Demetrious Johnson continued his dominance of the 125-pound division at UFC 174. | Photo: Dave Mandel/Sherdog.com
The gap between Demetrious Johnson and the rest of the flyweight division continues to widen.
“Mighty Mouse” put together five dominant rounds to dispatch Ali Bagautinov in the UFC 174 headliner at the Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, on Saturday night. It was the fourth successful title defense for Johnson, who seems to get better and better with each trip to the Octagon.
Meanwhile, Rory MacDonald staked his claim to the welterweight No. 1 contender’s spot with a lopsided three-round verdict over Tyron Woodley, whose vaunted KO power and wrestling were missing in action throughout the co-main event. UFC 174 might not have been the promotion’s most memorable offering, but there are still plenty of facts and figures to examine from a full night of fights. Here is a by-the-numbers look at Saturday’s card, with statistics courtesy of FightMetric.com.
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133: Significant strikes landed by Johnson, a career high and the most of anyone on the UFC 174 card. “Mighty Mouse” outlanded his opponent 16 to 4 in round one, 35 to 11 in round two, 32 to 7 in round three, 24 to 5 in round four and 26 to 9 in round five.
97: Significant strike differential for Johnson, the second greatest ever in a UFC title bout. Rich Franklin outlanded David Loiseau by 106 significant strikes at UFC 58 to take the top spot.
73: Significant clinch strikes landed by Johnson, No. 2 in UFC history behind Sarah Kaufman, who landed 84 significant clinch strikes against Leslie Smith at the “TUF: Nations” finale. Johnson also landed 73 significant clinch strikes against John Dodson at UFC on Fox 6.
576: Career significant strikes landed by Johnson, 250 more than Chris Cariaso, who is No. 2 among flyweights with 326.
164: Total strikes landed by Johnson at UFC 174. By comparison, Bagautinov landed 66.
760: Career total strikes landed by Johnson, No. 1 in UFC flyweight history. Tim Elliott is No. 2 with 639.
630: Days of Johnson’s reign as the promotion’s only flyweight champion. “Mighty Mouse” captured the strap by taking a split decision over Joseph Benavidez at UFC 152, and has since defended the belt against John Dodson, John Moraga, Benavidez and Bagautinov.
6: Winning streak for Johnson, longest in the UFC’s brief flyweight history and the third-longest streak among any active UFC champion behind Jon Jones (11) and Chris Weidman (7).
59: Total strikes by which Rory MacDonald outlanded Tyron Woodley in their welterweight clash. “Ares” also held a 49-26 edge in significant strikes.
3: Takedowns landed against Woodley in 14 UFC and Strikeforce appearances. MacDonald took Woodley down in round three to join Nate Marquardt and Nathan Coy as the only three fighters to get “The Chosen One” to the canvas.
7: Takedowns landed, in 16 attempts, by Ryan Bader in his unanimous decision victory over Rafael Cavalcante. In 12 prior Elite XC, Strikeforce and UFC bouts examined by FightMetric.com, no one was able to take “Feijao” down more than three times in a single fight.
30: Career UFC takedowns for Bader, tying him with Jon Jones for No. 4 in light heavyweight history.
232: Total strikes by which Bader has outlanded his last two opponents. The former Arizona State University wrestler outlanded Cavalcante by a 107-to-20 margin on Saturday night. Bader outlanded Anthony Perosh 156-11 in his previous outing at UFC Fight Night 33. Bader also held a combined 123-19 advantage in significant strikes in those contests.
2,296: Days since Andrei Arlovski’s last Octagon appearance, a second-round TKO victory over Jake O’Brien at UFC 82. In his return, “The Pitbull” emerged with a contentious split verdict over Brendan Schaub.
11: Heavyweight victories in the UFC for Arlovski, tying him for second most in promotion history. Frank Mir is first with 14.
12: Significant strikes landed by Arlovski in 55 attempts. Schaub, meanwhile, landed 30 of his 88 significant strikes.
37: Total strikes by which Schaub outlanded Arlovski in the third round, when he landed the bout’s only takedown.
4: Consecutive light heavyweight victories for Ovince St. Preux, currently the second-longest active streak in the division behind reigning champion Jon Jones. St. Preux notched his fourth straight triumph by forcing Ryan Jimmo to verbally submit after breaking his opponent’s arm. The Knoxville, Tenn., native also owns Octagon triumphs over Gian Villante, Cody Donovan and Nikita Krylov.
1: Fighter, of the 12 featured on Saturday’s undercard, who was coming off a victory heading into UFC 174. That was Kiichi Kunimoto, whose previous win came via disqualification at UFC Fight Night “Saffiedine vs. Lim.” Kunimoto added a more decisive triumph to his record with a first-round submission of Daniel Sarafian.
29: Days since Valerie Letourneau’s last professional bout, a 34-second stoppage of Jordan Moore at AFC 21 “The Return” in Hollywood, Fla. Letourneau’s short-notice UFC debut turned out to be successful, as she took a split decision against Elizabeth Phillips. Phillips last fought just 15 days ago, taking a unanimous verdict over Katie Howard at Conquest of the Cage 16 in Airway Heights, Wash.
104: Significant strikes landed in 278 attempts, by Letourneau. Philips, by comparison, landed 69 of her 272 significant strikes attempted. Letourneau pulled away in rounds two and three, outlanding her opponent by a 76-to-39 margin.
5: Takedowns landed, in eight attempts, by Yves Jabouin, a UFC/WEC career high for the Canadian bantamweight. Jabouin’s previous best of four came in a win over Brandon Visher at WEC 52. Jabouin’s wrestling helped carry him to a decision win over Mike Easton.