UFC Fight Night 26 milestones and footnotes

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

With UFC Fight Night 26 officially in the books, it's time to look at who made history Saturday night in Boston. All stats courtesy of Fight Metric.

* James Vick wasted no time in making a statement in his UFC debut. The former TUF contestant caught Ramsey Nijem in a guillotine choke and earned the tap in just 58 seconds. It’s the second-fastest submission ever for a debuting lightweight. The fastest debut submission in lightweight history belongs to Charles Oliveira’s 41-second armbar of Darren Elkins at UFC on Versus 2.

* Cole Miller narrowly out-landed Manny Gamburyan in terms of significant strikes by a count of 32 to 23, but it looks like the judges sided with "The Anvil" because of takedowns. Gamburyan added five more to his UFC/WEC featherweight total of 25, tying Mike Brown for the most takedowns in featherweight history. Gamburyan averages 3.88 takedown attempts per round, the fifth-highest average in UFC history (min. 5 fights).

* Speaking of takedowns, Diego Brandao landed eight of them en route to a unanimous decision victory over Daniel Pineda. Brandao was very efficient with his attempts, scoring his takedowns with an 80 percent accuracy rate. Brandao had previously only landed four total takedowns in his UFC career. His eight against Pineda ties Dennis Bermudez’s takedown count at UFC on Fox 3 for the fourth-most ever landed by a featherweight in a single UFC or WEC fight.

* Steven Siler provided the night with its next quick finish, knocking out former WEC featherweight champion Mike Brown in just 50 seconds. The quick finish ties Josh Grispi’s knockout at WEC 35 for fifth-fastest ever in UFC/WEC featherweight history.

* Michael McDonald continues to stake his claim as the bantamweight division’s premiere power puncher. McDonald scored two knockdowns of Brad Pickett in the first round of their bout Saturday night. McDonald now has six total knockdowns in UFC/WEC competition, tying Eddie Wineland for most in the division’s history.

* Michael Johnson recorded one of the most lopsided striking totals in UFC history. Johnson out-landed Joe Lauzon by a count of 116 significant strikes to just 25 for Lauzon. The +91 strike differential for Johnson is thefourth-largest in lightweight history, and 15th largest all-time. The largest strike differential ever belongs to Nate Diaz for his performance against Donald Cerrone at UFC 141. Diaz landed a UFC-record 238 significant strikes and earned a strike differential of +142.

* Matt Brown extended his welterweight knockout record to 8 total KO/TKO victories in lightning quick fashion. Brown finished Mike Pyle at the 29-second mark of round one, earning the quickest finish of his career. In the process, Brown gained sole possession of second place in welterweight history with nine total finishes (knockouts and submissions). He sits only behind Matt Hughes and Hughes’ ten total finishes at 170 pounds. (Note: Hughes earned three finishes outside of 170-pound competition). It was Matt Brown’s 11th victory in the UFC’s welterweight division, the fourth-most ever. The only welterweights with more victories are Georges St-Pierre (18), Hughes (14), Josh Koscheck (14), and Jon Fitch (12).

* UFC Fight Night 26 was just the third modern era event to feature three fights ending in under a minute each. The others: UFC 84 (Carwin over Wellisch in 0:44, Yoshida over Koppenhaver in 0:56, Silva over Jardine in 0:36) and UFC Fight Night 13 (Johnson over Speer in 0:51, Aurelio over Roberts in 0:16, Irvin over Alexander in 0:08)

* Travis Browne truly proved his mettle in a huge comeback win over Alistair Overeem. Browne was battered in the clinch with knees and punches before landing an improbable front kick and following up with punches. Browne was out-landed by a count of 41 to 14 in significant strikes. The -27 strike differential is the fourth-largest ever in a heavyweight comeback win. The largest differential in a heavyweight comeback still belongs to Mike Russow, though. His -37 against Todd Duffee at UFC 114 is the greatest statistical comeback in the division.

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