By the Numbers: UFC Rio

By Tristen Critchfield Mar 22, 2015
Demian Maia had no interest in being Ryan LaFlare’s steppingstone. The Brazilian jiu-jitsu ace grounded, mounted and just generally outgrappled his previously unbeaten foe to capture a unanimous decision in the UFC Fight Night headliner at Maracanazinho Gymnasium in Rio de Janeiro on Saturday. In his first fight since May 2014, Maia put LaFlare through a clinic for four rounds in a mostly dominant performance. By the time LaFlare picked up the intensity in round five, it was too late -- even with Maia fading badly.

Meanwhile, “Ultimate Fighter 1” heel Josh Koscheck may have had his swan song in the Octagon, as he suffered his fifth straight loss to Erick Silva in the evening’s co-main event. If it is indeed goodbye, the former welterweight title challenger will go down as a key figure in the growth of the Las Vegas-based promotion.

Here is a by-the-numbers look at UFC Fight Night “Maia vs. LaFlare,” with statistics courtesy of FightMetric.com.

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14-2: UFC record for Maia when he lands at least one takedown in a bout. Maia landed five takedowns in 14 attempts en route to taking a unanimous decision against LaFlare.

48: Career takedowns for Maia, No. 7 among active UFC fighters. Nike Lentz is No. 6 with 49.

14: Guard passes executed by Maia, who was consistently able to advance position and mount LaFlare in the 25-minute affair. Maia passed guard a combined 11 times in rounds one through three.

76: Total strikes landed by Maia. By comparison, LaFlare landed 54. Maia also held a 36-to-25 advantage in significant strikes landed.

24: Significant ground strikes landed by Maia. LaFlare landed just one significant strike on the floor.

15: Total strikes by which LaFlare outlanded Maia in round five, when the Brazilian was deducted a point for lack of aggression. Maia also only landed one of seven takedown attempts in the final stanza after landing four of seven tries in the first four frames.

6: Six first-round finishes in UFC competition for Erick Silva, who tapped out Josh Koscheck with a guillotine choke 4:21 into round one in their welterweight showdown. That ties him with Koscheck, interestingly enough, for the second most first-round finishes in the history of the division.

8: UFC bouts in Brazil for Silva, one of only three fighters to compete in the Octagon that many times in the South American country, according to MMADecisions.com. Francisco Trinaldo, who defeated Akbarh Arreola earlier in the evening, and Iuri Alcantara have also had eight Octagon appearances in Brazil.

5: Consecutive defeats in the UFC for Koscheck, who joins Leonard Garcia and Steve Cantwell as the only fighters to endure such a lengthy losing streak in a single stint within the Las Vegas-based promotion. Four others have lost at least five straight over multiple stints: Phil Baroni, Elvis Sinosic, John Alessio and Jorge Santiago.

21: Days between Koscheck’s loss to Jake Ellenberger at UFC 184 and his first-round submission defeat against Silva on Saturday.

24: Welterweight bouts in the UFC for Koscheck, a promotion record.

14: UFC wins by Koscheck in his career, No. 3 in welterweight history behind Matt Hughes (16) and Georges St. Pierre (19). “Kos” completed the last bout on his contract at UFC Fight Night.

3:58:56: Total fight time for Koscheck, No. 8 among all active UFC fighters. “Kos” spent 4:21 in the Octagon on Saturday to move past Sam Stout (3:57:28). Koscheck is also No. 2 in UFC welterweight history behind only Georges St. Pierre (5:28:12).

74: Significant strikes by which Shayna Baszler has been outlanded in her two Octagon appearances against Amanda Nunes and Bethe Correia. Nunes outlanded Baszler 15-to-1 in their abbreviated encounter, while Correia held a 68-to-8 edge at UFC 177 last August.

.880: Significant striking accuracy for Nunes, who landed 15 of 17 attempts en route to buckling Baszler with a leg kick 1:56 into round one.

29: Significant strikes landed by Alex Oliveira in the first two rounds of his matchup with Gilbert Burns, who, by comparison, landed 15 significant strikes during that time.

0: Significant strikes landed by Oliveria in round three, when he was taken down immediately by Burns and then submitted via armbar 4:14 into the frame.

3: First-round finishes in a row for Godofredo Castro, tying him with Ronda Rousey and Matt Mitrione for longest active streak in the UFC. The Brazilian submitted Andre Fili with a flying triangle 3:14 into the opening frame on Saturday night. “Pepey” has also stopped Dashon Johnson and Noad Lahat inside of a round during his current tear.

10: Consecutive wins -- including three in the Octagon -- for Edimilson Souza, who starched Katsunori Kikuno with a right cross 1:31 into the opening stanza of their featherweight clash. Of those 10 victories, nine have come via knockout or technical knockout -- including six inside of a round.

6: UFC bouts refereed by Eduardo Herdy, including his controversial stoppage of the lightweight bout between Drew Dober and Leandro Silva. As Dober defended a Silva guillotine from half guard, Herdy intervened and called a halt to the contest 2:45 into round two. Herdy would go on to referee one more bout (Godofredo Castro vs. Andre Fili) after the controversial stoppage.

151: Total strikes landed by Leonardo Mafra Texeira in his unanimous decision triumph over Cain Carrizosa in a lightweight scrap. Texeira outlanded his foe by 99 total strikes -- including a 60-10 advantage in round three.

0: Significant strikes landed by Jorge de Oliveira before he was submitted by Christos Giagos 3:12 into round round of their 155-pound matchup. Giagos, meanwhile, landed 18 significant strikes before securing the fight-ending rear-naked choke.

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