UFC Ottawa By The Numbers
By Ivan Surlina
It’s official, Cowboy Cerrone is a lightweight title contender again. Cerrone is now 2-0 since he’s returned to lightweight, with victories over Alexander Hernandez, and now Al Iaquinta. Cerrone took home the unanimous decision on Saturday night over Iaquinta (49-45, 49-45, 49-46). With this win, Cerrone has put himself in prime position for a massive fight, either a title shot later on this year, or the bout with Conor McGregor that fans have been waiting for. Regardless, come Wednesday Cowboy will be in the top-5 of the UFC lightweight rankings, and it’s no secret the fans want to see him back in that title picture. If it were up to Cerrone we would see him back in the octagon in 2 months’ time, however, I think he’ll have to wait a little longer than that.
So, you’ve seen recaps, you’ve seen reviews, but it is now time to take a closer look at the numbers for UFC Ottawa.
41: Saturday night was Donald Cerrone’s 41stfight under the Zuffa, going all the way back to his WEC debut in September of 2007. In that span of time, Cowboy has compiled an impressive record of 29 wins, 11 losses, and 1 no contest.
23: Cowboy’s unanimous decision victory over Al Iaquinta marked his 23rd win in the UFC, which is more than enough to claim the record of most UFC victories all-time. He leads a pair of former middleweight champions in Michael Bisping and Georges St-Pierre, who each have 20 UFC wins to their name.
50,000: Four fighters took home a cool $50,000 for their efforts in Ottawa. Macy Chiasson and Walt “Big Ticket” Harris both scored performance of the night bonuses for finishing their opponents via technical knockout. As expected, fight of the night honors went to Al Iaquinta and Donald Cerrone for their incredibly entertaining main event showing.
1: Tonight was the first loss for UFC bantamweight Brad Katona. The proud Canadian and former TUF winner was out-grappled by Georgia’s Merab Dvalishvili, handing him his first professional loss by unanimous decision. Katona’s record falls to 8-1.
5: Bantamweight prospect Merab Dvalishvili was able to secure 5 takedowns on 9 attempts, en route to defeating the aforementioned Brad Katona.
17: Heavyweight Walt Harris only needed to land 17 total strikes to put away UFC debutant Sergey Spivak. For the record, all 17 of his strikes were in fact significant strikes, which goes to show that Harris was indeed looking for the early knockout and got it.
81: The number of significant strikes landed by heavyweight Juan Adams. However, he would end up losing his bout by decision to Canada’s Arjan Bhullar. Although he out-struck Bhullar 107-69, the decision ultimately went to Bhullar due to his two takedowns and 4:55 of ground control.
138: The number of significant strikes landed by Cowboy Cerrone in the main event. His
138 significant strikes are the most he’s ever landed in a professional fight, at least under the Zuffa banner where they are tracked.
20: The number of knockdowns owned by Donald Cerrone. Cowboy dropped Al Iaquinta twice in five rounds, securing himself yet another record: Most knockdowns in UFC history (20).
36: Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone is 36-years old, and he’s arguably performing as good as ever. It takes a lot of hard work and discipline to be able to reach this level of success, especially at an age where most athletes begin to decline, if not retire.
10,960: UFC Ottawa drew an attendance of 10,960 people to the Canadian Tire Centre, which equated to a live gate of around $807k USD.