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UFC Year in Review (2021)

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In 2021, fight fans witnessed north of 500 UFC fights in what was one of the biggest years ever for the worldwide leader in combat sports. Join us for the finalized stats from this past year and my personal UFC end-of-year awards!

UFC 2021 Final Stats

  • 43 Events
    • 30 Fight Night Cards
    • 13 PPV/Numbered Cards
  • 509 Fights
    • 252 Decisions
      • 200 Unanimous
      • 45 Split
      • 6 Majority
      • 1 Technical Split
    • 245 Finishes
      • 172 KO/TKOs (0 in Round Five)
        • 80 in Round One
        • 63 in Round Two
        • 28 in Round Three
        • 1 in Round Four
      • 73 Submissions (0 in Round Five)
        • 29 in Round One
        • 24 in Round Two
        • 19 in Round Three
        • 1 in Round Four
    • 5 Draws
      • 1 Unanimous
      • 3 Majority
      • 1 Split
    • 5 No Contests
      • 2 in Round One (Illegal knee and accidental headbutt)
      • 3 in Round Two (All due to eye poke)
    • 2 Disqualifications
      • 1 in Round One (Illegal upkick)
      • 1 in Round Four (Illegal knee)
  • Total Bonus Money Awarded = $9,300,000
    • 33 Fight of the Nights
    • 116 Performance Awards
      • 86 KO/TKOs
      • 29 Submissions
      • 1 Full Fight Performance

UFC 2021 Awards

  • Male Fighter of the YearKamaru Usman
  • Female Fighter of the Year – Valentina Shevchenko
  • Newcomer of the YearCasey O’Neill
  • Fight of the Year – Petr Yan vs Cory Sandhagen
  • Knockout of the YearCory Sandhagen (Flying knee vs Franke Edgar)
  • Submission of the Year – Amanda Nunes (Triangle armbar vs Megan Anderson)

Please note that these year-end awards are my personal picks and do not represent the rest of our great Overtime Heroics MMA team.

It was quite a fantastic year to be a fan of Mixed Martial Arts, and that goes for all organizations, both big and small. As this tremendous sport continues its’ never before seen worldwide growth, I can help but be excited about the action we will see next year. So, with that said, Happy New Year, fellow fight fans, and cheers to many more amazing memories coming in 2022!

Please give us your 2021 UFC award winners 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!