In a patchwork main event that was already a somewhat bizarre matchup, Ovince St. Preux pulled the improbable once again.
For the third time in his Ultimate Fighting Championship career, the former University of Tennessee linebacker submitted an opponent in the Octagon with a Von Flue choke. This time the victim was Yushin Okami, who was rendered unconscious by the maneuver 1:50 into the opening round of the UFC Fight Night 117 headliner in Saitama, Japan, on Friday night.
“OSP” could very well be patenting the “Von Preux” name very soon. For now, there is more to examine from the night that was in the Far East. Here is a by-the-numbers look at UFC Fight Night 117, with statistics courtesy of FightMetric.com.
5: Successful Von Flue chokes in UFC history. St. Preux is the owner of three of those finishes, having tapped Okami, Marcos Rogerio de Lima and Nikita Krylov with the hold.
7: Finishes in UFC competition for St. Preux since 2013, tying him with Conor McGregor for fourth-most among all fighters in the Las Vegas-based promotion. Only Donald Cerrone (nine), Max Holloway (eight) and Derrick Lewis (eight) have more during that period.
9: Light heavyweight triumphs for St. Preux since 2013, the most of anyone in the division during that time.
0: Significant strike attempts for both St. Preux and Okami in the bout, making it just the second bout in UFC history to feature no significant strike attempts from both competitors. The first: a UFC Fight Night 37 encounter between Ilir Latifi and Cyrille Diabate.
1,479: Days since Okami’s last Octagon appearance, a first-round technical knockout loss to Ronaldo Souza in a middleweight bout at UFC Fight Night 28.
99: Significant strikes by which Jessica Andrade outlanded Claudia Gadelha in the strawweight co-main event. That included a 52-to-16 advantage in round two and a 61-to-3 edge in round three.
242: Total strikes landed by Andrade in the bout, a UFC strawweight record. By comparison, Gadelha landed just 47.
4: Takedowns landed in seven attempts by Andrade, who converted that into a whopping 78 significant strikes on the mat. Andrade, meanwhile, failed on all seven of her takedown tries.
5: Consecutive first-round defeats for Takanori Gomi in UFC competition following a stoppage loss to “Maestro” Dong Hyun Kim 1:30 into round one in a featured lightweight tilt on Saturday. The 39-year-old former Pride Fighting Championships standout has also lost to Jon Tuck, Jim Miller, Joe Lauzon and Myles Jury during his current slump. Gomi is also one of 12 fighters in UFC/Pride/WEC/Strikeforce history to have a winning streak of 10 bouts or more
11: Significant strikes landed in those five fights for Gomi.
40: Significant strikes landed by kickboxing standout Gokhan Saki in his UFC debut. The Turkish light heavyweight landed 60 percent of his strikes and two knockdowns en route to a first-round knockout of Henrique da Silva. Da Silva, meanwhile, landed 20 significant strikes.
4,821: Days since Saki’s MMA debut, a technical knockout loss to James Zikic at CFC 1 “Cage Carnage” on July 11, 2004.
45: Total strikes by which Teruto Ishihara outlanded Rolando Dy in the first round of their featherweight clash. Ishihara dropped his opponent in an initial exchange and spent much of the stanza landing ground-and-pound from above.
6: Knockdowns landed by Ishihara in six UFC bouts. That ties him for third-most in featherweight history behind only Jeremy Stephens (nine) and Max Holloway (eight).
20: Total strike advantage for Dy over the second and third rounds combined. However, a third-round point deduction for a low blow spelled doom for Dy, who lost a unanimous decision to Ishihara.
9: Career submission victories for Jussier da Silva following his first-round rear-naked choke tapout of Yuta Sasaki on Friday. It was “Formiga’s” first submission triumph in the UFC since he choked out Scott Jorgensen at UFC Fight Night 38 in March 2014.
6: Rear-naked choke triumphs for Formiga, including both of his UFC submission wins.
230: Combined significant strikes landed by Syuri Kondo (135) and Chanmi Jeon (95) in their strawweight encounter. Kondo outlanded her opponent 37 to 24 in round one, 57 to 34 in round two and 41 to 37 in round three.
.470: Significant striking accuracy for Kondo, who landed 135 of her 284 attempts. By comparison, Jeon landed 95 of 340 significant strikes, a 27 percent clip.
11: Takedowns defended, in 12 attempts, by Luke Jumeau in a welterweight bout against Shinso Anzai. Nonetheless, Anzai outlanded his foe by 44 total strikes and landed the bout’s lone takedown in the second frame to garner a unanimous verdict.