Thursday, July 4, 2013
UFC 162: By the numbers
By Andrew Davis
ESPN Stats & Analysis
Middleweight champion Anderson Silva will put his 17-fight winning streak on the line at UFC 162, when he defends his title for the 11th time against unbeaten Chris Weidman on Saturday at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
Here are the numbers you need to know for Saturday's card:
16: Wins for Silva inside the UFC Octagon. If he defeats Weidman, Silva will move into third place by himself on the all-time wins list. Silva will pass UFC Hall of Famers Randy Couture and Chuck Liddell.
13: Takedowns for Weidman in five UFC fights (2.6 per fight). Weidman has at least one takedown in all of his UFC fights. Silva has not been taken down in three of his last four fights, but allowed three to wrestlers Chael Sonnen (UFC 117) and Travis Lutter (UFC 67).
3.2: Both fighters land 3.2 significant strikes per minute, but Silva is by far the more accurate striker. The champion is accurate on 67 percent of his significant strikes, while Weidman's accuracy is just 43 percent. However, in each of their last fights, both men landed at least 70 percent of their significant strikes (Silva, 77 percent; Weidman, 70 percent).
9: If average fight time is any indication, this fight will be over around the final minute of Round 2. Weidman's average fight time is 8 minutes, 44 seconds while Silva's is 9:07. Four of Silva's title defenses have ended in the second round. Weidman finished Mark Munoz in Round 2 last July.
5: Years since a fighter from the Serra-Longo Fight Team has held UFC gold. Matt Serra defeated Georges St-Pierre for the UFC welterweight title in 2007 at UFC 69 before losing the title back to GSP at UFC 83 in 2008. Now, Weidman is trained by Serra and boxing coach Ray Longo.
360: Days since Weidman's last fight -- a July 2012 win over Munoz. It is the second longest layoff between fights in Weidman's career. He did not fight for 17 months before defeating Uriah Hall for the Ring of Combat middleweight title in 2010. Silva has not fought since last October when he defeated Stephan Bonnar in a light heavyweight fight.
7: Saturday will mark the first time in his last seven fights that Frankie Edgar is not the main event of a UFC card. His last non-main event fight was the TUF 10 finale in December 2009 against Matt Veach. That win over Veach also marks the last time Edgar was not in a UFC title fight (six lightweight title fights, one featherweight title fight from 2010-13).
3.7: Edgar's opponent Charles Oliveira attempts 3.7 submissions per 15 minutes, the 5th highest in UFC history. "Do Bronx" has four submission victories inside the UFC Octagon, including the first and only "calf slicer." Three of those four submissions won Oliveira a bonus for submission of the night. Edgar has never been submitted in 20 professional MMA fights.
6: Fight-of-the-night bonuses for Edgar, tying him with Chris Lytle for most in UFC history.