It’s been one hell of a year for Daniel Cormier.
It was expected that “DC” would handle Derrick Lewis in the UFC 230 headliner at Madison Square Garden on Saturday night, and he did exactly that, tapping out “The Black Beast” with a rear-naked choke in the second round. What really stands out is that Cormier has now defended championships in two separate divisions in 2018. A lucrative showdown with Brock Lesnar looms in early 2019 for Cormier, who has said he will retire by March. Whether that vow holds true is a topic for another day.
For now, here is a by-the-numbers look at UFC 230, with statistics courtesy of FightMetric.com.
12: Unbeaten streak for Cormier as a heavyweight. That is the second-longest such streak among heavyweights in UFC/Pride/WEC/Strikeforce history. Only Fedor Emelianenko, with 16 consecutive victories, has a longer such streak.
1: Fighter in UFC history to have successfully defended titles in two weight classes. Cormier, who has multiple title defenses at light heavyweight, made his first heavyweight title defense by submitting Lewis on Saturday night.
37: Total strikes by which Cormier outlanded Lewis (42 to 5) in a lopsided affair. That included a 35-to-4 advantage in the opening stanza. “DC” also held a 19-to-4 edge in significant strikes landed in the bout.
4: Takedowns landed in four attempts for Cormier. That figure represents a UFC best in takedowns for the American Kickboxing Academy stalwart. The two-division champion has landed three takedowns on four different occasions in the Octagon.
23: Takedown differential for Lewis in his 16-bout UFC career. “The Black Beast’s” opponents have landed a total of 28 takedowns to his five in the Octagon.
14: Victories in UFC and Strikeforce competition for Ronaldo Souza, who defeated Chris Weidman via third-round knockout in Saturday’s co-main event. That total ties Souza with Anderson Silva for third most among middleweights with experience in either or both promotions. Only Michael Bisping (16) and Luke Rockhold (15) have more wins in UFC/Strikeforce history.
8: Finishes in UFC competition for “Jacare.” That ties him with Thiago Santos for fourth most in the history of the Las Vegas-based promotion. Anderson Silva is first with 11 finishes, while Chris Leben and Nate Marquardt are tied for second with nine apiece.
74: Significant strikes landed by Souza, the most of anyone at UFC 230. By comparison, Weidman landed 68. The 38-year-old Brazilian outlanded his foe 31 to 26 in round two and 29 to 19 in round three. Weidman, meanwhile, held a 23-to-14 edge in the opening stanza. Souza also outlanded Weidman 100 to 76 in total strikes.
.560: Significant striking accuracy for Souza, who landed 74 of 132 attempts. Weidman went 68 for 193, a 35 percent success rate.
4: Consecutive UFC victories for Israel Adesanya following a first-round TKO of Derek Brunson at middleweight. That ties him with Paulo Henrique Costa for the third-longest active winning streak in the division behind only Robert Whittaker (eight) and Antonio Carlos Jr. (five).
1: Fighter in the Las Vegas-based promotion to earn four triumphs thus far in 2018. With his win over Brunson, Adesanya became the only UFC competitor with that many victories this year.
3: Knockdowns landed by Adesanya during the 4:51 he was in the Octagon with Brunson. “The Last Stylebender” did not have any knockdowns in his previous two bouts, a five-round verdict over Brad Tavares and a three-round split decision over Marvin Vettori.
13: Significant strikes landed by Adesanya, meaning that 23 percent of his significant strikes landed were knockdowns. By comparison, Brunson landed three significant strikes total in the abbreviated contest.
0: Takedowns landed in seven attempts for Brunson. Despite his wrestling background, Brunson has landed just two takedowns in his last 10 UFC bouts.
6:50: Unofficial back control time for Jordan Rinaldi in a unanimous decision victory over Jason Knight at featherweight. Rinaldi also landed three of four takedown attempts in route to handing Knight his fourth consecutive defeat in the Octagon.
55: Combined significant strike advantage for Sijara Eubanks in her first two UFC appearances, decision wins over Roxanne Modafferi and Lauren Murphy. Eubanks outlanded Modafferi by 29 significant strikes at UFC 230 and Murphy by 26 at UFC Fight Night Utica.
1-4: Record for Ben Saunders in his last five Octagon appearances, including a first-round knockout loss to Lyman Good on Saturday. All four of “Killa B’s” setbacks have occurred by way of knockout, technical knockout or submission.
4: Fighters in UFC history with two draws on their record. Thanks to his majority draw against Matt Frevola at UFC 230, Lando Vannata joined Ken Shamrock, B.J. Penn and Caol Uno as the only men with two such results in the Octagon.
14: Unofficial media scorecards, of the 23 tracked by MMADecisions.com, that scored the lightweight bout in favor of Frevola. Meanwhile, five others had it for Vannata and four saw the bout as a draw.
6: Knockdowns landed in six UFC bouts for Vannata. That power hasn’t translated into surefire success for “Groovy,” who is 1-3-2 over the course of his promotional tenure. Vannata landed two knockdowns against Frevola.
24: Professional fights before Kurt Holobaugh succumbed to an opponent via submission. Shane Burgos tapped Holobaugh with an armbar 2:11 into the opening stanza of their featherweight affair.