Some five years later, Ronaldo Souza still has Derek Brunson’s number.
In his first Octagon appearance since April, “Jacare” showed he remains a serious contender in the middleweight division, as he defeated Brunson via knockout in the UFC on Fox 27 headliner on Saturday night at the Spectrum Center in Charlotte, N.C. A right high kick from the 38-year-old Brazilian sent Brunson stumbling toward the cage, and a pair of follow-up punches sealed the victory 3:50 into round one.
Here is a by-the-numbers look at UFC on Fox 27, with statistics courtesy of FightMetric.com.
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7: Finishes in UFC competition for Souza following his victory over Brunson. That ties him for fifth most in the history of the middleweight division. Some other notable victims during “Jacare’s” promotional tenure include Vitor Belfort, Gegard Mousasi and Yushin Okami.
1,988: Days since the first meeting between Souza and Brunson. “Jacare” scored a 41-second knockout victory over the North Carolina native at Strikeforce “Rousey vs. Kaufman” on Aug. 18, 2012.
.230: Significant striking accuracy for Brunson during the abbreviated bout. The North Carolina native landed just eight of his 34 attempts before the stoppage. Souza was more accurate, landing nine of 21 significant strikes -- a 42 percent clip.
14: Combined significant strikes landed by Souza in two victories over Brunson. Their two fights have lasted a total of 4:31.
40: Total strikes by which Dennis Bermudez outlanded Andre Fili in the evening’s featherweight co-main event. “The Menace” outlanded his opponent 43 to 35 in round one, 41 to 27 in round two and 49 to 31 in round three. Despite that advantage, Bermudez lost a split decision.
4: Takedowns landed in 12 attempts by Fili, who took his opponent down twice in rounds one and two. By comparison, Bermudez landed one of 11 takedown tries.
12: Unofficial media scorecards, of the 15 tracked by MMADecisions.com, that awarded the contest to Bermudez. Six of those media members saw the fight 30-27 for “The Menace.”
11: Consecutive victories by Gregor Gillespie to begin his professional mixed martial arts career. The former national champion wrestler at Edinboro University notched his fourth UFC triumph with a first-round technical knockout of Jordan Rinaldi on Saturday night.
251: Combined significant strikes landed by Drew Dober (145) and Frank Camacho (106) in their welterweight bout. Dober outlanded his foe 30 to 17 in round one and 67 to 37 in round two en route to a unanimous decision victory. Camacho, meanwhile, held a 52-to-48 significant striking edge in round three.
110: Significant strikes landed by Bobby Green during his unanimous decision victory over Erik Koch in a lightweight tilt, a UFC best for “King.” By comparison, Koch landed 56 significant strikes.
40: Significant strikes by which Green outlanded Koch during the third frame. He also held a 69-to-9 edges in total strikes landed during the final round.
43: Significant body strikes landed by Green. Koch, meanwhile, landed just seven.
37: Significant clinch strikes for Green; Koch landed three.
11: Unofficial media scorecards, of the 15 tracked by MMADecisions.com, that awarded the flyweight bout between Ji Yeon Kim and Justin Kish to Kish. However, judges Steve Elliott and Cardo Urso saw things differently, as Kim emerged with a split-decision victory.
28: Significant strikes by which Kish outlanded Kim. That included a 22-to-5 edge in body strikes and a 31-to-3 advantage in leg kicks. Kim, meanwhile, outlanded her foe 60 to 43 in significant head strikes.
4: Consecutive victories for Vinc Pichel, who captured a unanimous verdict over Joaquim Silva in a preliminary lightweight bout. “From Hell,” who appeared on Season 15 of “The Ultimate Fighter,” has stretched his winning streak out over four years.
2: Finishes in eight days for Cory Sandhagen, who followed a 67-second technical knockout victory of Jose Aguayo at Legacy Fighting Alliance 31 on Jan. 19 with a second-round stoppage of fellow Octagon newcomer Austin Arnett on Saturday.
16: Significant body strikes landed by Sandhagen, who buckled his opponent with a punch to the liver before finishing the fight 3:48 into round two. All told, Sandhagen outlanded Arnett by a 48-to-23 in significant strikes.