UFC Fight Night 241 Fight Facts: Barboza vs. Murphy

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Did you know? The UFC has hosted a whopping 7,678 fights across 691 events. That’s a lot of punches, kicks, and submissions!

The UFC recently returned to its cozy nook at the UFC Apex. This time, it brought us a dozen matchups that were a mixed bag of everything. UFC Fight Night 241 was particularly memorable. It marked the first headbutt disqualification in the company’s history. Plus, we saw a striker snag her first submission win and a welterweight with hands of stone enter an elite circle.

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At UFC 301, it was Brazil vs. the world in six bouts. Only Ariane Carnelossi emerged victorious, thanks to a disqualification.

Lerone Murphy, also known as “The Iceman,” kept his record pristine at 14-0 with a draw. He’s in the company of legends, never tasting defeat after 15 pro fights.

No one’s catching up to Max Holloway anytime soon. Murphy landed 220 significant strikes on Barboza, the fourth-highest in UFC featherweight history. But Holloway? He holds the top three spots.

Barboza managed 79 significant strikes in return. That’s a 141-strike difference in Murphy’s favor, the third-largest gap in their weight class.

Murphy also took Barboza down four times. That’s a record against Barboza, tying with others who’ve all managed to beat him.

Despite the loss, Barboza pocketed his 13th bonus check. Only seven fighters have more, but Charles Oliveira leads with 19.

Kalinn Williams ended his fight against Carlston Harris in just 90 seconds. That’s his third quick knockout, joining the ranks of Anthony Johnson and Johny Hendricks.

Themba Gorimbo secured a win, continuing his win-loss pattern since 2018.

Adrian Yanez knocked out Vinicius Salvador, marking his fifth knockout win in the UFC bantamweight division. Only four others have more.

Angela Hill achieved her first career submission win against Luana Pinheiro, breaking an 11-fight decision streak.

Hill also set a new record for strawweight wins in the Octagon, surpassing Jessica Andrade, Joanna Jedrzejczyk, and Carla Esparza with 11 victories.

She’s now fought 24 times at 115 pounds in the UFC, outpacing Tecia Pennington, who has 16.

Hill’s win earned her a “Performance of the Night” bonus, her fifth, tying with Weili Zhang for the fourth-most in the division.

Tom Nolan secured his latest win with a knee to the body and follow-up punches. He’s won his last five by strikes, four in the first round.

Oumar Sy remained undefeated, finishing George Tokkos with a face crank. He’s got an even split of knockouts and submissions among his wins.

Melissa Gatto won with a punch to the chest, marking all her UFC victories by technical knockout.

Piera Rodriguez was disqualified for headbutting Carnelossi, a first in UFC history.

Heili Alateng has gone the distance in seven of his eight UFC bouts since 2019.

Vanessa Demopoulos and Emily Ducote landed 252 significant strikes in their fight, the sixth-highest in UFC strawweight history.

Murphy, Pinheiro, and Tokkos had never faced defeat in specific ways until UFC Fight Night 241. Vidal had never been knocked out before that night.

Barboza returned to his old walkout song in 2023 but didn’t find the success he hoped for.

Tom Nolan chose “Mother” by Danzig for his entrance music, a song previously used by Gabriel Gonzaga. Nolan, however, secured a win with it.

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