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UFC 158 by the numbers

3/13/2013

The rivalry between UFC Welterweight Champion Georges St-Pierre and Nick Diaz comes to a head on Saturday in the main event of UFC 158. Here are the numbers you need to know for the title fight.

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

Georges St-Pierre’s Last 5 Fights
Significant Strike Defense

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

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

5: Men who can say they’ve fought both St-Pierre and Diaz in MMA competition. B.J. Penn lost to both, including St-Pierre twice. Carlos 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 then beating Diaz at UFC 59. Thomas Denny lost to St. Pierre in 2003 and Diaz in 2008, the only fighter to be stopped by both men.

6.03: Strikes landed per minute by Diaz in UFC/Strikeforce fights. Diaz has landed more than 100 significant strikes in four of his last five fights (and the lone time he was under 100 came in a first-round TKO of Paul Daley).

55: Average of significant strikes landed per fight for St. Pierre in 19 UFC fights. St-Pierre’s total of 1,048 significant strikes landed is the most in UFC history, 190 more than No. 2 B.J. Penn. Diaz has landed 604 significant strikes in 12 UFC fights, an average of 50.3 per fight.

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

405: Days Diaz will have gone without a UFC fight, the longest MMA layoff of his career. 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 that Diaz fought once was his first year of competition in 2001.