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UFC October 2021 Recap: Fight Stats + Biggest Takeaways

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October 2021, saw the most fights of any month this year for the UFC. 59 to be exact, and we are here to go over the in-depth stats, as well as give our biggest takeaways from this jam-packed month of MMA action!

UFC October 2021 Recap: The “Nitty Gritty”

UFC October 2021 Recap

UFC Vegas 38: Santos vs Walker (10/2)

  • 12 Fights
    • 5 Decisions
      • 3 Unanimous
      • 2 Split
    • 6 Finishes
      • 5 KO/TKOs
        • 2 in Round One
        • 3 in Round Two
      • 1 Submission
        • 1 in Round One
    • 1 No Contest
      • Accidental Headbutt (Round One)
  • Bonus Winners
    • Fight of the Night: N/A
    • Performance: Casey O’Neill (TKO), Jamie Mullarky (TKO), Douglas Silva de Andrade (KO), and Alejandro Perez (Submission)

UFC Vegas 39: Dern vs Rodriguez (10/9)

  • 9 Fights
    • 5 Decisions
      • 4 Unanimous
      • 1 Split
    • 4 Finishes
      • 2 KO/TKOs
        • 2 in Round Two
      • 2 Submissions
        • 1 in Round One
        • 1 in Round Three
  • Bonus Winners
    • Fight of the Night: Marina Rodriguez vs Mackenzie Dern
    • Performance: Mariya Agapova (Submission), and Loopy Godinez (Submission)

UFC Vegas 40: Ladd vs Dumont (10/16)

  • 10 Fights
    • 5 Decisions
      • 4 Unanimous
      • 1 Split
    • 5 Finishes
      • 3 KO/TKOs
        • 1 in Round One
        • 1 in Round Two
        • 1 in Round Three
      • 2 Submissions
        • 2 in Round Three
  • Bonus Winners
    • Fight of the Night: N/A
    • Performance: Jim Miller (KO), Nate Landwehr (Submission), Bruno Silva (TKO), and Danaa Batgerel (TKO)

UFC Vegas 41: Costa vs Vettori (10/23)

  • 14 Fights
    • 8 Decisions
      • 7 Unanimous
      • 1 Split
    • 5 Finishes
      • 4 KO/TKOs
        • 2 in Round One
        • 2 in Round Two
      • 1 Submission
        • 1 in Round Two
    • 1 Draw
      • 1 Majority
  • Bonus Winners
    • Fight of the Night: Gregory Rodrigues vs Jun Yung Park
    • Performance: Marvin Vettori (Main event performance), and Alex Caceres (Submission)

UFC 267: Blachowicz vs Teixeira (10/30)

  • 14 Fights
    • 8 Decisions
      • 7 Unanimous
      • 1 Split
    • 6 Finishes
      • 2 KO/TKOs
        • 1 in Round One
        • 1 in Round Two
      • 4 Submissions
        • 2 in Round One
        • 1 in Round Two
        • 1 in Round Three
  • Bonus Winners
    • Fight of the Night: Petr Yan vs Cory Sandhagen
    • Performance: Glover Teixeira (Submission), and Khamzat Chimaev (Submission)

October 2021 Totals

  • 59 Fights
    • 31 Decisions
      • 25 Unanimous
      • 6 Split
    • 26 Finishes
      • 16 KO/TKOs (0 in Rounds Four or Five)
        • 6 in Round One
        • 9 in Round Two
        • 1 in Round Three
      • 10 Submissions (0 in Rounds Four or Five)
        • 4 in Round One
        • 2 in Round Two
        • 4 in Round Three
    • 1 Draw
      • 1 Majority
    • 1 No Contest
      • 1 in Round One (Accidental headbutt)
  • Total Bonus Money Awarded = $1,000,000
    • 3 Fight of the Nights
    • 14 Performance Awards

UFC October 2021 Recap: Biggest Takeaways

Never Say Never

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – OCTOBER 30: Glover Teixeira of Brazil poses for a portrait after his victory during the UFC 267 event at Etihad Arena on October 30, 2021 in Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Mike Roach/Zuffa LLC)

Glover Teixeira became the second oldest UFC champion ever after defeating Jan Blachowicz in the UFC 267 main event. At 42 years old, he proved that nothing is impossible and to always stick to accomplishing your dreams. After losing his initial UFC title shot against Jon Jones back in 2014, Teixeira went on a very back and forth run, so much so that it looked like a championship opportunity would never present itself again.

However, after tallying off five straight wins dating back to January of 2019, Teixeira would earn his second shot at gold. And this time, he capitalized with a one-sided showing against the aforementioned Blachowicz. This was one of the biggest feel-good title wins in UFC history, for a man that has battled back from adversity time and time again to reach the epitome of the sport.

The Future is Here

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – OCTOBER 30: Khamzat Chimaev of Sweden reacts after his victory over Li Jingliang of China in a welterweight fight during the UFC 267 event at Etihad Arena on October 30, 2021 in Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)

Islam Makhachev and Khamzat Chimaev stole the show at UFC 267 with their dominant first-round submission victories. For Makhachev, he finally got the one elite win people were waiting for him to secure and he made it look easy. Beating Dan Hooker, let alone finishing him, says a lot about the caliber of fighter that someone is, so whatever doubts that surrounded the protege of Khabib Nurmagomedov should be put to rest for now.

On the other hand, Khamzat Chimaev returned after an over one-year layoff and a brutal bout with COVID-19 that caused him to contemplate retirement. However, he picked up right where he left off and defeated Li Jingliang with a performance that was nothing short of flawless. At one point in this fight, Chimaev picked up Jingliang, carried him across the cage until he was in front of Dana White, and began to yell at the bossman whilst slamming his opponent to the canvas. And to cap it off, Chimaev has outstruck opponents through his first four UFC fights, 254-2. Yes, you read that right.

For both of these men to be surging at the same time truly feels special to watch. Most people could look at each one of them and confidently say they are future champions. For Makhachev, he made be fighting for a title in his next outing after his victory over Hooker. For Chimaev, he will likely crack into the top ten following his win, and as active of a fighter, as he wants to be, he could very well be fighting for a title by the second half of 2022, if not sooner. Ladies and gentlemen the hype is real and the future of the UFC may be upon us. 

Marvin Vettori is Here to Stay

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – OCTOBER 23: (R-L) Marvin Vettori of Italy punches Paulo Costa of Brazil in a light heavyweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on October 23, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

After one of the most dramatic fight weeks in UFC history took place leading into UFC Vegas 41, Marvin Vettori made sure to capitalize on any positive momentum that he could. This main event between Vettori and Paulo Costa was plagued in controversy following Costa’s lack of attempting to cut weight. He quite literally showed up to fight week with no intentions of making the agreed-upon 186-pound middleweight limit and as a result, this bout took place at light heavyweight.

For Vettori, he carried out his actions as professionally as one could have asked him to, going into their fight. For many, Vettori was a disliked figure in the MMA atmosphere, but the way he carried himself during this time did a lot for him in the eyes of the fans. Not to mention this fight was a fight of the year contender, in one that Vettori would look incredible through all five rounds en route to his unanimous decision victory. 

Now, considering Vettori’s most recent fight before beating Costa was a loss to the champion Israel Adesanya, a title shot is not coming right away. But, being that Vettori is only 28 years old and has proven he has an elite skill set, it is not out of the realm of possibility to say this guy may be a future champion. And it is worth noting that he looked very filled out at light heavyweight, which could always open even more doors in the future for the young Italian. 

Give us your thoughts on our UFC October 2021 Recap and what you felt were the biggest takeaways of the month in the comments below!


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Dominic Sallee is a Combat Sports writer. He focuses primarily on the UFC, with plans to venture out with pieces from other MMA organizations in the future. Along with writing, Dominic is also the Co-Host of the Below Average Joe's MMA Podcast, which produces 2-3 new episodes per week about all things in the MMA community!