Fight Facts: UFC Fight Night 236 ‘Hermansson vs. Pyfer’

UFC
February 13, 2024
UFC Fight Night 236 featured a middleweight that can’t put a streak together in either direction, a Hawaiian that reminded fans he still has one-hitter quitter power and the new king of the arm-triangles.

The Ultimate Fighting Championship put on a show that featured zero ranked competitors on the Sherdog Official Rankings, but it still managed to end fairly well. No new contender broke out of the pack, no matter how hard fighters tried.

Rollercoaster Contender: Dating back to a victory over Ronaldo Souza in 2019, Jack Hermansson has now alternated wins and losses in nine straight bouts following his decision triumph against Joe Pyfer. Jake Collier and Marcos Rogerio de Lima share the UFC record with 11 straight outings fitting that pattern.

New Sensation: With Pyfer winning the first two rounds and losing the last three, he went the distance for the second time in his career. It was the first time that “Bodybagz” had tasted defeat in a bout that went to the judges.

Top Five for a Week: Adding to his previous total of 878, Hermansson has now landed 999 significant strikes as a UFC middleweight. He cracks the top five, passing Robert Whittaker’s 989 for that spot.

Lived Up to the Name: Shortly after the midpoint of the first round, Dan Ige slept Andre Fili with two punches. “50K” has earned half his career knockouts across his last four victories.

Ice by Ige: Ige’s four knockouts in the Octagon tie him with a large number of fighters, including Jose Aldo, for the fifth-most in the history of the weight class. Max Holloway’s nine stand above the pack.

He Gets a Pass: While he missed weight, Ihor Potieria dropped to 187.5 pounds and beat Robert Bryczek by decision. In the process, the finish rate of “The Duelist” fell to an even 75%.

Prime Directive Four Disabled: Early into Round 3, Gregory Rodrigues forced a strike stoppage against Brad Tavares. With five knockouts on his UFC ledger, “Robocop” is just three shy of the division’s record held by Anderson Silva, Thiago Santos and Uriah Hall.

Restrain Hostile Feelings: The victorious Rodrigues elevated his overall stoppage rate to 87% by putting Tavares away. It marked the first time he had ever finished a fight in the third round.

A Veteran’s Veteran’s Veteran: While he suffered a stoppage loss, Tavares entered his 24th bout scheduled at middleweight. He ties Michael Bisping for the most appearances in divisional history.

Try for Second Place: For the 25th time on the roster, Michael Johnson walked to the cage as a lightweight. Far away from Jim Miller’s record 40 fights at 155 pounds, Johnson is secure in fifth place behind Clay Guida (29), Gleison Tibau and Joe Lauzon (27 each).

Meramec Community College All-American: Johnson landed four takedowns en route to his decision win over Darrius Flowers. This is the most for “The Menace” after 29 UFC appearances, having never completed more than two in any other fight—doing so against Lauzon in 2013.

Hunter, Hunted: Before the end of Round 1, Rodolfo Vieira strangled Armen Petrosyan with an arm-triangle choke. “The Black Belt Hunter” has landed four such chokes in the Octagon, setting a new record and breaking a tie with Rani Yahya.

A Different Kind of Division: Vieira has landed five submissions since joining the UFC’s middleweight ranks in 2019. He ties four other fighters for the third-most in the division’s history and is four behind leader Gerald Meerschaert.

It Tends to Happen: With nine submissions and a knockout on his brief ledger, Vieira retains his 100% finish rate. Five of his 10 stoppages have come by arm-triangle.

The Death Star Switch:Carlos Prates staged a comeback to smite Trevin Giles with one punch and extend his win streak to eight. The 30-year-old from Taubate, Brazil, celebrates 16 of his 18 career triumphs via stoppage.

Loma Beat a Whole Country: Landing over twice as many significant strikes as her opponent, Konklak Suphisara emerged the victor over Bruna Brasil by decision. The Thai has still only won twice via stoppage, with her remaining seven wins at the hands of the judges.

A Polish Brick Wall: After three rounds, Marcin Prachnio captured three 30-27 scores to upset Devin Clark. Clark failed to record a takedown despite two official attempts, and the 17-fight UFC vet has still yet to win a bout when not landing at least one takedown.

Mirror Anthony Smith:Bogdan Guskov shut Zac Pauga’s lights out in the opening frame with a flurry of fists. With 15 wins as a professional, all 15 for Guskov have come inside the distance, including 12 in Round 1.

Dr. Jekyll, Mr. Hyder: Advancing his young pro record to 9-0 by dispatching Fernie Garcia, Hyder Amil earned his sixth finish. Five of those stoppages occurred in the second round after he drubbed Garcia.

Never Say Never Again: Coming into UFC Fight Night 236, Pyfer had never competed beyond Round 3 (14 fights); Flowers (19 fights), Timothy Cuamba (nine fights) and Brasil (13 fights) had never lost by decision and Petrosyan had never been submitted (11 fights).

I Am the Blade: As he has for every one of his UFC outings, Hermansson picked “The Joker” by Damien featuring Terje Dylden as his walkout track. His win percentage with the track of .647 stands high among frequently used music.

After Laughter Comes Tears: For the 14th time in a row, Tavares made his walk accompanied by “Tears” by Alborosie ft. Wendy Rene. While his record is not far above .500, he is one of a few fighters to select a song that many times consecutively.

Reference: https://www.sherdog.com/news/articles/Fight-Facts-UFC-Fight-Night-236-Hermansson-vs-Pyfer-192597

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