Conor McGregor delivered a standout performance at UFC Fight Night Boston. | Photo: Jeff Botari/UFC/Zuffa/Getty
Conor McGregor continues to deliver.
The brash Irish featherweight didn’t make good on his prediction to dispatch Dennis Siver within two minutes, but he was nonetheless dominant in stopping his opponent 1:54 into the second round of their UFC Fight Night headliner in Boston on Sunday night.
After the victory, McGregor left the Octagon to confront UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo, who was sitting cageside. The Brazilian calmly looked on, seemingly amused at the whole scene. Eventually, McGregor will challenge Aldo for his belt in what could be one of 2015’s most anticipated matchups. For now, here is a by-the-numbers look at UFC Fight Night “McGregor vs. Siver,” with statistics courtesy of FightMetric.com.
4: Knockout victories for McGregor, tying him with Chad Mendes for No. 2 in UFC/WEC featherweight history behind reigning champion Aldo, who has nine KO/TKO triumphs.
15: Victories, among 17 career triumphs, via knockout or technical knockout for McGregor.
32: Significant strikes by which McGregor outlanded Siver. The SBG Ireland product outlanded his opponent 43 to 27 in round one and 21 to 5 in the abbreviated second frame.
49: Significant strikes to the head landed by McGregor; Siver landed 13.
15: Significant strikes to the legs landed by Siver. McGregor, meanwhile, landed three.
0: Takedowns landed, in three attempts, by Siver. McGregor has not been taken down in UFC competition.
744: Career significant strikes landed by Siver. The Russian-born German landed 32 significant strikes on Sunday night to move past Demetrious Johnson (717) and into ninth place among active fighters.
15: Days since Cerrone’s unanimous decision triumph over Myles Jury at UFC 182. That is the fourth quickest turnaround in modern UFC history. Chas Skelly had the shortest turnaround, fighting at UFC Fight Night “Henderson vs. dos Anjos” on Aug. 23, 2014 and again at UFC Fight Night “Jacare vs. Mousasi 2” on Sept. 5, 2014. Chris Leben fought at “The Ultimate Fighter 11” finale on June 19, 2010 and at UFC 116 on July 3, 2010. Both Skelly and Leben went 2-0. Dustin Pague, meanwhile, fought at UFC on FX 3 on June 8, 2012 and at UFC on FX 4 on June 22, 2012 and went 1-1.
29: Significant strikes by which Henderson outlanded Cerrone. The MMA Lab product outlanded his foe 27 to 19 in round one, 34 to 16 in round two and 25 to 22 in round three.
53: Significant strikes to the legs landed by Henderson, a three-round record in the UFC, besting Thiago Silva’s old mark by one. By comparison, Cerrone landed 18 significant strikes to the legs.
1: Takedown landed, in seven attempts, by Cerrone. Henderson failed on his lone takedown attempt of the fight.
20: Victories in UFC/WEC competition for Cerrone, moving him into fifth place all-time among fighters who have competed in the UFC, WEC, Strikeforce and Pride organizations. Only Wanderlei Silva (27), Dan Henderson (23), Mirko Filipovic (23) and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira (22) have more.
7: Consecutive victories for Cerrone, moving him past Khabib Nurmagomedov and into sole possession of first place for longest active winning streak in the UFC’s lightweight division.
1,163: Days since Benson Henderson last competed in a scheduled three-round bout. Prior to Sunday’s bout with Cerrone, Henderson’s last eight fights had been scheduled for five rounds. Henderson’s last three-round matchup came at UFC on Fox 1 against Clay Guida, a bout “Smooth” won via unanimous decision.
749: Career significant strikes landed by Cerrone, No. 4 in UFC lightweight history. Frankie Edgar is No. 3 with 767 significant strikes landed.
16: Career UFC victories for Gleison Tibau, No. 1 in UFC lightweight history and tied for No. 4 all-time in the promotion overall. Tibau won a split decision over Norman Parke in a featured lightweight contest on Sunday night.
16: Fights that have gone to decision for Tibau in UFC competition, the most of any fighter in UFC history.
11: Decision victories in UFC competition for Tibau, moving him past Jon Fitch and into sole possession of second place in promotion history. Georges St. Pierre is No. 1 with 12 decision triumphs.
24: Career Octagon appearances for Tibau after his win against Parke, the most of any lightweight.
82: Takedowns landed in UFC competition for Tibau, No. 1 among active fighters and second all time behind former welterweight champ Georges St. Pierre (87). Tibau landed two of six takedowns attempted against Parke.
10: Takedowns successfully defended, in 10 attempts, by Tibau. Parke failed on six of his tries in the third round.
0: Scorecards, of the 15 media members tracked by MMADecisions.com, that awarded the welterweight bout between Cathal Pendred and Sean Spencer to Pendred. The cageside judges saw the bout differently: Doug Crosby and Eric Colon had it 30-27 for Pendred, while David Ginsberg submitted a 29-28 scorecard in favor of the Irishman.
1-4: UFC record for Lorenz Larkin as a middleweight. “Monsoon” made his 170-pound debut on Sunday night, finishing John Howard with a flurry of punches 2:17 into the opening round.
38: Significant ground strikes landed by Johnny Case in his third-round stoppage of Frankie Perez, who, by comparison, landed just one significant strike on the ground. Overall, Case held a 59-to-16 advantage in significant strikes landed in the lightweight contest.
32: Significant strikes by which Sean Soriano outlanded Charles Rosa before submitting to a brabo choke 4:43 into the third round of their featherweight showdown. Soriano outlanded his foe in each frame, including a 24-to-8 edge in the decisive third stanza.
4: Submissions attempted by Rosa, the most of anyone on the UFC Fight Night Boston card. The man known as “Boston Strong” also landed five of eight takedown attempts and passed guard 10 times – also event highs -- en route to his seventh career submission triumph.
3: Visits to Boston by the UFC. Prior to Sunday’s event, the Las Vegas-based promotion planted its flag in Beantown for UFC Fight Night “Shogun vs. Sonnen” on Aug. 17, 2013 and UFC 118 on Aug. 28, 2010.