By the Numbers: UFC 236
By Ivan Surlina
Saturday night saw the UFC crown two new interim champions, Dustin Poirier and Israel Adesanya. Poirier outlasted current featherweight champion Max Holloway to win the decision, while Israel Adesanya bested Kelvin Gastelum in what is for sure the front runner for fight of the year. We’ve done recaps, we’ve done reviews, but it is now time to take a closer look at the numbers for UFC 236.
2: The amount of “Fight of the Night” Bonuses that were given. UFC 236 wasn’t exactly the greatest fight card from top to bottom, but it still delivered in the main and co-main event. Poirier, Holloway, Adesanya, and Gastelum all took home an extra $50,000 for their incredible title fight performances. All four men left a piece of themselves in the octagon that night and were compensated for it, with the co-main being considered one of the greatest title fights in recent history.
9: The number of fights that ended in a decision. Although the top two fights delivered, the rest of the fights were fairly lackluster. Seven bouts ended in a unanimous decision, while one bout ended in a split and another went to a majority decision.
359: The total number of significant strikes landed in the lightweight main event. When you put two-volume strikers like Poirier and Holloway in a five round main event, you get strike accumulation. Holloway barely edged out Poirier in the significant strikes landed department, 181 to 178. However, it would seem that the power of Poirier’s punches was what hurt Max in the fight.
22: The amount of UFC fights it took Dustin Poirier to win a belt. In his 22nd fight with the promotion, Dustin Poirier finally realized his dream and goal of becoming a UFC champion, albeit an interim belt. The road to get here was as tough as they come, with many comparisons being drawn to the career of former middleweight champion Michael Bisping. Poirier will hopefully look to unify the belts with current undefeated lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov later this year.
14: The number of months it took for Israel Adesanya to claim UFC gold. It has only been a span of fourteen months since Israel took his first fight with the promotion, but in that time frame he has gone undefeated en route to a UFC interim title. Adesanya currently sits at 6-0 in the UFC, with five post-fight bonuses, totaling $250,000.
(17-0): The record of one Israel Adesanya. He stands out as one of the few men to have ever won a UFC belt with an undefeated record, with the most recent being lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov (27-0).
13: The win streak of Max Holloway’s that was snapped on Saturday night. Coming into this fight, Max had been riding a very impressive thirteen fight winning streak. He was looking to join elusive company by becoming one of the few UFC champions to hold a belt in two different weight classes simultaneously. Although the overall win streak has ended, he is still undefeated at featherweight since 2014.
4: The number of knockdowns in two separate bouts at UFC 236. Two fights on the main card saw one fighter get knocked down a total of four times. Surprisingly, both fighters finished the bout on their feet and went to a decision. On the main card, we saw Khalil Rountree Jr. absolutely dominate Eryk Anders from start to finish, dropping him four times with vicious leg kicks. The other instance was in the co-main event where Israel Adesanya dropped Kelvin Gastelum four times, in what was an incredible back-and-forth affair.
25: The number of seconds it took Khalid Taha to earn his first win inside the octagon. Khalid Taha lost his initial bout in the UFC last year when he took a fight on short notice. Taha was looking to make a statement in his return to the cage, and he did just that when he knocked out Boston Salmon 25 seconds into the very first round. A very impressive victory over a highly touted prospect.
15: The number of submission wins for Nikita Krylov. The Ukrainian light heavyweight earned his fifteenth career submission victory at UFC 236, where he defeated former interim title challenger Ovince Saint Preux. After a slow start, Krylov took OSP down and sunk in the rear-naked choke for the win, now in his second stint with the promotion.
14,297: The attendance for UFC 236 in Atlanta, Georgia. The UFC brought the fights to State Farm Arena, returning to Atlanta for the first time since UFC 201 back in 2016.
1,908,271: The gate for UFC 236. The UFC’s live gate from Saturday came out to a total of $1,908,271. However, this was a lower number than the UFC’s five previous PPV cards.
350,000: The fight purse for both Max Holloway and Israel Adesanya, according to the Georgia Athletic & Entertainment Commission. These two men led the card in terms of payment. Dustin Poirier earned $250k for his interim title fight victory, while Kelvin Gastelum earned $150k for his efforts.
?: The number in question that I’m sure will be on everyone’s mind is PPV buys. There is no telling how many PPV buys UFC 236 has done, or whether the UFC/ESPN will even reveal those numbers to the fans. UFC 236 marked the very first event in which the PPV card could only be purchased through ESPN. It will be interesting to see if any numbers will be released in the near future, if at all.