UFC Fight Night 45 from Atlantic City’s Revel Casino Hotel will go down as a historic event for a number of reasons, the least of which is a record-tying amount of knockouts over the 11-bout lineup.
Donald Cerrone (24-6 MMA, 11-3 UFC) stole the show in his first-ever UFC main event as he crushed Jim Miller (24-5 MMA, 13-4 UFC) with a fight-ending head-kick in the second round.
The lightweight contender capped off an evening filled with spectacular finishes as well as the debut of the 10th weight class in UFC history. For more on the numbers behind a memorable fight card from “The Garden State,” here are 50 post-fight facts about UFC Fight Night 45.
UFC Fight Night 45 tied UFC 92 and UFC on FOX 7 for the modern-era event record for most knockouts with eight.
Cerrone, Lucas Martins, John Lineker and Alptekin Ozkilic earned $50,000 UFC Fight Night 45 fight-night bonuses.
UFC Fight Night 45 drew an announced attendance of 4,115, the lowest of any fighter card in 2014. No live gate was announced for the event.
Betting favorites went 8-3 on the card.
Total fight time for the 11-bout card was 1:45:29.
Cerrone became the first UFC fighter to earn three finishes in 2014. He is the second fighter to earn three victories with the promotion in this year. Welterweight Neil Magny is the other to accomplish the feat.
Cerrone earned the 11th victory of his UFC lightweight tenure, tying Melvin Guillard for the third most of any fighter in divisional history behind Gleison Tibau (14) and Miller (13).
Cerrone’s four-fight UFC winning streak is tied with Anthony Pettis for the third longest active streak in the lightweight division behind Khabib Nurmagomedov (six), T.J. Grant (five) and Myles Jury (five).
Cerrone’s streak of four consecutive finishes is tied with Ronda Rousey for the second longest streak of stoppages among active UFC fighters behind Matt Brown (five).
Cerrone’s has scored 12 finishes overall in UFC/WEC lightweight competition, the most of any fighter in the combined history of the two organizations.
Cerrone’s knockout win marked the eighth finish of his UFC career, moving him into a tie for the third most of any fighter in lightweight history behind B.J. Penn (nine) and Joe Lauzon (nine).
Cerrone’s knockout was the result of the 12th knockdown of his UFC/WEC career, the second most of any lightweight fighter in the combined history of the two organizations behind Guillard (13).
Cerrone joined Vitor Belfort and Edson Barboza as the only fighters in UFC history to earn three or more knockout victories stemming from a kick to the head.
Cerrone and/or his opponent have received a fight-night bonus in 10 of his 14 UFC bouts.
Cerrone earned his 15th UFC/WEC fight-night bonus, the most of any fighter in the combined history of the two organizations. “Cowboy” has earned a reported total of $655,000 from those bonuses.
Miller suffered the first knockout loss of his career.
Edson Barboza (14-2 MMA, 8-2 UFC) has earned 10 of his 14 career victories by knockout, including five of his eight wins under the UFC banner.
Barboza becomes the first fighter in UFC history to earn four knockout victories stemming from some form of kick.
Barboza also became the first fighter in UFC history to earn knockout finishes via head kick, body kick and leg kick strikes.
Barboza scored the eighth knockdown of his UFC lightweight career, moving him into a tie for the second most of any fighter in divisional history behind Guillard (13).
Evan Dunham (14-6 MMA, 7-6 UFC) suffered his third consecutive loss, the longest drought of his MMA career. Dunham is 3-6 in his past nine UFC fights overall.
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Rick Story (17-8 MMA, 10-6 UFC) became the 10th fighter in UFC history to join the welterweight 10-win club.
Story has alternated losses and wins in his past eight UFC appearances.
Story became the fourth fighter in UFC history to earn two submission finishes via arm-triangle choke. He joins Dan Severn, Eric Shafer and Francisco Trinaldo as the only fighters in promotional history to accomplish the feat.
Story earned his first submission victory since Sept. 19, 2009 – a span of 1,761 days (nearly five years) and 14 fights.
Leonardo Mafra (11-2 MMA, 0-2 UFC) suffered the first submission loss of his career.
Joe Proctor (10-2 MMA, 3-1 UFC) earned just the second knockout victory of his career. Coincidentally, both of those knockout wins have come during his UFC tenure.
Justin Salas (12-6 MMA, 3-3 UFC) has suffered all six of his professional losses by knockout or submission.
John Lineker’s (24-7 MMA, 5-2 UFC) five victories in UFC flyweight competition are tied with Joseph Benavidez for second in divisional history behind champion Demetrious Johnson (six).
Lineker’s four knockout victories in flyweight competition are the most in divisional history. His seven knockdowns landed are also the most at 125 pounds.
Lineker’s four stoppage wins in flyweight competition are tied with Benavidez for most in divisional history.
Lineker’s knockout victory at 4:51 of Round 3 tied the record for the third latest knockout stoppage ever in a three-round UFC fight. Only John Howard’s TUF 19 Finale win over Dennis Hallman and Carlos Condit’s UFC 115 finish of Rory MacDonald came later.
Lineker’s 133 significant strikes landed in his victory tied Demetrious Johnson’s UFC 174 record for most significant strikes landed in a UFC flyweight contest. Johnson, however, accomplished the feat in a five-round contest while Lineker did it in a three-round contest.
Alptekin Ozkilic (9-3 MMA, 1-2 UFC) suffered the first knockout loss of his career.
Lucas Martins (15-1 MMA, 3-1 UFC) has finished his opponent by knockout or submission in 14 of his 15 professional victories. “Mineiro” has earned his past nine MMA victories by knockout or submission.
Martins joined Kenny Florian, Diego Sanchez and George Roop as the only fighters in UFC history to register wins in three different weight classes. He is the first to accomplish the feat in consecutive fights.
Martins is the only fighter in UFC history to earn stoppage victories in three different weight classes.
Alex White (10-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC) had his 10-fight winning streak snapped for the first loss of his professional career.
Gleison Tibau (29-10 MMA, 14-8 UFC) earned the 14th victory of his UFC lightweight career, the most of any fighter in divisional history.
Tibau tied Michael Bisping for the most victories of any fighter in UFC history without ever competing in a championship bout.
Tibau competed in his 21st UFC lightweight bout, the most of any fighter in UFC history.
Tibau’s total fight time of 4:11:11 in UFC lightweight competition is the most of any fighter in divisional history. His 4:18:38 of fight time overall during his UFC career ranks seventh overall in UFC history.
Tibau’s four completed takedowns in his victory gave him a total of 75 in his UFC career, the most in lightweight history. He now trail’s Georges St-Pierre’s all-time record of 87 takedowns by just 12.
Pat Healy (29-20 MMA, 0-5 UFC) has suffered four consecutive defeats for the first time in his 50-fight career. “Bam Bam” currently finds himself on a five-fight winless drought and has not had his hand raised in six career UFC appearances
Healy is the first fighter in UFC history to go winless in his first six trips to the octagon.
Leslie Smith (7-5-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC) snapped the first two-fight losing streak of her career with a first-round finish of Jessamyn Duke (3-2 MMA, 1-2 UFC).
Smith’s fight-ending combination led to the fist knockdown of her UFC career and the second knockdown overall in women’s bantamweight history. Ronda Rousey is the only other fighter to score a standing knockdown, as she did against Sara McMann at UFC 170.
Jerrod Sanders (14-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC) suffered the first knockout loss of his career.
Glaudia Gadelha (12-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) earned the first victory in UFC women’s strawweight history.
Gadelha kept her perfect professional record intact with her 12th consecutive victory.
Tina Lahdemaki (5-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC) had her five-fight winning streak snapped for the first loss of her professional career.
For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 45, check out the UFC Events section of the site.
FightMetric research analyst and live statistics producer Michael Carroll contributed to this story. Follow him on Twitter @MJCflipdascript.
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