Faced with a common opponent, Kevin Lee did his best to outdo Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC Fight Night 128.
While he faced a harrowing moment courtesy of a spinning heel kick in the third round, Lee might have done exactly that, as he finished Edson Barboza via doctor’s stoppage 2:18 into the fifth round of their headlining bout at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, N.J., on Saturday night. While a title shot might not be forthcoming for “The Motown Phenom,” he bounced back nicely from a loss to Tony Ferguson in an interim title bout this past October. At the very least, he probably made Nurmagomedov take notice.
Here is a by-the-numbers look at UFC Fight Night 128, with statistics courtesy of FightMetric.com.
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142: Significant strikes landed by Lee against Barboza. That included advantages of 40 to 4 in round one, 34 to 7 in round two and 38 to 5 in round four. By comparison, the Brazilian landed 51 significant strikes.
233: Total strikes landed by Lee. Barboza, meanwhile, landed just 64.
11: Guard passes executed by Lee, who mounted Barboza repeatedly while unloading with vicious ground-and-pound from top position.
4: Takedowns landed in nine attempts for Lee. Barboza was also taken down four times in his last outing, a lopsided decision loss to Nurmagomedov.
96: Significant ground strikes for Lee. By comparison, Barboza landed just two. That figure accounted for 67 percent of Lee’s significant striking offense.
10: Significant strikes by which Frankie Edgar outlanded Cub Swanson in a unanimous decision win in the co-main event. Edgar outlanded his foe 16 to 13 in round one, 21 to 18 in round two and 21 to 17 in round three.
62: Significant strike advantage for Edgar in his first win over Swanson their first meeting in November 2014.
0: Takedowns landed by Edgar in eight attempts on Saturday night.
7: Takedowns landed by Edgar in 13 attempts in the first bout against Swanson more than three years ago.
3: Consecutive victories for Justin Willis following his three-round verdict over Justin Sherman, tying him for the third-longest active winning streak in the UFC’s heavyweight division.
889: Days since David Branch’s last KO/TKO win, a fourth-round stoppage of Yushin Okami at World Series of Fighting 15 on Nov. 15, 2014. Branch garnered a first-round knockout of Thiago Santos in a featured middleweight affair on Saturday night.
62: Significant strikes by which Aljamain Sterling outlanded Brett Johns to end the Welshman’s unbeaten streak at 15 fights. That is the greatest significant striking differential of Sterling’s 10-bout UFC career. All told, “Funkmaster” outlanded his foe 89 to 27 in significant strikes and 117 to 56 in total strikes.
37: Significant body strikes landed by Sterling. By comparison, Johns landed just four.
6: Finishes among six UFC triumphs for Dan Hooker, who polished off Jim Miller with a flying knee in their preliminary lightweight clash. Incidentally, all three of Hooker’s UFC defeats have come via decision.
7: Unanimous decision victories in UFC competition for Ryan LaFlare following his three-round verdict over Alex Garcia on Saturday night. That ties him with Neil Magny for the third-most decision triumphs in the history of the welterweight division. Only Georges St. Pierre (10) and Jon Fitch (eight) have more.
5:00: Time of Ricky Simon’s third-round technical submission finish of Merab Dvalishvili in their preliminary bantamweight clash. That makes it the latest finish in a three-round bout in UFC history.
44: Total strikes by which Dvalishvili outlanded Simon in the bout, including a knockdown in the opening stanza. The Serra-Longo Fight Team member outlanded Simon 23 to 7 in round three before succumbing to the submission at the end of the bout.
16: Takedowns successfully defended in 22 attempts by Simon.
4: Fights in UFC history to have occurred at the 5:00 mark of of round three. Other than Simon’s effort, the other three — B.J. Penn (UFC 84), Tito Ortiz (UFC 40) and Randy Couture (UFC 49) — occurred in title fights scheduled for five rounds.
12: Takedowns landed in 13 attempts for Corey Anderson in a dominant decision triumph over Patrick Cummins at light heavyweight. That figure represents a new UFC light heavyweight record and is the fifth-most takedowns landed all-time in a single bout in promotion history. Cummins was a two-time NCAA All-American wrestler at Penn State University.