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People will be talking about the elbow Yair Rodriguez unleashed to vanquish Chan Sung Jung in Denver for years to come. After nearly five full rounds of back-and-forth action, Rodriguez knocked “The Korean Zombie” out cold with a spectacular upward elbow in the UFC Fight Night 139 headliner at the Pepsi Center on Saturday night.
Meanwhile, Donald Cerrone turned back the clock to his World Extreme Cagefighting days with a first-round armbar submission of Mike Perry in the evening’s co-main event. Not only did “Cowboy” settle the score with his old camp at Jackson-Wink MMA gym, but he set a couple promotional records in the process.
Here is a by-the-numbers look at UFC Fight Night 139, with statistics courtesy of FightMetric.com.
4:59: Time of Rodriguez’s unlikely finish of Jung, tying him with Demetrious Johnson for the latest finish in UFC history. “Mighty Mouse” tapped Kyoji Horiguchi with an armbar at the 4:59 mark of their UFC 186 title fight.
245: Combined significant strikes landed by Rodriguez (119) and Jung (126). “The Korean Zombie” outlanded his foe 30 to 23 in round one, 24 to 22 in round three and 25 to 19 in round four. Rodriguez, meanwhile, outlanded Jung 23 to 22 in round two and 32 to 25 in round five.
111: Significant head strikes landed by Jung. By comparison, Rodriguez landed 59.
24: Significant body strikes landed by Rodriguez. Jung, meanwhile, landed nine.
36: Significant leg strikes for Rodriguez; Jung finished with six.
21: Wins for Cerrone following his first-round submission of Mike Perry. That moves “Cowboy” ahead of Michael Bisping and Georges St. Pierre for most victories in the history of the Las Vegas-based promotion.
15: Finishes for Cerrone, moving him past Vitor Belfort and Anderson Silva for the most all-time in UFC history.
1,232: Significant strikes landed by Cerrone, No. 6 all-time behind Joanna Jedrzejczyk (1,267), Georges St. Pierre (1,313), Max Holloway (1,337), Frankie Edgar (1,463) and Michael Bisping (1,567) among UFC athletes. The nine significant strikes Cerrone landed against Perry on Saturday was enough to move him ahead of Evan Dunham (1,225).
3,814: Days since Cerrone’s last win via armbar, when he tapped Danny Castillo with the maneuver at WEC 34 “Sacramento” on June 1, 2008.
113: Total strikes landed by Beneil Dariush in a lopsided decision victory over Thiago Moises at lightweight. By comparison, Moises landed just 20. Dariush also held a 44-to-8 edge in significant strikes and landed four of eight takedown attempts in the fight.
68: Significant strikes landed by 20-year-old prospect Maycee Barber in a second-round technical knockout victory over Hannah Cifers at strawweight. By comparison, Cifers landed 41. Barber held a 34-to-6 advantage over her opponent in the decisive second frame.
23: Significant ground strikes for Barber. Cifers, meanwhile, failed to land a significant ground strike.
28: Significant strikes by which Michael Trizano outlanded Luis Pena en route to a split-decision triumph in a featured lightweight scrap. Trizano landed 51 of 100 attempts for a 51 percent success rate. Pena, meanwhile, went 23 for 85, a 27 percent clip.
8: Takedowns successfully defended by Trizano. Pena landed just one of his nine attempts in the matchup of “Ultimate Fighter 27” competitors.
15: Unofficial media scorecards, of the 17 tracked by MMADecisions.com, that awarded Amanda Bobby Cooper a victory over Ashley Yoder in their strawweight bout. However, judges Derek Cleary and Curtis Thrasher both scored the contest 29-28 for Yoder, while Mark Van Tine had it 30-27 in favor of Cooper, giving “The Spider Monkey” a split-decision triumph.
3: Consecutive submission wins in UFC competition for Davi Ramos, who tapped out John Gunther with a rear-naked choke 1:57 into the opening round of their lightweight encounter. That streak ties him with Antonio Carlos Junior and Rani Yahya for the longest active submission streak in the promotion.
46: Time, in seconds, of Devonte Smith’s knockout of Julian Erosa in their preliminary flyweight tilt. That is the UFC newcomer’s fastest stoppage in nine career bouts, a professional tenure which includes five first-round finishes.
3: Split decisions among five UFC appearances for Eric Shelton. “Showtime” improved to 1-2 in those bouts on Saturday, earning the nod from two of the three cageside judges against Joseph Morales.
7: Takedowns landed in 10 attempts for Shelton, a UFC career high for the American Top Team representative.
4: Submission attempts for Morales, which included a trio of guillotine tries as well as a triangle. Unfortunately for him, none of those elicited a tapout from Shelton.