Wednesday, January 30, 2013
By the numbers: Aldo vs Edgar
By Andrew Davis, ESPN Stats & Information
AP Photo/Felipe DanaJose Aldo will defend his UFC Featherweight Title on Saturday night against former UFC Lightweight champion Frankie Edgar. Edgar is making his featherweight debut after two close losses to current lightweight champion Benson Henderson.
Jose Aldo will be looking to defend his UFC title against Frankie Edgar on Saturday.
Here are the numbers you need to know for the UFC 156 headliner:
95-–The percentage of takedowns Aldo has defended in his WEC/UFC career.
In 11 career fights spanning the two organizations, opponents are 3-for-55 in takedown attempts against the featherweight champion.
Aldo has had three fights inside the UFC octagon, and his opponents are 2-for-28 in attempted takedowns in them.
8.9 -- Takedown attempts by Edgar per fight.
Edgar will be going into the Octagon for the 14th time, where he has attempted 115 takedowns and succeeded on 42, the ninth-most in UFC history. Edgar was 7-for-18 (39 percent) in takedowns against Henderson during their two fights.
106 –- Significant strikes Aldo has outlanded his opponents by in WEC/UFC title fights.
Due to Aldo’s excellent takedown defense, “Junior” has been able to keep his fights standing.
Mendes landed two more significant strikes (13-11), but took the most significant strike with a knee to the face in the final second of Round 1.
Aldo outlanded Florian 51-40, with 35 of those (69 percent) coming in the final three rounds.
Aldo outlanded Hominick 94-71 in the Brazilian’s first UFC title defense, 66 of those while on his feet (70 percent). In his last WEC title defense, Aldo dominated Urijah Faber with 77 significant strikes, including 27 to the legs.
72 -– Edgar’s significant strike percentage defense or percent of opponents' attempts that do not land, good enough for sixth all-time.
“The Answer” seems to have an answer for avoiding strikes (when he has his senses anyway). But in his title fights, Edgar has been hit with 371 significant strikes in 29 rounds, an average of 13 per round.
Aldo lands just above that at 14 significant strikes per round in his UFC fights. The champion isn’t easy to hit either as his significant strike defense is 71 percent, 63 percent in UFC fights.
17:47 -– The average fight time for Edgar inside the Octagon, third all-time. When it’s just five-round title fights, the number rises to almost 24 minutes, with Edgar fighting 143 minutes and 54 seconds of a possible 150 minutes.
Edgar has gone to the judges in 10 of his 13 UFC bouts. Of active UFC fighters, only Jon Fitch (12), Sam Stout (12), Diego Sanchez (11) and Gleison Tibau (11) have been to the judges in the UFC more than Edgar.
Aldo has been to the judges twice in his three-fight UFC career (Hominick, Florian).
5 –- Fight of the Night bonuses for Edgar, tying him for second most all-time. Edgar is tied with Joe Lauzon, Nate Diaz, Clay Guida, Sam Stout, Tyson Griffin, and Diego Sanchez. If Edgar gains a Fight of the Night bonus for this bout with Aldo, he will tie Chris Lytle for most all-time.
7 -– Edgar will be fighting in his seventh consecutive fight with a UFC title on the line. Georges St-Pierre is the only active UFC fighter who has more consecutive fights for a title with 9. Aldo will also be fighting in his seventh consecutive fight for a title, but three of those were for the WEC Featherweight Title.
--All statistics provided by FightMetric--