Lyoto Machida has shown shown serious speed at a lower weight. | Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Getty Images
Lyoto Machida continues to impress at middleweight.
While his first 185-pound appearance in the Octagon resulted in a spectacular finish, “The Dragon” had to take a different approach on Saturday night, as he outpointed the crafty Gegard Mousasi in the UFC Fight Night 36 headliner at the Arena Jaragua in Jaragau do Sul, Brazil. Machida’s quick hands and feet proved to be the difference, as he was able to confound yet another opponent with his skilled striking and elusive movement. With the win, the former light heavyweight champion is right in the middle of the title discussion in his new division.
Ronaldo Souza also captured a significant middleweight triumph, taking a three-round verdict over the streaking Francis Carmont in the evening’s co-main event. The grappling chops of “Jacare” were on full display, as he frustrated his powerful foe thanks to dominant back control for a majority of the contest. Like Machida, Souza is on the short list of top contenders at 185 pounds. Here is a by-the-numbers look at UFC Fight Night 36, with statistics courtesy of FightMetric.com.
7: Main event appearances under the UFC banner for Machida, who has competed 17 times for the Las Vegas-based promotion overall. In addition to Mousasi, “The Dragon has squared off with Mark Munoz, Jon Jones, Quinton Jackson, Mauricio Rua (twice) and Rashad Evans in UFC headliners. He is 4-3 in those contests.
31: Total strikes by which Mousasi outlanded Machida over the course of their 25-minute encounter. The former Strikeforce champion outlanded his opponent in every round but the first, where both men landed five strikes apiece. Mousasi outlanded Machida 40 to 16 during rounds four and five. Despite those figures, it was Machida who appeared to land the most consequential strikes.
.280: Significant striking accuracy for Machida, who landed 28 of 101 significant strikes attempted. Prior to UFC Fight Night 36, Machida had landed 56 percent of his significant strikes to rank No. 8 in promotion history. Overall, Mousasi held a 36-to-28 edge in significant strikes landed.
1,971: Days since Mousasi’s last middleweight appearance, a first-round KO via upkick against Ronaldo Souza at the Dream middleweight grand prix final on Sept. 23, 2008. Since then, Mousasi posted a 10-1-1 mark before returning to 185 pounds on Saturday night.
2: Takedowns landed, in four attempts, by Souza against Carmont. Heading into UFC Fight Night 36, Carmont had successfully defended nearly 86 percent of takedowns attempted against him. Previous foes went a combined 3-for-21 on takedowns against the Tristar Gym member.
3: Submission attempts by Souza. “Jacare” had Carmont in peril for much of the fight, taking his opponent’s back in rounds one and three and threatening with rear-naked chokes. Somehow Carmont was able to survive against the decorated grappling ace. In bouts tracked by FightMetric.com, only Jason Miller was able to survive more submission attempts from the Brazilian without tapping. Souza attempted six submissions in a unanimous decision victory over Miller in 2008.
4:35: Average fight time for Erick Silva in seven UFC fights, the shortest average of any active UFC competitor and the ninth quickest in promotion history. Silva stopped Takenori Sato in just 52 seconds on Saturday night, the third time one of his bouts has lasted less than a minute inside the Octagon.
3: Occasions in which a Silva foe has failed to land a significant strike after Sato landed no significant strikes in their abbreviated welterweight scrap. Jason High (UFC on Fuel TV 10) and Carlo Prater (UFC 142) also failed to land a single significant strike against the Brazilian in previous UFC bouts.
6: Fighters in the UFC’s modern era to have earned two or more knockouts in less than one minute. Silva owns KOs of Sato and Luis Ramos (40 seconds), joining Johny Hendricks, Mike Swick, Anthony Johnson, Roy Nelson and B.J. Penn.
27: Significant strikes by which Nicholas Musoke outlanded Viscarde Andrade over the final two rounds of their welterweight showdown. Andrade floored Musoke in the opening frame and held a 20-to-14 edge in significant strikes, but a premature celebration allowed the Swedish fighter to recover and rally for the victory.
100: Percentage of Charles Oliveira’s UFC victories that have ended via submission after “Do Bronx” defeated Andy Ogle via triangle choke of their featherweight clash. The Brazilian has also submitted Darren Elkins, Efrain Escudero, Eric Wisely and Jonathan Brookins during his promotional tenure.
6: Post-fight bonus awards earned by Oliveira since his making his Octagon debut in 2010, the third most in the promotion – behind only Donald Cerrone (8) and Joe Lauzon (7) – during that time. Oliveira captured a “Performance of the Night” bonus for his win over Ogle.
117:40: Total time elapsed in the Octagon, in minutes and seconds, at UFC Fight Night 36 before a finish was delivered. Oliveira’s submission of Ogle came at the 2:40 mark of the third round of the evening’s eighth bout.
173:32: Total Octagon time overall at UFC Fight Night 36, making it the longest event in UFC history.
5: UFC bouts ending via decision where referee Mario Yamasaki has deducted a point, according to MMADecisions.com -- more than any other referee. Yamasaki took a point away from Maximo Blanco for landing an illegal kick to the groin against Felipe Arantes. Arantes would go on to capture a unanimous decision victory.
14: Consecutive preliminary bouts to go the distance dating back to UFC 169, where all seven went to the judges. UFC Fight Night 36 followed suit, with seven more preliminary matchups going the full 15 minutes.
10: Bouts ending via decision at UFC Fight Night 36, tying it with UFC 169 for most decisions at a single event.