For most of the card, UFC Fight Night 134 was a slog filled with largely unmemorable decisions. Then Anthony Smith arrived in the Octagon.
“Lionheart” earned his second consecutive victory over a former light heavyweight champion in Sunday’s headliner, stopping Mauricio Rua via technical knockout 1:29 into the opening round of their 205-pound contest at Barclaycard Arena in Hamburg, Germany. It was a sad moment for nostalgists, but a welcome relief for those who had endured the nine consecutive decisions prior to the main event. Meanwhile, “Shogun’s” three-fight winning streak, previously the longest active run at light heavyweight, comes to an end.
Here is a by-the-numbers look at UFC Fight Night 134, with statistics courtesy of FightMetric.com.
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2:22: Combined time needed by Smith to defeat Rua and Rashad Evans in his last two UFC appearances. “Lionheart” moved up from 185 pounds following a loss to Thiago Santos at UFC Fight Night 125 on Feb. 3. Smith has won five of his last six bouts overall.
23: Significant strikes landed by Smith. By comparison, Rua landed just 4 in the abbreviated contest.
21: Significant head strikes landed by Smith, who landed 21 of 29 attempts. Rua, meanwhile, went 0 for 7 on significant head strikes.
2:50:41: Total fight time at UFC Fight Night 134, making it the sixth-longest event in the history of the Las Vegas-based promotion. The longest: UFC Fight Night 121, which spanned 3:04:18 for a card headlined by Fabricio Werdum and Marcin Tybura this past November.
10: Total bouts at UFC Fight Night 134 that went the distance. That ties it with five other events -- UFC 169, UFC Fight Night 36, UFC Fight Night 84, UFC Fight Night 101 and UFC Fight Night 121 -- for most in promotion history.
7: Takedowns landed in 19 attempts by Corey Anderson in a unanimous decision victory over Glover Teixeira in the light heavyweight co-main event. “Overtime” took his opponent down at least two times in each frame to earn the biggest victory of his career to date.
45: Career takedowns landed by Anderson at light heavyweight, which is the third most in the division’s history behind only Rashad Evans (50) and Ryan Bader (46). He landed a career-high 12 in a win over Patrick Cummins at UFC Fight Night 128 on April 21.
61: Total strikes by which Anderson outlanded Teixeira. Anderson also held a 48-to-20 edge in significant strikes.
15: Takedowns surrendered by Stefan Struve in his last four UFC defeats, setbacks to Marcin Tybura, Andrei Arlovski and Alexander Volkov. Tybura landed five of seven tries en route to a unanimous decision triumph on Sunday. Tybura also held an 87-to-33 advantage in total strikes landed.
5: Submissions attempted by David Zawada in his welterweight encounter with Danny Roberts. Zawada’s active ground game wasn’t enough to sway the judges, however, as he dropped a split decision to “Hot Chocolate.”
102: Total strikes landed by Nasrat Haqparast in a unanimous decision victory over Marc Diakiese. While Diakiese attempted 220 total strikes to Haqparast’s 208, he landed less than half as many (50) as his opponent.
974: Days since Bartosz Fabinski’s last fight, a decision victory against Hector Urbina at UFC Fight Night 78 on Nov. 21, 2015. The 32-year-old Pole returned to the win column on Sunday, as he outpointed Emil Meek in a welterweight tilt to run his winning streak to seven.
6: Takedowns landed in nine attempts for Fabinski. “The Butcher” landed two takedowns in round one, three in round two and one in round three to largely neutralize his opponent’s striking. Still, Fabinski only held a 72-to-69 edge in total strikes landed.
17: Takedowns allowed by Meek in three Octagon appearances. “Valhalla” has lost to Fabinski (six takedowns) and Kamaru Usman (eight), while earning a win over Jordan Mein (three) during his UFC tenure thus far.
235: Total strikes by which Aleksander Rakic (263) outlanded Justin Ledet (28) in their light heavyweight bout. That ranks as the largest total strike differential in UFC light heavyweight history and the sixth largest total strike differential overall.
115: Total strikes landed by Rakic in the second frame, his most in the 15-minute bout. By comparison, Ledet landed just seven total strikes in the period.
17: Total point differential on the judges’ scorecards in the Rakic-Ledet bout. Rakic earned scorecards of 30-24, 30-24 and 30-25 in the lopsided triumph. According to MMADecisions.com, that is the largest scorecard differential in UFC history. The previous record holder was Khabib Nurmagomedov, who earned scorecards of 30-25, 30-25 and 30-24 in a decision win over Edson Barboza at UFC 219 this past December.
0:59: Time of Manny Bermudez’s triangle-choke submission of Davey Grant in a preliminary bantamweight clash. That makes it the fourth fastest submission of any kind in UFC/WEC bantamweight history and the third-fastest triangle choke finish — in any weight class — in UFC history.