T.J. Dillashaw shocked the MMA world at UFC 173. | Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Getty Images
T.J. Dillashaw proved all the doubters wrong -- and he brought Team Alpha Male its first UFC title in the process.
Dillashaw put on a complete performance in the UFC 173 headliner at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Saturday night, stopping reigning bantamweight Renan Barao via TKO 2:25 into the fifth round of their main event clash. “The Ultimate Fighter 14” runner-up was in control throughout, as he floored the Brazilian with an overhand right in the opening round and never let up from there.
Barao was constantly on his heels as Dillashaw attacked with swift strikes and fluid movement for the duration of their bout. When the dust settled, the Nova Uniao product had tasted defeat for the first time since 2005. Here is a by-the-numbers look at UFC 173, with statistics courtesy of FightMetric.com.
140: Significant strikes landed by Dillashaw, the fourth most ever in a UFC championship fight and a career high for the newly-crowned bantamweight king. Dillashaw’s previous high of 117 came in a three-round victory over Mike Easton in January. Meanwhile, Barao landed 64 significant strikes.
99: Significant strikes to the head landed by Dillashaw. By comparison, Barao landed 42 significant head strikes.
24: Leg kicks landed by Dillashaw. Barao landed nine leg kicks.
1-6: Record for Team Alpha Male fighters in UFC title bouts after Dillashaw’s victory over Barao. Urijah Faber was 0-3, Joseph Benavidez was 0-2 and Chad Mendes was 0-1 in previous UFC title bouts.
2:25: Time of Dillashaw’s fifth-round stoppage win, making it the third latest TKO and sixth latest stoppage overall in UFC history.
0: Successful takedown attempts in 20 tries for Barao’s eight UFC opponents. Dillashaw failed on all three takedown attempts against the Brazilian, although it turned out that he had more than enough to get the job done on the feet.
11: Submission attempts for Dillashaw inside the Octagon after UFC 173, moving him past John Albert (9) and Dustin Pague (10) into second place all-time in UFC bantamweight history. Only Alex Caceres (12) has attempted more. Dillashaw fished for two submissions against Barao on Saturday night.
3:53: Time of Daniel Cormier’s third-round submission of Dan Henderson, the second latest submission in a three-round UFC bout. The latest occurred when Forrest Griffin tapped Mauricio Rua 4:45 into the third round at UFC 76.
5: Men who have finished Henderson in his 42-fight professional career. Along with Cormier, only Vitor Belfort, Anderson Silva, Antonio Rogerio Nogueira and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira have stopped “Hendo” inside the distance.
46: Significant ground strikes landed by Cormier in the victory. The American Kickboxing Academy stalwart held a 50 to 6 edge in significant strikes against Henderson overall.
199: Weight, in pounds, for Henderson ahead of his bout with Cormier. According to MMADecisions.com, “Hendo” was the first light heavyweight to weigh in under 200 pounds since Lyoto Machida checked in under 200 pounds ahead of his clash with David Heath at UFC 170.
39: Significant strikes by which Robbie Lawler outlanded Jake Ellenberger en route to winning via third-round TKO in their welterweight matchup. “Ruthless” was particularly dominant over the final 10 minutes, outlanding his foe 31 to 13 in round two and 23 to 6 in round three.
301: Days since Ellenberger’s last Octagon appearance, a unanimous decision loss to Rory MacDonald at UFC on Fox 8. That marks the longest layoff of Ellenberger’s 37-fight professional career.
5: Consecutive bantamweight triumphs for Takeya Mizugaki, third in the division behind only Raphael Assuncao and Barao. In addition to his unanimous decision triumph over Francisco Rivera, Mizugaki has also bested Nam Phan, Erik Perez, Bryan Caraway and Jeff Houghland in UFC competition.
9: Bantamweight triumphs under the Zuffa banner for Mizugaki, tying him with Barao and Dominick Cruz for most victories at 135 pounds in UFC/WEC history. Scott Jorgensen has the most with 10.
511: Significant strikes landed by Mizugaki during his UFC career, most by a bantamweight in promotion history. The Hakkei Gym product aced 35 significant strikes during his unanimous decision triumph over Francisco Rivera on Saturday. Mizugaki’s 766 total strikes landed in the Octagon are also No. 1 among UFC bantamweights.
1,302: Days since Michael Chiesa’s last decision victory, a three-round verdict over Andy Paves at Rumble on the Ridge 14 “Defiance” on Oct. 30, 2010. Before he outpointed Francisco Trinaldo at UFC 173, Chiesa’s previous seven victories had come by way of submission.
98: Total strikes by which Chiesa outlanded Trinaldo during their lightweight clash. The Sikjitsu product held his greatest striking advantage in the opening frame, when he mounted the Brazilian and outlanded him 56 to six in total strikes.
30: Professional fights for Katsunori Kikuno before suffering his first knockout loss. Tony Ferguson became the first person to stop the 32-year-old Japanese lightweight with strikes by dropping him with a right hand to the jaw at the 4:06 mark of round one.
13: Guard passes successfully executed by Chris Holdsworth in his unanimous decision victory over Chico Camus in their bantamweight clash. “The Ultimate Fighter 18” men’s 135-pound winner also landed four of his six takedown attempts.
140: Total strikes landed by Holdsworth. The Team Alpha Male representative outlanded Camus 39 to 12 in round one, 69 to 6 in round two and 32 to 15 in round three.