One thing we know about MMA retirements is that they often don’t stick. However, when one retires at the top of the sport, with two titles and a handful of UFC records tied to their name, the likelihood of staying retired will likely increase. After all, if you’re at the top when you walk away and have a growing family to care for, the reasons for returning to the cage seem to dwindle. That’s how Amanda Nunes left the sport following Saturday’s UFC 289 fight card.
Nunes, who held titles in the bantamweight and featherweight divisions, announced her retirement after referee Dan Miragliotta raised her hand following Nunes’ decision victory over Irene Aldana in the UFC 289 main event.
In the co-main event, former UFC lightweight champion Charles Oliveira put a rocky year behind him when he scored a TKO win over Beneil Dariush. Oliveira, who lost the UFC lightweight title on the scale in May 2022, and was then submitted by Islam Makhachev in a bout for the vacant title in October, put himself back in the mix for another shot at Makhachev with his record-breaking “Performance of the Night” bonus-winning stoppage victory.
With the TKO, Charles Oliveira also became the first fighter to have 20 finishes in the UFC.
Below, we take a deep dive into the stats from Saturday’s UFC 289 pay-per-view event. The main card, which took place at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, streamed on ESPN+ PPV following prelims on ESPN and early prelims on ESPN+.
UFC 289: Fights and Results
- Total Fights: 11
- Unanimous Decisions: 7
- KOs/TKOs: 2
- Submissions: 1
- No Contest: 1
UFC 289: Fights by Weight Division
- Middleweight: 2
- Welterweight: 1
- Lightweight: 1
- Bantamweight: 1
- Flyweight: 1
- Women’s Bantamweight: 1
- Women’s Flyweight: 1
- Women’s Strawweight: 1
UFC 289: Fight Card Stats
- Total Knockdowns Landed: 5
- Total Submission Attempts: 3
- Total Reversals: 1
- Total Significant Strikes Attempted: 2,602
- Total Significant Strikes Landed: 1,193
- Total Significant Head Strikes Attempted: 1,967
- Total Significant Head Strikes Landed: 724
- Total Significant Body Strikes Attempted: 414
- Total Significant Body Strikes Landed: 284
- Total Significant Leg Strikes Attempted: 221
- Total Significant Leg Strikes Landed: 185
- Total Significant Distance Strikes Attempted: 2,295
- Total Significant Distance Strikes Landed: 962
- Total Significant Clinch Strikes Attempted: 206
- Total Significant Clinch Strikes Landed: 162
- Total Significant Ground Strikes Attempted: 101
- Total Significant Ground Strikes Landed: 69
- Total Strikes Attempted: 2,977
- Total Strikes Landed: 1,513
- Total Takedowns Attempted: 57
- Total Takedowns Landed: 20
Noteworthy Statistical Fights from UFC 289
- Shortest Three-Round Fight: Aiemann Zahabi KOs Aoriqileng at 1:04 of Round 1.
- Latest Finish in a Three-Round Fight: Mike Malott submits Adam Fugitt at 1:06 of Round 2.
- Most Takedowns Landed: Amanda Nunes with six takedowns on 13 attempts vs Irene Aldana (five-round fight)
- Most Submission Attempts: Three fighters with one – Mike Malott, Nassourdine Imavov, and Steve Erceg.
- Most Knockdowns Landed: Five fighters with one – Charles Oliveira, Mike Malott, Marc-Andre Barriault, Dan Ige, and Aiemann Zahabi.
- Most Significant Strikes Landed in a Three-Round Fight: Diana Belbita lands 106 significant strikes on 208 attempts vs. Maria Oliveira.
Charles Oliveira breaks records, first to 20 UFC finishes
Oliveira extended his own UFC record for UFC career finishes with 20.
Oliveira broke a tie with Donald Cerrone for most UFC fight-night bonuses with 19.
Amanda Nunes extends her own records at UFC 289
Nunes extended her own record for most wins in the UFC women’s bantamweight division with 13.
Nunes extended her own record for most wins in UFC women’s bantamweight title fights with eight.
Nunes broke the record for most takedowns landed in UFC women’s bantamweight history with 32.
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