Jose Aldo still sits atop the 145-pound division. | Photo: Gleidson Venga/Sherdog.com
Jose Aldo quieted the critics at UFC 179, taking a five-round unanimous decision victory over Chad Mendes in what was one of the best fights of 2014. Coming off an uninspired performance against Ricardo Lamas at UFC 169, Aldo was tested in his rematch with Mendes at the Maracanazinho Gymnasium in Rio de Janeiro on Saturday night.
Both fighters left everything in the Octagon, trading heavy punches for the duration of the featherweight championship bout. In the end, it was Aldo’s pinpoint attack that won the day, but Mendes certainly had his share of moments. It was a rousing ending to an otherwise lackluster pay-per-view offering, perhaps giving fight fans a renewed appreciation for the reigning 145-pound king. Here is a by-the-numbers look at UFC 179, with statistics courtesy of FightMetric.com.
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102: Significant strikes landed by Aldo, a career high for the featherweight king. His previous best of 94 came against Mark Hominick at UFC 129. By comparison, Mendes landed 77 significant strikes.
492: Combined total strikes thrown by Aldo and Mendes in their five-round affair. Aldo landed 122 of 289 total strikes thrown, while Mendes went 85 for 203.
80: Significant strikes to the head landed by Aldo. By comparison, Mendes landed 50.
18: Significant strikes to the legs landed by Mendes. Aldo, meanwhile, landed six.
10: Significant ground strikes landed by Aldo; Mendes landed none.
691: Career significant strikes landed by Aldo, the most in UFC/WEC featherweight history.
1: Takedown landed, in eight attempts, by Mendes. In their first meeting, “Money” had all seven of his attempts stuffed by Aldo in a bout that ended with one second remaining in the first round.
15: Consecutive wins in Ultimate Fighting Championship and World Extreme Cagefighting competition for Aldo. Among fighters with cage time in the UFC, WEC, Pride Fighting Championships and Strikeforce, only Anderson Silva has put together a longer streak, winning 16 consecutive bouts -- all in the Octagon -- from June 28, 2006 to Oct. 13, 2012.
7: Consecutive wins inside the Octagon for Aldo, tying him with Raphael Assuncao, Dennis Bermudez and Demetrious Johnson for the third longest active winning streak in the UFC. Jon Jones is first with 11 straight wins, while Chris Weidman is second with eight consecutive victories.
6-0: Record for Aldo in five-round bouts that go the distance. In addition to his win over Mendes, the Nova Uniao standout has also bested Ricardo Lamas, Frankie Edgar, Kenny Florian, Mark Hominick and Urijah Faber in 25-minute affairs.
2:26:59: Octagon time for Jose Aldo, more than any UFC featherweight.
9: Takedowns landed, in 18 attempts, by Phil Davis in his dominant unanimous decision triumph over recent light heavyweight title challenger Glover Teixeira in the evening’s co-main event. That figure represents a career best for the Alliance MMA product. Davis’ previous high of five takedowns landed came against Wagner Prado at UFC 153.
31: Career takedowns landed by Davis, tying him with Matt Hamill for No. 4 all-time among UFC light heavyweights. Tito Ortiz is No. 3 at 205 pounds with 33 takedowns.
109: Total strikes landed by Davis. By comparison, Teixeira landed just 14. “Mr. Wonderful” outlanded his foe 35-3 in round one, 30-5 in round two and 44-6 in round three.
.600: Significant striking accuracy for Fabio Maldonado in his second-round stoppage of Hans Stringer at light heavyweight. Maldonado’s ranks No. 2 in promotion history in significant striking accuracy behind Anderson Silva (67.2 percent). Stringer, meanwhile, landed 33 of 46 significant strikes, an even better 71 percent clip.
1: Takedown landed, in 14 attempts, by Darren Elkins in his split-decision triumph against Lucas Martins. The Indiana native went 1-for-6 on takedowns in round one, 0-for-1 in round two and 0-for-7 in round three. However, Elkins was buoyed by a 133-to-41 advantage in total strikes landed.
5: Wins in 2014 for Neil Magny, tying him with Roger Huerta for most UFC wins in the modern era during a calendar year. During his current streak Magny has bested Gasan Umalatov (UFC 169), Tim Means (UFC Fight Night “Brown vs. Silva”), Rodrigo Goiana de Lima (UFC Fight Night “Te Huna vs. Marquardt”), Alex Garcia (UFC Fight Night “Henderson vs. dos Anjos”) and finally, William Macario (UFC 179).
89: Total strikes by which Magny outlanded Macario. The 27-year-old Colorado resident also held a 65-to-24 edge in significant strikes; including a 33-to-2 edge on the ground.
1-3: Record for Scott Jorgensen since moving to the flyweight division. “Young Guns” tapped out to an arm-triangle choke against Wilson Reis on Saturday night. A former WEC bantamweight title challenger, Jorgensen has lost six of his last eight inside the Octagon.
8: First-round finishes in nine professional bouts for Gilbert Burns, who submitted Christos Giagos with an armbar 4:57 into the opening frame of their 155-pound bout. The Blackzilians product went the distance for the first time in his career in his Octagon debut, when he outpointed Andreas Stahl at UFC on Fox 12.
5: Submission defeats among nine career losses for Fabricio Camoes, a Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt. Camoes tapped to a kimura from Tony Martin 4:16 into the opening round of their lightweight contest. It was the Brazilian’s second consecutive loss via kimura.