UFC Fight Night 37 post-fight facts: Latifi-Diabate set history with striking shutout
For the third consecutive UFC event, the headlining bout attracted the bulk of the post-fight attention due to a spectacular knockout.
This time it was Alexander GustafssonÂ (16-2 MMA, 8-2 UFC) who delivered the goods when he stopped Jimi ManuwaÂ (14-1 MMA, 3-1 UFC) with a brutal assault of strikes in the second round of Saturdayâ€™s UFC Fight Night 37 headliner.
The organizationâ€™s 15th English event was a good one, with five of the nine UFC Fight Pass-streamed matchups ending with a knockout or submission, four of which occurred in the first round.
UFC Fight Night 37, which took place at Londonâ€™s O2 Arena, was the second of four UFC fight cards slated for a busy month of March. With much more MMA still ahead in the coming weeks, take a minute to look back at 25 post-event facts to come out of the UFCâ€™s most recent international show.
Gustafsson, Manuwa and Gunnar Nelson earned UFC Fight Night 37 fight-night bonuses. Gustafsson earned two for $100,000 in additional pay.
UFC Fight Night 37 drew an announced attendance of 14,604 for a live gate of $2 million.
Betting favorites went 8-1 on the card.
Total fight time for the nine-bout card was 1:19:33.
In the 15 events the UFC has held in England, fighters from the country are 40-32 with one no-contest against foreign opponents. English fighters went 2-4 at UFC Fight Night 37.
MAIN CARD Gustafsson has stopped his opponent by knockout or submission in six of his eight UFC victories. Those six finishes are tied for the third most in UFC light-heavyweight history behind Jon Jones and Chuck Liddell (nine).
Manuwa suffered the first Â loss of his 15-fight career.
Michael JohnsonÂ (15-8 MMA, 7-4 UFC) has earned four of his seven UFC victories by decision.
Melvin GuillardÂ (31-13-2 MMA, 12-9 UFC) fell to 2-5 with one no-contest in his past eight UFC appearances.
Brad PickettÂ (24-8 MMA, 4-3 UFC) made a successful flyweight debut and is 1-0 in the weight class. â€œOne Punchâ€ has registered victories at flyweight, bantamweight, featherweight and lightweight throughout his 10-year MMA career.
Neil SeeryÂ (13-10 MMA, 0-1 UFC) suffered his first decision loss since May 15, 2010 â€“ a span of 1,393 days (nearly four years) and eight fights.
Gunnar Nelsonâ€™s (12-0-1 MMA, 3-0 UFC) three-fight UFC winning streak is tied for the third longest active streak in the welterweight division behind Matt Brown (six) and Dong Hyun Kim (four).
Nelson has earned 11 of his 12 career victories by knockout or submission, 10 in the first round. â€œGunniâ€ has earned two of his three UFC victories by submission.
Omari AkhmedovÂ (12-2 MMA, 1-1 UFC) has been submitted in both of his career losses.
Ilir LatifiÂ (8-3 MMA, 1-1 UFC) became the 12th fighter in UFC history to earn a victory with the promotion without landing or absorbing a single significant strike. Moreover, Latifiâ€™s victory marked the first bout in UFC history to feature zero significant strike attempts by either fighter.
Cyrille DiabateÂ (19-10-1 MMA, 4-4 UFC) officially retired from MMA competition following his first-round submission loss to Latifi. â€œThe Snakeâ€ was finished in all four of his UFC losses.
Luke Barnattâ€™s (8-0 MMA, 3-0 UFC) three-fight UFC winning streak is tied for the fourth longest active streak in the middleweight division behind champ Chris Weidman (seven), Brad Tavares (five) and Vitor Belfort (four).
Mats NilssonÂ (11-3-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC) suffered the first knockout loss of his 15-fight career.
Claudio Henrique da SilvaÂ (10-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC) earned just the second decision victory of his career.
Brad ScottÂ (9-3 MMA, 1-2 UFC) has suffered both of his UFC defeats by decision.
Igor AraujoÂ (25-6 MMA, 2-0 UFC) has earned both of his UFC victories by decision.
Danny MitchellÂ (14-5-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC) suffered his first decision loss since May 7, 2011 â€“ a span of 1,036 days (nearly three years) and eight fights.
Louis Gaudinotâ€™s (7-3 MMA, 2-2 UFC) submission victory at 1:13 of Round 1 marked the first submission to ever take place in the first round of a UFC flyweight bout. â€œGoodnightâ€ has earned both of his UFC victories by submission.
Gaudinot has alternated losses and wins through his four-fight UFC stint.
Phil HarrisÂ (22-12 MMA, 1-3 UFC) has been defeated by knockout or submission in 11 of his 12 career losses.
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FightMetric research analyst and live statistics producer Michael Carroll contributed to this story. Follow him on Twitter @MJCflipdascript.