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In a grueling five-round battle that took its toll on both main event participants, Dan Hooker did just enough to come out on top at UFC Auckland.
Hooker edged Paul Felder via split decision in a thrilling lightweight headliner at Spark Arena in Auckland, New Zealand, on Saturday night. It was a contest that delivered upon the high expectations that preceded it, but ultimately it was “Hangman” who delighted his countrymen with his third consecutive triumph, while Felder was left to contemplate the end of his mixed martial arts career.
Here is a by-the-numbers look at UFC Fight Night 168, with statistics courtesy of UFCStats.com.
122: Significant strikes landed by Hooker, the most of his 14-bout promotional tenure. By comparison, Felder landed 110 significant strikes. Hooker outlanded his foe 24 to 16 in Round 1, 39 to 28 in Round 3 and 18 to 15 in Round 5. Felder held a 25-to-15 edge in Round 4, and both men landed 26 significant strikes in Round 2.
.550: Significant striking accuracy for Hooker, who landed 122 of 221 attempts. Felder, meanwhile, landed 110 of 230 significant strikes — a 47 percent success rate.
72: Significant head strikes landed by Hooker. Felder landed 64.
40: Significant leg strikes for Hooker. Felder landed 27.
19: Significant body strikes by Felder. Hooker connected with 10 body shots.
1: Takedown landed in five attempts for Hooker. Hooker put Felder on the canvas in the final frame, potentially sealing his victory in the eyes of two cageside judges.
11: Unofficial media scorecards, of the 16 tracked by MMADecisions.com, that saw the fight in favor of Felder. Four submitted scorecards for Hooker, while another had it as a draw.
8: Takedowns landed 10 attempts by Jim Crute in a little more than three minutes of action against Michal Oleksiejczuk in the light heavyweight co-main event. Crute spent most of the bout tossing his Polish foe around the Octagon before securing a kimura from side control at the 3:29 mark of Round 1.
5: Consecutive victories for Xiaonan Yan, tying her with Tatiana Suarez for the longest active winning streak in the strawweight division. Yan earned a dominant unanimous decision triumph against former title challenger Karolina Kowalkiewicz in a featured 115-pound contest. All of Yan’s victories have come via unanimous decision.
93: Significant strikes landed by Yan. By comparison, Kowalkiewicz landed just 38. The Chinese fighter outlanded her opponent 36 to 19 in Round 1, 39 to 14 in Round 2 and `18 to 5 in Round 3. Yan also was successful on five of her six takedown attempts.
8: Takedowns landed in 11 attempts by Magomed Mustafaev in a featured lightweight clash against Brad Riddell. Mustafaev had failed to land a single takedown in his first four UFC bouts. Nonetheless, Riddell rode superior striking to a split-decision triumph.
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5: Media scorecards, of the 11 tracked by MMADecisions.com, that awarded the bout to Riddell. Four others saw that fight for Mustafaev, while two others scored it a draw.
1,535: Days since Zubaira Tukhugov’s last Octagon triumph, a split verdict over Phillipe Nover at UFC Fight Night 80 on Dec. 10, 2015. The 29-year-old Russian returned to the win column with a first-round TKO stoppage of Kevin Aguilar at featherweight in Auckland on Saturday.
43: Significant strikes by which Jalin Turner outlanded Josh Culibao en route to a TKO victory at the 3:01 mark of Round 2 of their preliminary lightweight bout.
9: Finishes among nine professional victories for Turner, including two in the UFC. Saturday marked the first time that one of Turner’s wins occurred past the opening stanza.
5-1: Record for Jake Matthews since moving from lightweight to welterweight. Matthews earned a unanimous verdict against Emil Meek in a preliminary contest.
50: Significant strikes landed by Meek. Matthews, meanwhile, landed 33. Meek did the majority of his damage in Round 3, when he outlanded his foe by a 33-to-14 count. Matthews, however, did land the only four takedowns of the fight.
5: Fights to go the distance in five UFC appearances for flyweight Kai Kara-France, who outpointed Tyson Nam in a preliminary contest on Saturday. “Don’t Blink” is 4-1 in those bouts.
78: Significant strikes landed by Kara-France. By comparison, Nam landed 50. Kara-France has landed more than 70 significant strikes in all but one of his UFC bouts.
6: Bouts in the past 337 days for Angela Hill, who outpointed Konklak Suphisara in a preliminary strawweight contest. Hill, who won for the second time in 28 days, is 4-2 during that stretch.
0:40: Time of Priscila Cachoeira’s first-round knockout victory over Shana Dobson in the evening’s opening preliminary bout. That’s the fastest finish in the history of the UFC women’s flyweight division.