UFC on FUEL TV 10 on Saturday night was record breaking!
The event tied for most stoppages on a card, with ten. That is fitting given that eight of the ten stoppages were submissions, and UFC on FUEL 10 was held in the cradle of MMA submissions - Brazil.
Further, the eight submissions in 12 fights set a record for the ZUFFA-era UFC.
UFC 2 and UFC 4 both also had eight fights end via submission, but that was another age in the sport.
In a record that has some potentially troubling implications, a Brazilian won every fight on the card. Five of the bouts were Brazilian vs. Brazilian, but seven were not, and the Brazilian fighter won every one. The odds of even matches ending this way are 128-1. Factor in the hometown advantage, which is very, very real, and the odds are far less, but a quick look at past shows in Brazil indicates that Brazilians appear in all likelihood to be getting favorable bouts.
UFC on FUEL 10, Fortaleza, Brazil: Brazilians vs. non Brazilians 7-0
UFC on FX 8, Jaraguá do Sul, Brazil: Brazilians vs. non Brazilians 10-1
UFC on FX 7, São Paulo, Brazil: Brazilians vs. non Brazilians 5-3 (underdogs Nick Lentz and Khabib Nurmagomedov pulled off upsets)
UFC 153, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil: Brazilians vs. non Brazilians 6-3
UFC 147, Belo Horizonte, Brazil: Brazilians vs. non Brazilians 1-1 (rest of card was Brazilians vs. Brazilians, meaning a Brazilian won)
UFC 142, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil: Brazilians vs. non-Brazilians 6-1
UFC 134, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil: Brazilians vs. non-Brazilians 9-0
While everyone wants to see their countrymen win, MMA is a dangerous sport, so matches have to be made as evenly as possible, regardless of popularity considerations.
What does a night of finshes look like?