Robbie Lawler connected often on Matt Brown. | Photo: Josh Hedges/Zuffa/UFC/Getty
This time, Robbie Lawler was the one who finished the fifth round on top.
Some five months after a late surge in the final championship round propelled Johny Hendricks past Lawler and to the welterweight crown, “Ruthless” regrouped to take a five-round decision over Matt Brown in the UFC on Fox 12 headliner on Saturday night in San Jose, Calif.
Lawler remained poised throughout and seized control of the 170-pound clash as it advanced into deep waters. While Brown was game, he was unable to muster enough of his usual brand of violence to put Lawler away.
With the win, Lawler has likely earned a shot at redemption against Hendricks, who underwent surgery on his right bicep after their first meeting. Brown, meanwhile, had a seven-fight winning streak halted but lost little else in a gritty performance. Here is a by-the-numbers look at UFC on Fox 12, with statistics courtesy of FightMetric.com.
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2: Significant strike advantage for Brown in the 25-minute affair. Brown outlanded his foe 15-to-9 in round two and 30-to-25 in round five. Lawler, meanwhile, held a 17-to-11 significant strike advantage in round three and a 9-to-6 edge in round four. Both fighters landed 20 significant strikes in the opening stanza.
676: Career significant strikes landed by Brown, moving him into fourth place in UFC welterweight history past Jon Fitch (605), Nick Diaz (645) and Rick Story (658). Thiago Alves is No. 3 with 691 significant strikes landed.
.330: Significant striking accuracy for Brown on Saturday night, as “The Immortal” landed 82 of his 242 significant strikes attempted. Coming into UFC on Fox 12, Brown’s 59.1 percent significant striking rate ranked No. 1 in UFC welterweight history and No. 3 in promotion history overall behind only Fabio Maldonado (60.6 percent) and Anderson Silva (67.2 percent).
.400: Significant striking accuracy for Lawler, who landed 80 of 200 significant strikes attempted.
41: Combined significant strikes landed to the body (28) and legs (13) by Brown. By comparison, Lawler landed 16 strikes to the body (13) and legs (3) of his opponent.
71: Significant strikes to the head landed by Lawler. Brown, meanwhile, landed 48 significant strikes to the head.
4: Knockouts due to strikes in less than a minute in UFC competition for Anthony Johnson, the most such finishes in promotion history. “Rumble” scored a devastating stoppage of Antonio Rogerio Nogueira just 44 seconds into their light heavyweight encounter. Johnson has also made quick work of Yoshiyuki Yoshida (41 seconds), Tom Speer (51 seconds) and Chad Reiner (13 seconds) in the Octagon. All three of triumphs came at welterweight.
36: Combined significant strikes landed by Johnson in those four abbreviated victories. The high: 15 significant strikes in a 51-second win over Burns at the “TUF 8” Finale. The low: three significant strikes landed in a 13-second demolition of Chad Reiner at UFC Fight Night 10.
539: Days since Nogueira’s last Octagon appearance, a decision victory against Rashad Evans at UFC 156. Prior to that, “Minotoro” had a 420-day layoff between a first-round stoppage of Tito Ortiz at UFC 133 and his bout with Evans.
7: Consecutive victories for Dennis Bermudez, who submitted Clay Guida with a rear-naked choke 2:57 into the second round of their 145-pound tussle. That streak is currently the longest in the UFC’s featherweight division.
4:15:42: Total Octagon time in the career of Clay Guida, No. 8 in UFC history behind Gleison Tibau (4:18:38). “The Carpenter” spent a total 7:57 in the Octagon against Bermudez.
0-3: Record for Josh Thomson in split decision. “The Punk” dropped a split verdict to Bobby Green in a lightweight bout on Saturday night. Thomson has also lost split decisions to Gilbert Melendez and Benson Henderson.
10: Takedowns landed, in 17 attempts, by Patrick Cummins in his three-round verdict over Kyle Kingsbury, the second most takedowns in a single bout in UFC light heavyweight history. Rodney Wallace holds the record, landing 11 takedowns in a loss to Jared Hamman at UFC 111.
93: Total strikes by which Cummins outlanded Kingsbury, who announced his retirement after the bout.
85: Significant strikes Tim Means landed in his unanimous decision triumph over Hernani Pepetuo, the most of the FIT-NHB representative’s six-bout UFC tenure. Means outlanded his foe by 24 significant strikes overall, including 25-to-8 edge in body shots.
0: Takedowns allowed by Means, in three attempts against Perpetuo. In his previous three Octagon forays, “The Dirty Bird” had been taken down a total of 15 times.
3: Significant strikes landed by Brian Ortega before he was able to submit Mike de la Torre with a rear-naked choke 1:39 into the opening frame of their featherweight clash. De La Torre landed six significant strikes in defeat.