Chaos -- and the rear-naked choke -- reigned supreme at UFC 196.
Nate Diaz put a quick end to Conor McGregor’s welterweight ambitions in the evening’s headliner, wobbling the Irishman on the feet before submitting the 145-pound king with a rear-naked choke 4:12 into round two at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Saturday night.
Meanwhile, Miesha Tate displayed her trademark resilience in the co-main event, as she rallied to submit Holly Holm in the fifth round with the same maneuver to capture the women’s bantamweight strap. While Tate struggled to compete with Holm at range, she put the Jackson-Wink MMA standout in peril both times the fight hit the ground, something longtime Tate rival Ronda Rousey wasn’t able to do at UFC 193.
With such a crazy night comes plenty of interesting facts and figures. Here is a by-the-numbers look at UFC 196, with statistics courtesy of FightMetric.com.
11: Finishes in UFC competition for Nate Diaz, tying him for the fifth most in UFC history
9: Submission victories for Diaz, moving him past Frank Mir and Charles Oliveira and into sole possession of second place all-time in UFC history. Royce Gracie is No. 1 with 11 submission triumphs.
24: Career submission attempts for Diaz, tying him with Joe Stevenson for fourth most in promotion history.
3-2: Welterweight record for Diaz following his win over McGregor. His other 170-pound wins: Marcus Davis and Rory Markham. His losses: Dong Hyun Kim and Rory MacDonald.
54: Significant strikes landed by Diaz in the decisive second stanza. McGregor, meanwhile, landed 33 significant strikes in the frame. The Stockton, Calif., native rocked his Irish foe in a few exchanges before submitting him on the mat. Meanwhile, McGregor held a 28-to-23 advantage in significant strikes landed in round one.
65: Significant strikes to the head landed by Diaz; McGregor landed 47.
1,044: Career significant strikes landed by Diaz, No. 4 in promotion history behind Frankie Edgar (1,187), Georges St. Pierre (1,254) and Michael Bisping (1,393). Diaz landed 77 significant strikes on Saturday to move ahead of Sam Stout (995) and Evan Dunham (1016).
1,763: Total strikes landed by Diaz in his UFC career, No. 6 in promotion history. He landed 89 total strikes at UFC 196 to surpass his brother, Nick Diaz (1,616), and Michael Bisping (1,728).
3:30: Time of Tate’s rear-naked choke submission in round five, making it the fourth latest win via tapout in UFC history. The others: Demetrious Johnson (UFC on Fox 8, 3:43); Frankie Edgar (UFC Fight Night Austin, 4:56) and Johnson (UFC 186, 4:59).
5: Consecutive victories for Tate, the longest active winning streak in the women’s bantamweight division.
2: Takedowns landed, in nine attempts, for Tate, making her the first person to get Holm to the canvas in UFC competition. “Cupcake” landed one takedown apiece in round two and round five to set up both of her rear-naked choke attempts, the second of which brought an end to the fight.
19: Significant strikes by which Holm outlanded Tate. “The Preacher’s Daughter” outlanded her foe 14 to 7 in round one, 13 to 7 in round three, 14 to 7 in round four and 17 to 8 in round five. Tate, meanwhile, held a 11-to-1 edge in significant strikes landed in round two.
57: Significant strikes at distance landed by Holm; By comparison, Tate landed seven.
14: Combined significant strikes landed in the clinch and on the ground by Tate. Holm, meanwhile, landed two significant strikes from those positions.
15: Media scorecards, of the 22 tracked by MMADecisions.com, that scored the light heavyweight tilt between Corey Anderson and Tom Lawlor in favor of Anderson. Anderson emerged with a somewhat contentious unanimous verdict from the cageside judges on Saturday.
44: Total strikes by which Anderson outlanded Lawlor over the course of the bout’s final two rounds after getting stunned in the opening moments of the fight and struggling through the first frame.
5: UFC victories for Amanda Nunes, who took a unanimous decision against Valentina Shevchenko in a featured women’s bantamweight bout. That figure ties her with Tate for the second most in the history of the division. Only Ronda Rousey (six) has more wins.
798: Days since Siyar Bahadurzada’s last Octagon appearance, a unanimous decision loss to John Howard at UFC 168 in December 2013. “The Great” made a triumphant return on Saturday, submitting Brandon Thatch with an arm-triangle choke 4:11 into round three of their welterweight bout.
113: Total strikes by which Bahadurzada outlanded Thatch. The Afghanistan native was particularly dominant in rounds two and three, outlanding his foe by a combined 137 to 30 while landing three takedowns.
0-5: Record for Erick Silva in UFC contests that go past the opening round.The Brazilian was knocked out by Nordine Taleb 1:34 into the second round of their welterweight matchup. Meanwhile, all six of Silva’s Octagon triumphs have ended in the first frame.
3: Consecutive KO/TKO victories for Vitor Miranda, tying him with Mairbek Taisumov, Derek Brunson and Thomas Almeida for the longest active knockout streak in the UFC. Conor McGregor had the previous longest active streak with five.
9: Featherweight UFC triumphs for Darren Elkins, the most in the division behind only Max Holloway (10). Elkins defeated Chas Skelly via unanimous decision in their preliminary scrap.
104: Significant strikes landed by Elkins, a career best for the 14-time UFC veteran. Elkins outlanded Skelly by 77 significant strikes and also held a 193-to-32 edge in total strikes.
14: Combined takedowns landed by Elkins in his last two fights, victories over Skelly and Robert Whiteford. “The Damage” landed seven takedowns apiece in each triumph.
5:07:57: Total fight time for Diego Sanchez, who spent 15 minutes in the Octagon against Jim Miller to move past Gleison Tibau (4:53:00) and Tito Ortiz (5:00:53) and into No. 5 all-time in UFC history. Sanchez defeated Miller via unanimous decision in their lightweight clash.
8: Consecutive bouts in which Sanchez has been outlanded in significant strikes after Miller held a 56-to-48 edge in their matchup on Saturday. The last time “The Nightmare” outlanded an opponent was UFC 121 in October 2010, when he held a 48-to-36 edge against Paulo Thiago en route to a unanimous decision win.