Tristen Critchfield at Sherdog dives into the numbers from all the action this past weekend at UFC 158.
Strip away all the hype and trash talk, and what you ultimately get is another predictable outcome. While Nick Diaz generated plenty of interest in the UFC 158 main event with his pre-fight antics, it was Georges St. Pierre who dictated the action in the Octagon on Saturday night.
When all was said and done, “Rush” outstruck and outwrestled his antagonist in yet another dominant performance to retain his title in front of a partisan crowd at the Bell Centre in Montreal. As the reign of the welterweight champion moves forward, the figures continue to pile up in his favor. Diaz, meanwhile, is left to ponder his passion for the sport. Here is a by-the-numbers look at UFC 158, with statistics courtesy of FightMetric.com.
64: Significant strikes by which St. Pierre outlanded Diaz. The 170-pound king outlanded Diaz in each round and connected on 105 of his 167 significant strikes attempted, a 63 percent success rate.
210: Total strikes landed by St. Pierre. The champion landed 138 strikes to the head, 58 to the body and 14 to the legs of Diaz.
.300: Significant striking accuracy for Diaz, who landed 41 of his 136 significant strikes attempted.
2: Unofficial retirement announcements by Diaz in his last two bouts. The Stockton, Calif., native also said he was going to call it a career following a loss to Carlos Condit at UFC 143.
5:03:12: Total fight time in the career of St. Pierre, who passed Randy Couture and Tito Ortiz to move into second place on the promotion’s all-time list. Only B.J. Penn (5:03:51) has logged more Octagon time than the Tristar Gym representative.
6: Consecutive five-round decisions for St. Pierre, who has defeated Thiago Alves, Dan Hardy, Josh Koscheck, Jake Shields, Carlos Condit and Diaz during that time. His last stoppage victory came against Penn at UFC 94.
9: Takedowns landed in 15 attempts by St. Pierre, who was able to take down Diaz at least once in each frame. St. Pierre has averaged 7.6 takedowns per fight in his last six bouts.
105: Total ground strikes by which St. Pierre outlanded Diaz. The Canadian landed 92 strikes to the head and 37 to the body on the mat during the five-round affair.
84: Takedowns landed by St. Pierre during his UFC tenure, most of any fighter in the promotion
15: Years since the UFC first introduced the 170-pound division — originally called lightweight — with a tournament at UFC 16, according to MMADecisions.com. Pat Miletich defeated Townsend Saunders and Chris Brennan to win the bracket that evening.
12: Takedowns landed, in 15 attempts, by Johny Hendricks in his unanimous decision victory over Carlos Condit. “Big Rigg” landed four takedowns in each frame — his previous best of eight takedowns came against T.J. Grant at UFC 113. St. Pierre landed seven takedowns in his UFC 154 triumph over “The Natural Born Killer.”
25: Total strikes by which Condit outlanded Hendricks. The Jackson’s Mixed Martial Arts product outlanded Hendricks 45 to 21 in round three. The first two frames were much closer, however, with Condit outlanding Hendricks 49-48 overall.
13-0: Record for Ellenberger in contests that end inside of a round. The Nebraskan has stopped Sean Pierson, Jake Shields and Marquardt in the initial stanza during his time in the UFC.
22: Significant strikes by which Nick Ring outlanded Chris Camozzi in a split decision loss. In his last outing, Ring was outlanded by 40 significant strikes by Court McGee but captured a unanimous verdict at UFC 149.
11: Significant strikes by which Bobby Voelker outlanded Patrick Cote. Voelker outscored his opponent in rounds two (37 to 36) and three (31 to 10). Voelker, who also landed four takedowns in five attempts, lost a unanimous decision to his Canadian opponent.
21: Professional bouts for Dan Miller without being finished. Jordan Mein became the first person to stop the AMA Fight Club product with his first-round TKO victory on Saturday night. Miller’s previous six losses had all been via decision.
86: Significant strikes landed by John Makdessi in his unanimous verdict over fellow striker Daron Cruickshank. “The Bull” outlanded his opponent by 31 significant strikes in round three alone. Makdessi landed 44 percent of his significant strikes in the bout, while Cruickshank landed at a 26 percent clip.
This article originally appeared at Sherdog.
ABOUT TRISTEN CRITCHFIELD
Based in Albuquerque, N.M., Tristen Critchfield owns a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of New Mexico. He began contributing to Sherdog.com in June 2010 and continued in that role until becoming a full-time member of Sherdog’s editorial staff in November 2011. Prior to his work with Sherdog, he nearly spent nearly six years working for the Albuquerque Journal, where, along with increasing the mixed martial arts presence in the newspaper, he also covered college football, college basketball and minor league baseball, as well as other duties.
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