UFC 234 post-event facts: A rare near-perfect night for betting favorites

The UFC’s first pay-per-view event of the year took place on Saturday with UFC 234. The main card followed prelims on ESPN and UFC Fight Pass.

In the main event, Israel Adesanya (16-0 MMA, 5-0 UFC) extended the undefeated start to his MMA career with a signature unanimous decision victory over former longtime UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva (34-9 MMA, 17-5 UFC) in a potential title-eliminator.

It was a makeshift headliner after the Robert Whittaker vs. Kelvin Gastelum title fight was scrapped on fight day, but nevertheless, the 11-bout card proceeded and provided some noteworthy results. For more on the numbers, check below for 40 post-event facts to come out of UFC 234.

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The UFC Promotional Guidelines Compliance payout for the event totaled $128,500.

Adesanya, Silva, Montana De La Rosa and Devonte Smith earned $50,000 UFC 234 fight-night bonuses.

Debuting fighters went 0-3 on the card.

UFC 234 drew an announced attendance of 15,238 for a live gate of $2,470,088.

Betting favorites went 10-1 on the card.

Betting favorites improved to 2-1 in UFC headliners this year.

Total fight time for the 11-bout card was 1:39:06.

Main card

Adesanya’s 16-fight MMA winning streak is the longest among active UFC middleweights.

Adesanya’s five-fight UFC winning streak in middleweight competition is tied for the second longest active streak in the division behind Robert Whittaker (eight).

Adesanya has earned three of his five UFC victories by decision.

Silva fell to 1-4 (with one no-contest) in his past six UFC appearances dating back to July 2013.

Silva has suffered three of his five UFC losses by decision.

Silva’s 14 fight-night bonuses for UFC bouts are tied with Charles Oliveira for third most in history behind Donald Cerrone (16), Nate Diaz (15), Joe Lauzon (15).

Lando Vannata (10-3-2 MMA, 2-3-2 UFC) snapped his four-fight winless skid for his first victory since September 2016.

Vannata has earned nine of his 10 career victories by stoppage.

Marcos Mariano (6-5 MMA, 0-1 UFC) has suffered four of his five career losses by stoppage.

Rani Yahya (26-10 MMA, 11-4 UFC) has suffered all four of his UFC losses by decision.

De La Rosa (10-4 MMA, 3-0 UFC) three victories in UFC women’s flyweight competition are tied for most in divisional history.

De La Rosa’s three-fight UFC winning streak in women’s flyweight competition is tied for the longest active streak in the division.

De La Rosa’s three stoppage victories in UFC women’s flyweight competition are most in divisional history.

De La Rosa’s three submission victories in UFC women’s flyweight competition most in divisional history.

Nadia Kassem (5-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC) had her five-fight winning streak snapped for the first defeat of her career.

Jim Crute (10-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC) has earned seven of his 10 career victories by stoppage. That includes both of his UFC wins.

Sam Alvey (33-12 MMA, 10-7 UFC) fell to 2-2 since he moved up to the UFC light-heavyweight division in February 2018.

Alvey has suffered all three of his UFC stoppage losses by knockout.

Preliminary card

Devonte Smith (10-1 MMA, 2-0 UFC) has earned all of his career victories by stoppage. He’s finished nine of those wins by knockout.

Dong Hyun Ma (16-9-3 MMA, 3-3 UFC) fell to 3-2 since he dropped to the UFC lightweight division in June 2016.

Ma has suffered all three of his UFC losses by knockout.

Austin Arnett (16-6 MMA, 1-3 UFC) fell to 1-4 in his past five fights dating back to June 2017.

Arnett has suffered four of his six career losses by decision.

Raulian Paiva (18-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC) had his 12-fight winning streak snapped for his first defeat since October 2015.

Paiva suffered the first decision loss of his career.

Kyung Ho Kang (15-8 MMA, 4-2 UFC) improved to 2-1 since he returned to competition from a nearly 3.5-year layoff in January 2018.

Kang has earned three of his four UFC victories by stoppage.

Teruto Ishihara (10-7-2 MMA, 3-5-1 UFC) fell to 1-5 in his past six UFC appearances dating back to November 2016.

Ishihara fell to 0-3 since he returned to the bantamweight division in February 2018.

Jalin Turner (8-4 MMA, 1-1 UFC) has earned all seven of his career victories by stoppage.

Callan Potter (17-8 MMA, 0-1 UFC) has suffered all eight of his career losses by stoppage.

Wuliji Buren’s (8-6 MMA, 0-3 UFC) three-fight losing skid is the longest of his career. He hasn’t earned a victory since September 2017.

For complete coverage of UFC 234, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

FightMetric research analyst and live statistics producer Michael Carroll contributed to this story. Follow him on Twitter @MJCflipdascript.

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