By the Numbers: UFC 159

By Tristen Critchfield Apr 28, 2013

Jon Jones had proven himself against accomplished wrestlers before, besting the likes of Vladimir Matyushenko, Ryan Bader and Rashad Evans during his memorable run through the UFC’s light heavyweight division. At UFC 159, “Bones” beat Chael Sonnen at his own game, outwrestling the former Oregon Duck en route to a first-round TKO stoppage.

It was the latest in a series of dominant victories for the Jackson’s MMA representative, who suffered a nasty broken toe during the fight. A master of promotion in the weeks leading up to the bout, Sonnen had no answer for his bigger, stronger and younger opponent as he fell to 0-3 in UFC title contests. Here is a by-the-numbers look at UFC 159, with statistics courtesy of

770: Days since Jones’ last fight in New Jersey, when he defeated Mauricio Rua at UFC 128 to become the youngest champion in UFC history.

5: Light heavyweight title defenses by Jones, tying him with Tito Ortiz for most in the division’s history.

.750: Finishing percentage for Jones, who has stopped nine of his 12 Octagon victims via technical knockout or submission. Sonnen was Jones’ first stoppage in the opening frame since “Bones” defeated Vladimir Matyushenko 1:52 into the first round at UFC Live 2.

2: Bouts in 12 UFC appearances for Sonnen at 205 pounds. Including his first-round loss to Jones, the Team Quest representative is 0-2 in these contests. His first light heavyweight defeat in the Octagon came to Renato Sobal at UFC 55.

7: Takedowns allowed by Sonnen in the two light heavyweight bouts. Jones landed three of his six takedown attempts at UFC 159, while Sobral landed four of seven attempts at UFC 55. No other UFC or WEC foe has taken Sonnen down more than once.

9: UFC bouts in which a Jones opponent has landed less than 10 significant strikes. Sonnen landed six significant strikes against “Bones,” the least of any opponent during Jones’ title reign.

1,394: Total strikes landed by Sonnen in his UFC career, good for sixth place on the promotion’s all-time list behind Nick Diaz, Chris Leben, B.J. Penn, Jon Fitch and Georges St. Pierre. Sonnen landed 38 total strikes against Jones on Saturday.

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64: Significant strikes by which Michael Bisping outlanded Alan Belcher. “The Count” outlanded “The Talent” 23 to 13 in round one, 36 to 10 in round two and 34 to six in round three.

.710: Career significant striking defense for Bisping, No. 7 all-time in the UFC. Belcher landed just 19 percent of his attempted significant strikes against Bisping.

4: Knockout of the night bonuses for Roy Nelson after he pocketed $65,000 for the overhand right that dropped Cheick Kongo in their heavyweight clash. He has also earned awards for stoppages of Dave Herman, Stefan Struve and Brendan Schaub.

5.25: Average significant strikes landed by Nelson in those bonus-garnering triumphs. “Big Country” landed two significant strikes against Kongo.

.190: Significant striking accuracy for Vinny Magalhaes in his unanimous decision loss to Phil Davis. The Brazilian jiu-jitsu practitioner landed just 29 of his 151 significant strikes in a bout that was contested almost entirely on the feet. By comparison, Phil Davis landed 79 of 268 significant strikes, a 29 percent clip.

0: Takedowns landed by Davis, the first time in his UFC career -- excluding his abbreviated no-contest against Wagner Prado at UFC on Fox 4 -- that he has not landed at least one takedown in a fight.

135: Total strikes landed, in 184 attempts by Pat Healy, who defeated Jim Miller via technical submission in the evening’s opening pay-per-view bout. While the first round was closely contested, with Healy outlanding Miller 31 to 25, the Strikeforce veteran picked up the pace over the final 10 minutes, outlanding his foe by a combined 106 to 17 strikes.

5: Takedowns, in seven attempts, landed by Healy, the most surrendered by Miller since Benson Henderson took the AMA Fight Club product down seven times at UFC Live 5.

72: Total strikes landed by Sara McMann, who threw 73 strikes overall, in her first-round technical knockout triumph over Sheila Gaff. The Olympian landed the majority of her offense from the mounted crucifix position. Meanwhile, Gaff landed 15 of 20 strikes in the 135-pound contest.

3: Finishes in the first three women’s bouts in the UFC, after McMann stopped Gaff 4:06 into the first round on Saturday. Previously, Cat Zingano earned a TKO victory over Miesha Tate at the “TUF 17” finale, and reigning 135-pound queen Ronda Rousey armbarred Liz Carmouche in the opening frame at UFC 157.

67: Total strikes by which Bryan Caraway outlanded Johnny Bedford in their bantamweight showdown. Taking the fight on six days notice, Caraway submitted his fellow “TUF 14” alum with a modified guillotine 4:44 into the third round.

1: Decision in 17 professional fights for Cody McKenzie, who went the distance for the first time in earning a unanimous verdict over Leonard Garcia in a bantamweight clash. Coming in to the bout, McKenzie’s average fight time of 4:00 was the fourth-quickest among those in the promotion with at least five Octagon appearances.


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