Amanda Nunes is 2-0 against Valentina Shevchenko, but only by the slimmest of margins.
Fighting in the championship rounds for the first time in her career, “Lioness” retained her bantamweight crown with a split-decision triumph in the UFC 215 headliner at Rogers Place in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, on Saturday night. Nunes, who also defeated Shevchenko via unanimous decision at UFC 196, might have clinched the victory with a late takedown in the fifth frame.
While the final scorecards will remain a topic for debate, Nunes will go home happy with a second successful title defense under her belt. Here is a by-the-numbers look at UFC 215, with statistics courtesy of FightMetric.com.
6: Consecutive triumphs for Nunes, the longest active winning streak in the women’s bantamweight division.
10: Unofficial media scorecards tracked by MMADecisions.com that saw that fight for Nunes. Ten others awarded the bout to Shevchenko, while two more scored it a draw.
86: Significant strikes landed by Nunes. By comparison, Shevchenko landed 72. Nunes outlanded her foe 25 to 11 in round one, 16 to 12 in round two, 17 to 15 in round three and 24 to 20 in round four. Shevchenko, meanwhile, held a 14 to 4 advantage in round five. Nunes also outlanded her opponent 90 to 85 in total strikes.
.480: Significant striking accuracy for Nunes, who connected on 86 of 176 attempts. Shevchenko landed 72 of 194 significant strikes, a 37 percent clip.
56: Significant leg strikes landed by Nunes. Shevchenko, meanwhile, landed 33.
30: Significant head strikes for Shevchenko. Nunes landed 16.
2: Takedowns landed in eight attempts for Nunes. “Lioness” landed one takedown in the first round and one in the final stanza.
29: Significant strikes by which Henry Cejudo outlanded Wilson Reis in arguably the most impressive performance of his career to date. “The Messenger” outlanded his foe 26 to 4 in round one and 8 to 1 in round two before winning via technical knockout 25 seconds into the second stanza of their flyweight scrap. Cejudo landed 34 of 58 significant strikes, a 58 percent success rate.
5: Knockdowns for Jeremy Stephens in a dominant unanimous decision triumph over Gilbert Melendez in a featured featherweight encounter, tying a UFC record for a single fight. All of Stephens’ knockdowns came as a result of leg kicks.
32: Significant leg strikes landed by Stephens. By comparison, Melendez landed just one. Stephens held a 96-to-29 advantage in significant strikes overall.
5:31:53: Total fight time for Stephens, who spent 15 minutes in the Octagon with Melendez on Saturday. That moved him past Demian Maia (5:20:34), Diego Sanchez (5:26:01), Georges St. Pierre (5:28:12) and into fourth place in promotion history. Only B.J. Penn (5:38:31), Michael Bisping (5:48:40) and Frankie Edgar (6:27:49) have logged more time.
26: UFC bouts for Stephens, tying him for fourth-most in promotion history. “Lil Heathen” debuted in the Octagon with a second-round submission defeat to Din Thomas at UFC 71 on May 26, 2007. Eleven of those bouts have taken place at 145 pounds.
0-4: Record for Melendez in the Octagon since his memorable brawl with Diego Sanchez at UFC 166. While he has faced nothing but top-notch competition, “El Nino” has won just once in six UFC appearances.
3: Consecutive triumphs for Ketlen Vieira, who scored the biggest win of her career to date with a third-round submission of Olympic silver medalist Sara McMann. That ties her with Leslie Smith for the third-longest active winning streak in the women’s bantamweight division behind only Amanda Nunes (six) and Raquel Pennington (four).
9: UFC appearances for McMann after Saturday night, tying her with Miesha Tate for most in the history of the Las Vegas-based promotion. McMann challenged for the bantamweight title in her second Octagon outing, falling to Ronda Rousey via first-round TKO at UFC 170.
119: Significant strikes by which Rick Glenn outlanded prospect Gavin Tucker in their preliminary featherweight bout. “The Gladiator” held a 142 to 23 edge in significant strikes and 184-to-43 advantage in total strikes en route to a dominant decision triumph.
82: Significant strikes by which Glenn outlanded Tucker (84 to 2) in the lopsided third frame.
3: Knockdowns landed by Alex White in the second round of his technical knockout victory over Mitch Clarke at lightweight. White held a 43-to-7 advantage in significant strikes in the decisive frame before the bout ended at the 4:36 mark.