UFC 253 pre-event facts: Israel Adesanya vs. Paulo Costa is a historic title fight – MMA Junkie

Adesanya is one of 13 fighters in UFC history to win an undisputed title with an undefeated record.

Adesanya is one of 11 undisputed middleweight champions in UFC history.

Adesanya’s 19-fight winning streak is third longest among active UFC fighters behind Khabib Nurmagomedov (28) and Weili Zhang (21).

Adesanya’s 19-fight winning streak is the longest among active UFC middleweights.

Adesanya’s eight-fight UFC winning streak at middleweight competition is the longest active streak in the division.

Adesanya’s average fight time of 15:53 is UFC middleweight competition is the longest in divisional history.

Adesanya’s 10 knockdowns landed in UFC middleweight competition are tied for third most in divisional history behind Anderson Silva (13) and Nate Marquardt (12).

Adesanya’s four knockdowns landed against Kelvin Gastelum at UFC 236 are the single-fight record for a UFC title bout.

Adesanya defends 65.5 percent of all opponent significant strike attempts in UFC middleweight competition, the second-best rate among active fighters in the weight class behind Marvin Vettori (67.1 percent).

Adesanya defends 86.5 percent of all opponent takedown attempts in UFC middleweight competition, the second-best rate in divisional history behind Krzysztof Jotko (87.1 percent).

Costa’s five-fight UFC winning streak at middleweight is the second longest active streak in the division behind Israel Adesanya (eight).

Costa has earned 12 of his 13 career victories by stoppage. He’s finished 11 of those wins by knockout.

Costa is the only middleweight in UFC history to begin his octagon tenure with four consecutive knockout wins.

Costa lands 1.65 knockdowns per 15 minutes in UFC middleweight competition, the best rate among active fighters in the weight class.

Costa lands 8.43 significant strikes per minute in UFC competition, the highest rate in company history.

Costa lands 57.8 percent of his significant strike attempts in UFC middleweight competition, the third best rate in divisional history behind Silva (60.2 percent) and Kevin Holland (59.4 percent).

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