Stephen Thompson has officially arrived as a force in the welterweight division.
The karate specialist completely outclassed former 170-pound titlist Johny Hendricks in the UFC Fight Night headliner in Las Vegas on Saturday, finishing “Big Rigg” via technical knockout 3:31 into the opening round.
After the signature victory, Thompson called for a welterweight title shot in his post-fight interview. Whether that’s in the near future or not, “Wonderboy’s” performance was one to remember. Here is a by-the-numbers look at UFC Fight Night “Hendricks vs. Thompson,” with statistics courtesy of FightMetric.com.
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8: Career knockdowns landed by Thompson in UFC competition, tying him for No. 4 in welterweight history with Georges St. Pierre and Anthony Johnson. Only Robbie Lawler (nine), Jake Ellenberger (nine) and Thiago Alves (11) have more knockdowns in the division’s history.
1.78: Knockdown rate per 15 minutes for Thompson, the highest figure in UFC welterweight history and the sixth-best among all fighters among those with a minimum of six Octagon appearances.
6: Consecutive wins for Thompson, the longest active streak among UFC welterweights. Reigning champion Robbie Lawler is second with five.
24: Significant strikes landed by Thompson in the abbreviated clash. By comparison, Hendricks landed seven significant strikes. The South Carolina native landed 17 of those significant strikes to the head.
.447: Significant head strike accuracy at a distance for Thompson against Hendricks. Coming into UFC Fight Night, Thompson’s 40.1 percent rate of head strike accuracy was the best in UFC welterweight history.
0: Takedowns landed, in two attempts by Hendricks. It was the first time Hendricks hadn’t landed a takedown since UFC 154, when he knocked out Martin Kampmann in 46 seconds. “Big Rigg” had landed a combined 30 takedowns in his previous five Octagon appearances.
1: Decision victory in 14 Octagon appearances for Roy Nelson, who outpointed Jared Rosholt in a lackluster heavyweight co-feature. “Big Country” had lost his previous seven UFC bouts that went the distance.
77: Total strikes by which Ovince St. Preux outlanded Rafael Cavalcante in their light heavyweight tilt despite fighting on an apparently injured foot. St. Preux was particularly dominant in rounds two and three, outlanding his foe by a 90-to-23 count.
242: Total strikes by which Cavalcante has been outlanded in his last three fights combined, loss against St. Preux (106-29), Patrick Cummins (102-24) and Ryan Bader (107-20).
9: UFC flyweight victories for Joseph Benavidez, who took a unanimous decision over Zach Makovsky. That ties him with reigning champion Demetrious Johnson for first in the division all-time.
5: Consecutive wins for Benavidez, the second-longest streak at 125 pounds behind Johnson (nine).
480: Significant strikes landed by Benavidez in his career, No. 2 in flyweight history behind Demetrious Johnson (757). Benavidez landed 66 significant strikes against Makovsky to move past John Lineker (460).
2:04:24: Total Octagon time for Joseph Benavidez, No. 2 among all UFC flyweights. The 15 minutes the Team Alpha Male product spent in the cage with Makovsky moved him past the recently-retired Chris Cariaso (1:58:11) and into second place. Demetrious Johnson is well ahead of the field at 3:08:19.
7: Finishes in UFC competition for Mike Pyle, tying him for the fifth-most among UFC welterweights. “Quicksand” stopped Sean Spencer 4:25 into the third frame of their bout on Saturday.
3,031: Days since Joshua Burkman’s last UFC win, a split-decision victory over Forrest Petz at UFC 77 on Oct. 20, 2007. Burkman returned to the win column in the Octagon on Saturday, taking a three-round verdict against K.J. Noons in a lightweight bout.
13: KO/TKO triumphs among 14 career victories for Derrick Lewis, who stopped Damian Grabowski 2:17 into the opening stanza of their heavyweight clash. “The Black Beast” has five KO/TKO triumphs in the Octagon.
1: Takedown landed, in eight attempts, by Ray Borg in a unanimous decision loss to fellow flyweight prospect Justin Scoggins, who was successful on four of his six tries. Borg had landed 14 takedowns in his previous four UFC appearances, compared to three by his opponents.
2: Knockouts via flying knee suffered by Noad Lahat in UFC competition, making him the first fighter in the combined history of UFC/WEC/Pride/Strikeforce to suffer two such defeats. Diego Rivas knocked out Lahat with a flying knee 23 seconds into the second round of their bout at UFC Fight Night on Saturday. “Neo” was also stopped by a flying knee against Godofredo Castro in his Octagon debut at UFC Fight Night “Shogun vs. Henderson 2” in March 2014.
3: Submissions attempted by Lahat in a dominant round one, where he passed guard six times and outlanded Rivas 22 to 7 in total strikes.
45: Seconds needed by Mickey Gall to dispatch Mike Jackson in their preliminary duel, the fourth-fastest submission in UFC welterweight history. Dennis Hallman owns the record, tapping out Matt Hughes in 20 seconds at UFC 29.
6: Fighters in UFC history who made their professional debut in the Octagon, following Jackson’s first promotional foray. The others: B.J. Penn, Matt Mitrione, James Toney, Matt Riddle and Amir Sadollah. Those five went a combined 4-1, with Toney taking the only loss at UFC 118 against Randy Couture.