The UFC made one of its infrequent stops in South Florida on Saturday with UFC on ESPN+ 8, which took place at BB&T Center in Sunrise with a main card on ESPN+ following prelims on ESPN and ESPN2.
A breakthrough performance went down in the main event when Jack Hermansson (20-4 MMA, 7-2 UFC) firmed up his case as a top middleweight contender by decisively defeating former Strikeforce champ Ronaldo Souza (26-7 MMA, 9-4 UFC) by unanimous decision in a key matchup for the weight class.
Despite taking the fight on short notice, Hermansson produced a record striking output for a middleweight fight, which was one of a handful of historic feats to take place on the card. For more on the numbers, check below for 58 post-event facts to come out of UFC on ESPN+ 8.
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The UFC Promotional Guidelines Compliance payout for the event totaled $199,500.
Debuting fighters went 1-3 at the event.
UFC on ESPN+ 8 drew an announced attendance of 12,754 for a live gate of $1,209,654.09.
Betting favorites went 9-4 on the card.
Betting favorites fell to 6-7 in UFC headliners this year.
Total fight time for the 13-bout card was 2:38:37.
Hermansson earned his second UFC victory in a 28-day stretch.
Hermansson’s four-fight UFC winning streak in middleweight competition is tied for the fourth longest active streak in the division behind Robert Whittaker (eight), Israel Adesanya (six) and Antonio Carlos Junior (five).
Hermansson landed 148 significant strikes to set a new record for a five-round UFC middleweight fight.
Souza has alternated wins and losses over his past six fights.
Souza surrendered three takedowns to his opponent, the most he’s ever allowed for a single fight in his UFC/Strikeforce career.
Souza has suffered three of his four UFC losses by decision.
Greg Hardy (4-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC) has earned all of his career victories by first-round knockout.
Dmitrii Smoliakov (9-3 MMA, 0-3 UFC) was unsuccessful in his return to the UFC for a second stint.
Smoliakov fell to 1-3 in his past four fights after starting his career on an eight-fight winning streak.
Smoliakov has suffered all three of his career losses by stoppage.
Perry (13-4 MMA, 6-4 UFC) has earned his past two victories by decision after beginning his career with 11 stoppages.
Oliveira (19-7-1 MMA, 9-5 UFC) fell to 7-4 (with one no contest) in UFC welterweight competition.
Oliveira suffered his first decision loss since Apr. 12, 2013 – a span of 2,206 days (more than six years) and 23 fights.
Teixeira’s (29-7 MMA, 12-5 UFC) 10 stoppage victories since 2012 in UFC light heavyweight competition are most among active fighters in the company.
Teixeira’s 10 stoppage victories in UFC light-heavyweight competition are tied with Jon Jones for most in divisional history.
Teixeira’s five submission victories in UFC light-heavyweight competition are tied with Jones for most in divisional history.
Ion Cutelaba (14-4 MMA, 3-3 UFC) has suffered both of his career stoppage losses by submission.
Cory Sandhagen’s (11-1 MMA, 4-0 UFC) three-fight UFC winning streak in bantamweight competition is tied for the third longest active streak in the division behind Marlon Moraes (four) and Petr Yan (four).
John Lineker (31-9 MMA, 12-4 UFC) fell to 6-2 since he moved up to the UFC bantamweight division in September 2015.
Lineker has suffered six of his nine career losses by decision. That includes both of his bantamweight defeats.
Roosevelt Roberts (8-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC) earned the first decision victory of his career.
Ben Saunders (22-12-2 MMA, 8-9 UFC) fell to 5-6 since he returned to the UFC for a second stint in August 2014; it includes one win outside the promotion.
Saunders’ three-fight losing skid is the longest of his career. He hasn’t earned a victory since June 2018.
Saunders fell to 1-5 in his past six UFC appearances dating back to May 2017.
Andrei Arlovski (27-18 MMA, 16-12 UFC) fell to 2-8 (with one no contest) in his past 11 UFC appearances dating back to January 2016.
Arlovski fell to 6-8 (with one no contest) since he returned to the UFC for a second stint in June 2014.
Carla Esparza (14-6 MMA, 5-4 UFC) improved to 4-3 since losing the UFC strawweight title to Joanna Jedrzejczyk in March 2015.
Esparza has earned four of her five UFC victories by decision.
Esparza has completed at least one takedown against eight of her nine UFC opponents.
Virna Jandiroba (14-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC) had her 14-fight winning streak snapped for the first defeat of her career.
Gilbert Burns (15-3 MMA, 8-3 UFC) has earned 13 of his 15 career victories by stoppage. That includes six of his eight UFC wins.
Burns’ six stoppage victories since 2014 in UFC lightweight competition are tied for second most in the division behind Tony Ferguson (seven).
Mike Davis (6-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC) suffered the first submission loss of his career.
Miller (30-13 MMA, 19-12 UFC) 19 victories in UFC competition are fifth most in company history behind Donald Cerrone (22), Georges St-Pierre (20), Michael Bisping (20) and Demian Maia (20).
Miller’s total fight time of 5:05:49 in UFC lightweight competition is most in divisional history.
Miller’s 18 victories in UFC lightweight competition are the most in divisional history.
Miller’s 11 stoppage victories in UFC lightweight competition are tied for second most in divisional history behind Joe Lauzon (12).
Miller’s eight submission victories in UFC lightweight competition are most in divisional history.
Miller earned his first submission victory since April 26, 2014 – a span of 1,827 days (five years) and 15 fights.
Miller’s 41 submission attempts in UFC competition are the most in company history.
Jason Gonzalez (11-5 MMA, 1-3 UFC) suffered consecutive losses for the first time in his career. He hasn’t earned a victory since January 2017.
Gonzalez has suffered all five of his career losses by stoppage.
Gonzalez suffered his first submission loss since April 14, 2012 – a span of 2,569 days (more than seven years) and 12 fights.
Angela Hill (9-6 MMA, 4-6 UFC) improved to 3-4 since she returned to the UFC for a second stint in February 2017.
Hill improved to 7-4 since her initial release from the UFC in late 2015.
Hill has earned all four of her UFC victories by decision.
Jodie Esquibel’s (6-5 MMA, 0-3 UFC) three-fight losing skid is the longest of her career. She hasn’t earned a victory since May 2017.
Esquibel has suffered four of her five career losses by decision.
Dhiego Lima (14-7 MMA, 3-5 UFC) improved to 2-2 since he returned to the UFC for a second stint in July 2017.
Court McGee (19-8 MMA, 8-7 UFC) fell to 5-5 since he dropped to the welterweight division in February 2013.
McGee has suffered seven of his eight career losses by decision.
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Author: Mike Bohn