MMA: By The Numbers

UFC 162: By the numbers

July, 4, 2013
By Andrew Davis
ESPN Stats & Analysis
videoMiddleweight 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.

UFC 158: By the numbers

March, 13, 2013
By Andrew R. Davis
ESPN Stats & Information
The rivalry between UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre and Nick Diaz comes to a head Saturday in the main event of UFC 158. Here are the numbers you need to know for the title fight:

6.03: Diaz's strikes landed per minute in UFC/Strikeforce fights. Diaz has landed more than 100 significant strikes in four of his last five fights, with the lone time under 100 being a first-round TKO of Paul Daley. The leader in strikes landed per minute in UFC-only fights is heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez at 6.37 per minute.

1.2: St-Pierre's strikes absorbed per minute -- sixth best in UFC history and first among active welterweights. In his last five title defenses, none of St-Pierre's opponents have landed more than 24 percent of their significant strikes.

Georges St-Pierre's significant strike defense in last five fights:

UFC 154 - Carlos Condit: 76 percent
UFC 129 - Jake Shields: 81 percent
UFC 124 - Josh Koscheck: 88 percent
UFC 111 - Dan Hardy: 85 percent
UFC 100 - Thiago Alves: 81 percent

55: Average number of significant strikes landed per fight for "Rush" in 19 UFC fights. St-Pierre's total of 1,048 significant strikes landed is the most in UFC history and 190 more than second-place BJ Penn. Diaz has landed 604 significant strikes in 12 UFC fights, for an average of 50.3 per fight.

78: Percentage of takedowns landed for St-Pierre. In his last fight against Condit, St-Pierre took down "The Natural Born Killer" seven times, tied for third most in a UFC fight for the champion. Diaz hasn't been taken down multiple times in his last 15 fights, spanning back to February 2007 at PRIDE 33 when he was taken down three times by Takanori Gomi.

3:38: The minimum amount of time the fight against Diaz must last for St-Pierre to eclipse UFC Hall of Famer Randy Couture (4 hours, 41 minutes, 50 seconds) for third-longest total fight time in the UFC. St-Pierre has had two UFC fights shorter than 3:38 -- a UFC 69 loss to Matt Serra and a UFC 48 win against Jay Hieron.

2: Diaz is just the second southpaw St-Pierre has faced in 19 UFC fights. At UFC 54 in 2005, "Rush" faced Frank Trigg in his only UFC matchup against a southpaw. Trigg landed one punch in three attempts before succumbing to a rear-naked choke in the first round.

405: The number of days Diaz will have gone without a UFC fight -- a span of over 13 months. Diaz was suspended due to failing a post-fight drug test after UFC 143 and fought just once in 2012. The only other year in his MMA career Diaz fought once was his first year of competition in 2001.

Nick Diaz's longest MMA layoffs in days:

February 2012-March 2013 - 405
August 2001-July 2002 - 314
July 2008-April 2009 - 258
June 2009-January 2010 - 237

5: Consecutive title defenses for St-Pierre without a stoppage -- the same as Anderson Silva and Jon Jones have combined in the UFC. Eleven of Diaz's 34 MMA fights have gone to a decision, including six of his eight career losses.

17: The combined number of UFC or Strikeforce main events both fighters have been involved in over their careers. The champion has been in the main event 10 times in his UFC career, starting with his first title victory over Matt Hughes at UFC 65. Since then, only two of St-Pierre's fights haven't been the main event (UFC 100 against Alves and UFC 74 versus Koscheck). Diaz is no rookie, as his last two UFC bouts have been main events as well as five of his six appearances for Strikeforce.

5: The number of men who can say they've fought St-Pierre and Diaz in MMA competition. Penn lost to both men (St-Pierre twice). Condit defeated Diaz for the interim title before losing to St-Pierre. Karo Parisyan faced Diaz (UFC 46) and St-Pierre (UFC 49) in back-to-back UFC appearances, defeating the Stockton bad boy but losing to the Canadian. Sean Sherk went in the opposite order, losing to St-Pierre at UFC 56 before defeating Diaz at UFC 59. Thomas Denny lost to "Rush" in 2003 and Diaz in 2008, the only fighter to be stopped by both men.