UFC 238 post-event facts: Jessica Eye's brutal KO loss comes with dubious distinction
Perhaps the most anticipated card of the year so far went down Saturday with UFC 238 at United Center in Chicago. It aired on pay-per-view following prelims on ESPN and ESPN+/UFC Fight Pass.
The show delivered the goods, with Henry Cejudo (15-2 MMA, 9-2 UFC) making history in the main event when he scored a third-round TKO of Marlon Moraes (22-6-1 MMA, 4-2 UFC) to capture the UFC bantamweight title to put alongside his flyweight strap. And in the co-headliner, Valentina Shevchenko (17-3 MMA, 6-2 UFC) reaffirmed her status as the top women’s flyweight in the world when she produced a shocking knockout of Jessica Eye (14-7 MMA, 4-6 UFC) to defend her title for the first time.
There was a lot of additional action on top of the two title fights. For more on the numbers behind everything that went down, check below for 55 post-event facts to come out of UFC 238.
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UFC 238 featured a total of 1,818 significant strikes landed, a new single-event record. UFC 231 held the previous high with 1,647.
The UFC Promotional Guidelines Compliance payout for the event totaled $304,500.
Debuting fighters went 0-1 on the card.
UFC 238 drew an announced attendance of 16,083 for a live gate of $2,034,387.49.
Betting favorites went 9-4 on the card.
Betting favorites fell to 7-11 in UFC headliners this year.
Total fight time for the 13-bout card was 2:44:10.
Cejudo became the seventh fighter in UFC history to win titles in two weight classes. B.J. Penn, Conor McGregor, Amanda Nunes, Daniel Cormier, Georges St-Pierre and Randy Couture also accomplished the feat.
Cejudo became the fourth simultaneous two-division champion in UFC history. McGregor, Nunes and Cormier also accomplished the feat.
Cejudo achieved the seventh bantamweight title reign in UFC history.
Cejudo was successful in his first bantamweight fight since December 2014. He’s 6-0 at the weight in his career.
Cejudo has landed at least one takedown against all but one of his UFC fights where he’s attempted a takedown.
Moraes has suffered five of his six career losses by stoppage.
Moraes suffered his first knockout loss since June 28, 2008 – a span of 3,997 days and 25 fights.
Shevchenko improved to 3-0 since she dropped to the UFC flyweight division in February 2018.
Shevchenko became the first UFC women’s flyweight champion to earn a successful title defense.
Shevchenko earned the sixth title-fight knockout in UFC history to stem from a head kick. St-Pierre, Anderson Silva, Renan Barao, Holly Holm and T.J. Dillashaw also accomplished the feat.
Shevchenko has completed at least one takedown against seven of her eight UFC opponents.
Eye fell to 3-1 since she dropped to the UFC women’s flyweight division in January 2018.
Eye’s six losses in UFC competition are tied with Kailin Curran for the most of any female in company history.
Eye suffered the first knockout loss of her career.
Ferguson (25-3 MMA, 15-1 UFC) improved to 18-1 in his past 19 fights. The lone defeat in that stretch came to Michael Johnson at UFC on FOX 3 in May 2012.
Ferguson’s 12-fight UFC winning streak in lightweight competition is the longest in active streak in the division.
Ferguson’s 12-fight UFC winning streak in lightweight competition is the longest in divisional history.
Ferguson’s 12-fight winning streak in UFC competition is the longest active streak in the company.
Ferguson has earned 21 of his 25 career victories by stoppage. That includes 11 of his 15 UFC wins.
Ferguson has been awarded a fight-night bonus in seven of his past eight UFC appearances.
Cerrone (36-12 MMA, 23-9 UFC) fell to 2-1 since he returned to the UFC lightweight division in January.
Cerrone has landed 377 leg kicks in UFC competition, the second most in company history behind Thiago Alves (380).
Cerrone’s 23 fight-night bonuses in UFC/WEC bouts are the most in combined organizational history.
Cerrone’s 18 fight-night bonuses in UFC bouts are most in company history.
Petr Yan’s (13-1 MMA, 5-0 UFC) five-fight UFC winning streak in bantamweight competition is tied with Marlon Moraes for the longest active streak in the division.
Jimmie Rivera (22-4 MMA, 6-3 UFC) suffered consecutive losses for the first time in his career.
Rivera was taken down for the first time in his UFC career.
Rivera has suffered three of his four career losses by decision.
Blagoy Ivanov (18-2 MMA, 2-1 UFC) has earned both of his UFC victories by decision.
Tai Tuivasa (10-2 MMA, 3-2 UFC) has suffered consecutive losses after starting his career 10-0.
Tuivasa suffered the first decision loss of his career.
Tatiana Suarez’s (8-0 MMA, 5-0 UFC) five-fight UFC winning streak in strawweight competition is the longest active streak in the division.
Nina Ansaroff (10-6 MMA, 4-3 UFC) has suffered all three of her UFC losses by decision.
Aljamain Sterling’s (18-3 MMA, 10-3 UFC) four-fight UFC winning streak in bantamweight competition is tied for the second longest active streak in the division behind Petr Yan (five).
Sterling’s nine victories in UFC bantamweight competition are fourth most in divisional history behind Dillashaw (12), Raphael Assuncao (11) and Urijah Faber (10).
Sterling landed 174 significant strikes to set a new single-fight record for a UFC/WEC bantamweight fight.
Sterling has earned six of his 10 UFC victories by decision.
Pedro Munhoz (18-4 MMA, 8-4 UFC) has suffered all four of his career losses by decision.
Alexa Grasso (11-2 MMA, 3-2 UFC) has earned all three of her UFC victories by decision.
Karolina Kowalkiewicz’s (12-5 MMA, 5-5 UFC) three-fight losing skid is the longest of her career. She hasn’t earned a victory since April 2018.
Kowalkiewicz fell to 2-5 in her past seven fights dating back to when she challenged for the UFC strawweight title in November 2016.
Calvin Kattar (20-3 MMA, 4-1 UFC) has earned all three of his UFC stoppage victories by knockout.
Ricardo Lamas (19-8 MMA, 10-6 UFC) fell to 10-6 since he dropped to the UFC featherweight division in June 2011.
Lamas has suffered all of his career stoppage losses by knockout.
Yan Xiaonan (11-1 MMA, 4-0 UFC) improved to 8-0 (with one no-contest) since returning from a nearly five-year layoff in July 2015.
Xiaonan’s four-fight UFC winning streak in strawweight competition is tied for the second longest active streak in the division behind Nina Ansaroff/Tatiana Suarez (five).
Xiaonan has earned all four of her UFC victories by decision.
Angela Hill (9-7 MMA, 4-7 UFC) fell to 3-5 since she returned to the UFC for a second stint in February 2017.
Hill has suffered five of her seven career losses by decision.
Darren Stewart (10-4 MMA, 3-4 UFC) improved to 3-3 since he dropped to the UFC middleweight division in November 2017.
Bevon Lewis (6-2 MMA, 0-2 UFC) had suffered consecutive losses after starting his career on a six-fight winning streak.
Lewis suffered the first decision loss of his career.
Eddie Wineland’s (24-13-1 MMA, 6-7 UFC) 11 victories in UFC/WEC bantamweight competition are tied for third most in combined divisional history behind Dillashaw (12) and Dominick Cruz (12).
Wineland’s eight stoppage victories in UFC/WEC bantamweight competition are tied with Dillashaw and Rani Yahya for most in divisional history.
Wineland’s eight knockout victories in UFC/WEC bantamweight competition are most in combined divisional history.
Wineland’s 13 knockdowns landed in UFC/WEC bantamweight competition are the most in combined divisional history.
Grigorii Popov (13-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC) had his nine-fight winning streak snapped for his first defeat since December 2014.
Popov has suffered both of his career losses by knockout.
Katlyn Chookagian (12-2 MMA, 5-2 UFC) improved to 3-1 since she dropped to the UFC flyweight division in January 2018.
Chookagian has earned nine of her 12 career victories by decision. That includes all four of her UFC wins.
Joanne Calderwood (13-4 MMA, 5-4 UFC) fell to 3-1 in UFC women’s flyweight competition. She’s 4-1 in her career at 125 pounds.
Calderwood’s 68 leg kicks landed set a new record for a three-round UFC fight.