Neil Magny has racked up plenty of victories in the Octagon over the past two years, but perhaps none were more impressive than his win in Mexico on Saturday night.
The Grudge Training Center product started quickly, then held off a surging Kelvin Gastelum down the stretch to garner a split-decision victory in the UFC Fight Night “Magny vs. Gastelum” headliner. Magny, who took the bout on approximately two weeks’ notice following a Matt Brown injury, outstruck and outgrappled “The Ultimate Fighter 17” winner for the better part of three rounds and appeared to be cruising to victory before Gastelum rallied with a furious fourth-round blitz. Even with a strong fifth round, it was a case of too little, too late for the Kings MMA product.
Here is a by-the-numbers look at UFC Fight Night “Magny vs. Gastelum,” with statistics courtesy of FightMetric.com.
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10: UFC victories for Magny since 2013, the most in the promotion of the course of the past two years. Donald Cerrone, who faces Rafael dos Anjos on Dec. 19, is currently second with nine triumphs during that time.
4: Split-decision verdicts at UFC Fight Night “Magny vs. Gastelum,” tying UFC on Fox 8, UFC 94 and UFC Fight Night “Maynard vs. Diaz” for most in promotion history. In addition to Magny-Gastelum, Henry Cejudo vs. Jussier da Silva, Erick Montano vs. Enrique Marin and Michele Richard Cunha dos Prazeres vs. Valimir Lazaro all ended in split-decisions.
8: Consecutive bouts that went the distance on Saturday, beginning with the sixth bout of the evening, Bartosz Fabinski vs. Hector Urbina, and running all the way through the main event.
54: Significant strikes landed by both Magny and Gastelum in the five-round contest. Gastelum, meanwhile, held a narrow 86-to-81 edge in total strikes.
578: Significant strikes landed by Magny in his UFC career, No. 9 among active welterweights in the promotion, just behind Carlos Condit (585).
2: Knockdowns landed by Gastelum in round four, when he seized momentum in the welterweight bout.
6: Takedowns landed, in 14 attempts for Magny, the most of his UFC career to date.
33: Career takedowns for Magny, who moved past Mike Pierce (31) and into fourth place among active UFC welterweights in that category.
7-1: Record for Ricardo Lamas in UFC/WEC competition when he lands at least one takedown. Lamas landed three of six takedown attempts in a unanimous decision triumph over Diego Sanchez in the evening’s co-main event.
27: Significant strikes to the legs landed by Lamas. By comparison, Sanchez landed 0. Lamas appeared to injure his opponent’s right leg with an inside kick in round two, and “The Nightmare” was hobbled for the rest of the bout. Lamas held a 57-to-30 edge in significant strikes overall.
4:52:57: Total Octagon time for Sanchez after spending 15 minutes in the Octagon against Lamas. Saturday’s bout allowed him to surpass Randy Couture (4:41:50) for No. 7 among all UFC fighters. Gleison Tibau is No. 6 at 4:53:00.
16: UFC bouts that have gone to a decision for Sanchez during his Octagon tenure, the most in promotion history. Sanchez’s last nine bouts have gone the distance.
783: Significant strikes landed by Sanchez in UFC competition. The Jackson-Wink MMA product landed 30 significant strikes vs. Lamas to move ahead of Dennis Siver (766) and into 10th place among active fighters in the promotion.
3: Consecutive UFC wins at flyweight for Henry Cejudo, tying him with Ray Borg and Louis Smolka for the third-longest active streak in the division. Joseph Benavidez is second with four straight wins, while reigning champion Demetrious Johnson has won nine 125-pound bouts in a row. Cejudo earned a unanimous verdict over Brazilian jiu-jitsu ace Jussier da Silva on Saturday night.
18: Signficant strikes by which Cejudo outlanded “Formiga.” The Olympic gold medalist outlanded his foe 15 to 9 in round one, 14 to 11 in round two and 14 to 5 in round three.
2: Takedowns landed, in three attempts, by Cejudo, the second-most of his four-bout UFC tenure. Cejudo landed a career-high six takedowns vs. Chris Cariaso at UFC 185.
173: Total strikes landed by Enrique Barzola as he defeated Horacio Gutierrez to win “TUF: Latin America 2” lightweight crown. Barzola landed takedowns in each frame and outlanded his foe 37 to 5 in round one, 67 to 6 in round two and 69 to 5 in round three.
532: Days since Erik Perez’s last Octagon appearance, a submission defeat to Bryan Caraway at UFC Fight Night in Albuquerque. “El Goyito” made a triumphant return on Saturday, outpointing French prospect Taylor Lapilus in a welterweight bout.
99: Total strikes landed by Perez in rounds two (57) and three (42) combined after the Monterrey native landed just 10 in the opening frame. All told, Perez outlanded Lapilus 109 to 23 in total strikes.
16: Takedowns landed, in 22 attempts, for Bartosz Fabinski in unanimous decision triumphs over Hector Urbina and Garreth McLellan in the Polish fighter’s first two Octagon appearances. Fabinski landed six of 11 takedowns against Urbina and passed guard nine times at UFC Fight Night in Monterrey.
2-8: Record for Scott Jorgensen in UFC bouts since 2012. During that time, he has fallen to the likes of Renan Barao, Uriah Faber, Jussier da Silva and Eddie Wineland, among others.“Young Guns” lost to Alejandro Perez on Saturday night, finally tapping at the 4:26 mark of the second frame due to an apparent leg injury suffered at the end of round one.
29: Significant strikes by which Perez outlanded Jorgensen in round two, when the WEC veteran was hobbled by a leg injury. Perez landed 10 of his 30 significant strikes in the frame to the legs.
9: Unofficial media scorecards, of the nine tracked by MMADecisions.com, that awarded the lightweight bout between Valmir Lazaro and Michel Richard Cunha dos Prazeres to Lazaro. However, two of the three cageside judges awarded the contest to Prazeres, giving him the split-decision win.
21: Significant strikes by which Lazaro outlanded Prazeres (41 to 20). Lazaro also held a 60-to-27 advantage in total strikes landed.