Now that the year has come to a close, and with a major assist from FightMetric research analyst and live statistics producers Michael Carroll, here are some of 2018’s most significant milestones from the events, the fights and individual performances.
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The UFC held 39 events in 35 different cities across 11 countries and five continents.
Within those events, there were 474 fights across 13 different weight classes (including catchweight bouts). Those 474 fights combined for a total cage time of 87:21:11.
The longest event of the year was The Ultimate Fighter 27 Finale in Las Vegas (2:46:20).
The shortest event of the year was “UFC Fight Night 126: Cowboy vs. Medeiros” in Austin (1:37:45).
The UFC drew an announced total attendance of 432,103 for a live gate total of $66,808,666.31 (Note: the live-gate figure was not announced for four events).
The highest reported attended event of the year was “UFC Fight Night 136: Hunt vs. Oleinik” at Olympic Stadium in Moscow (22,603). The lowest attended event was The Ultimate Fighter 28 Finale at Pearl Theatre in Las Vegas (2,020).
The highest reported income gate of the year was “UFC 229: Nurmagomedov vs. McGregor” at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas ($17.2 million) while the lowest reported income gate of the year was the TUF 28 Finale ($204,600).
In 2018, 156 fight-night bonuses were given out for a sum of $7.8 million.
In 2018, athletes were paid $6,901,000 in Promotional Guidelines Compliance pay.
“UFC 224: Nunes vs. Pennington” featured 11 stoppages, which tied UFC Fight Night 55 for the most on a single UFC card.
The most knockouts at a single event went to “UFC 229: Khabib vs. McGregor” with seven.
“UFC 231: Holloway vs. Ortega” featured a total of 1,674 significant strikes landed, a new single-event UFC record.
The most submissions at a single event went to “UFC 224: Nunes vs. Pennington” and The Ultimate Fighter 28 Finale with five each.
“UFC 228: Woodley vs. Till” was the first event in company history to feature two kneebar submission results.
The most fights to go to a decision at a single event went to “UFC Fight Night 134: Shogun vs. Smith” with 10, which tied UFC Fight Night 121, UFC Fight Night 101, UFC Fight Night 84, UFC Fight Night 36 and UFC 169 for the most in company history.
“UFC Fight Night 134: Shogun vs. Smith” featured nine consecutive decisions, the longest streak on a card in company history.
“UFC 222: Cyborg vs. Kunitskaya” tied UFC Fight Night 79 for the most split-decision results (five) in UFC history.
The Ultimate Fighter 27 Finale featured two majority decisions, tied with UFC Fight Night 5 for the most in UFC history. It was the first event to have those results in back-to-back fights.
The Ultimate Fighter 27 Finale featured six split decisions/majority decisions, a new single-event record in UFC history.
The 14 bouts at “UFC on FOX 29: Poirier vs. Gaethje” were the second most on a UFC card since UFC 2 in March 1994.
The nine bouts at “UFC 223: Khabib vs. Iaquinta” were the least for a pay-per-view event since UFC 177 in August 2014 (eight fights).
UFC 223 featured seven fighters who landed 100 or more significant strikes, a new single-event record.
Betting favorites went 299-158. Seventeen fights ended in a draw, no contest or had even odds.
TUF 28 Finale had the most favorites come through with victories, where 11 of 13 had their hand raised. On the flip side, seven underdogs won at “UFC 226: Miocic vs. Cormier.”
A total of 29 fighters officially missed weight for their respective contests. The 22 fighters in that group to compete went 13-9 in their respective bouts.
A total of 121 fighters made their UFC debut in 2018. Those fighters went 59-61-1. Debuting fighters who faced an opponent with at least one prior UFC bout went 40-42-1.
A variety of circumstances caused a total of 28 UFC main event or co-main event fights to be adjusted, postponed or canceled entirely.
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