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Monday, December 23, 2013
UFC 168 by the numbers

By Andrew R. Davis and Joseph Kilduff
ESPN Stats & Information

In perhaps the most anticipated rematch in UFC history, Chris Weidman makes the first defense of his UFC middleweight title against the man who ruled the division for 6 years, 8 months and 22 days, Anderson Silva. In the co-main event, UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey has a rematch with her rival and fellow "Ultimate Fighter 18" coach Miesha Tate.

Here are the numbers you need to know for the fights:

7: Silva had been undefeated for more than seven years before losing to Weidman. Silva had not lost since January 2006, when he was disqualified for an illegal kick against Yushin Okami. "The Spider" has never lost consecutive fights in his 38-fight career.

37: Weidman landed 37 percent of his significant strikes in the UFC 162 fight, which was slightly below his average of 42 percent. Weidman was the busier of the two fighters, throwing 55 total strikes to Silva’s 32.

7: Silva has won seven knockout-of-the-night awards in his UFC career (most all time). Weidman has won knockout-of-the-night honors in each of his past two fights, including knocking out Silva for the first time in the Brazilian’s career.



3: Weidman attempted three takedowns against Silva, succeeding on one occasion. "The All-American" has landed at least one takedown in all six of his UFC fights. With that takedown 30 seconds into the fight, Weidman attempted two submissions and held Silva on his back for 2 minutes, 10 seconds.

4: Fighters from the state of New York who have held UFC gold (Jon Jones of Rochester, Rashad Evans of Niagara Falls, Matt Serra of East Meadow and Weidman of Baldwin). Weidman and Serra are the only UFC champions to come from a Long Island-based gym (Serra-Longo Fight Team).

7: Number of arm bar submission victories Rousey has recorded in her career, all in the first round. Rousey is the only fighter in the UFC to have won every one their fights with the same finish. Rousey has five arm bar submission victories under the Strikeforce/UFC banner, the most of any fighter in the promotions.

5: Number of UFC champions to coach "The Ultimate Fighter" and then defend their title against the opposing coach. The challengers are 3-2 in those fights, but the champions have retained in the previous two.

1: Rousey and Tate have both fought one common opponent, Sarah Kaufman. Tate lost to Kaufman by unanimous decision in 2009 under the Strikeforce banner and Rousey defeated Kaufman by first-round arm bar in 2012 to defend the Strikeforce women’s bantamweight title.

78: Twelve of Tate’s 17 fights, including her previous four, have ended by way of KO/TKO or submission. All seven of Rousey’s fights have ended in a submission. 78 percent of fights involving Tate or Rousey, including their previous fight, have ended by KO/TKO or submission. Tate is 6-1 in fights ending in a submission (with her only loss to Rousey) and 3-2 in fights ending in a KO/TKO.

1: Tate gained one takedown in the first fight with Rousey. Although Rousey was able to take down Tate three times before getting the submission, Tate is the only fighter who has been able to take down Rousey. After her takedown, Tate was able to take Rousey’s back and hold the dominant position for just under a minute.

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