It might not have been a vintage performance for Jon Jones, but the former light heavyweight king had more than enough to dispose of Ovince St. Preux on Saturday night.
Shaking off ring rust for much of the bout, Jones cruised to a unanimous decision triumph over St. Preux in the UFC 197 headliner at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. With the win, “Bones” claimed interim 205-pound gold and set up a title rematch with Daniel Cormier later this year.
While Jones wasn’t on top of his game, Demetrious Johnson was never better. The flyweight champion staked his claim to the pound-for-pound throne in the co-main event, stopping gold medalist Henry Cejudo via technical knockout 2:49 into the opening round. With two of the sport’s best in action, there are plenty of facts and figures to review. Here is a by-the-numbers look at UFC 197, with statistics courtesy of FightMetric.com.
16: Octagon wins for Jones, most by any light heavyweight in the modern history of the promotion and tied for fourth most in UFC history overall.
13: Consecutive victories for Jones, moving him past Georges St. Pierre and into sole possession of the second-longest win streak in promotion history behind only Anderson Silva (16).
105: Significant strikes landed by Jones, tied for the third-highest total of his UFC tenure. The Jackson-Wink MMA representative landed 105 of his 157 significant strike attempts, a 66 percent success rate. St. Preux, meanwhile, land 57 of 160 significant strikes, a 35 percent clip.
1,021: Career significant strikes landed by Jones, most in UFC light heavyweight history and No. 5 all-time behind, Nate Diaz (1,044), Frankie Edgar (1,187), Georges St. Pierre (1,254) and Michael Bisping (1,393).
46: Significant leg strikes landed by Jones. St. Preux, meanwhile, landed 16.
18: Significant ground strikes landed by Jones; St. Preux landed zero.
24: Significant body strikes landed by Jones; St. Preux landed 12
3: Takedowns landed, in five attempts by Jones. “Bones” landed all three of his takedowns in the championship frames.
36: Career takedowns landed by Jones, who moved past Tito Ortiz and into sole possession of third place in UFC light heavyweight history in that category. Only Ryan Bader (41) and Rashad Evans (50) have more.
8: Consecutive title defense for Johnson, tying him for the third most in UFC history and currently the longest active title defense streak in the promotion.
10: Consecutive wins for Johnson, longest in UFC flyweight history and the second longest active streak in the promotion behind Jones. “Mighty Mouse” is just the fifth fighter in promotion history with 10 straight victories. The others: Jones, Anderson Silva, Georges St. Pierre, Royce Gracie.
2:49: Time of Johnson’s stoppage of Cejudo, the second-quickest finish of his UFC tenure. His fastest triumph remains a knockout of Joseph Benavidez 2:08 into the opening frame at UFC on Fox 9.
15: Significant clinch strikes landed by Johnson, bringing his career UFC total to 336, the most in the history of the promotion. It was a series of knees in the clinch from the champion that brought a premature end to Cejudo’s evening.
25: Significant strikes by which Edson Barboza outlanded Anthony Pettis in his unanimous decision victory in a featured lightweight clash. Barboza outlanded his foe 20 to 14 in round one and 31 to 12 in round three. Both fighters landed 22 significant strikes in round two.
31: Significant leg strikes landed by Barboza. By comparison, Pettis landed eight. Barboza also held a 15-to-5 advantage in significant strikes to the body.
4: Straight middleweight wins for Robert Whittaker following his three-round verdict over Rafael Natal. That ties him with Derek Brunson for the third-longest active streak in the division behind Yoel Romero (seven) and Luke Rockhold (five).
27: Significant strikes by which Whittaker outlanded Natal, including a 35-to-19 edge in round three.
22: Significant strikes to the legs landed by Natal, who appeared to do serious damage to Whittaker’s left leg over the course of the bout. Interestingly enough, Whittaker held an advantage in this area as well, landing 28 significant leg strikes.
4: Consecutive featherweight triumphs for Mexican prospect Yair Rodriguez, the fourth-longest active winning streak in the division behind Conor McGregor (seven), Max Holloway (seven) and Frankie Edgar (five). “Pantera” knocked out Andre Fili with a leaping roundhouse kick 2:15 into the second round of their featured 145-pound scrap.
15: Media scorecards, of the 22 tracked by MMADecisions.com, that scored the welterweight bout between Dominique Steele and Danny Roberts in favor of Steele. The cageside judges saw it differently, as all three scored the contest 29-28 for Roberts.
10: Takedowns landed, in 14 attempts, by Carla Esparza in her two UFC triumphs. “Cookie Monster” landed five of her seven takedown attempts in a unanimous decision win over Juliana Lima at UFC 197. Esparza landed just one of 17 tries in a second-round stoppage loss to reigning 115-pound champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk at UFC 185.
5: Consecutive victories for James Vick after his unanimous decision triumph over Glaico Franca on Saturday. That ties him with Rafael dos Anjos and Francisco Trinaldo for the third-longest active streak in the lightweight division. Only Tony Ferguson (seven) and Khabib Nurmagomedov (6) have longer winning streaks.
140: Total strikes landed by Vick, a career high for the “Texecutioner.” Franca landed 67 total strikes in defeat.
875: Days between Walt Harris’ Octagon debut, a decision loss to Jared Rosholt at “The Ultimate Fighter 18” finale, and his first promotional triumph, a first-round technical knockout of “Lookin’ For a Fight” prospect Cody East on Saturday. “The Big Ticket” lost his first three UFC bouts before defeating East and was competing for the first time since Nov. 7, 2014.
83: Total strikes by which Marcos Rogerio de Lima outlanded Clint Hester en route to finishing their light heavyweight bout with an arm-triangle choke 4:35 into the opening stanza. Hester landed just one of six strikes thrown in the abbreviated contest.