Rafael dos Anjos is one step closer to becoming a two-division Ultimate Fighting Championship champion.
The former lightweight titlist improved to 3-0 at 170 pounds on Saturday night, as he earned a dominant unanimous verdict over ex-champ Robbie Lawler in the UFC on Fox 26 headliner. Dos Anjos kept the pressure on his opponent for the duration of their 25-minute encounter, landing powerful low kicks at range and punishing shots in the clinch to sweep the judges’ scorecards. Lawler, who appeared to be hobbled early, has lost two of his last three Octagon appearances.
Here is a by-the-numbers look at UFC on Fox 26, with statistics courtesy of FightMetric.com.
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172: Significant strikes landed by dos Anjos. By comparison, Lawler landed just 86. RDA outlanded his opponent 19 to 14 in round one, 58 to 34 in round two, 19 to 16 in round three, 39 to 11 in round four and 37 to 11 in round five. Dos Anjos also held a 219-to-137 edge in total strikes landed.
24: Significant leg strikes landed by dos Anjos. Lawler landed just one.
96: Combined significant clinch strikes landed by dos Anjos (58) and Lawler (38).
48: Significant body strikes landed by dos Anjos. By comparison, Lawler landed 32.
.590: Significant striking accuracy for dos Anjos, who landed 172 of 291 attempts. Lawler landed 86 of 212 significant strikes, a 40 percent success rate.
.260: Significant striking accuracy for Josh Emmett, who connected on just 10 of his 38 attempts against Ricardo Lamas in the co-main event. One of those was more significant than the rest, however, as Emmett knocked Lamas out cold with a left hook 4:33 into round one. Lamas landed 17 of his 37 significant strikes in the bout, a 45 percent clip.
6: Consecutive triumphs for Santiago Ponzinibbio following his unanimous verdict over Mike Perry. The ties the Argentina native with Kamaru Usman for the longest active winning streak in the UFC’s welterweight division.
27: Significant strikes by which Ponzinibbio outlanded Perry. “Gente Boa” outlanded his foe 40 to 20 in round two and 28 to 18 in round three, while Perry held a 13-to-10 edge in round one.
56: Significant head strikes landed by Ponzinibbio. By comparison, Perry landed 34.
14: Significant leg strikes for Ponzinibbio. Perry, meanwhile, landed five.
11: Significant ground strikes for Ponzinibbio. Perry failed to land a significant strike on the ground.
8: Finishes in UFC competition for Glover Teixeira following his first-round stoppage of Misha Cirkunov in a featured light heavyweight contest. That ties him with Ovince St. Preux for third most in the modern era of the division behind only Jon Jones and Chuck Liddell, who both have nine finishes.
11: Significant ground strikes landed in 11 attempts for Teixeira. The 38-year-old Brazilian was getting outlanded on the feet by Cirkunov before taking his opponent down and finishing the fight from back mount. Cirkunov held a 21-to-13 advantage in significant strikes landed overall.
3: Submissions attempted by Julian Marquez in his victory over Darren Stewart at middleweight. “The Cuban Missile Crisis” was successful in his third attempt, forcing his foe to tap to a guillotine choke at the 2:42 mark of round two. Marquez’s previous six career triumphs had all come via knockout or technical knockout.
3-0: Record for Chad Laprise since moving up to welterweight from lightweight. “The Ultimate Fighter: Nations” winner earned a first-round technical knockout of Galore Bofando at UFC on Fox 26, his third consecutive TKO finish in the division.
16: Combined significant strikes landed by Alessio Di Chirico and Oluwale Bamgbose in their middleweight bout before a Di Chirico knee ended the contest at the 2:14 mark of the second round. In round one, the two combatants combined to land just seven significant strikes.
1,211: Days since Jordan Mein’s last victory, a first-round technical knockout triumph over Mike Pyle at UFC Fight Night 49. The 28-year-old “Young Gun” returned to the win column on Saturday, earning his 30th professional triumph with a unanimous verdict over Erick Silva.
81: Total strikes by which Mein outlanded Silva. Once one of the sport’s top Brazilian prospects, Silva has lost four of his last five UFC bouts.