UFC 261 post-event facts: Kamaru Usman’s octagon streak hits rarified air

Mike
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UFC 261 at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Fla., on Saturday was one for the record books.

All three winners of the championship bouts made a mark on the record books, but none bigger than Kamaru Usman (19-1 MMA, 14-0 UFC), who extended his epic run inside the octagon with a second-round knockout of rival Jorge Masvidal (35-15 MMA, 12-8 UFC) in the main event.

For more on the numbers behind Usman’s victory, as well as the rest of the card, check below for 50 post-event facts to come out of UFC 261.

Event stats

[vertical-gallery id=605883] The UFC Promotional Guidelines Compliance payout for the event totaled $362,000. Usman, [autotag]Rose Namajunas[/autotag], [autotag]Jeffrey Molina[/autotag] and [autotag]Aori Qileng[/autotag] earned $50,000 UFC 261 fight-night bonuses. Debuting fighters went 2-3 on the card. UFC 261 drew an announced attendance of 15,269 for a live gate of $3.3 million. Betting favorites went 9-4 on the card. Betting favorites improved to 8-5 with one no contest in UFC headliners this year. Total fight time for the 13-bout card was 1:35:59.

Kamaru Usman vs. Jorge Masvidal

[vertical-gallery id=606160] Usman extended his winning streak to 18 fights. He hasn't suffered a defeat since May 2013. Usman became the second fighter in UFC history to start 14-0 with the promotion. Anderson Silva also accomplished the feat. Usman’s 14-fight UFC winning streak is the longest active streak in the company. Usman’s 14-fight UFC winning streak is tied for the second longest in company history behind Silva (16). Usman’s 14-fight UFC winning streak at welterweight is the longest active streak in the division, and the longest overall in divisional history. Masvidal fell to 7-6 since he returned to the welterweight division in July 2015. Masvidal suffered just the second knockout loss of his career and his first since June 8, 2008 – a span of 4,703 days (nearly 13 years) and 33 fights.

Rose Namajunas def. Zhang Weili

[vertical-gallery id=606135] Namajunas' (10-4 MMA, 8-3 UFC) became the first female in UFC history to have multiple title reigns in a single weight class. Namajunas' eight victories in UFC strawweight competition are tied for second most in divisional history behind Joanna Jedrzejczyk (10). Namajunas' five stoppage victories in UFC strawweight competition are the most in divisional history. Namajunas' four knockdowns landed in UFC strawweight competition are most in divisional history. Namajunas' six fight-night bonuses for UFC strawweight bouts are second most in divisional history behind Jessica Andrade (seven). [autotag]Zhang Weili[/autotag] (21-2 MMA, 5-1 UFC) had her 21-fight winning streak snapped for her first defeat since her MMA debut in November 2013. Weili suffered the first knockout loss of her career.

Valentina Shevchenko def. Jessica Andrade

[vertical-gallery id=606090] [autotag]Valentina Shevchenko[/autotag]'s (21-3 MMA, 10-2 UFC) five consecutive UFC women’s flyweight title defenses are most in divisional history. Shevchenko’s five consecutive UFC title defenses are tied with Amanda Nunes' five at bantamweight for most among current promotional champions. Shevchenko improved to 7-0 since she dropped to the UFC flyweight division in February 2018. Shevchenko’s seven-fight UFC winning streak at women’s flyweight is the longest active streak in the division. Shevchenko’s seven victories in UFC women’s flyweight competition are most in divisional history. Shevchenko’s four stoppage victories in UFC women’s flyweight competition are tied for second most in divisional history behind Gillian Robertson (five). Shevchenko’s three knockout victories in UFC women’s flyweight competition are most in divisional history. Shevchenko has completed at least one takedown in 11 of her 12 UFC appearances. [autotag]Jessica Andrade[/autotag] (21-9 MMA, 12-7 UFC) fell to 1-1 since she moved up to the women's flyweight division in October 2020. Andrade has suffered six of her nine career losses by stoppage.

Uriah Hall def. Chris Weidman

[vertical-gallery id=606075] [autotag]Uriah Hall[/autotag]'s (17-9 MMA, 10-7 UFC) four-fight UFC winning streak at middleweight is tied for the third longest active streak in the division behind Israel Adesanya (nine) and Marvin Vettori (five). Hall has earned 14 of his 17 career victories by stoppage. That includes eight of hi 10 UFC victories. Hall's eight knockout victories in UFC middleweight competition are tied with Silva and Thiago Santos for most in divisional history. [autotag]Chris Weidman[/autotag] (15-6 MMA, 11-6 UFC) has suffered all six of his career losses by stoppage. Weidman failed to complete a takedown in a UFC fight for the first time in his career.

Anthony Smith def. Jimmy Crute

[vertical-gallery id=606029] [autotag]Anthony Smith[/autotag] (34-16 MMA, 10-6 UFC) improved to 6-3 since he moved up to the UFC light-heavyweight division in June 2018. Smith improved 10-5 since he returned to the UFC for a second stint in February 2016. He's 17-4 since he was first released from the promotion in June 2013. Smith has earned 32 of his 34 career victories by stoppage. That includes 10 of his 11 UFC wins. Smith' six stoppage victories in UFC light heavyweight competition since 2018 are most in the division. [autotag]Jimmy Crute[/autotag] (12-2 MMA, 4-2 UFC) has suffered both of his career losses by stoppage.

Randy Brown def. Alex Oliveira

[vertical-gallery id=605993] [autotag]Randy Brown[/autotag] (13-4 MMA, 7-4 UFC) has earned 11 of his 13 career victories by stoppage. That includes five of his seven UFC wins. [autotag]Alex Oliveira[/autotag] (21-10-1 MMA, 11-8 UFC) fell to 9-7 (with one no contest) in UFC welterweight competition. Oliveira has suffered six of his eight UFC losses by stoppage.

Brendan Allen def. Karl Roberson

[vertical-gallery id=605931] [autotag]Brendan Allen[/autotag]'s (16-4 MMA, 4-1 UFC) four-fight UFC winning streak at middleweight is tied for the third longest active streak in the division behind Adesanya (nine) and Vettori (five). Allen has earned 14 of his 16 career victories by stoppage. That includes three of his four UFC wins. [autotag]Karl Roberson[/autotag] (9-4 MMA, 4-4 UFC) has suffered all four of his career losses by submission.

Patrick Sabatini def. Tristan Connelly

lawrence-related id=606262,606164] [autotag]Tristan Connelly[/autotag] (14-7 MMA, 1-1 UFC) was unsuccessful in his UFC featherweight debut. Connelly has suffered five of his seven career losses by decision.

Danaa Batgerel vs. Kevin Natividad

[vertical-gallery id=605864] [autotag]Danaa Batgerel[/autotag] (8-2 MMA, 2-1 UFC) has earned six of his eight career victories by stoppage. Batgerel has earned both of his UFC victories by knockout. [autotag]Kevin Natividad[/autotag] (9-3 MMA, 0-2 UFC) has suffered all three of his career losses by knockout.

Kazula Vargas def. Rong Zhu

[vertical-gallery id=605829] [autotag]Rong Zhu[/autotag] (17-4 MMA, 0-1 UFC) has suffered all four of his career losses by submission. Zhu suffered the first decision loss of his career.

Jeffrey Molina def. Aori Qileng

[vertical-gallery id=605799] [autotag]Jeffrey Molina[/autotag]'s 189 significant strikes landed vs. Aoriqileng are a new single-fight UFC flyweight record.

Ariane Carnelossi def. Na Liang

[vertical-gallery id=605764] [autotag]Ariane Carnelossi[/autotag] (13-2 MMA, 1-1 UFC) has earned 10 of her 13 career victories by stoppage. UFC research analyst and live statistics producer Michael Carroll contributed to this story. Follow him on Twitter @MJCflipdascript.

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