By the Numbers: UFC 146

By Tristen Critchfield May 26, 2012



Junior dos Santos called his own shot and delivered, knocking out Frank Mir at 3:04 of the second round in the UFC 146 main event at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Saturday night. It was an evening of quick finishes all the way around, as none of the five featured heavyweight bouts went the distance. Overall, only three contests went the distance on the entire card.

Cain Velasquez looked like a man on a mission in the evening’s co-headliner, pounding Antonio Silva into a bloody mess in his first bout since losing the heavyweight title last November. Could a rematch between dos Santos and Velasquez be imminent? Let final stats help you decide. Here is a by-the-numbers look at UFC 146, with statistics courtesy of FightMetric.com.

21 minutes, 50 seconds: Total Octagon time of Saturday’s all-heavyweight main card, 3:10 less than last weekend’s Strikeforce heavyweight grand prix final between Daniel Cormier and Josh Barnett. The clash between Stipe Miocic and Shane del Rosario was Saturday’s longest bout, lasting 8:14. The shortest was Roy Nelson’s 51-second KO of Dave Herman.

2,485: Combined weight, in pounds, of Saturday’s main card participants, good for an average weight of 248.5 pounds. The heaviest of the heavyweights was Antonio Silva, who checked in at 264 pounds. The smallest: Dave Herman at 233.

58: Significant strikes landed by Junior dos Santos in his second-round TKO victory over Frank Mir. While that was the highest total of anyone on the UFC 146 main card, it was just the fourth-best mark of the Brazilian’s UFC career. “Cigano” landed the most significant strikes of his career against Roy Nelson at UFC 117, with 130.

12: Number of seconds dos Santos has been on his back in nine UFC appearances. Each of Mir’s four takedown attempts against “Cigano” was unsuccessful.

220: Heavyweight fights in the UFC since the Unified Rules of Mixed Martial Arts were established after UFC 28. Of those bouts, 127 have ended by knockout or technical knockout, including four of Saturday’s five main card bouts.

3.82: Significant strikes absorbed per minute for Mir, above the UFC average of 2.63. His striking defense of 40 percent is below the promotion norm of 58 percent.

9: Knockdowns landed in the career of dos Santos, No. 6 all-time in the promotion. The champion floored Mir in the second round of their fight, and finished the contest with a series of strikes on the ground shortly thereafter.

6: Wins by knockout or technical knockout for dos Santos, third best among heavyweights. That number increases to seven if you include a UFC 103 bout where “Cigano” forced Mirko Filipovic to submit to punches.

Cain Velasquez File Photo

Velasquez crushed Antonio Silva.
210: Difference in total strikes landed by Cain Velasquez in his UFC 99 win over Cheick Kongo (261) – the fourth highest total in UFC history -- and the amount he landed against Antonio Silva (51).

.610: Career Significant striking accuracy for Velasquez, who connected on 64 percent of such strikes in earning a TKO stoppage of Silva.

6.81: Significant strikes landed per minute by Velasquez, tops all-time in the UFC. Despite his dominance of Silva, Velasquez’s rate actually dropped from 7.44 significant strikes landed per minute. The American Kickboxing Academy product landed 14 significant strikes -- and 51 total -- in dispatching “Bigfoot” in 3:36.

34: Total strikes by which Stipe Miocic outlanded Shane del Rosario during the second round of his TKO victory over the former Strikeforce talent. Del Rosario used a kick-laden attack to outstrike his opponent 30 to 21 in round one.

8: Knockouts among his last eight victories for Roy Nelson, who floored Dave Herman with a massive overhand right 51 seconds into their bout. Nelson’s streak dates back to 2007, when he stopped Bryan Vetell with strikes in the third round of an IFL matchup. The list of victims for “Big Country” during that time includes Brendan Schaub, Stefan Struve and Mirko Filipovic, among others. Four of Nelson’s five defeats during that time have gone the distance.

7: Total strikes landed by Johnson before he submitted to a Struve armbar at 1:05 of round one. The Californian landed a combined 43 total strikes in his previous two defeats to Shane del Rosario and Shawn Jordan. Both of those losses came by submission as well.

.931: Percentage of Struve’s professional fights that have ended in knockout, technical knockout or submission. That includes 22 of his 24 victories and all five of his defeats.

103: Total strikes landed by Darren Elkins in rounds two and three of his unanimous decision victory over “TUF 14” featherweight winner Diego Brandao. Elkins outlanded the Jackson’s MMA representative by 91 strikes during that span. In round one, Brandao held a 30-12 advantage in total strikes.

271: Total strikes by which Jason Miller has been outlanded in his three UFC appearances. C.B. Dollaway held a 99 to 29 striking advantage during his unanimous decision triumph over the “Bully Beatdown” host on Saturday night. Previously, Miller was badly outstruck by Michael Bisping at the “TUF 14” Finale (150 to 38) and by Georges St. Pierre at UFC 52 (117 to 28).

53: Total strikes by which Dollaway outlanded Jason Miller in the third round of their middleweight tussle. The Power MMA product outlanded “Mayhem” in each round and also took the Strikeforce veteran down four times over the course of the fight.

924: Days between Dan Hardy’s last Octagon victory -- a unanimous decision over Mike Swick -- and his UFC 146 knockout of Duane Ludwig. In between, “The Outlaw” dropped contests to Georges St. Pierre, Carlos Condit, Anthony Johnson and Chris Lytle.

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