Tobin Dorn for Sherdog.com
Much like hall of famers Chuck Liddell and Randy Couture, Frankie Edgar and Gray Maynard will be forever linked by their trilogy. They sandwiched wins around a New Year’s Day draw. Edgar brought some decisive finality to the rivalry and retained his lightweight crown with an emotionally stirring fourth-round knockout against “The Bully” in the UFC 136 headliner on Saturday at the Toyota Center in Houston.
Beyond the outcome rest the facts and figures. Here is a by-the-numbers look at UFC 136 “Edgar vs. Maynard 3,” with statistics provided by FightMetric:
58:54: Total time Edgar and Maynard have spent engaged in battle inside the Octagon.
11: Takedowns Edgar attempted against Maynard in the rematch. None were successful.
9: Takedowns Maynard delivered against Edgar in their first encounter at UFC Fight Night 13, six more than he secured in their second and third fights combined.
1,996: Days Maynard spent as an undefeated mixed martial artist.
13: Consecutive victories for Jose Aldo since he suffered the lone defeat of his career to Luciano Azevedo in 2005. The featherweight champion captured a unanimous decision from “The Ultimate Fighter” Season 1 finalist Kenny Florian in Houston, extending his streak to 13.
15: Significant strikes by which Aldo outlanded Florian over the final three rounds. The Brazilian dynamo outstruck Florian 16-3 in the third round alone.
3: Bids Florian has made to win UFC gold. All have failed.
17: UFC appearances for Florian, tying him with the late Evan Tanner for 13th on the all-time list, one behind Georges St. Pierre, Rich Franklin, Frank Mir, Chris Leben and David “Tank” Abbott.
241: Weeks in between Chael Sonnen’s submission on Brian Stann and the one that preceded it. The outspoken Team Quest representative had not tapped out an opponent since he put away Tim McKenzie with a brabo choke under the Bodog Fight banner in February 2007.
2: Significant strikes Stann landed on Sonnen in his second-round submission defeat, the lowest such total of his career.
6: Joe Lauzon submissions inside the UFC after he coaxed a tapout from Melvin Guillard with a first-round rear-naked choke -- more than heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez (zero), light heavyweight champion Jon Jones (three), middleweight champion Anderson Silva (three), welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre (two) and lightweight champion Edgar (one).
89: Percentage of Guillard’s career losses that have come by submission.
58: Average number of significant strikes Nam Phan landed per round in his unanimous decision victory over Leonard Garcia.
251: Total strikes by which Garcia has been outlanded in his last nine bouts -- three wins, five losses and a draw. In fact, the Jackson’s Mixed Martial Arts representative and former WEC featherweight title contender has not outstruck an opponent since he defeated Jens Pulver by first-round technical knockout on Nov. 5, 2008, the same night Barack Obama was elected 44th President of the United States.
66: Total strikes by which Demian Maia, a decorated grappler, outlanded Jorge Santiago, representing the third-largest disparity of his UFC career. He outstruck Mario Miranda 104-29 at UFC 118 in August 2010 and Jason MacDonald 103-36 at UFC 87 in August 2008.
1,928: Days since Jorge Santiago’s last -- and only -- victory inside the Octagon, a first-round knockout against the late Justin Levens at UFC Fight Night 5.
6: Takedowns secured by Anthony Pettis in his split decision nod over Jeremy Stephens, two more than in his previous seven appearances combined.
36: Percentage of significant strikes Stephens landed on Pettis, the second-highest for any opponent who has gone the distance with the former WEC champion. Bart Palaszewski landed at a 50-percent clip in his split decision victory over Pettis at WEC 45.