Anthony Johnson beat Alexander Gustafsson like he stole something. | Photo: Josh Hedges/UFC/Zuffa/Getty
Hyperbole is pretty common in the mixed martial arts world, but Anthony Johnson may very well be the scariest guy in the UFC’s light heavyweight division.
Johnson emphatically staked his claim to that title in the UFC on Fox 14 headliner on Saturday, scoring a first-round technical knockout victory over Alexander Gustafsson in front of a stadium full of shocked Swedes. With the win, “Rumble” will next set his sights on a different kind of title, the one currently owned by reigning champion Jon Jones.
Here is a by-the-numbers look at UFC on Fox 14, with statistics courtesy of FightMetric.com.
10: Knockdowns landed by Johnson in his UFC career. His knockdown of Gustafsson in the first round moved him ahead of Andrei Arlovski, Nate Marquardt, Mauricio Rua and Cain Velasquez and into sole possession of fifth place among active fighters. Only Thiago Alves (10), Junior dos Santos (12), Lyoto Machida (13) and Anderson Silva (17) have more. That figure is also sixth most among all UFC fighters.
20: Significant strikes by which Johnson outlanded Gustafsson in the abbreviated light heavyweight affair, which ended 2:15 into round one. “Rumble” landed 30 of 47 significant strikes, while Gustafsson landed 10 of 20.
29: Significant strikes to the head landed by Johnson; Gustafsson landed eight.
17: Significant ground strikes landed by Johnson, who clinched the victory with a vicious volley of punches on the mat. Gustafsson did not land a strike on the ground.
1,106: Days since Johnson’s last fight at a weight below 205 pounds in UFC competition, a first-round submission loss to Vitor Belfort at UFC 142. The Blackzilians representative previously competed at both 170 and 185 pounds during his first UFC stint.
9: Consecutive victories for “Rumble” since that loss, including triumphs over Phil Davis, Antonio Rogerio Nogueira and Gustafsson in the Octagon.
15: Knockdowns suffered by Dan Henderson, the most in Ultimate Fighting Championship/World Extreme Cagefighting/Strikeforce/Pride Fighting Championships combined history. Gegard Mousasi floored the 44-year-old veteran with a straight right hand and sealed the victory with a follow-up shot on a dazed “Hendo” 1:10 into the opening round of their co-main event bout.
2: Knockout losses in 43 pro bouts for Henderson, both of which have come within the last two years. The Team Quest product suffered a head-kick KO at the hands of Vitor Belfort at UFC Fight Night in November 2013.
1-5: Record for Henderson since 2013. His lone victory during that time came against Mauricio Rua in Brazil last March. He has fallen to nothing but top-tier competition during his slump: Mousasi, Daniel Cormier, Belfort, Rashad Evans and Lyoto Machida.
4: Significant strikes landed by Mousasi before the bout was stopped. In bouts tracked by FightMetric.com, it is the seventh time he has landed less than 10 significant strikes in victory.
9: Takedowns successfully defended, in nine attempts, by Ryan Bader in his split-decision victory over Phil Davis in a featured light heavyweight bout. Davis, a former national champion wrestler at Penn State University, also failed to land a takedown in a three-round loss to Anthony Johnson at UFC 172. In between, “Mr. Wonderful” landed nine takedowns in a victory over Glover Teixeira at UFC 179.
40: Career takedowns landed by Bader. The Power MMA Team product landed one takedown in three attempts against Davis, moving him past Josh Koscheck and into sole possession of ninth place among active UFC fighters.
9-0: Record for Bader in fights that go the distance, including eight wins in the UFC.
152: Combined significant strikes landed by Albert Tumenov and Nicholas Musoke in their welterweight showdown, the most of anyone on the preliminary card. Tumenov held an 87-to-65 edge overall and outlanded his foe 36 to 24 in round one and 34 to 17 in round three. Musoke outlanded Tumenov 24 to 17 in the opening stanza.
81: Significant head strikes landed by Tumenov, who had a lot of success connecting with his jab. Musoke, meanwhile, landed 35 significant strikes to the head.
26: Significant strikes to the body landed by Musoke. By comparison, Tumenov landed just four.
0: Takedowns landed, in 10 attempts, by Musoke. Tumenov was taken down four times by Ildemar Alcantara in losing his UFC debut. He has not been taken down in three bouts since that defeat.
8: Seconds needed for Makwan Amirkhani to dispatch Andy Ogle in their featherweight tilt, making it the fifth fastest KO/TKO in UFC history. It is also the fastest KO for a debuting UFC/WEC featherweight and the second-fastest KO by a UFC/WEC featherweight overall. “Mr. Finland” rattled his foe with a flying knee at the outset before closing the deal with a barrage of follow-up punches on the mat. Interestingly enough, it was the first knockout triumph in 13 professional outings for Amirkhani.
14:32: Average fight time for Ogle heading into the bout, which had tied him with Sean Spencer for No. 7 among active UFC fighters. Ogle has now lost four straight and five of six overall inside the Octagon. All but one of his first five appearances went the distance.
1:24: Official time of Nikita Krylov’s standing guillotine choke that submitted Stanislav Nedkov in the opening frame of their light heavyweight encounter. That’s the third-fastest submission in UFC light heavyweight history.
18: First-round finishes in 18 professional victories for Krylov -- including three in the UFC. The 22-year-old Ukrainian has won seven bouts via KO/TKO and 11 by way of submission.
1,246: Days since Nedkov’s lone UFC victory, a first-round technical knockout triumph over Luiz Cane at UFC 134 on Aug. 27, 2011.
154: Total strikes landed by Mirsad Bektic in his lopsided unanimous decision triumph over Paul Redmond. The American Top Team product sucked the drama out of the featherweight contest by outlanding his foe 50 to 8 in round one, 43 to 5 in round two and 61 to 3 in round three. Bektic also passed guard 13 times.
17:34: Total fight time all of last year for Konstantin Erokhin, who dispatched Brett Rogers, Michal Andryszak, Richard Odoms and Dave Huckaba during a perfect 2014 campaign. The Russian spent 15 minutes in the Octagon on Saturday, dropping a unanimous decision to Viktor Pesta in his promotional debut.