2016 By the Numbers

Next week’s UFC year-end Pay-Per-View, which includes two UFC title fights between champion Amanda Nunes vs. Ronda Rousey and champion Dominick Cruz vs. Cody Garbrandt

UFC events in 2016 up until this point, starting with UFC 195 and ending with UFC Fight Night: VanZant vs. Waterson


FOX and FS1 events


Countries were visited by the Octagon - Australia, Brazil, Canada, Croatia, England, Germany, Ireland, Mexico, Netherlands and USA

Of those countries - Croatia and Netherlands - were new to the UFC




First round finishes including 1 No Contest

Draws - Damon Jackson vs. Levan Makashvili (majority), Sergio Moraes vs. Luan Chagas (split), Kevin Casey vs. Elvis Mutapcic (split), Michael Graves vs. Bojan Velickovic (majority), Christian Colombo vs. Jarjis Danho (majority), Alejandro Perez vs. Albert Morales (majority) and, the epic, Tyron Woodley vs. Stephen Thompson (majority) for the UFC welterweight title

UFC title fights

Interim title fights

New UFC champions were crowned (in chronological order) - Dominick Cruz, Miesha Tate, Stipe Miocic, Michael Bisping, Eddie Alvarez, Amanda Nunes, Tyron Woodley, Conor McGregor, Jose Aldo

155, 145Conor McGregor celebrates with both of his belts after defeating Eddie Alvarez at UFC 205
Pounds or weight classes that Conor McGregor won the UFC titles of with his knockout of Jose Aldo last year and his knockout of Eddie Alvarez at UFC 205, the “Notorious” one is the only fighter to ever hold UFC belts in two weight classes at the same time

New interim UFC champions (in chronological order) - Jon Jones, Jose Aldo and Max Holloway

Days between current UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz winning the belt back against TJ Dillashaw on January 17th and “The Dominator’s” previous title defense against Demetrious Johnson in October 2011

Days between the beginning (WEC 26) and end (UFC 199) of the UFC/WEC bantamweight division’s best rivalry - Dominick Cruz vs. Urijah Faber, also WEC 26 is Cruz’s one and only career loss thus far

Urijah Faber’s pro record that spanned 13 years including five successful WEC featherweight title defenses and ended with a unanimous decision win at UFC Fight Night: VanZant vs. Waterson

UFC/WEC record by “The California Kid” including 14 finishes

Seconds it took for Chas Skelly to snatch an anaconda choke of Maximo Blanco at UFC Fight Night: Poirier vs. Johnson, fastest submission in 2016

Seconds it took for Anthony “Rumble” Johnson to score a knockout of Glover Teixeira at UFC 202, fastest KO/TKO in 2016 and fastest finish in 2016

Finishes in 2016 were under a minute - 15 KO/TKO, 3 sub

Time into the bout when, incredibly, Miesha Tate secured a rear naked choke of Holly Holm at UFC 196 to win the UFC women’s bantamweight championship, latest finish in 2016

Time into the bout when Amanda Nunes secured a rear naked choke of Miesha Tate to win UFC women’s bantamweight championship at UFC 200

Time into the bout when Nate Diaz secured a rear naked choke of Conor McGregor at UFC 196, stopping McGregor’s 15 fight win streak and 7 UFC fight win streak

Days notice that Diaz took the fight on against McGregor at 170 pounds, originally was a UFC lightweight championship bout between then champ Rafael Dos Anjos vs. McGregor

UFC event, five months later, where the highly anticipated rematch took place with McGregor defeating Diaz by majority decision (48-47, 47-47, 48-47)

UFC event held at Madison Square Garden in New York City for the first time in Octagon history

Days between UFC’s first event in the state of New York (UFC 7) and UFC 205 as the New York legislature lifted the ban last March

Days between Jim Miller vs. Joe Lauzon’s Fight of the Night war at UFC 155 and their Fight of the Night war rematch at UFC on FOX: Maia vs. Condit last August

Decisions at UFC Fight Night: Silva vs. Bisping and UFC Fight Night: Whittaker vs. Brunson, most decisions in 2016 and tied with UFC 169 for most decisions in UFC history

Submissions at UFC Fight Night: Dos Anjos vs. Alvarez, most submissions in 2016

Knockouts at UFC 199, most KO/TKOs in 2016

Days notice that Michael “The Count” Bisping took the fight with then UFC middleweight champion Luke Rockhold at UFC 199, which Bisping won by first round knockout

UFC wins by Bisping including three this year, most wins in UFC history

The Ultimate Fighter winners that have gone on to win a UFC championship - Bisping, Carla Esparza, Rashad Evans, Forrest Griffin and Matt Serra

Active UFC fight win streak by The Ultimate Fighter 13 winner Tony Ferguson who added two wins this year, 4th longest active UFC win streak

Active UFC fight win streak by current interim UFC featherweight champion Max Holloway who added two wins this year plus the belt, 3rd longest active UFC win streak

Active UFC win streak by current UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson who added two wins/title defenses this year, 2nd longest active UFC win streak behind Jon Jones’ 13

Successful/consecutive UFC title defenses by “Mighty Mouse”, tied with Georges St-Pierre for 2nd most successful/consecutive UFC title defenses behind Anderson Silva’s 10

Significant strikes landed by current UFC women’s strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk combined in her two successful title defenses this year over Claudia Gadelha and Karolina Kowalkiewicz

Successful/consecutive titles defenses by “Joanna Champion”, 2nd most active UFC title defenses behind Demetrious Johnson’s 9

Consecutive wins by Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone since moving to welterweight from lightweight

Percentage of Cerrone’s welterweight wins are by finish including three KO/TKOs (two by head kick) and one submission, plus three Performance of the Night bonuses

KO/TKOs were also scored in 2016 by Cody Garbrandt, current UFC heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic and Gegard Mousasi

Days between successful UFC heavyweight title defenses as then champ Cain Velasquez defeated Junior Dos Santos at UFC 166 and current champ Stipe Miocic defeated Alistair Overeem at UFC 203

UFC event where CM Punk made his pro MMA debut inside the Octagon in a first round submission loss to Mickey Gall

Days between former UFC heavyweight champ Brock Lesnar’s previous bout at UFC 141 and his return at UFC 200

Days notice for The Ultimate Fighter 25’s Brandon Moreno as he made his UFC debut against Louis Smolka, which Moreno won by guillotine choke in the first round

Pounds or catchweight that Cris “Cyborg” Justino fought at twice this year resulting in back-to-back KO/TKOs at UFC 198 and UFC Fight Night: Cyborg vs. Lansberg


Presented by Modelo Especial, the official beer of UFC, former strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk discusses her fighting spirit ahead of her highly anticipated rematch with Rose Namajunas at UFC 223 on April 7.
Mar 23, 2018
Doing part of his fight camp for UFC 223 next April 7 at the UFC Performance Institute, Michael Chiesa adds power and explosiveness to his game.
Apr 23, 2017
At age 20, Cody’s brother introduced him to five-year old Maddux, who was deathly ill with leukemia. As the two became friends, they made a promise to each other: Maddux would beat cancer, and Cody would become world champion.
Mar 22, 2018
Khabib Nurmagomedov showed the lightweight division what he was capable of when he knocked out Thiago Taveres in Brazil back in 2013 to improve to 19-0. Next he faces Tony Ferguson for the lightweight belt at UFC 223 live on Pay-Per-View.
Mar 21, 2018