The UFC continued its busy March run on Saturday with UFC on ESPN 21, which took place at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas with a main card that aired on ESPN following prelims on ESPN2.
Derek Brunson’s (22-7 MMA, 13-5 UFC) resurgence as a middleweight contender continued in the main event when he largely dominated Kevin Holland (21-6 MMA, 7-3 UFC) en route to a unanimous decision, moving him into a tie for the third most wins in 185-pound history.
For more on the numbers behind Brunson’s win, as well as the rest of the card, check below for 30 post-event facts to come out of UFC on ESPN 21.
[vertical-gallery id=597250] The UFC Promotional Guidelines Compliance payout for the event totaled $116,000. Debuting fighters went 1-4 at the event. [autotag]Max Griffin[/autotag], [autotag]Adrian Yanez[/autotag], [autotag]Grant Dawson[/autotag] and [autotag]Bruno Silva[/autotag] earned $50,000 UFC on ESPN 21 fight-night bonuses. UFC on ESPN 21 drew an announced attendance of zero for a live gate of $0. Betting favorites went 7-3 on the card. Betting favorites fell to 4-5 with one no contest in UFC headliners this year. Total fight time for the 10-bout card was 1:48:29.
Derek Brunson def. Kevin Holland
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uY5ZM6L7yvk Brunson improved to 3-2 in UFC main events. Brunson's four-fight UFC winning streak at middleweight is tied with Marvin Vettori for the second longest active streak in the division behind Israel Adesanya (nine). Brunson's 13 victories in UFC middleweight competition are tied for third most in divisional history behind Michael Bisping (16) and Anderson Silva (14). Brunson’s 13 victories since 2012 in UFC middleweight competition are the most in the division. Holland has suffered four of his six career losses by decision. That includes two of his three UFC defeats.
Max Griffin def. Song Kenan
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gX2JELA5br0 Griffin (17-8 MMA, 5-6 UFC) has earned all three of his UFC stoppage victories by knockout. [autotag]Song Kenan[/autotag] (15-5 MMA, 4-2 UFC) has suffered both of his career stoppage losses by knockout.
Montserrat Conejo def. Cheyanne Buys
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TyXfSD_VHco [autotag]Cheyanne Buys[/autotag] (5-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC) has suffered both of her career losses by decision.
Adrian Yanez def. Gustavo Lopez
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hr1CCUwIEt0 Yanez (13-3 MMA, 2-0 UFC) has earned 10 of his 13 career victories by stoppage. He's finished both of his UFC wins by knockout. Yanez has earned "Performance of the Night" honors for both of his UFC wins. [autotag]Gustavo Lopez[/autotag] (12-6 MMA, 1-2 UFC) has suffered all three of his career stoppage losses by knockout.
Tai Tuivasa def. Harry Hunsucker
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y1AKo1BI0sU [autotag]Tai Tuivasa[/autotag] (12-3 MMA, 5-3 UFC) has earned 11 of his 12 career victories by first-round stoppage. Tuivasa has earned all four of his UFC stoppage victories by first-round knockout. [autotag]Harry Hunsucker[/autotag] (7-4 MMA, 0-1 UFC) has suffered all four of his career losses by knockout.
Macy Chiasson def. Marion Reneau
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7IAWpMRz-yk [autotag]Marion Reneau[/autotag]'s (9-7-1 MMA, 5-6-1 UFC) four-fight losing skid is the longest of her career. She hasn't earned a victory since February 2018. Reneau has suffered all seven of her career losses by decision.
Grant Dawson def. Leonardo Santos
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mdup4QIZPrk Dawson (17-1 MMA, 5-0 UFC) was successful in his UFC lightweight debut. Dawson has earned 15 of his 17 career victories by stoppage. Dawson's knockout at the 4:59 mark of Round 3 is tied for the second latest stoppage in a three-round UFC fight. Ricky Simon holds the record (5:00, Round 3) at UFC Fight Night 128. [autotag]Leonardo Santos[/autotag] (18-4-1 MMA, 7-1-1 UFC) had his 13-fight MMA undefeated streak snapped for his first loss since May 2009. Santos suffered his first knockout loss since Oct. 7, 2006 – a span of 5,278 days (more than 14 years) and 20 fights.
Trevin Giles def. Roman Dolidze
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FQJCbpi0cTQ [autotag]Trevin Giles[/autotag] (14-2 MMA, 5-2 UFC) improved to 4-2 since he dropped to the UFC middleweight division in December 2017. [autotag]Roman Dolidze[/autotag] (8-1 MMA, 2-1 UFC) had his eight-fight winning streak snapped for the first defeat of his career. Dolidze was unsuccessful in his middleweight debut.
Montel Jackson def. Jesse Strader
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lsc_p5SBYio [autotag]Montel Jackson[/autotag] (10-2 MMA, 4-2 UFC) has earned seven of his 10 career victories by stoppage. That includes two of his three UFC wins. [autotag]Jesse Strader[/autotag] (5-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC) has suffered both of his career losses by knockout.
Bruno Silva def. J.P. Buys
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x12JO9gnUU4 Silva (11-6-2 MMA, 1-2 UFC) snapped his three-fight winless skid for his first victory since October 2018. [autotag]J.P. Buys[/autotag] (9-3 MMA, 0-1 UFC) has suffered all three of his career losses by stoppage. UFC research analyst and live statistics producer Michael Carroll contributed to this story. Follow him on Twitter @MJCflipdascript.