UFC 236 post-event facts: Israel Adesanya sets title-fight record for most knockdowns

The UFC returned to Atlanta after nearly two years on Saturday with a pay-per-view event from State Farm Arena that saw two new interim champions crowned.

In the main event, Dustin Poirier (25-5 MMA, 17-4 UFC) finally realized his fighting dream when he captured the interim lightweight title with a gutsy unanimous decision victory over featherweight champion Max Holloway (20-4 MMA, 16-4 UFC) in a rematch of a February 2012 bout, which “The Diamond” won by submission.

The co-headliner saw Israel Adesanya (17-0 MMA, 6-0 UFC) join the short list of undefeated UFC champions when he overcame Kelvin Gastelum (15-4 MMA, 10-4 UFC) by unanimous decision in a classic five-round affair to win the interim middleweight title.

Plenty of historic numbers came out of the two title fights, but the card provided some other noteworthy feats, as well. For more, check below for 45 post-event facts from UFC 236.

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General

The UFC Promotional Guidelines Compliance payout for the event totaled $253,500.

Poirier, Holloway, Adesanya and Gastelum earned $50,000 UFC 236 fight-night bonuses.

Debuting fighters went 0-3 on the card.

UFC 236 drew an announced attendance of 14,297 for a live gate of $1,908,721.

Betting favorites went 8-5 on the card.

Betting favorites fell to 5-6 in UFC headliners this year.

Total fight time for the 13-bout card was 2:52:05.

Main card

Poirier won a UFC title in his 22nd octagon appearance, the second most of any champion in company history behind Michael Bisping (26).

Poirier’s 17 victories since 2011 in UFC competition are tied with Holloway for second most in the company behind Donald Cerrone (22).

Poirier improved to 9-1 (with one no-contest) since he returned to the UFC lightweight division in April 2015.

Poirier’s six-fight unbeaten streak in UFC lightweight competition is tied for third longest among active fighters in the weight class behind Tony Ferguson (11) and Khabib Nurmagomedov (10).

Poirier earned just the sixth decision victory of his career. All six of those wins have come under the UFC banner.

Poirier has received a fight-night bonus in each of his past five UFC wins.

Poirier became the eighth fighter in UFC history to earn 10 fight-night bonuses.

Poirier and Holloway combined for 359 significant strikes landed, the second most for a single fight in UFC history behind Holloway vs. Brian Ortega at UFC 231 in December (400).

Holloway lost a UFC title fight for the first time in his career.

Holloway had his 13-fight winning steak snapped for his first defeat since August 2013.

Holloway has suffered three of his four career losses by decision.

Holloway has landed 1,808 significant strikes in UFC competition, the most in company history.

Holloway is the only fighter in history to land 100 or more significant strikes in eight separate UFC fights.

Adesanya became the 10th fighter in UFC history to win a title with an undefeated record.

Adesanya’s 17-fight MMA winning streak is the longest among active UFC middleweights.

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

Adesanya has earned four of his six UFC victories by decision.

Adesanya’s four knockdowns landed set a new single-fight record for a UFC title bout.

Gastelum fell to 4-2 (with one no-contest) since he moved up to the UFC middleweight division in December 2016. He’s 5-2 (with one no-contest) in the organization at 185 pounds.

Gastelum has suffered three of his four career losses by decision.

Gastelum experienced a knockdown for the first time in UFC middleweight competition.

Khalil Rountree’s (8-4 MMA, 5-3 UFC) four knockdowns landed set a new single-fight record for a UFC light heavyweight bout.

Eryk Anders’ (11-4 MMA, 3-4 UFC) three-fight losing skid is the longest of his career. He hasn’t earned a victory since August.

Anders fell to 1-4 in his past five fights after starting his career on a 10-fight winning streak.

Anders fell to 0-2 in UFC light heavyweight competition.

Anders has suffered three of his four career losses by decision.

Alan Jouban (16-7 MMA, 7-5 UFC) fell to 1-3 in his past four fights dating back to March 2017.

Nikita Krylov (25-6 MMA, 7-4 UFC) improved to 1-1 since he returned to the UFC for a second stint in September 2018.

Krylov improved to 11-2 in his past 13 fights dating back to March 2014.

Krylov improved to 10-3 since he dropped to the light heavyweight division in March 2014.

Krylov has earned all of his 25 career victories by stoppage.

Krylov’s four submission victories in UFC light heavyweight competition are tied for second most in divisional history behind Jon Jones (five).

Ovince Saint Preux (23-13 MMA, 11-8 UFC) fell to 1-3 in his past four fights dating back to February 2018.

Preliminary card

Alexandre Pantoja (21-3 MMA, 5-1 UFC) three-fight UFC winning streak in flyweight competition is the third longest active streak in the division behind Henry Cejudo (four) and Jussier Formiga (four).

Pantoja earned his first knockout victory since Dec. 9, 2011 – a span of 2,683 days (more than seven years) and 12 fights.

Wilson Reis (23-10 MMA, 7-6 UFC) fell to 1-4 in his past five fights dating back to April 2016.

Reis fell to 6-5 since he dropped to the UFC flyweight division in August 2014.

Zelim Imadaev (8-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC) had his eight-fight winning streak snapped for the first defeat of his career.

Khalid Taha (13-2 MMA, 1-1 UFC) has alternated wins and losses over his past five fights.

Taha has earned 11 of his 13 career victories by stoppage.

Boston Salmon (6-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC) suffered the first knockout loss of his career.

Belal Muhammad (15-3 MMA, 6-3 UFC) has earned 11 of his 15 career victories by decision. That includes five of his six UFC wins.

Curtis Millender (17-5 MMA, 3-2 UFC) suffered consecutive losses for the first time in his career.

Andre Soukhamthath (13-7 MMA, 2-4 UFC) has suffered all seven of his career losses by decision.

Poliana Botelho (8-2 MMA, 3-1 UFC) was successful in her UFC women’s flyweight debut.

Lauren Mueller (5-2 MMA, 1-2 UFC) has suffered consecutive losses after starting her career on a five-fight winning streak.

Mueller suffered the first decision loss of her career.

Brandon Davis (10-6 MMA, 2-3 UFC) was successful in his bantamweight debut.

Randy Costa (4-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC) had his four-fight winning streak snapped for the first defeat of his career.

For complete coverage of UFC 236, 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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