If this really was goodbye, then Frankie Edgar gave B.J. Penn a bittersweet send-off.
In his first bout in a year, Edgar encountered little resistance from Penn in ““The Ultimate Fighter 19” Finale headliner, stopping the popular Hawaiian with ground-and-pound 4:16 into the third round at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas on Sunday night.
Edgar was in control from the outset, relying on his quick hands and footwork in exchanges while mixing in takedowns in each frame. Now 3-0 against “The Prodigy,” Edgar has his sights set on 145-pound gold. Meanwhile, Penn could be riding off into the sunset -- this time for good. Here is a by-the-numbers look at the “TUF 19” finale, with statistics courtesy of FightMetric.com.
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5:18:07: Total Octagon time for B.J. Penn, No. 2 in promotion history behind only Georges St. Pierre (5:28:12). Penn’s 14:16 of fight time against Edgar on Sunday could be his last: “The Prodigy” announced his retirement in the cage after the bout.
4:45:25: Total Octagon time for Edgar. The Toms River, N.J., native moved ahead of Diego Sanchez (4:37:57) and Randy Couture (4:41:50) on Sunday.
77: Significant strikes by which Edgar outlanded Penn. The former lightweight champion held a 90-to-13 edge against his opponent, including 36-2 in round two and 37-6 in round three. Edgar also outlanded his foe 159-60 in total strikes.
10: Significant strikes by which Penn outlanded Edgar in their first meeting, a controversial five-round decision in favor of Edgar at UFC 112. In their UFC 118 rematch, Edgar outlanded Penn by 58 significant strikes en route to a more clear-cut verdict.
998: Significant strikes landed by Frankie Edgar, No. 2 UFC history behind Georges St. Pierre (1,254).
86.3: Average significant strike disadvantage for Penn in his last three UFC appearances. In addition to Edgar’s 90-to-13 margin, the Hawaiian was outlanded 178-88 by Nick Diaz at UFC 137 and 116-24 by Rory MacDonald at UFC on Fox 5.
1-5-1: Record for Penn in his last seven fights. Since 2010, the former two-division champion’s only victory came against Matt Hughes at UFC 123.
49: Takedowns landed by Frankie Edgar in his Octagon tenure. Edgar landed all three of his takedown attempts vs. Penn to move past Randy Couture and into a tie with Nik Lentz for No. 8 in the promotion all-time.
1,408: Days since the second bout between Edgar and Penn, a five-round verdict in favor of “The Answer” at UFC 118.
46: Combined significant strikes landed by Eddie Gordon and Corey Anderson in their “Ultimate Fighter” finale victories. Gordon landed 22 significant strikes in a first-round stoppage of Dhiego Lima at middleweight, while Anderson landed 24 significant strikes in finishing Matt Van Buren inside of a round at light heavyweight.
1:11: Official time of Gordon’s victory, the fourth fastest KO by a debuting middleweight in UFC history behind Anderson Silva, Yoel Romero and Chris Leben.
11: Finishes -- among 11 professional victories -- for Derrick Lewis, who utilized brutal ground-and-pound to put away Carlos Augusto Filho 3:30 into the opening frame of their heavyweight affair. Ten of “The Black Beast’s” triumphs have come via KO or TKO.
68: Total strikes by which Dustin Ortiz outlanded Justin Scoggins in their flyweight tilt. The Roufusport product outlanded his opponent 20-10 in round one, 48-7 in round two and 32-15 in round three.
5:Takedowns landed, in eight attempts by Scoggins. Meanwhile, Ortiz landed two of his seven takedowns.
3: Split decision losses in the UFC for Jesse Ronson, tying him with Clay Guida and Ricky Story for most split decision losses in promotion history. Ronson dropped a split verdict to Kevin Lee on Sunday.
110: Total strikes landed by Patrick Walsh in his unanimous decision victory over Daniel Spohn. “The Beast of the East” outlanded his foe by 58 total strikes, including a 41-to-9 edge in round one. Walsh also landed five of seven takedown attempts.
7: Submissions in seven professional outings for Robert Drysdale, who tapped Keith Berish with a rear-naked choke 2:03 into the opening round of their light heavyweight clash. The Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt has yet to see a second round thus far in his career.