Mark Hunt was resilient, but Stipe Miocic was relentless.
Miocic methodically battered Hunt for the better part of five rounds in their headlining encounter at UFC Fight Night in Adelaide, Australia, on Saturday night. While Hunt had a few inspired moments of offense, the Kiwi’s most impressive attribute throughout the fight was his will. “The Super Samoan” finally succumbed to a barrage of ground-and-pound 2:47 into the fifth frame.
For Miocic, the lopsided victory was a strong recovery from a hard-fought loss to Junior dos Santos at UFC on Fox 13 this past December. His dominance was clearly reflected in the final figures. Here is a by-the-numbers look at UFC Fight Night “Hunt vs. Miocic,” with statistics courtesy of FightMetric.com.
361: Total strikes landed by Miocic, breaking the single-fight UFC record previously held by Royce Gracie, who landed 355 strikes against Ken Shamrock at UFC 5. Chael Sonnen held the modern era mark, landing 320 strikes in a loss to Anderson Silva at UFC 117. Hunt, meanwhile, landed just 46 total strikes in the bout.
315: Total strikes by which Miocic outlanded Hunt, the most lopsided differential in UFC history.
119: Total strikes by which Miocic outlanded Hunt in the third round, the most lopsided differential of the bout’s five frames. Miocic also held a 62-to-7 edge in round four and a 70-to-0 advantage in round five.
113: Significant strikes landed by Miocic. By comparison, Hunt landed 33.
105: Significant strikes to the head landed by Miocic. Hunt landed 29.
57: Significant ground strikes landed by Miocic. Hunt landed 0.
535: Career significant strikes landed by Miocic, No. 3 among active heavyweights behind only Cain Velasquez (580) and Junior dos Santos (708).
16: Takedowns landed by Miocic in UFC competition, No. 4 among active heavyweights behind, Frank Mir (20), Gabriel Gonzaga (21) and Cain Velasquez (29). Miocic landed six of eight takedowns against Hunt to move past Brendan Schaub (12) and into fourth place.
6: Bouts that ended inside of a round at UFC Fight Night in Adelaide on Saturday night. Overall, 10 of the card’s 12 bouts featured finishes inside the distance. The UFC’s previous trip Down Under last November featured five first-round finishes; all 11 of that event’s fights avoided the judges’ scorecards.
3: Fighters in UFC history to suffer two defeats in less than a minute after Anthony Perosh fell to Sean O’Connell in 56 seconds on Saturday night. “The Hippo” was also knocked out by Ryan Jimmo in seven seconds at UFC 149. The other two competitors to suffer two losses in less than 60 seconds: Keith Jardine and Ricardo Romero.
3: Significant strikes landed by Perosh in those two defeats.
20: Age, in years, of UFC lightweight Jake Matthews, the second-youngest fighter on the UFC roster. Matthews, who turns 21 in August, fell victim to a James Vick guillotine choke 4:53 into round one.
37: Professional fights for Hatsu Hioki before he suffered his first knockout loss. Daniel Hooker did the honors on Saturday night, lamping the Japanese standout with a head kick and punches 4:13 into the second frame of their featherweight clash.
10: Unofficial media scorecards, of the 11 submitted to MMADecisions.com, that scored the welterweight bout between Kyle Noke and Jonavin Webb in favor of Webb. Two cageside judges saw things differently, submitting 29-28 tallies in favor of Noke to give the Aussie a split-decision triumph.
3: Consecutive first-round knockout finishes for Sam Alvey, who stopped Daniel Kelly 49 seconds into their middleweight encounter. That ties him for the third-longest active finishing streak in the UFC. Alvey has also knocked out Dylan Andrews and Cezar Ferreira during his current streak.
70: Total strikes by which Kailin Curran outlanded Alex Chambers before succumbing to an armbar 3:15 into round three. All told, Curran outlanded Chambers 123 to 53 in total strikes.
37: Significant strikes by which Curran outlanded Chambers. That is the fifth-largest deficit in UFC history for a fighter who was ultimately able to win via finish.