, with all seven coming in two rounds. Since then, the Georgian-Spaniard’s four saves have come at his hands.

The matador beat the bull: ‘El Matador’ saw his perfect record go up to 12-0 by putting Jai Herbert away with punches. The Climent Club representative’s finish rate now sits at 92%, and all of those wins inside the distance have come before the eight-minute mark.

Mr. Anaconda… Pause: In 57 seconds, Makwan Amirkhani knocked Mike Grundy unconscious with an anaconda choke. “Mr. Finland” now takes the lead in most anacondas played in the organization with three, breaking a three-way tie with Charles Oliveira and Phil Davis.

Russia on violence in Russia: Sergei Pavlovich came back from a long absence to crush Shamil Abdurakhimov with punches in the first round. As a pro, the Russian’s knockout rate sits at 80%, and he’s never pushed an enemy into a maneuver.

It happened again: A first-round triangle choke comeback allowed Paul Craig to defeat Nikita Krylov and retain his 100% finish rate. Half of “Bearjew’s” wins are due to his dangerous choke triangle.

He can’t keep getting away with it: With his fourth triangle in the books since joining the UFC roster in 2016, Craig extends his record for most to compete under his banner. Thirteen other competitors including Demian Maia, Nate Diaz and Donald Cerrone landed two, while no other recorded more than two.

He will get it: Craig now stands alone with the second-most submission wins in UFC light heavyweight history with six tapouts over his eight UFC wins. He breaks a tie held by the likes of Jon Jones and Ovince St. Preux, while trailing champion Glover Teixeira’s seven.

Paul Bearer:
Only four men in UFC light heavyweight history have put up more opponents than Craig and his eight saves: Chuck Liddell (nine), Jones (10), St. Preux (11) and Teixeira (13) .

Consolidate his record: Needing three full rounds to defeat Timur Valiev, Wales’ Jack Shore took his spotless record to 16-0 since turning professional in 2016. His save rate fell to 75% with the victory by decision, and three of his four triumphs on the scoreboards have come in his last three appearances.

One last victory is under review: Debuting with a sub-minute guillotine choke from Cody Durden, Muhammad Mokaev pushed himself to 7-0 with a no contest. “The Punisher” racked up those eight pro appearances in just over 19½ months.

Never say never: Going into UFC Fight Night 204, Sato had never lost on the scorecards (19 fights), Carolina had never been knocked out (10 fights) and Krylov had never dropped a consecutive fight (35 fights). ).

Upgrade to Contendship: In his five UFC outings, Aspinall has come accompanied by Curtis Mayfield’s “Move On Up” playing behind him. The native of Wigan, England took all five wins, none taking more than 6:09.

Crowd noises: Excluding a no contest in 2012, The White Stripes’ “Seven Nation Army” in any iteration has played on speakers 17 times recorded for UFC fighters. These contestants, following Shore’s pick of the tune and subsequent triumph, hold a decent .647 win percentage.

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