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Don’t look now, but Joanna Jedrzejczyk is back on the brink of title contention in the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s strawweight division.
The Polish star took a clear-cut unanimous verdict over a game Michelle Waterson in the UFC Fight Night 161 headliner at Amalie Arena in Tampa, Florida, on Saturday night, wearing down her adversary with striking at range and in the clinch. It’s Jedrzejczyk’s second straight win at 115 pounds, and she could be on the shortlist of contenders for newly-crowned champion Weili Zhang in the near future. Waterson, meanwhile, sees a three-fight winning streak come to an end.
Here is a by-the-numbers look at UFC Fight Night 161, with statistics courtesy of UFCStats.com.
10: Strawweight triumphs for Jedrzejczyk, the most in UFC history. Jessica Andrade is No. 2 with seven victories at 115 pounds. Those 10 wins are also the third-most for a female fighter in the UFC, regardless of weight class.
180: Significant strikes landed by Jedrzejczyk, the third-highest total of her tenure with the Las Vegas-based promotion. By comparison, Waterson landed 58 significant strikes. Jedrzejczyk also held a 226-to-71 edge in total strikes landed.
54: Significant body strikes landed by Jedrzejczyk. Waterson landed 12.
78: Significant leg strikes for Jedrzejczyk; Waterson had 21.
48: Significant clinch strikes landed by Jedrzejczyk. Waterson, meanwhile, landed 14 significant strikes in the clinch.
1,684: Total significant strikes landed by the 28 competitors at UFC Fight Night 161, a figure that ranks as the third-most ever landed at a UFC event. UFC 238, with a combined 1,818 significant strikes landed this past June, holds the top spot.
16: Featherweight triumphs in UFC/WEC competition for Cub Swanson following his unanimous decision triumph over Kron Gracie in the co-main event. That ties him with Max Holloway for second-most in the combined history of the two organizations. Jose Aldo is No. 1 all-time with 18 UFC/WEC victories at 145 pounds.
135: Significant strikes landed by Swanson, the second-most of his UFC tenure behind only the 209 he landed against Artem Lobov in a five-round fight in April 2017. By comparison, Gracie landed 86 significant strikes in defeat.
40: Significant body strikes for Swanson. Gracie, meanwhile, landed just four.
2: Upkick knockouts in UFC history after Niko Price used the maneuver to defeat James Vick in the latter’s welterweight debut. The only other upkick KO in the Octagon occurred when Jon Fitch used it to stop Thiago Alves 4:37 into the second round at UFC Fight Night 5 in July 2006.
6: Finishes at welterweight since 2016 for Price. That ties him with Donald Cerrone for the second-most in the division during that time. Former Price foe Vicente Luque owns the most finishes with eight.
54: Significant strikes by which Amanda Ribas outlanded Mackenzie Dern in their featured strawweight tilt. Ribas took a unanimous decision over Dern, who returned to action four months after giving birth.
0: Takedowns landed in six attempts by Dern, who had earned four of her first seven career triumphs via submission.
.013: Significant striking accuracy for Dern, who landed just 20 of her 145 attempts. Ribas, meanwhile, landed 74 of 206 significant strikes, a 35 percent success rate.
3: Consecutive victories for Ryan Spann, tying him for the third-longest active winning streak in the UFC’s light heavyweight division. Spann tapped Devin Clark with a guillotine choke 2:01 into the second stanza of their preliminary contest.
139: Significant strikes landed by Mike Davis in a third-round stoppage of Thomas Gifford. Davis, who took the bout on less than a week’s notice, outlanded his foe 67 to 36 in round one, 39 to 24 in round two and 33 to 28 in round three.
4: Finishes for Deiveson Figueiredo, tying him with John Lineker and Dustin Ortiz for the fourth-most in the history of the UFC’s flyweight division. The Brazilian submitted Tim Elliott with a guillotine choke at the 3:08 mark of round one.
25: Total strikes by which Elliott outlanded Figueiredo before being submitted.
5: Consecutive victories for Marlon Vera, tying him with Petr Yan for the longest active winning streak in the UFC’s bantamweight division. Vera earned a third-round technical knockout victory over Andre Ewell in a preliminary bantamweight clash.
7: Finishes in UFC competition for Vera, tying him with Urijah Faber for the second-most in the history of the bantamweight division. Ex-champ T.J. Dillashaw is currently first with eight.
5: Consecutive finishes for Vera, tying him with Gregor Gillespie and Charles Oliveira for the longest active finishing streak in the UFC. Vera has also stopped Nohelin Hernandez, Frankie Saenz, Guido Cannetti and Wuliji Buren during his current streak.
85: Combined significant strike advantage for Marvin Vettori in his last two Octagon appearances, decision wins over Andrew Sanchez and Cezar Ferreira. Vettori outlanded Sanchez 85 to 39 on Saturday and Ferreira 78 to 39 this past June.
9: Finishes in UFC history stemming from a kick or kicks to the leg. Miguel Baeza became the ninth fighter to accomplish the feat when he stopped Hector Aldana at the 2:32 mark of round two with leg kicks and follow-up punches in their welterweight encounter.
16: Significant leg strikes landed by Baeza. By comparison, Aldana landed six. Overall, Baeza outlanded his opponent by a 35-to-8 count in significant strikes.
14: Total number of bouts on Saturday’s card. That makes UFC Fight Night 161 the fourth event in promotion history to have 14 or more fights. The others: UFC 2, UFC Fight Night 137 and UFC on Fox 29.