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“Wonderboy,” meet Superman.
Anthony Pettis announced his presence to the welterweight division in spectacular fashion, as he knocked out Stephen Thompson with a superman punch at 4:55 into the second round of their headlining encounter at UFC Fight Night 148 in Nashville, Tennessee, on Saturday night.
Making the feat even more impressive was the fact that Pettis was getting battered for the majority of the fight prior to the knockout. Although he has fallen on tough times in recent years, “Showtime” demonstrated that he is still more than capable of filling up a highlight reel.
Here is a by-the-numbers look at UFC Nashville, with statistics courtesy of UFCStats.com.
47: Significant strikes landed by Thompson. By comparison, Pettis landed 32. “Wonderboy” outlanded his opponent 17-to-12 in round one and 30-to-20 in round two before succumbing to Pettis’ fight-ending superman punch.
28: Significant strikes to the head for Thompson. By comparison, Pettis landed 5. Pettis landed just two significant head strikes prior to the knockdown. The final two occurred on the canvas after he dropped Thompson.
20: Significant leg strikes landed by Pettis. Thompson, meanwhile, landed 10.
1: Career KO/TKO defeat in 19 professional appearances for Thompson. Pettis became the first person to knock out “Wonderboy” on Saturday night.
7: Takedowns landed in 11 attempts by Curtis Blaydes against Justin Willis. Blaydes took his man down four times in round one, twice in round two and once in round three en route to a lopsided unanimous decision victory.
40: Takedowns landed by Blaydes in his UFC career, the most in the history of the heavyweight division. Former champion Cain Velasquez is No. 2 with 34 career takedowns.
63: Total strikes by which Blaydes (72) outlanded Willis (nine). Blaydes outlanded his foe 26-to-3 in round one, 34-to-1 in round two and 12-to-5 in round three. Blaydes also held a 22-to-2 edge in significant strikes.
4: Consecutive triumphs for Jussier da Silva, tying him with reigning champion Henry Cejudo for the longest active winning streak in the UFC flyweight division. Da Silva earned a unanimous decision over Deiveson Figueiredo in a featured bout on Saturday.
16: Professional bouts before Figueiredo suffered his first career defeat at the hands of “Formiga.” The Brazilian’s first 15 victories included Octagon triumphs over John Moraga, Joseph Morales, Jarred Brooks and Marco Beltran.
.280: Significant striking accuracy for Figueiredo, who was coming off back-to-back TKO wins over Moraga and Morales. Figueiredo landed just 14 significant strikes in the three-round bout while being taken down three times.
8-0: Takedown advantage for da Silva against his opponents during his current four-bout winning streak.
30: Significant strikes by which Maycee Barber outlanded J.J. Aldrich in their strawweight clash. That included a 32-to-8 edge in the decisive second stanza, when Barber scored a stoppage at the 3:01 mark.
5: Finishes for Marlon Vera following his first-round technical knockout of Frankie Saenz. That ties him for the fourth-most finishes in the history of the UFC’s bantamweight division.
107: Total strikes landed by Alexis Davis in a unanimous decision loss to Jennifer Maia. Maia, by comparison, landed 70. Davis outlanded her foe 34-to-11 in round two and 43-to-26 in round three, while Maia held a 33-to-30 edge in round one.
5: Strawweight victories for Randa Markos, tying her for the fifth-most all-time in the division’s history. Markos submitted Angela Hill with an armbar 4:24 into the opening stanza on Saturday.
33: Significant leg strikes landed by Chris Gutierrez in a three-round verdict over Ryan MacDonald in a preliminary bantamweight affair. All told, Gutierrez landed 69 significant strikes to his opponent’s 15.