Anderson Silva dispatched of Stephan Bonnar in the first round at UFC 153. | Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Getty Images
Anderson Silva did exactly what he was supposed to do at UFC 153 on Saturday night. With one well-placed knee (as well as a few follow-up punches), “The Spider” did what no other man in UFC history had been able to accomplish – he finished Stephan Bonnar with strikes. The middleweight champion toyed with Bonnar for much of the contest, but when it came time to close the deal, Silva was swift and brutal in earning the victory at the 4:40 mark of round one.
The night didn’t belong to Silva alone, however. His beloved countryman, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, made a triumphant return to the Octagon, submitting Dave Herman with an armbar in the second round of their co-main event clash. Additionally, Glover Teixiera, Jon Fitch and Demian Maia each made significant statements in their respective main card bouts at the HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro. Here is a by-the-numbers look at UFC 153, with statistics provided courtesy of FightMetric.com.
.677: Career significant striking accuracy for Anderson Silva, more than seven percent better than anyone else in the UFC with at least 350 significant strike attempts. “The Spider” was his usual accurate self against Bonnar, landing 19 of his 27 strikes, a 70 percent clip.
17: Consecutive victories for Silva, including 16 inside the Octagon. The Brazilian is 3-0 as a light heavyweight during that time. By comparison, Bonnar has 15 victories – total – during his professional tenure.
1: Bout in 23 professional appearances in which Bonnar has been finished by strikes after Silva finished the “TUF 1” finalist with a knee to the solar plexus and follow-up punches. “The American Psycho” has two other TKO losses on his ledger, but both came via doctor stoppage.
15: Significant strikes landed by Anderson Silva foes Bonnar, Forrest Griffin and James Irvin in the middleweight champion’s three ventures to 205 pounds. Bonnar did the most damage of the three, landing 12 of his 43 significant strike attempts and 28 of 59 strikes overall. Griffin connected with three of 42 significant strikes in a 2010 loss, while Irvin failed to land a single strike in three attempts back in 2008.
2,744: Days since Bonnar and Griffin waged their historic three-round battle at “The Ultimate Fighter 1” Finale in Las Vegas, a bout that helped the UFC rise to its current level of prominence.
21: Submission victories in the career of Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, who finished Dave Herman with an armbar in the second round of their heavyweight affair. It was “Minotauro’s” first victory via tapout since 2008, and it was the first time Herman had been submitted in 26 professional bouts.
75: Significant strikes by which Glover Teixeira outlanded Fabio Maldonado in his lopsided stoppage victory over the former professional boxer. Teixeira was especially dominant in round one, when he outlanded Maldonado 64 to five in significant strikes.
6-21: Record by non-Brazilians in the four UFC events held in the South American country since UFC 134. Foreigners compiled a 3-6 mark at UFC 153, with Americans Jon Fitch, Phil Davis and Chris Camozzi emerging victorious against their Brazilian counterparts.
176: Total strikes landed by Jon Fitch in his unanimous decision victory against Erick Silva. The former Purdue Boilermaker outlanded his opponent by 152 total strikes over the course of the bout. The disparity was greatest in round three, when Fitch held a 112-to-2 edge in total strikes.
2,149: Total strikes landed by Fitch in his UFC career, the most of anyone in the promotion’s history. For his efforts on Saturday night, Fitch surpassed Georges St. Pierre for the top spot.
14-1-1: Fitch’s record in bouts that go the distance. The American Kickboxing Academy representative dropped a five-round verdict to reigning welterweight king Georges St. Pierre at UFC 87, and battled to a three-round draw with B.J. Penn at UFC 127.
3:43:58: Total fight time for Jon Fitch, No. 6 all time in the promotion. By comparison, Erick Silva has been in the Octagon for 20 minutes and 42 seconds.
6: Takedowns landed, in nine attempts, by Fitch, who took Silva down four times in round one and twice in the final frame. Fitch’s 58 career takedowns rank third all time in UFC history.
57: Total strikes by which Phil Davis outlanded Wagner Prado in his second-round submission victory over the Brazilian. In fact, “Mr. Wonderful” outlanded Prado 26 to 1 in round one and 33 to 1 in round two.
0.94: Significant strikes absorbed per minute in eight UFC bouts by Davis, a figure that ranks first among fighters in the organization. Prado landed just two of the 11 significant strikes he attempted against the Alliance MMA representative.
3:17: Total Octagon time in two welterweight victories for Demian Maia, who tapped out Rick Story at the 2:30 mark of the opening frame on Saturday night. The jiu-jitsu ace also owns a 47-second TKO triumph over Dong Hyun Kim at 170 pounds.
6: Significant strikes landed by Maia in those two contests. By comparison, the Brazilian landed 51 in his last middleweight bout, a loss to Chris Weidman at UFC on Fox 2.
64: Career takedowns landed by Gleison Tibau, No. 2 among fighters in the promotion. (Georges St. Pierre is No. 1 with 68). The massive lightweight scored five takedowns in a unanimous decision win over “TUF: Brazil” alumnus Francisco Trinaldo.
25: Total strikes by which Diego Brandao outlanded Joey Gambino in their featherweight contest. The Jackson’s MMA product also scored three of the four takedowns he attempted en route to his second UFC triumph.
4: Takedowns landed in 11 attempts by Sergio Moraes in his submission victory over fellow “TUF: Brazil” competitor Renee Forte. Although Forte held a 38-to-27 edge in total strikes, Moraes was able to secure the decisive rear-naked choke at 3:10 of round three.
4:13: Average fight time in eight UFC bouts for Brazilian middleweight Luiz Cane prior to his unanimous decision loss to Chris Camozzi at UFC 153 – a figure that was seventh-best among athletes in the promotion with at least five Octagon appearances. It was just the second time Cane has gone the distance in his Octagon career. He also earned a three-round verdict over Steve Cantwell at UFC 97.