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By the numbers: Aldo vs Edgar

January, 30, 2013

AP Photo/Felipe DanaJose Aldo will be looking to defend his UFC title against Frankie Edgar on Saturday.
Jose 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.

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--

Dos Santos-Velasquez by the numbers

December, 25, 2012
Rod MarJunior dos Santos will be taking on the one fighter with a better strike differential than him.
The UFC finishes off the year Saturday with arguably the best rematch in the history of the heavyweight division when current champion Junior dos Santos takes on former champion Cain Velasquez.

Here are the numbers you’ll need to know for their second fight:

7.5-– Cain Velasquez ranks first in UFC history in significant strikes landed per minute at 7.5. In their first matchup in November 2011, Velasquez landed seven significant strikes in 14 attempts over the span of their 64-second contest.

Velasquez is second all time in significant strike accuracy (60.2 percent) behind UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva.

“Cigano” is second all time in significant strikes per minute with 6.9, topping that average by three significant strikes in his victories against Velasquez and first title defense against Frank Mir at UFC 146.

In title fights, Velasquez lands 11.3 significant strikes per minute.

6.2-– Along with landing strikes, Velasquez is good at not getting hit, absorbing 1.2 punches per minute for a strike differential of 6.2 (first all time). The man who is second in that category: dos Santos, at a strike differential of 4.8 (6.9 landed to 2.1 absorbed per minute).

The champion has never been outstruck in a fight while the challenger has been outstruck only once, when he was defeated for the UFC heavyweight championship by dos Santos.

88.2-– In his nine-fight UFC career, opponents are 2-for-17 (88.2 percent) in takedown attempts against dos Santos. While Velasquez, a two-time All-American wrestler at Arizona State, ranks fourth all-time in takedown percentage (66.2), he was unsuccessful in his lone attempt against dos Santos.

Against Frank Mir, dos Santos stopped all four takedown attempts.

6 minutes, 5 seconds-– The average combined fight length for Velasquez (4:53) and dos Santos (6:56). The 64-second matchup at the inaugural UFC on FOX card was the shortest fight of Velasquez’s career and second shortest of dos Santos’ UFC career (54 seconds against Stefan Struve in 2009). Dos Santos has finished five of nine fights in the first round and has gone to the judges twice.

Velasquez is also a quick finisher, putting away six of his nine UFC opponents in the first frame. His lone judges’ decision came in June 2009 against Cheick Kongo and he has not been to the second round since, a span of four fights.

9–- After knocking down Frank Mir and winning by TKO in his first title defense, dos Santos set the record for most knockdowns in the UFC’s heavyweight division with nine in as many fights. Former UFC heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski previously held the record with eight, but that was over a span of 14 UFC fights. The champion has six UFC wins by knockout, one behind Arlovski and Velasquez for most in the heavyweight division.

In each of his past six UFC fights, dos Santos has at least one knockdown, putting down such heavyweights as Gilbert Yvel, Roy Nelson and Shane Carwin along with the aforementioned Mir and Velasquez. The nine UFC knockdowns put him at seventh all time.

All statistics provided by FightMetric