Georges St. Pierre was marked up by Johny Hendricks at UFC 167. | Donald Miralle/Zuffa LLC/Getty Images
What’s a 20th anniversary show without a little bit of controversy?
Georges St. Pierre did what he usually does at UFC 167 -- win by decision. However, while most of St. Pierre’s five-round triumphs were dominant, this one was up for debate. Many watching Saturday’s headliner at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas -- including the challenger himself -- believed Johny Hendricks did enough to get the nod from the cageside judges. When the final scorecards were announced, however, it was St. Pierre who came away with a shocking split verdict.
After the victory, St. Pierre announced that he was going to hang up his gloves, at least for a little while. If it truly is goodbye for good, “Rush” leaves with a number of records and milestones under his belt. Here is a by-the-numbers look at UFC 167, with statistics courtesy of FightMetric.com.
18: UFC wins by St. Pierre, tying him with Matt Hughes for first in promotion history.
12: Victories in championship fights for St. Pierre. His triumph over Hendricks moved him past Anderson Silva into sole possession of first place among all UFC fighters in that category.
12: Decision victories for St. Pierre, the most in promotion history. His split verdict over Hendricks was the second such triumph of his UFC tenure. His only other split decision victory came over B.J. Penn at UFC 58.
0: Media scorecards, out of the 15 tracked by MMADecisions.com, which scored the fight in favor of St. Pierre. All 15 media scorers listed on the site had it 48-47 in favor of Hendricks.
85: Significant strikes landed by Hendricks, the most St. Pierre has absorbed in a UFC bout.
16: Significant strikes by which St. Pierre outlanded Hendricks in the 25-minute bout. However, Hendricks held a 142-to-125 edge in total strikes. St. Pierre held the significant striking edge in rounds one (19-18), three (31-15) and five (9-4). Meanwhile, Hendricks outlanded the champ in round two (30-28) and four (18-14).
80: Head strikes landed by Hendricks. By comparison, St. Pierre landed 60 total strikes to the head of his opponent.
37: Total strikes to the body landed by St. Pierre; Hendricks landed 22.
40: Strikes to the legs landed by Hendricks; St. Pierre landed 28.
19: Ground strikes by which Hendricks outlanded St. Pierre. “Bigg Rigg” also outlanded St. Pierre by 30 strikes in the clinch. St. Pierre held a 32-strike advantage striking at distance.
87: Takedowns landed by Georges St. Pierre in his UFC career, the most in promotion history. The champion landed three of six takedown attempts against Hendricks. Gleison Tibau is No. 2 in the UFC with 71 takedowns. Meanwhile, Hendricks landed two of his four takedown attempts.
2,523: Total strikes landed by St. Pierre in his UFC career, 338 ahead of Jon Fitch, who ranks second all-time in the promotion with 2,185. St. Pierre is also tops in significant strikes landed with 1,254. Michael Bisping is second with 947.
5:28:12: Total fight time for St. Pierre, most of anyone in UFC history. 40 seconds into the opening round of his matchup with Hendricks, St. Pierre passed B.J. Penn, who is second at 5:03:51.
4:00:55: Total fight time for Evans after finishing Sonnen 4:05 into the opening round of their light heavyweight encounter. “Suga” surpassed Gleison Tibau and Jon Fitch to move into seventh place in UFC history on Saturday night.
50: Takedowns landed by Evans in his UFC career, tying him with Sean Sherk for No. 6 all-time in promotion history. Evans landed one takedown in his victory over Sonnen.
6: Octagon victories via KO/TKO for Rashad Evans after his first-round stoppage of Chael Sonnen. That figure places him second in UFC lightweight history behind Chuck Liddell, who had nine.
.136: Percentage of Robbie Lawler’s 22 victories that have gone the distance in his professional career. Rory MacDonald became the third Lawler opponent to make it to the judges in defeat. The others: Chris Lytle (UFC 45) and Aaron Riley (UFC 37).
5: Significant strikes by which Tim Elliott outlanded Ali Bagautinov in their flyweight matchup. Elliott held a 13-to-12 edge in significant strikes in round two and a 26-to-18 edge in round three. Bagautinov outlanded his opponent his opponent 13 to 9 in the opening frame.
29: Total strikes by which Elliott outlanded Bagautinov. Despite having the overall striking advantage statistically, Elliott lost a unanimous decision.
$505,000: Total bonus money earned by Donald Cerrone in UFC/WEC bouts after garnering a “Submission of the Night” award on Saturday night. Cerrone’s awards include eight “Fight of the Night,” two “Knockout of the Night” and two “Submission of the Night” honors.
7: UFC submission victories for Donald Cerrone, tying him with Kenny Florian and Joe Lauzon for second most in WEC/UFC lightweight history. Nate Diaz is first with 10.
2: Cast members of “The Ultimate Fighter 3” still under contract with the UFC. Ed Herman, who was outpointed by Thales Leites at UFC 167, is one. Michael Bisping is the other.
13: Guard passes executed by Leites in his win over Herman. The Brazilian controlled the middleweight bout throughout, utilizing a heavy top game and plenty of positional advancements to get the nod from the cageside judges.
26: Ultimate Fighting Championship events held at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, more than any other venue. The promotion has been to the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas 25 times.
16: Fighters who have landed 10 or more takedowns in a UFC bout. St. Pierre has done it twice, landing 10 takedowns against Thiago Alves at UFC 100 and 11 against Dan Hardy at UFC 111. Hendricks, meanwhile, landed 12 in his second most recent outing, a unanimous decision win over Carlos Condit. UFC 167 was the second time two fighters have met in the Octagon after landing 10 or more takedowns in a previous fight.
2: Fighters who have landed 10 or more takedowns twice in UFC competition. St. Pierre is one; Demetrious Johnson -- with 12 against John Moraga at UFC on Fox 8 and 10 against Norifumi Yamamoto at UFC 126 -- is the other.
71: Significant strikes landed by Rick Story in his decision triumph over Brian Ebersole. Story has now landed 589 significant strikes in his 15-bout UFC career, moving him past Amir Sadollah and Thiago Alves for the fifth most in welterweight history. Story outlanded Ebersole 71 to 42 on Saturday.
7: Takedowns landed in eight attempts for Erik Perez, who swept the judges’ scorecards in a unanimous decision triumph over Edwin Figueroa. “El Goyito” landed five takedowns combined in his first four UFC appearances, all in a split decision loss to Takeya Mizugaki at UFC Fight Night 27. The Jackson’s MMA product did not attempt a takedown against John Albert, Ken Stone or Byron Bloodworth -- all first-round stoppages for Perez.
99: Total strikes by which Perez outlanded Figueroa over the course of their bantamweight bout. The Mexican-born fighter outlanded his adversary 35 to 9 in round one, 39 to 8 in round two and 46 to 4 in round three.
3 years, 8 months, 22 days: The age of Sergio Pettis, currently the youngest fighter on the UFC roster, when Chael Sonnen -- who at 36 is the oldest fighter on the UFC 167 card -- made his professional MMA debut on May 10, 1997. The 20-year-old Pettis defeated Will Campuzano in his UFC debut.