By the Numbers: UFC 141

By Tristen Critchfield Dec 30, 2011
Johny Hendricks put Jon Fitch away quickly at UFC 141. | Photo: AP Photo/Eric Jamison



By the Numbers: UFC 141 Alistair Overeem announced his arrival to the UFC with authority on Friday night, punishing Brock Lesnar with a kick to the liver to claim his spot as the top heavyweight contender in the promotion. The former Strikeforce, Dream and K-1 champion stopped Lesnar’s only takedown of the evening while repeatedly punishing his foe with brutal knees in the clinch.

At the 2:26 mark of round one, the colossal clash was all over. Moments later, Lesnar announced his retirement in the Octagon, ending a short but memorable run in the UFC for the Minnesota native.

Equally as impressive as Overeem was Nate Diaz, who ruined Donald Cerrone’s bid for a perfect 2011 by outboxing the Jackson’s Mixed Martial Arts product over three action-packed rounds. The performance was reminiscent of his brother Nick, who will battle Carlos Condit for the interim welterweight title on Feb. 4. Here is a by the numbers look at UFC 141, with statistics courtesy of FightMetric.com.

13: Significant strikes by which Alistair Overeem outlanded Brock Lesnar in his first-round technical knockout victory on Friday. Lesnar, a former national champion wrestler at the University of Minnesota, had his lone takedown attempt stuffed by the former Strikeforce heavyweight champion.

34: Finishes among 36 career victories for Overeem. The Dutchman has only gone the distance in victory against Fabricio Werdum in June and versus Vitor Belfort in 2006.

22.3: Average number of strikes by which Lesnar has been outlanded in his last three Octagon appearances. Overeem outlanded the former WWE star by 13 strikes on Saturday. Cain Velasquez landed 22 more strikes at UFC 121, while Shane Carwin connected 32 more times than Lesnar at UFC 116.

120-44: Combined record of Lesnar’s opponents during his seven-fight UFC tenure. The former heavyweight champion retires with victories over Heath Herring, Randy Couture, Frank Mir and Shane Carwin inside the Octagon.

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Diaz outboxed Cerrone all night.
238: Significant strikes landed by Nate Diaz in his unanimous decision victory over Donald Cerrone. For three rounds, Diaz consistently outboxed his opponent, landing no less than 69 power strikes in each frame. The total was 144 strikes better than his previous career best of 94, which came against Marcus Davis at UFC 118.

2-6: Record for Diaz in fights that go to the judges’ scorecards. Prior to his triumph over Cerrone, Diaz last got the nod in a three-round fight against Josh Neer at UFC Fight Night 15.

.530: Striking accuracy for Cerrone, ahead of his career clip of 47 percent. Diaz outlanded “Cowboy” by 142 significant strikes overall, however.

7: Fight of the Night Awards in Cerrone’s career. His first such honor came in a victory over Rob McCullough in 2008. Diaz has five Fight of the Night awards of his own.

0: Submissions attempted by Diaz against Cerrone. The Stockton, Calif., native’s 18 career submission attempts are good for 10th all time in the UFC.

1,973: Total strikes landed by Jon Fitch in his UFC career, second all-time in the organization behind Georges St. Pierre. The American Kickboxing Academy product remains stuck on that number after failing to throw a punch in a 12-second knockout loss to Johny Hendricks on Saturday night.

17: Seconds difference between the time of Hendricks’ win over Fitch and his previous career best, a 29-second technical knockout of Amir Sadollah at UFC 101.

3,304: Days since Fitch’s last knockout loss, when a Wilson Gouveia knee finished him in round one at HooknShoot “Absolute Fighting Championships 1” in 2002. The former Purdue Boilermaker had never been stopped in his previous 15 UFC appearances.

.0001: Percentage of Fitch’s career Octagon time -- 3 hours, 28 minutes and 58 seconds -- represented by Saturday’s short-lived appearance.

103: Total strikes landed by Jimy Hettes in the first round of his lopsided unanimous decision win against Nam Phan, who managed to land only three strikes of his own in that same time frame. Overall, Hettes outstruck his opponent 221 to 25 over three rounds.

.620: percent of significant strikes successfully landed by Junior Assuncao in his decision loss to Ross Pearson, whose career significant strike defense rate is 70 percent.

15: Failed takedowns by Assuncao against Pearson. The Brazilian was 1-for-7 on takedowns in both the second and third frames.

6: Takedowns by Danny Castillo in his split decision win over Anthony Njokuani, the most allowed by the muay Thai specialist since Ben Henderson took him down seven times at WEC 38. In the eight bouts between, Njokuani was taken down a combined seven times.

.670: Career takedown accuracy for Jacob Volkman, good for fourth best among all fighters in the UFC.

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