In a peculiar main event against an opponent with nothing to lose, Cub Swanson maintained his focus.
Swanson earned a unanimous decision over Artem Lobov in the UFC Fight Night 108 headliner in Nashville, Tenn., on Saturday night, but it wasn’t a cakewalk by any means. Swanson landed offense in bunches over five rounds with a diverse striking arsenal, but Lobov showcased a cast-iron chin in going the distance against the Jackson-Wink MMA standout. In avoiding the upset, Swanson moved one step closer to his dream of a featherweight title shot with his fourth consecutive triumph (bookmakers).
Here is a by-the-numbers look at UFC Fight Night 108, with statistics courtesy of FightMetric.com.
15: Victories in Ultimate Fighting Championship and World Extreme Cagefighting competition for Swanson, the second most in the combined history of the promotions behind only reigning 145-pound king Jose Aldo, who has 16 triumphs.
209: Significant strikes landed by Swanson, a UFC/WEC featherweight record. His previous best of 111 significant strikes landed occurred in his last outing, a three-round verdict over Doo Ho Choi at UFC 206. By comparison, Lobov landed 123 significant strikes.
.700: Significant striking accuracy for Swanson, who landed 209 of 296 attempts. Lobov, meanwhile, landed 123 of 276 significant strikes, a 44 percent clip.
6: Significant strikes by which Lobov outlanded Swanson (29 to 23) in round one. Swanson owned the exchanges after that, outlanding his foe 37 to 22 in round two, 63 to 24 in round three, 44 to 27 in round four and 42 to 21 in round five.
114: Significant head strikes landed by Swanson; Lobov landed 79.
47: Significant body strikes for Swanson. Lobov, meanwhile, landed 17 significant strikes to the body.
48: Significant leg strikes landed by Swanson. Lobov landed 27.
29: Significant clinch strikes landed by Swanson. By comparison, Lobov landed five.
5: Consecutive triumphs for Al Iaquinta following his first-round knockout of Diego Sanchez in the co-main event. That’s the third-longest active winning streak in the lightweight division behind only Tony Ferguson (nine) and Khabib Nurmagomedov (seven).
749: Days since Iaquinta’s last Octagon appearance, a split decision triumph over Jorge Masvidal at UFC Fight Night 63. The Serra-Longo Fight Team product briefly claimed to be retired before returning to knock out Sanchez on Saturday night.
2: KO/TKO defeats for Sanchez within the last nine months. Prior to being stopped by Iaquinta and Joe Lauzon, the Jackson-Wink MMA stalwart had never been finished by strikes in 34 professional bouts (His TKO loss to B.J. Penn at UFC 107 was a doctor stoppage).
1: Fighter in UFC/Pride/WEC/Strikeforce history to win two bouts using the Von Flue choke after Ovince St. Preux submitted Marcos Rogerio de Lima with the maneuver on Saturday night. “OSP” also used the choke to elicit a tapout from Nikita Krylov at UFC 171.
.460: Significant striking accuracy for John Dodson, who landed 48 of 103 attempts, in a three-round verdict over Eddie Wineland at bantamweight. “The Magician” was far more accurate than Wineland, who struggled to find the range in landing just 21 of 138 significant strikes, a 15 percent success rate.
62: Significant strikes by which Steven Ray outlanded Joe Lauzon in the third round of his majority decision triumph at lightweight. Two cageside judges awarded “Braveheart” a 10-8 round for his efforts.
15: Significant strike advantage for Lauzon in round one. The Bridgewater, Mass., native also landed all three of his takedowns in the frame. Two judges gave Lauzon a 10-8 scorecard in the opening stanza.
6: Knockdowns landed by Mike Perry in his three Octagon triumphs. “Platinum” floored Jake Ellenberger twice in their featured welterweight bout, including once with a vicious standing elbow that ended the contest at the 1:05 mark of round two.
10: Wins via KO/TKO among 10 career triumphs for Perry, who has only gone the distance once as a pro: a decision loss to Alan Jouban at UFC on Fox 22 this past December.
12: Wins at middleweight for Thales Leites, who garnered a unanimous verdict over Sam Alvey in a preliminary affair. That ties him with Chris Leben for No. 5 all-time in the division behind Yushin Okami (13), Nate Marquardt (13), Anderson Silva (14) and Michael Bisping (16).
24: Significant leg strikes landed by Leites, who buckled Alvey with a low kick at the outset of the contest. That total accounted for the majority of the Brazilian’s 38 significant strikes landed overall in the three-round contest.
3: Consecutive triumphs for Brandon Moreno, tying him with Sergio Pettis for the third-longest active winning streak in the UFC flyweight division. Moreno submitted Dustin Ortiz with a rear-naked choke 4:06 into the second round of their preliminary encounter.
104: Significant strikes landed by Scott Holtzman in a unanimous decision victory against Michael McBride at lightweight. By comparison, McBride landed 83 significant strikes. McBride, however, did hold a 140-to-109 advantage in total strikes landed.
10: Unofficial media scorecards, of the 15 tracked by MMADecisions.com, that scored the strawweight bout between Danielle Taylor and Jessica Penne in favor of Penne. The cageside judges overruled that majority, however, as all three — Eric Colon, Jeff Mullen and Roy Silbert — submitted 29-28 tallies for Taylor.
72: Significant strikes landed by Taylor, giving her a three-strike edge over Penne (69). Taylor outlanded her foe 22 to 19 in round one and 21 to 19 in round three, while Penne held a 31-to-29 advantage in the second frame.
5: Wins in the UFC women’s bantamweight division for Alexis Davis following her unanimous decision triumph over Cindy Dandois. That ties her with Sara McMann and Miesha Tate for fourth-most in promotion history. Only Amanda Nunes (seven), Ronda Rousey (six) and Raquel Pennington (six) have more victories at 135 pounds.