In a patchwork main event that was already a somewhat bizarre
matchup, Ovince St.
Preux pulled the improbable once again.
For the third time in his
Ultimate Fighting Championship career, the former University of
Tennessee linebacker submitted an opponent in the Octagon with a
Von Flue choke. This time the victim was Yushin
Okami, who was rendered unconscious by the maneuver 1:50 into
the opening round of the
UFC Fight Night 117 headliner in Saitama, Japan, on Friday
“OSP” could very well be patenting the “Von Preux” name very soon.
For now, there is more to examine from the night that was in the
Far East. Here is a by-the-numbers look at UFC Fight Night 117,
with statistics courtesy of FightMetric.com.
9: Light heavyweight triumphs for St. Preux since 2013, the most of
anyone in the division during that time.
0: Significant strike attempts for both St. Preux and Okami in the
bout, making it just the second bout in UFC history to feature no
significant strike attempts from both competitors. The first: a UFC
Fight Night 37 encounter between Ilir Latifi
1,479: Days since Okami’s last Octagon appearance, a first-round
technical knockout loss to Ronaldo
Souza in a middleweight bout at UFC Fight Night 28.
99: Significant strikes by which Jessica
Andrade outlanded Claudia
Gadelha in the strawweight co-main event. That included a
52-to-16 advantage in round two and a 61-to-3 edge in round
242: Total strikes landed by Andrade in the bout, a UFC strawweight
record. By comparison, Gadelha landed just 47.
4: Takedowns landed in seven attempts by Andrade, who converted
that into a whopping 78 significant strikes on the mat. Andrade,
meanwhile, failed on all seven of her takedown tries.
5: Consecutive first-round defeats for Takanori
Gomi in UFC competition following a stoppage loss to “Maestro”
Hyun Kim 1:30 into round one in a featured lightweight tilt on
Saturday. The 39-year-old former Pride Fighting Championships
standout has also lost to Jon Tuck,
Miller, Joe Lauzon and
Jury during his current slump. Gomi is also one of 12 fighters
in UFC/Pride/WEC/Strikeforce history to have a winning streak of 10
bouts or more
11: Significant strikes landed in those five fights for Gomi.
40: Significant strikes landed by kickboxing standout Gokhan Saki
in his UFC debut. The Turkish light heavyweight landed 60 percent
of his strikes and two knockdowns en route to a first-round
knockout of Henrique
da Silva. Da Silva, meanwhile, landed 20 significant
4,821: Days since Saki’s MMA debut, a technical knockout loss to
Zikic at CFC 1 “Cage Carnage” on July 11, 2004.
45: Total strikes by which Teruto
Ishihara outlanded Rolando Dy in
the first round of their featherweight clash. Ishihara dropped his
opponent in an initial exchange and spent much of the stanza
landing ground-and-pound from above.
6: Knockdowns landed by Ishihara in six UFC bouts. That ties him
for third-most in featherweight history behind only Jeremy
Stephens (nine) and Max
20: Total strike advantage for Dy over the second and third rounds
combined. However, a third-round point deduction for a low blow
spelled doom for Dy, who lost a unanimous decision to Ishihara.
9: Career submission victories for Jussier da
Silva following his first-round rear-naked choke tapout of
Sasaki on Friday. It was “Formiga’s” first submission triumph
in the UFC since he choked out Scott
Jorgensen at UFC Fight Night 38 in March 2014.
6: Rear-naked choke triumphs for Formiga, including both of his UFC
230: Combined significant strikes landed by Syuri Kondo
(135) and Chanmi Jeon
(95) in their strawweight encounter. Kondo outlanded her opponent
37 to 24 in round one, 57 to 34 in round two and 41 to 37 in round
.470: Significant striking accuracy for Kondo, who landed 135 of
her 284 attempts. By comparison, Jeon landed 95 of 340 significant
strikes, a 27 percent clip.
11: Takedowns defended, in 12 attempts, by Luke Jumeau
in a welterweight bout against Shinso Anzai. Nonetheless, Anzai
outlanded his foe by 44 total strikes and landed the bout’s lone
takedown in the second frame to garner a unanimous verdict.