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Dustin Poirier and Dan Hooker just served up another contender for 2020 “Fight of the Year.”
In an entertaining back-and-forth battle, Poirier got stronger as the bout progressed, ultimately earning a competitive unanimous decision in the UFC on ESPN 12 headliner at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas on Saturday night. Now 33 bouts into his professional tenure, “The Diamond” has yet to lose back-to-back fights.
Here is a by-the-numbers look at UFC on ESPN 12, with statistics courtesy of UFCStats.com.
18: UFC triumphs for Poirier, tying him with Rafael dos Anjos and Andrei Arlovski for No. 8 in promotion history.
208: Total strikes landed by Poirier. By comparison, Hooker landed 182. Hooker held a slight 155-to-153 advantage in significant strikes landed.
308: Combined significant strikes for Poirier and Hooker, the third most ever in a five-round lightweight fight in the UFC. The 390 total strikes landed by the two combantants is a record for a UFC lightweight fight.
99: Significant strikes landed by Hooker in Rounds 1 and 2 combined. By comparison, Poirier landed 68 significant strikes over the course of the first 10 minutes.
85: Significant strikes landed by Porier over the final three rounds. Hooker landed 56 significant strikes during that time.
.660: Significant striking accuracy for Poirier, who landed 153 of 231 attempts. Hooker was only slightly less accurate, landing 155 of 253 attempts — a 61 percent clip. Poirier’s figure is the fifth most accurate every for a UFC bout when a fighter throws at least 200 significant strikes.
131: Significant head strikes for Poirier. Hooker landed 98.
57: Combined significant strikes to the body (36) and legs (21) for Hooker. By comparison, Poirier landed 20 significant strikes to the body and two to the legs.
1,445: Career significant strikes for Poirier. Thanks to his efforts on Saturday, “The Diamond” moved past Georges St. Pierre (1,313), Nate Diaz (1,367) and Rafael dos Anjos (1,401) and into seventh place all-time in UFC history in that category.
4: Submission attempts for Poirier, who threatened Hooker repeatedly when the New Zealand resident attempted to take the fight to the canvas down the stretch. Hooker landed four of nine takedown attempts over the fight’s last 15 minutes.
76: Significant strikes landed by Mike Perry in a unanimous decision win over Mickey Gall in the welterweight co-main event. By comparison, Gall landed 55. Perry outlanded his foe 26 to 12 in Round 2 and 30 to 22 in Round 3, while Gall held a 21-to-20 edge in the opening period. Perry also outlanded his foe 103 to 59 in total strikes.
0: Takedowns landed in six attempts by Gall. While Perry was credited with just one takedown, “Platinum” assumed top position in each frame, and he held a 19-to-1 advantage in significant ground strikes.
37: Total strikes by which Gian Villante outlanded Maurice Greene — including one knockdown — during a furious push for a finish in the third round of their heavyweight encounter. When the stoppage didn’t come, Greene locked in an arm-triangle choke from his back to earn a tapout 3:44 into Round 3.
8: Combined guard passes by Brendan Allen (four) and Kyle Daukaus (four) in a grappling-oriented affair at middleweight. Allen ultimately outlanded his foe 25 to 13 in significant strikes on the ground and executed four reversals to earn a hard-fought unanimous decision triumph. Daukaus landed three of his five takedown attempts, while Allen didn’t attempt a takedown.
10: First-round finishes for Takashi Sato, who dispatched Jason Witt via technical knockout just 48 seconds into their welterweight encounter. Overall, the Japanese veteran has finished 13 of his 16 career triumphs inside the distance.
209: Combined significant strikes landed by Julian Erosa (103) and Sean Woodson (106) in a featured 150-pound catchweight bout that Erosa won via third-round submission. Woodson outlanded his foe 37 to 23 in Round 1 and 23 to 21 in Round 3, while Erosa held a 59-to-46 advantage in Round 2.
3: Takedowns landed by Erosa in Round 3. “Juicy J” ultimately submitted Woodson with a brabo choke at the 2:44 mark of the period.
7: Consecutive professional triumphs for Khama Worthy, who secured his second Octagon triumph as an underdog with a third-round guillotine of Luis Pena in a preliminary lightweight affair.
4: Combined submission attempts by Worthy (one) and Pena (three).Worthy’s lone attempt was the most effective, forcing a tapout from “Violent Bob Ross” at the 2:53 mark of Round 3.
6: Guard passes exectuted by Pena in a dominant second frame, when he mounted Worthy and later transitioned to his back. Pena also attempted all three of his submissions and went 2-for-2 on takedowns in the round.
20: Age in years of Octagon newcomer Kay Hansen, making her the youngest female fighter on the UFC roster and the second-youngest fighter in the promotion overall behind only Chase Hooper. Hansen was successful in her UFC debut, as she submitted Jinh Yu Frey with an armbar 2:26 into the third round of their strawweight clash.
2: Takedowns landed in 11 atttempts for Hansen. Both of those successful tries were critical. The first one allowed the strawweight to secure more than three minutes of top position in Round 2, and the second eventually set up the fight-ending submission.
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