Antonio Silva punches Travis Browne during their heavyweight fight. | Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Getty Images
The first “Bigfoot” sighting in the Octagon wasn’t all that impressive. The second? Well, ask Travis Browne how that went. Capitalizing on an injury to Browne’s leg, Antonio Silva earned his first UFC victory at the Target Center in Minneapolis on Friday night, stopping the Hawaiian with strikes 3:27 into the first round of their heavyweight headliner.
It was Silva’s first win since his landmark triumph against Fedor Emelianenko in February 2011. Meanwhile, a hobbled Browne fell from the ranks of the unbeaten. Also, Jake Ellenberger avenged a 2006 loss to Jay Hieron in the UFC on FX 5 co-main event, and John Dodson moved to the front of the line of flyweight contenders with a knockout of Jussier da Silva. Here is a by-the-numbers look at UFC on FX 5, with statistics provided by FightMetric.com.
.750: Striking accuracy for Silva, who connected on 15 of his 20 significant strikes en route to a first-round TKO of Browne. The Brazilian’s career significant striking average is 43 percent.
13.25: Average significant strikes landed by Silva opponents in the eight “Bigfoot” victories examined by FightMetric.com, which includes fights in EliteXC, Strikeforce and the UFC. Andrei Arlovski landed the most significant strikes (30) against Silva in defeat, while Jonathan Wiezorek failed to land a single significant strike in a 2007 loss to Silva. In those eight triumphs, Silva averaged 26.75 significant strikes landed.
10: Browne bouts -- in 15 career outings -- that have ended inside of a round. Prior to falling to Silva in the first frame on Friday, “Hapa” was 9-0 in such contests.
20: Difference in weight between Silva, who checked in at 266 pounds, and Browne, who tipped the scales at 246 pounds, at Thursday’s weigh-ins. Silva reportedly cuts from upwards of 280 pounds to make weight.
16: Total strikes by which Jay Hieron outlanded Jake Ellenberger in their welterweight clash. “The Thoroughbred” outlanded his opponent in each period: 11 to 5 in round one, 23 to 16 in round two and 9 to 6 in round three. However, Ellenberger executed the bout’s only two takedowns and also held a 14-to-12 edge in significant strikes in the second stanza.
2,316: Days since Hieron and Ellenberger’s first meeting, a matchup that the 36-year-old Xtreme Couture Mixed Martial Arts product won via unanimous decision at an International Fight League event.
6-4: Ellenberger’s record in bouts that go the distance. However, he is 3-1 in UFC appearances decided by the judges. “The Juggernaut” is 26-2 in all other fights.
36: Difference in professional experience, in terms of bouts, between Josh Neer (46 fights) and Justin Edwards (10 fights). Edwards submitted his veteran opponent with a guillotine choke in 45 seconds. It was the quickest defeat of Neer’s career, surpassing a 54-second knockout loss to Mark Miller in 2007.
11: Consecutive Neer fights that have resulted in a finish. After his setback at the hands of Edwards, “The Dentist” is 8-3 in those contests. He last went the distance on Oct. 24, 2009, dropping a unanimous verdict to Gleison Tibau at UFC 104.
24: Significant strikes by which John Dodson outlanded Jussier da Silva before stopping the Brazilian submission specialist in the second round of their flyweight tilt. “The Magician” managed to land 33 of 112 significant strikes attempted in a little less than two rounds’ time and outlanded “Formiga” 24-to-3 in the decisive second frame. It was the first time da Silva had been finished in 16 professional fights.
2: Bouts on schedule to occur prior to Thursday’s weigh-ins that ultimately did not make it to the Target Center on Friday night. First, Dennis Hallman was released by the promotion after failing to make weight, resulting in the cancelation of his scrap with Thiago Tavares. Then, Jeremy Stephens was arrested on Friday morning and was not released in time to face Yves Edwards on the preliminary card, despite UFC President Dana White’s claims that the fight would take place.
25: Difference in total strikes landed by Danny Castillo in round one (27) of his lightweight conflict with Michael Johnson -- when he looked to be on the verge of a finish -- and round two (2) when “The Menace” rallied to earn a knockout at the 1:06 mark.
3: Submission attempts by Carlo Prater in his split-decision loss to Marcus LeVesseur, the most of anyone of the UFC on FX 5 bill. Prater, who owns 16 of his 30 career triumphs by way of submission, was unable to elicit a tapout from his opponent, however. LeVesseur outlanded “Neo” 109 to 54 in total strikes and successfully executed three of his seven takedown attempts.
.166: Finishing percentage in six career UFC wins for Jacob Volkman, who earned the first stoppage of his Octagon tenure by submitting Shane Roller in the first round of their lightweight bout. Before joining the UFC, Volkman had submitted six of his nine opponents.
61: Significant strikes landed by Diego Nunes, the most of anyone on Friday’s card. Only once has the Rio de Janeiro native landed more significant strikes in 10 fights under the Zuffa umbrella -- he landed 65 in a win over Mike Thomas Brown at UFC 125.