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
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,
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.
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
0-4: Record for Melendez in the Octagon since his memorable brawl
Sanchez at UFC 166. While he has faced nothing but top-notch
competition, “El Nino” has won just once in six UFC
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
9: UFC appearances for McMann after Saturday night, tying her with
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
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.